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Stoke City 2-0 Hull City: Gary Rowett says Potters can 'relax' after first win

Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf shoots at goal against Hull
Mame Biram Diouf's effort deflected in off Jordy de Wijs to double Stoke's lead

Stoke can "relax and enjoy the feeling" but their first win of the season against Hull is "nothing to get excited about", says manager Gary Rowett.

The Potters boss picked up his first three points since taking charge at the Bet365 Stadium as his side put in a dominant display to beat their 10-man visitors.

Republic of Ireland international James McClean opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a fierce low drive from the edge of the area after Hull failed to clear a corner.

The hosts made it 2-0 just before the hour mark as Mame Biram Diouf's effort looped into the bottom corner after deflecting off Tigers defender Jordy de Wijs.

"I think we've tried to stay calm. We've tried to give players an opportunity as well," said Rowett. "I thought the players that came in today did well and gave us more physicality.

"We felt if we kept doing the right things and built on the first 25 minutes of Wednesday night's game and not focus on all the other things that happen, then we could get some form of reward.

"I think we did today, 11 v 11. We were very comfortable. I thought Hull played their part but the sending-off allowed us to kill the game off."

Stoke, relegated from the Premier League last season, had taken two points from their first four games of the campaign, and lost 3-0 at home to promoted Wigan in midweek.

Former Birmingham and Derby boss Rowett, appointed on a three-year deal this summer, responded to that defeat by making five changes to his side, handing a debut to Everton loanee Cuco Martina and restoring Diouf and Peter Crouch to the side.

The victory was their first at home since January, with Hull's chances of a comeback hampered when Brazilian midfielder Evandro was sent off for a second bookable offence.

"I said to the lads afterwards 'just breathe, relax and enjoy that feeling' because it's been a while and it's just one win.

"It's nothing to get too excited about but it's a start and now it gives us a little bit of a platform to use that to get more confidence and belief."

Veteran striker Crouch had a chance to make it 3-0 late on but side-footed wide from Martina's cross.

Hull rarely threatened and, having recorded their first league win at Rotherham on Tuesday, Nigel Adkins' side have now lost three of their five Championship games this season.

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We started the second half very well, passing the ball about and doing all right. Then, for me, it's a bad second goal to give away, we could have avoided it.

"Evandro gets sent off, so for five or 10 minutes we tried to steady the ship and get something from the game but it's challenging from that point.

"We can't give goals away from set pieces, we work hard on it and we're going to have to work harder.

"Look at the size of Middlesbrough and West Brom. It's the Championship - you need six big guys in your team. We have to bring players in."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 23Martina
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Pieters
  • 18DioufSubstituted forBauerat 88'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 8Etebo
  • 11McCleanBooked at 45mins
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forBojanat 80'minutes
  • 25CrouchSubstituted forAfobeat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 9Afobe
  • 16Adam
  • 24Fletcher
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici
  • 36Souttar

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 23Kingsley
  • 20BowenSubstituted forStewartat 78'minutes
  • 22Henriksen
  • 18Batty
  • 17KaneSubstituted forKeaneat 67'minutes
  • 7EvandroBooked at 60mins
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forDickoat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 9Dicko
  • 10Toral
  • 12Long
  • 19Keane
  • 26Curry
  • 27McKenzie
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
23,311

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamHull
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Hull City 0.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

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

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Attempt missed. James McClean (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Moritz Bauer replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jordy de Wijs.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bojan with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Benik Afobe replaces Peter Crouch.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Saido Berahino.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kevin Stewart replaces Jarrod Bowen.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Daniel Batty.

Attempt saved. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cuco Martina.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

Offside, Hull City. Markus Henriksen tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Will Keane replaces Todd Kane.

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Nouha Dicko replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Evandro (Hull City) for a bad foul.

Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

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

Goal!

Own Goal by Jordy de Wijs, Hull City. Stoke City 2, Hull City 0.

Attempt saved. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Attempt saved. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Allen with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull City).

James McClean (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

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

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds54101441013
2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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