Friday 19 January 2018

Stoke see off Championship leaders Leicester


Jack Butland
Jack Butland

Eleanor Crooks

Mark Hughes described Jack Butland as "an outstanding young 'keeper" after Stoke saw off Championship leaders Leicester to reach the fourth round.

England goalkeeper Butland made his first start for the club and pulled off several fine saves as Stoke held on at the Britannia Stadium.

The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Barnsley and has found himself with an unexpected opportunity to push his World Cup credentials after returning to his parent club.

Stoke No 1 Asmir Begovic suffered a broken finger just before Christmas and will be missing for several weeks, and No 2 Thomas Sorensen picked up an Achilles problem against Everton on Wednesday. Butland came on for his Potters debut at half-time against the Toffees and showed why he was given his senior England debut as a teenager.

Butland was beaten in the 77th minute by a fine David Nugent header, which made it a slightly uncomfortable finish to the game for Stoke, who had taken a two-goal lead through Kenwyne Jones and Charlie Adam.

Irish Independent

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