Stoke City got the better of fellow strugglers Sunderland with a 2-0 win at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, with Joe Allen continuing his recent goalscoring run with a brace.
- Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland
- Allen heads home
- Allen strikes again on stroke of half-time
- Adam strikes post
- Sunderland lackluster in attack
Despite the away side starting the match the brighter of the two sides, it was Stoke who broke the deadlock when Joe Allen arrived in the area to head home Marko Arnautovic's cross.
Sunderland enjoyed more possession, but Stoke had more of the opportunities and extended their lead on the cusp of half-time when Allen's shot found it's way through a crowded area and past Jordan Pickford.
The second half saw Stoke continue their onslaught on the Sunderland goal, with Arnautovic and Bony in the thick of things as they looked to further extend the lead.
The Black Cats failed to muster any real goalscoring chance in the second half as Stoke recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 15, 2016
The away side started the brighter and immediately looked threatening with their long-ball approach to veteran forward Jermain Defoe.
The home-side opened the deadlock with their second opportunity of the game. Marko Arnautovic initially played in a through ball for Wilfred Bony, but saw it cleared by Papy Djilobodji, before seconds later another breakthrough resulted in Arnautovic's cross being headed home by Joe Allen.
Sunderland started seeing more possession of the ball, but Stoke seemed content with that- as they defended well in their defensive third. Ryan Shawcross did well to deny Sunderland the equaliser after Wahbi Khazri pulled the ball back for Defoe – only for his shot to be stopped by Shawcross' sliding challenge.
Defoe was at it again a few minutes later when he latched onto a long ball with two defenders on his back and unleashed powerful effort, which was tipped over the bar by Lee Grant.
Arnautovic should've doubled his sides' lead after Bony played a delightful ball in to the Austrian, however his attempt went wide of the mark.
David Moyes was forced into an early change when he replaced Patrick van Aanholt with Billy Jones. Allen extended his side's lead on the stroke of half-time when his shot in a crowded area found it's way past Jordan Pickford.
The second half saw Stoke continue their onslaught on the Sunderland goal, with Arnautovic and Bony's shots being saved by Pickford in quick succession.
Arnautovic was in the thick of things again in the 61st minute, when his delightful ball for Xherdan Shaqiri was blocked by Djilobodji, before having a goal correctly ruled offside minutes later after some great foot work by substitute Charlie Adam.
The Potters were content with sitting back and allowed Sunderland to dominate the possession stakes as the game came to an end, with their opposition failing to muster any real opportunities in the second-half as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Sunderland remain winless in the Premier League this season after eight games played.
The Lads applaud the travelling red and white army as they leave the pitch. Almost 3,000 here today. Thank you for your magnificent support
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 15, 2016