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OFFICIAL club website of stoke city

Tranmere Gallery

STOKE CITY cruised into Round 4 of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night as they brushed aside League One side Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Stephen Ireland's first goal in almost two years and a splendid Peter Crouch goal in stoppage time was enough to secure the Potters a spot in the last 16 of the competition following a comfortable victory over their lower league opposition.

The game should have been won by a far bigger margin though with Jonathan Walters spurning two golden opportunities of putting the game beyond the reach of Rovers prior to Crouch's sublime finish late on.

There were certainly no doubts surrounding Mark Hughes' ambitions in the competition having named an incredibly strong line-up prior to the game, despite the fact that he made seven changes to the team from Saturday.

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