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Saturday 10 December 2016

Hull v Stoke - Story of the match

Published 22/10/2016 | 17:16

Star man Xherdan Shaqiri, centre, soaks up the plaudits
Star man Xherdan Shaqiri, centre, soaks up the plaudits

Xherdan Shaqiri's brilliant double secured back-to-back Premier League wins for Stoke, whose 2-0 victory sent Hull spiralling into the bottom three.

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Shaqiri ran the show for Stoke, lighting up an otherwise ordinary game with a superb strike in either half as Mark Hughes' side followed up last week's first league win of the season against Sunderland with their first league success on the road.

It was another chastening experience for Hughes' former Manchester United team-mate Mike Phelan, who on this showing does not possess the calibre of player who can compete with the likes of Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Just over five minutes to go at the KCOM Stadium. The Potters continue to lead thanks to this glorious man! #HCFC 0-2 #SCFC" - Stoke's official account, alongside a picture of hot-shot Shaqiri.

STAR MAN

Xherdan Shaqiri. The Switzerland international was a class apart. Clever and elusive on the ball, he provided the best moments in an otherwise ordinary game and scored with two excellent strikes for his second and third goals of the season.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Shaqiri's opening goal was superb but was probably eclipsed by his free-kick early in the second half. Curtis Davies fouled the little midfielder just outside the penalty area and he stepped up to bend his shot up and over the wall before it nestled inside Hull goalkeeper David Marshall's left-hand post.

DATA POINT

The attendance of 18,522 at the KCOM Stadium is Hull's lowest of the season. Considering 21,037 watched them defeat champions Leicester on the opening day of the season, it is indicative of the general mood among fans as a long season of struggle appears to lie ahead.

PLAYER RATINGS

Hull

David Marshall 8 (Out of 10)

Ahmed Elmohamady 5

Michael Dawson (capt) 6

Curtis Davies 5

Jake Livermore 5

Tom Huddlestone 5

Sam Clucas 6

David Meyler 5

Ryan Mason 6

Robert Snodgrass 5

Will Keane 5

Replacements:

Abel Hernandez (for Meyler, 55) 6

Harry Maguire (for Huddlestone, 68) 5

Adama Diomande (for Keane, 68) 6

Stoke City

Lee Grant 6

Phil Bardsley 6

Bruno Martins Indi 7

Ryan Shawcross (capt) 7

Erik Pieters 6

Geoff Cameron 6

Joe Allen 6

Glenn Whelan 6

Marko Arnautovic 7

Xherdan Shaqiri 9

Wilfried Bony 7

Replacements

Mame Diouf (for Bony, 72) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Bristol City v Hull, EFL Cup, Tuesday, October 25

Stoke v Swansea, Premier League, Monday, October 31

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