Youngsters In Addicks Draw

Oliver Shenton

STOKE CITY U23s remain unbeaten in the Premier League Cup after a goalless draw with Charlton Athletic on Thursday afternoon, writes Conor Shaw.

Kevin Russell’s men secured all three points in their previous cup encounter with Peterborough United last month but were forced to settle for a share of the spoils at the DGS Marine Stadium in Greenwich.

The Potters created a number of chances against the Addicks, but a combination of dogged defending by the hosts and inspired goalkeeping from Dillon Phillips prevented them from leaving with a win.

It was the visitors who started the brighter of the two sides in South London and fashioned the first opportunity of the match. Charlie Adam’s corner found Ollie Shenton lurking in the area, and the youngster had his goalbound volley deflected away by an Athletic defender.

The Potters continued to pepper the home goal and early into the second half looked poised to break the deadlock yet again. Josh Tymon forced Phillips into a sharp stop following a fantastic through ball through by Adam.

As City continued to press hard for a breakthrough Scott Wara guided a bullet header just wide of the mark, while substitute Mark Waddington also saw a headed attempt fly just off target.

With minutes remaining the away side had appeals for a penalty turned down by the referee, before they were reduced to ten men on the stroke of full time after Souttar was shown a second yellow card for an off the ball incident.

Russell’s side are next in action on Tuesday evening when they face Carlisle United in their final Checkatrade Trophy group game, knowing that as long as they do not suffer defeat in Cumbria they will secure a place in the knockout stage of the competition.

Stoke City: Gyollai, Thandi, Wara, Souttar, Tymon, Sorensen (Waddington 69), Adam (Kyeremateng 86), Pemberton, Shenton, Jarvis, Campbell. Unused: Deczki, Niakate, McJannet.