Match ends, Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4.
Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick as Stoke City eased into the third round of the EFL Cup with a comfortable victory at League Two Stevenage.
The ex-England striker gave the Premier League side an early lead, heading in after Jon Walters' effort hit the bar.
Phil Bardsley made it two before half-time with a stunning 30-yard shot.
Crouch nodded home Marko Arnautovic's cross after the break before adding his third with a clever scissor kick which bounced into the top of the net.
Stoke made five changes from the team beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in the league on Saturday, with Crouch making his first appearance of the season.
Stevenage's defence were unable to handle the 35-year-old's presence in the box as they were thoroughly outclassed by Mark Hughes' men, registering just five shots to the Potters' 25.
While all of the former Liverpool man's goals were from a few yards out, the highlight came from right-back Bardsley who found some room and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot strike into the top corner.
The scoreline could have been worse for the hosts, Crouch seeing his shot blocked before Charlie Adam's follow-up was tipped around the post by Jamie Jones late on.
- 5FranksBooked at 81mins
- 20HunteSubstituted forMcAnuffat 58'minutes
- 22LeeBooked at 43minsSubstituted forTongeat 67'minutes
- 15HydeSubstituted forGoddenat 58'minutes
- 17ShawcrossSubstituted forPietersat 74'minutes
- 20CameronBooked at 30mins
- 4AllenSubstituted forBojanat 85'minutes
- 10ArnautovicSubstituted forSobhiat 61'minutes
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4.
Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.
Attempt blocked. Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Joe Allen.
Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Fraser Franks (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Fraser Franks (Stevenage).
Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Andrew Fox (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jamie Jones.
Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Andrew Fox (Stevenage).
Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Stoke City. Erik Pieters replaces Ryan Shawcross because of an injury.