Stoke 3-0 Luton: Joe Allen double fires Potters to victory
Stoke vs Luton
Sky Bet Ch’boat
8:00pm Tuesday 10th December
As struggling Stoke maintained a confidence-boosting 3-0 victory over 16, joe Allen bagged a brace that was brilliant.
Midfielder Allen scored either side of half-time and winger James McClean was also on target because the Potters ended a run of three straight defeats.
It had been the first time the team had scored three goals at home.
Republic of Ireland global McClean picked out Allen to score with a header at and then fired the hosts ahead with a clinical strike.
When he bumped into the bottom right corner five minutes after the restart with a finish, and the night got even better to your Welshman.
It was the very first time the 29-year-old had scored two goals in a league game in over three years. The previous time being a double in a 2-0 win against Sunderland back in the Premier League.
Victory for Stoke was their first home league win from Luton since August 2005.
As they looked to bounce back from their gloomy run stoke boss Michael O’Neill made three changes.
Skipper Ryan Shawcross returned with fellow defender Liam Lindsay, into the starting line-up passed a starting berth Jordan Cousins.
Ryan Woods and Danny Batth dropped into the replacement’s bench, despite having started in Saturday’s 2-1 away defeat to Hull, however, Bruno Martins Indi did not make the matchday squad.
Luton manager Graeme Jones created one pressured change into his side that was starting using the injured Dan Potts.
The Hatters impressed by a home triumph over Wigan at the weekend and they started full of confidence.
But it was Stoke who came within a whisker of scoring after only eight minutes via Shawcross.
The former England centre-back reach on the underside of the crossbar from Sam Clucas’ inswinging corner that had the visitors all at sea.
But, Shawcross’ first game of the season ended with annoyance after he hobbled off with a leg injury after only a quarter of an hour played.
Winger Tom Ince chosen Clucas having an inch-perfect pass out, but the midfielder rifled broad with a left-foot volley that was candy.
Midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe’d Luton’s first prospect of the game just before the half , but the former Manchester United man wasted a golden opportunity.
He took a bit many to beat, but allowed Shawcross’ replacement Batth to produce a superb block.
And that obstruct was pivotal as Stoke scored the opener and broke to the counter.
McClean clinically chased under keeper James Shea of the season.
Harry Cornick had a shot charged down to the edge of the box before the rest, but the hosts held on for their slim lead.
Shea made a fine save to reverse the left-foot shot wide for a corner although clucas went close to doubling the lead.
But the second goal arrived in the second minute of four moments of injury-time as Allen who headed home was chose out by McClean.
And then Allen captured on the scoresheet with the Hatters’ defence caught soon after the breakup. His run wasn’t tracked along with his end good for Shea.
Allen might have experienced a hat-trick but his powerful drive was deflected wide on.