Stoke City 3-0 Portsmouth (League Cup R2)
Walters (2), Crouch
Butland; Wilkinson, Shawcross (c), Huth, Muniesa; Cameron (Sidwell), Adam; Odemwingie (Shenton), Walters, Moses (Arnautovic); Crouch
No Bojan (ribs) or Bardsley (knee) who were both rested after failing late fitness tests.
Good win and a morale boost for the team and the players looking to make the starting XI. Two goals from Super Jonny Walters and a late Peter Crouch effort, although it could have been more save for the heroics of the Pompey keeper Paul Jones. Good to see Academy starlet and local lad Ollie Shenton get a run out, he’s only sixteen! Moses played well too and will surely make the bench, if not start against Man City on Saturday.
We have drawn Sunderland away in the next round, not a great draw for us.
Ryan Shotton has left the club to join Derby County on loan with a permanent deal to follow. Good luck to him, always gave his all and a versatile player who should do well at Derby.
Mark Hughes has recently said the club’s ins/outs have been concluded for this transfer window.