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Afellay and Bardsley highlight Potters' class

Stoke City 2-0 Sheff Wed

By Phil Medlicott

Stoke eased into the Capital One Cup semi-finals as goals from Ibrahim Afellay and substitute Phil Bardsley secured a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday, the 1990-91 winners, went into this quarter-final having demonstrated their capacity to spring a shock in the previous two rounds with victories over Stoke's fellow Barclays Premier League sides Newcastle and Arsenal.

But the Sky Bet Championship outfit rarely looked like threatening an upset at the Britannia Stadium, with the hosts, who had reached the last eight by beating holders Chelsea on penalties, in control more or less throughout.

Afellay put the Potters ahead in the 30th minute, the summer signing's first goal for the club.

Joselu, on as a first-half substitute for the injured Peter Crouch, collected the ball from Glen Johnson's throw-in and lofted a cross to Afellay, who volleyed sweetly into the corner.

Former Manchester United ace Bardsley then smashed home a low effort from outside the box in the 75th minute - also opening his Potters goalscoring account - after Marco van Ginkel touched off a free-kick to seal what will be Stoke's first League Cup semi-final appearance since 1971-72, the year they raised the trophy.

STOKE CITY: Butland, Johnson (Bardsley 45), Wilson, Wollscheid, Pieters, Cameron, Van Ginkel, Walters, Afellay, Arnautovic (Whelan 88), Crouch (Joselu 13).

Goals: Afellay 30, Bardsley 75

Subs not used: Adam, Shaqiri, Bojan,

Haugaard.

SHEFF WED: Wildsmith, Hunt (McGugan 45), Lees (Pudil 38), Loovens (Nuhiu 77), Wiggins, Wallace, Lee, Hutchinson, Sougou, Hooper, Lucas João.

Subs not used: Semedo, Helan, López, Price.

Man of the match: Bardsley

Match Rating: 7/10

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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