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Jones sends Potters through

Kenwyne Jones' late header secured Stoke the point they needed against Dynamo Kiev to book their place in the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

It was a classic game of differing halves at the Britannia Stadium, with the visitors dominating the first period and deservedly taking the lead in the 28th minute when Oleksandr Aliyev's shot was turned into his own net by Matthew Upson.

But Stoke rallied after the break and finally found the equaliser nine minutes from time when Jones nodded in Jermaine Pennant's cross.

"We know it was important for us to get something tonight to make it into the next round, so I'm happy we pulled it off in the end," Jones said.

"No one expected us to do this well and we've turned a few heads and topped the group.

"We went 1-0 down, but have a never-say-die attitude and we came out in the second half and got the goal.

"It's our first time in Europe and we've done well," the former Sunderland striker said.

Irish Independent