Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri stuns Hull City with touch of brilliance

Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri stuns Hull City with touch of brilliance

Hull - without a league away win under boss Marco Silva since he took charge in January - belatedly got into the game, Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic prominent as the strugglers ramped up the pressure.

The Potters hadn't won in five Premier League games, losing their last four, but Hughes has also expressed that his side can relax somewhat and enjoy their football before the season is out.

Former Swansea City and Hull City defender Sam Ricketts says the Welsh club are favourites to be relegated of the two this season.

Hernandez, a reported £16.8million target for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan in January and linked with several Premier League clubs, said he was focused exclusively on Hull's bid to escape relegation.

Stoke started well and would take the lead through a good finish by Marko Arnautovic in the first 10 minutes. To take points away, and at home, we need to improve. I went to the Hull v Swansea game thinking Swansea, who had just had a fantastic win over Burnley, just needed to come up to Hull and not lose and they would have been safe.

Peter Crouch's accurate low header restored Stoke's lead in the 66th minute before Shaqiri settled the result, cutting in from the right before unleashing an unstoppable, dipping shot into the top corner.

The set-back prompted under-pressure Stoke manager Mark Hughes to make a double substitution as Jon Walters and Peter Crouch entered the fray and the pair teamed up nearly immediately to give the home side the lead as Crouch headed home from his team mate's inch-perfect cross.

In the 10th minute Arnautovic could have completed his brace but he blazed over the bar from Shaqiri's pass once again. Burnley then came close to a leveller but Kamil Grosicki and Oumar Niasse were denied by Lee Grant and Martins Indi respectively. If they continue playing as enterprisingly as this they have a more than decent chance.

"Shaq is all pace and strength but he's a technician as well", Hughes said admiringly.

Stoke were doing all of the early pressing and had the ball in the net through Saido Berahino in the 14th minute, but a correct offside decision cut short his celebrations. The second half we reacted, started strong, scored the goal.

Walters' header from Arnautovic's cross was brilliantly kept out by Eldin Jakupovic and Crouch could not contort his body into a position to fire the rebound on target.

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