Stoke’s Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch send Tranmere packing
Stephen Ireland marked his first Stoke start with a goal as the Potters claimed a place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, when they will visit Birmingham City. The former England striker Peter Crouch added a late second as Mark Hughes’s side saw off League One Tranmere 2-0 at Prenton Park.
The Irish midfielder Ireland, hoping to rejuvenate his career after moving on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, struck midway through the first half, with Crouch firing home the second with the last kick of the game. Stoke should have won more comfortably and spurned numerous other best canada goose jacket for women chances, particularly in the first half.
They were almost made to pay best canada goose jacket reddit as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Chris Atkinson went close for Rovers in the second half but the Merseysiders were to rue the misses and Crouch had the final say.
Stoke had made seven changes, which included giving Ireland a run from the kick-off after two substitute appearances, and a first start of the season for Crouch.
Hughes also rested the first-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to give Thomas Sorensen 90 minutes, while Jermaine Pennant and Wilson Palacios were other inclusions.
Tranmere, having won just once and lying 19th in League One, were not expected to provide much of a test and even rested their 40-year-old defender Ian Goodison, with other matters pressing.
The Premier League side’s superiority, despite the changes, was evident from the outset and, as appears to be becoming customary authentic canada goose outlet online under Hughes, they passed the ball around effortlessly.
A first chance opened up for the striker Marko Arnautovic but the Austrian fired wide from 35 yards.
A succession of opportunities came and went, with Glenn Whelan missing the target, Ireland having a shot deflected wide and Crouch heading straight at Tranmere’s goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams.
The opening goal came after 23 minutes as Arnautovic slipped in Ireland and the former Manchester City midfielder’s low shot across Fôn Williams found the far corner.
Tranmere offered little aside from a tame shot at Sorensen from Akpa Akpro can buy canada goose parka ottawa someone check if this canada goose outlet website is authentic after what had seemed a threatening run. Crouch almost let in Ryan Lowe after a careless pass but the Stoke defence recovered.
Geoff Cameron had Stoke’s first chance of the second half when he shot across goal after best ideas about canada goose outlet online on pinterest good hold-up play by Crouch, who headed over from a Pennant cross.
At times it seemed Stoke’s play was too elaborate and more of their traditional direct style might have put the game beyond Tranmere earlier.
The home side produced one of their best moments after 56 minutes kids, when Akpa Akpro cut inside from the left but he curled his shot over.
Stoke were again almost punished when Lowe pulled back a canada goose coat 1000 calorie bariatric diet deep Akpa Akpro cross but Atkinson sliced wide from a clear-cut opportunity.
Tranmere were growing in confidence and wanted a penalty buy canada goose jacket ebay when Lowe went down after a clash with Marc Muniesa can you wash canada goose jacket but the referee David Coote was not interested.
The Stoke substitute Jonathan Walters had two chances to finish the contest inside the last eight minutes but he headed buy canada goose jacket uk over and then shot wide after shaping to go round Fôn Williams.
But Walters did make a telling contribution as time ran out, playing in Crouch and the forward chipped over Fôn Williams.