Match Report: Stoke City 2-1 Derby County – Tom Ince nets winner against former club

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Tom Ince scored the winning goal past his former team as Stoke City claimed a 2-1 win over Derby County.

The Potters took the lead through Sam Clucas’ first goal for the club before Peter Etebo saw red in a testy affair at the bet 365 Stadium.

Harry Wilson hit a brilliant free-kick early in the second-half to equalise before Ince netted the winner to move the Potters into the top-half of the Championship.

It was Derby who enjoyed the majority of the possession in the opening stages and they went close seven minutes in when Tom Lawrence picked up a poor clearance from Ryan Shawcross before seeing Jack Butland get down well to tip his shot out for a corner.

Stoke were threatening themselves however and when Ince counter-attacked after a scrambled Derby clearance, visiting keeper Scott Carson was lucky Saido Berahino could not capitalise on his spilled save.

The hosts had faint shouts for a penalty turned down seconds later when Ince again hit a curling shot, only to see it blocked by what to be the arm of Richard Keogh.

Ince was causing problems and his trickery saw Lawrence go into the book on 21 minutes when he chopped the winger down.
And City made their pressure tell 25 minutes in when Allen hit a defence-splitting pass to Clucas who slotted past an onrushing Carson for his first goal as a Potter.

The game turned on the half-hour mark when Etebo was sent-off for an awful, studs-up challenge on Keogh. Bradley Johnson seemed lucky to not join the Stoke midfielder for an early bath as he looked to have bitten Allen in the ensuing scuffle, although the Derby man only received a booking from referee Darren England.

County nearly took advantage of their extra-man when Butland was forced to parry Lawrence’s long-range shot, although this was the most the home keeper was threatened before the break, with the visitors also seeing captain Curtis Davies stretchered off on the stroke of half-time.

Johnson was replaced at the interval by Tom Huddlestone. and it nearly proved a masterstroke from Derby boss Frank Lampard but Butland saved well from Jack Marriott’s header before the ball was hacked clear.

But Derby did claim the equaliser four minutes into the second period when Harry Wilson struck a fantastic free-kick past Butland after Berahino fouled Mount just outside the box.

Lawrence called Butland into service minutes later but his cross-cum-shot was easily dealt with by the England man.The hosts countered immediately but Berahino could not get a touch on Martina’s fizzing cross.

Indeed the ten-men in red-and-white were not sitting back and scorer Clucas saw his drive blocked by Jayden Bogle. And they deservedly retook the lead on 64 minutes when Ince fired Clucas’ low cross under Carson.

Butland had to be alert minutes later when Wilson fired in a ball towards the near post before saving Tomori’s point-blank header.

Clucas was retired after 73 minutes to a standing ovation, and his replacement James McClean made an immediate impact, forcing Marriott to make a lunging challenge for which he was booked.

Derby had calls for a spot-kick go unheard when Lawrence fell in the area as the game entered the final ten minutes before Butland had to tip Lawrence’s volley over the bar.

Stoke found themselves camped in their own box in the final stages as Derby pushed for a second equaliser but Gary Rowett’s men held out as tempers flared between Lampard and former County manager Gary Rowett.

Line-ups

Stoke City: Butland; Martina, Williams, Shawcross (c), Pieters; Woods; Etebo; Ince (Edwards, 90+2), Allen, Clucas (McClean, 73); Berahino (Afobe, 80)

Subs (not used): Federici, Martins Indi, Fletcher, Crouch

Derby County: Carson; Bryson (Waghorn, 70), Keogh, Johnson (Huddlestone, h/t), Davies (c) (Tomori, 45), Bogle; Malone, Wilson, Lawrence, Mount, Marriot

Subs (not used): Roos, Jozefoon, Nugent, Bird

Referee: Darren England

Man-of-the-match: Tom Ince

Attendance: 25, 147

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