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Alex Bysouth

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    OK, that's a wrap from me, but you can follow all the reaction to today's games by clicking right here


    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    That's it. All too easy for Stoke, as Boro drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Ramadan Sobhi again.

    The Potters fans are really taking to the tricky winger, who sends Ibrahim Afellay through one-on-one.

    It's former Barcelona man on former Barcelona man. Victor Valdes wins this one, smart save. 

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Ramadan Sobhi - from smashing it clear to dancing his way through the Boro defence.

    Lovely stuff from the Egyptian, who waltzes his way into the area and looks to tee up Saido Berahino, only to see the visitors scramble clear.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    I'm not sure Saido Berahino's touched the ball since he came on?

    Not all his fault, of course, as Stoke have seemed a little happier to sit in and see this one out.

    Ah, there we go, he's earned his match fee. A nice little lay off to Ramadan Sobhi, who pumps one deep into the Boro half. 

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Problems for Aitor Karanka. 

    His side have barely looked like scoring today.

    Stoke struggled at Spurs last week, but it's been all to easy for them this afternoon.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Stoke go straight down the other end, but it's a good save from Victor Valdes to stop the hosts making it three.

    Ramadan Sobhi sends a diving header towards the bottom corner from Glenn Whelan's searching ball.

    Close for the Potters.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    First chance for Adlene Guedioura as he tries to curl one in from Rudy Gestede's lay off.

    That's high, wide and not at all handsome... and that six-year spell without a goal makes a little more sense.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Boro haven't scored in three Premier League matches, and they don't look like ending that streak here.

    Stoke, meanwhile, have another striker to send on - it's Saido Berahino for Peter Crouch.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Aitor Karanka throws new boy Adlene Guedioura into the mix - can the former Watford man make a difference?

    Well, he's not scored a Premier League goal for nearly six years.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Peter Crouch is such a nuisance.

    He's great with his feet, but that tall, gangly figure also makes him a nightmare to defend against in the air.

    Boro haven't got to grips with the Stoke front man today.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Just to add insult to injury, we've just seen it wasn't even Ben Gibson who was offside for the goal, but his team-mate Bernardo.

    When things aren't going your way...

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Nothing's going Boro's way this afternoon.

    They lost Daniel Ayala early on, Ben Gibson had a goal ruled out for offside and now Cristhian Stuani thinks he was fouled, only to see it go the other way.

    Things can only get better for the visitors, can't they? 

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    And that's the end of the Marko Arnautovic show for this afternoon.

    Not a bad return from the Austrian: two goals, a few chances created and plenty of flicks and tricks.

    Mame Biram Diouf comes on. 

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Every time Marko Arnautovic gets the ball this Stoke crowd are off their seats. 

    He lofts a ball nonchalantly to the back post for Ramadan Sobhi, but the Egyptian can't get a shot off.

    Arnautovic is down on the ground now, having a breather? Maybe. He probably deserves one.


    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Ben Gibson thinks he got Boro back in it...

    But it's been chalked off for offside. Looked tight to me.

    It came from a deep Grant Leadbitter delivery, with Gibson reacting first to poke home.

    Peter Crouch will be relieved, mind, he was the one to lose his marker.

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Ah, lovely from Ramadan Sobhi, one for the highlights reel.

    He flicks it between his marker's legs to huge applause from the Stoke faithful... before losing possession - but it's worth it for a nutmeg, isn't it?

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    The visitors have been struggling to get out of their half, so Ben Gibson decides he's the man to do something about it.

    The centre-half goes striding through the Stoke midfield to carry his side forward, but it's the same old for Boro - no cutting edge.

    In fact, that promising attack ends with Stoke going up the other end and winning a corner...

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Boro need to get hold of this one, or they could be on the end of a hammering.

    They've got to go for it, but the visitors are wide open at the back and only a poor delivery from Marko Arnautovic this time lets them off the hook. 

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    Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Marko Arnautovic starts the second half the way he finished the first, causing problems for the Boro back line.

    George Friend will be having nightmares about the Austrian tonight.

    It's a neat ball from Arnautovic, but Boro survive the following corner.