EFL Cup - Second Round
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Stevenage 0-4 Stoke City

Stoke players celebrate goal
Stoke celebrate Peter Crouch's opening goal

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.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 5FranksBooked at 81mins
  • 3Fox
  • 20HunteSubstituted forMcAnuffat 58'minutes
  • 22LeeBooked at 43minsSubstituted forTongeat 67'minutes
  • 17Gorman
  • 11Pett
  • 15HydeSubstituted forGoddenat 58'minutes
  • 9Liburd

Substitutes

  • 7McAnuff
  • 14Kennedy
  • 16Day
  • 18Tonge
  • 24Godden
  • 26Donnellan
  • 35Kerr

Stoke

  • 24Given
  • 2Bardsley
  • 17ShawcrossSubstituted forPietersat 74'minutes
  • 20CameronBooked at 30mins
  • 5Muniesa
  • 6Whelan
  • 4AllenSubstituted forBojanat 85'minutes
  • 19Walters
  • 16Adam
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forSobhiat 61'minutes
  • 25Crouch

Substitutes

  • 3Pieters
  • 9Joselu
  • 18Diouf
  • 21Imbula
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Sobhi
  • 35Bachmann
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
3,363

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home5
Away25
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Joe Allen.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    Fraser Franks (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Franks (Stevenage).

  10. Post update

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Andrew Fox (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Fox (Stevenage).

  17. Post update

    Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Erik Pieters replaces Ryan Shawcross because of an injury.

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