Unlucky Potters fall to defeat...
A LATE Ed Francis goal stunned Kevin Russell’s men as they undeservedly lost 2-1 to table toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2 tonight, writes Matty Perry.
Just under 3,000 spectators were in attendance at Molineux to witness a game that the Potters’ youngsters could have, and really should have won.
Having failed to catalyse on several goal-bound opportunities inside the opening stages of the game, an 85th minute Francis header earned Wolves all three points.
Prior to kick-off, the line up saw the return of first-team professionals Moritz Bauer, Mame Diouf and Thibaud Verlinden, whilst Nathan Broome kept his place in goal following his impressive display against Newcastle United last time out.
After the light show finished inside Molineux, it was City who made a bright start to the game and should have opened the scoring inside the first five minutes. A corner was whipped in towards Diouf, but the striker’s header travelled just wide of the far post.
Moments later, Russell’s charges came close again after seeing a catalogue of chances go begging. Daniel Jarvis blasted his effort over the bar from 12 yards out before Scott Wara saw his bullet-header tipped onto the woodwork, from yet another set piece.
The Potters were made to pay for not converting their dominance into a lead as the home side struck first when Sanderson headed in from a corner, which would have frustrated the City boss.
But that frustration did not last long, with the Potters’ youngsters levelling the scoreline shortly after. Diouf did well to keep the ball inside the area before finding Jarvis, who dinked the ball over the defender’s foot and calmly slotted past the Wanderers keeper.
Although City enjoyed the majority of the second period, it was the home side who came up with the winner. Five minutes from time, Francis tapped home from another corner ensuring they go to the summit of the PL2 table.
The result leaves the Potters’ youngsters in eighth in the table and one point behind seventh-placed Middlesbrough, a team who City face in penultimate league match on Friday evening.
Stoke City: Broome, Bauer, Tymon, Dunwoody, Wara, Collins, Pemberton (Toure 60), Shenton, Diouf, Jarvis, Verlinden (Coates 79). Unused: Kanuric, Twyford, Kyeremateng.