Stoke City remain on course to achieve their best points total in the Premier League after a hard-working victory over Hull at the Britannia Stadium.

Peter Odemwingie's well-taken goal, his third in as many games, was enough to secure the win for Mark Hughes's men.

Hull's Liam Rosenior had the best chance of the first half, but could not find the target with a free header.

Hughes wants top ten finish

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic pulled off a superb save from David Meyler's deflected shot after the break.

Victory moved the Potters onto 40 points, and they need eight more from their final six matches to ensure their best tally since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2007-08.

They have already beaten Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal at home this season, and have lost just once in their past nine league games.

Hull, meanwhile, may be peering nervously towards the relegation zone having taken just three points from the past 15 available, though they still hold a seven-point advantage over 18th-placed Cardiff.

"It is the 10th Premier League victory of the season for Stoke City and takes them to 40 points, which is the traditional safety mark. Although I don't think teams will need 40 points to stay up this season, Stoke are definitely going to."

Steve Bruce's men had the better of the chances in the opening period, and almost opened the scoring through midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who had a low drive from outside the area pushed away by Begovic.

The Tigers, who returned to the top flight in the summer after a three-season absence, soon had a better chance to break the deadlock, but defender Rosenior headed over from close range.

Odemwingie then had two chances to score, but dragged an effort wide before having a shot well gathered by stand-in Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper.

Hull gifted Stoke victory - Bruce

But it was Begovic who pulled off the save of the match at the other end, clawing away Meyler's powerful deflected strike, with striker Nikica Jelavic unable to slot home the follow-up.

Former West Brom striker Odemwingie finally found the net just after the hour mark, intercepting Ahmed Elmohamady's cross-field pass before surging forward to drive home a low finish.

With the visitors unable to force an equaliser, Stephen Ireland could have made it a more comfortable margin of victory, but his shot was tipped over by Harper.

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"We deserved the results, made the better chances but we didn't have the spark in the first half. That was a credit to Hull because they came and defended well. When we got the goal lead, we were quite comfortable. We have won four in five which is good at Premier League level.

"We have needed the threat in behind and Peter Odemwingie gives us that. He ran through the middle and capitalised on the errant pass. He has hit the ground running and done well for us.

"Our intention was to get into the top half and we are in a good position now. We are going to try and go for it."

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"We have made bad mistakes and when you make mistakes like that at this level, we gifted them the victory. That changes things dramatically and it was a frustrating day.

"For Peter Odemwingie to get into that position and score is ludicrous. Stoke didn't do well enough to beat us, we have given it to them."

"10 wins will be sufficient and the quicker you get it done, the better. We need to get the accumulation of points."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 09 Odemwingie Booked
  • 06 Whelan (Palacios - 82' Booked )
  • 25 Crouch (Guidetti - 87' )
  • 32 Ireland
  • 10 Arnautovic (Adam - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 08 Palacios
  • 16 Adam
  • 23 Guidetti
  • 26 Etherington
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce (Aluko - 71' )
  • 05 Chester
  • 07 Meyler
  • 08 Huddlestone (Quinn - 82' )
  • 18 Jelavic (Sagbo - 79' )
  • 21 Long
  • 14 Livermore

Substitutes

  • 03 Figueroa
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 24 Aluko
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 27,029

Match Stats

Shots

15 5

On target

3 3

Corners

8 1

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 1, Hull City 0.

90:00 +5:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Hull City 0.

90:00 +4:54

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:54

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

90:00 +2:50

Hand ball by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

90:00 +0:41

Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:41

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

86:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. John Guidetti replaces Peter Crouch.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Marko Arnautovic.

84:17 Booking

Booking Wilson Palacios (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:01

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

84:01

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:08

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

81:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Tom Huddlestone.

81:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Glenn Whelan.

80:43

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:43

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

78:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

74:16

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Steve Harper.

74:15

Attempt saved. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

72:38

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

70:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces Alex Bruce.

69:47

Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross with a headed pass following a corner.

69:05

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

68:48

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

66:02

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

65:11

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:11

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

64:24

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross.

61:50 Booking

Booking Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

61:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Hull City 0. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

59:15

Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:15

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

57:53

Attempt blocked. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

55:43

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

55:08

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:04

Attempt saved. David Meyler (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

54:19

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:19

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

50:48

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

50:48

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:11

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

47:21

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

46:47

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

46:45

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 0, Hull City 0.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 0, Hull City 0.

44:51

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

44:51

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:12

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

39:15

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:15

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

38:14

Offside, Hull City. Steve Harper tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

37:35

Offside, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi tries a through ball, but Marc Wilson is caught offside.

37:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

36:49

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

27:55

Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

26:53

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:53

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

25:05

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

25:05

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:03

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

23:03

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:13

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

22:13

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:18

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

17:18

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:53

Offside, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

13:01

Attempt missed. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Long with a cross.

12:30

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

12:30

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:49

Offside, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic tries a through ball, but Steven N'Zonzi is caught offside.

9:14

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

9:11

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

6:38

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by James Chester.

6:27

Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

4:26

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

4:26

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:00

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Glenn Whelan with a cross following a corner.

2:34

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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