Belfast Telegraph

Stoke v Bournemouth - Story of the match

Bournemouth brought a halt to Stoke's recent revival as a 1-0 win at the bet365 Stadium gave Eddie Howe's team a first away victory of the season in the Premier League.

Cherries boss Howe wanted his players to show they were a better side than the one which slumped to successive defeats to Middlesbrough and Sunderland prior to the international break and they did just that with a solid and well-drilled performance in the Potteries.

Nathan Ake's 26th-minute header was enough for all three points as Stoke looked off the pace in the first half. They improved after the break but blew the chance to extend their unbeaten run to seven league matches for the first time since December 2012 when Bojan Krkic crashed a penalty against the crossbar at the start of the second half.


"Safe to say wasn't one of Mr Easts better 1st halves. Missed blatant pen that @afcbournemouth should of had. 1-0 @bournemouth and deserved." - former Stoke defender Daniel Higginbotham wasn't impressed by the decision making of referee Roger East.


Nathan Ake. His first Premier League start for Bournemouth was one to remember as the on-loan Chelsea defender starred at both ends. He was solid at the back all afternoon and produced a goal-saving block to deny Wilfried Bony after heading what proved to be the winning goal.


Probably for the wrong reasons. Jack Wilshere's beautifully-weighted pass sent Callum Wilson through on goal with Ryan Shawcross in tow after 10 minutes. The Stoke defender felled Wilson with a sliding challenge from behind inside the penalty area but referee Roger East, to the astonishment of Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, did not award the spot-kick and waved away the appeals.

Television replays showed the Cherries had been hard done by while Stoke should arguably have been contesting the remainder of the match with 10 men.


Junior Stanislas now has three goals and three assists in his last four matches.



Lee Grant 7/10

Phil Bardsley 6

Ryan Shawcross 5

Bruno Martins Indi 6

Erik Pieters 6

Joe Allen 5

Charlie Adam 6

Xherdan Shaqiri 5

Bojan Krkic 5

Marko Arnautovic 5

Wilfried Bony 5


Glen Johnson (for Phil Bardsley, 57) 6

Peter Crouch (for Wilfried Bony, 68) 6

Jonathan Walters (for Bojan, 73) 6


Adam Federici 7

Nathan Ake 8

Simon Francis 7

Steve Cook 6

Charlie Daniels 7

Dan Gosling 7

Harry Arter 6

Joshua King 7

Jack Wilshere 7

Junior Stanislas 7

Callum Wilson 7


Benik Afobe (for Callum Wilson, 69) 6

Marc Pugh (for King, 81) 6


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