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Campbell Nets Late Equaliser

Tyrese Campbell & Oliver Shenton

TYRESE CAMPBELL’S injury time penalty saw Stoke City claim a late 1-1 draw from their Premier League 2 encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday afternoon.

The hosts had taken the lead at their Compton Park Training Ground midway through the second half when Pedro Goncalves’ shot from 25 yards flew into the top corner.

City roared back however and after applying late pressure netted a deserved leveller when Jake Dunwoody’s shot from the edge of the area was handled inside the area, setting up Campbell’s spot kick.

On a cold day in Wolverhampton, it took until the 11th minute for either side to warm the gloves of the opposition keeper, with Shola Ayoola the first to do so as Harry Burgoyne saved at the forward’s feet after he had raced clear.

The home side slowly grew into the contest and twice went close to breaking the deadlock when Christian Herc and Dan Armstrong both hit the woodwork when well placed.

Campbell, who netted in Monday’s match with Norwich City, was proving difficult for the Wolves backline to deal with as the half wore on and it took a superb diving save from Burgoyne to keep out his rasping drive from distance.

With the first 45 entering its final embers, the Potters should have really headed into the break at least a goal in front but Lewis Banks was denied by Burgoyne from close range, while Ayoola was just unable to poke in Campbell’s drilled cross along the six-yard line.

Shortly after the half time interval, Scott Sellars’ side hit the woodwork for the third time when City were unable to clear their line and substitute Benny Ashley-Seal headed against the bar from close range.

As the half continued the hosts started to fashion the greater goalscoring opportunities, with Josef Bursik twice coming to the Potters’ rescue as he stopped both Herc and Sherwin Seedoorf.

The Under-17 World Cup winner however couldn’t do anything about the opener when Goncalves picked up the ball, moved forward and unleashed a 25-yard effort into the top corner of the net.

Despite falling behind, the Potters responded well and after some late pressure thanks to the substitutions of Ryan Hill and Jordan Greenidge, forced an equaliser.

With the home side unable to clear their lines in stoppage time, the ball found its way to the feet of Dunwoody whose attempt from the edge of the area was stopped by the use of John’s outstretch arm.

Such a movement presented the referee with no alternative but to point to penalty spot where Campbell stepped up and fired home to claim a share of the spoils for the visitors and ensure they remained unbeaten against their Midlands rivals in 2017/18.

Stoke City: Bursik, Pemberton, Banks, Sorensen, Souttar, Butler (Hill 75), Dunwoody, Shenton, Campbell, Jarvis, Ayoola (Greenidge 75). Unused: Gyolla, Da Silva, Twyford.