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Stoke City 2-0 Nottingham Forest: Potters deal blow to Reds' play-off push

Peter Etebo
Nigerian international Peter Etebo scored his first goal for Stoke since his summer move

Stoke City ended their six-game winless run as they clinically punished two moments of slackness from play-off chasers Nottingham Forest.

City went ahead from a swift counter-attack when Joe Allen sent Tom Ince away down the right, and his pass inside allowed Peter Etebo to run on and smash a shot past Costel Pantilimon from the edge of the box.

Joao Carvalho then lost possession, allowing Ince to pick out the run of Benik Afobe as the visitors switched off, and Stoke's leading scorer smashed in his ninth goal of the season.

Forest's first defeat in five matches saw them miss a golden chance to strengthen their play-off chances as two of their rivals for sixth spot - Derby County and Birmingham - both lost.

The Reds went into the game buoyed by victory over fierce rivals Derby and plans to expand their City Ground home, but there was little spark in front of goal as they failed to score for the seventh time in their last nine away trips.

The Potters themselves had scored just five league goals in 2019, and their openings were also rare as both sides cancelled each other out.

But City were ruthless when their opponents switched off - with Ince the architect of both moments - to earn their first win against Forest since October 2003 and only their second in their past 11 league meetings.

The visitors have never won at the Bet365 Stadium and their disappointing afternoon was capped off when assistant manager Roy Keane was shown a late yellow card as Forest's frustrations grew.

City's second win under Nathan Jones in his ninth league match in charge lifted them to 16th, while Forest stay ninth, four points outside the play-off places.

Stoke manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The last three games we have gone in at 1-0 up and then we haven't quite got that second goal, so it was really pleasing to get it. It gave us a cushion and probably we could have got more; we were a real threat from set plays.

"As a team we pressed at the right times, we had better energy, we were far less passive and more on the front foot and we are going to get better.

"I'm not content with that performance. I'm delighted we have had it and delighted we have had the win, but I'm not contest because we want to control games, we want to be a side that dominates games and God willing we will get there."

Forest boss Martin O'Neill:

"They (Stoke) played strongly, and I thought they would play exactly as they did so it was no surprise to me how strong they, physically, but I was hoping that we would be ready for it after our result on Monday evening, but no, we were beaten today.

"I didn't think that there was an incredible amount between the teams. I thought that Stoke played strongly, it may well be their best, but I'm aware of their ability and I just thought we looked a bit leggy after Monday.

"There shouldn't have been a reason for that as it was Monday night, but this league is really about Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday, so we should be ready for that, but we weren't."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17Shawcross
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 7Ince
  • 22Clucas
  • 4Allen
  • 8EteboSubstituted forAdamat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27BojanSubstituted forMcCleanat 59'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 5Williams
  • 11McClean
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 17Milosevic
  • 29BenalouaneBooked at 85mins
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 61minsSubstituted forBonatiniat 71'minutes
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forAntunes Carvalhoat 53'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 22YatesSubstituted forGuédiouraat 64'minutes
  • 6Colback
  • 11Osborn
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 10Antunes Carvalho
  • 13Wagué
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 28Tuncará Gomes
  • 33Bonatini
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
26,736

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Nottingham Forest 0.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yohan Benalouane following a set piece situation.

Booking

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).

Alexander Milosevic (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Léo Bonatini with a cross.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Léo Bonatini (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jack Colback.

Booking

James McClean (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by James McClean (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by João Carvalho.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Yohan Benalouane (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yohan Benalouane (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tendayi Darikwa.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Milosevic (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Thomas Edwards.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Yohan Benalouane.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tendayi Darikwa.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Offside, Stoke City. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Léo Bonatini replaces Jack Robinson.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Stoke City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a set piece situation.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich35209671452669
2Leeds35207859382167
3Sheff Utd34197859342564
4West Brom35179967472060
5Middlesbrough341513638241458
6Bristol City34159104436854
7Derby34149114342151
8Birmingham35121495345850
9Nottm Forest35121494740750
10Hull35148135048250
11Aston Villa35111596153848
12Preston351212115449548
13Swansea34138134542347
14Sheff Wed341211114148-747
15Brentford3412101258461246
16Stoke351014113742-544
17Blackburn351111134755-844
18QPR35126174255-1342
19Wigan3499163347-1436
20Millwall35810173853-1534
21Reading35712163751-1433
22Rotherham35615143756-1933
23Bolton3568212255-3326
24Ipswich35312202759-3221
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