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Stoke v Crystal Palace - the story of the match

Second-bottom Crystal Palace were beaten for a sixth time in eight Premier League matches under Sam Allardyce as Joe Allen's second-half strike condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

Palace were in considerable need of a boost a week on from the humiliating 4-0 home loss to basement boys Sunderland.

But they found themselves on the end of another defeat after Allen fired into the bottom corner in the 67th minute following good work from Ramadan Sobhi.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"You'll be glad to know that Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce have had a cheery hello down by the dug-outs." - The Stoke City Twitter account for The Sentinel (@SentinelSCFC) notes some warmth between the managers a week on from Potters boss Hughes not receiving a handshake from opposite number Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns.

STAR MAN

Marko Arnautovic. Bruno Martins Indi and Sobhi also shone for Stoke, but Arnautovic was their most lively attacker and had a key role in the build-up to the goal.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

A match relatively low on quality finally saw some arrive with Allen's goal - Arnautovic lofted forward a fine long ball, Sobhi did well to hold it up and he then teed up the Wales international's drilled finish.

DATA POINT

This result ended a poor run for Stoke against Palace - prior to this match, the Staffordshire outfit had lost each of the last five meetings in all competitions.

RATINGS

Stoke

Lee Grant 6 (out of 10)

Phil Bardsley 6

Ryan Shawcross 6

Bruno Martins Indi 7

Erik Pieters 6

Glenn Whelan 6

Charlie Adam 6

Marko Arnautovic 8

Joe Allen 6

Ramadan Sobhi 7

Peter Crouch 6

Substitutes:

Glen Johnson (for Bardsley, 58 mins) 6

Ibrahim Afellay (for Adam, 79) 6

Mame Diouf (for Sobhi, 82) 6

Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey 7

Joel Ward 6

James Tomkins 6

Damien Delaney 6

Patrick van Aanholt 6

Luka Milivojevic 6

James McArthur 6

Wilfried Zaha 5

Jason Puncheon 6

Andros Townsend 6

Christian Benteke 5

Substitutes:

Jeffrey Schlupp (for Zaha, 68) 5

Yohan Cabaye (for Puncheon, 77) 5

Loic Remy (for McArthur, 87) 5

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Tottenham v Stoke (Premier League, February 26)

Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough (Premier League, February 25)

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