TONY PULIS named both Charlie Adam and Maurice Edu amongst the substitutes against in-form Wigan Athletic on Saturday . . . as the Potters searched for their first ever top-flight victory at the DW Stadium.
The pair, who arrived along with Steven N’Zonzi on what was yet another dramatic transfer deadline day, both featured in the matchday squad, however, N’Zonzi wasn’t registered in time, meaning he must wait for his City bow.
As expected Tony Pulis reinstated Asmir Begovic in goal following Thomas Sorensen’s recall in the Capital One Cup tie against Swindon in midweek, whilst the backline was made up of Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth and Marc Wilson.
The City boss appeared to have named a five man midfield with Jonathan Walters and Michael Kightly occupying the two wide berths, with Dean Whitehead, Geoff Cameron and Glenn Whelan occupying the centre spots.
England striker Peter Crouch, who bagged his first goal of the campaign against Swindon, was deployed as the lone striker.
The substitutes bench included both Edu and Adam, alongside the likes of Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones, Matthew Upson and Cameron Jerome.
Stoke City (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross (c), Huth, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, Cameron, Whitehead, Kightly; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Upson, Edu, Adam, Pennant, Jerome, Jones.