In a surprisingly offensive match, Stoke City came from behind to defeat Crystal palace 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium in front of 25,270 spectators. The match began mundane enough with Crystal Palace surprisingly holding the majority of the ball, but the match truly sprung to life in the 31st minute when Moroccan and former Arsenal man Marouane Chamakh slotted home to give Palace a shock lead. It was poor defending from Stoke that led to the goal with Chamakh easily controlling a downfield ball before faking out Potters keeper Asmir Begovic with his body position and then coolly finishing behind the Bosnian to give the traveling Palace support something to cheer about. Stoke nearly found an instant response through the massive Peter Crouch, but the giant’s header went off the underbelly of the crossbar before being pushed aside by veteran Eagles keeper Julian Speroni. Stoke came out firing in the second half though and 2 goals in the span of 4 minutes saw them take the lead for the first time. The first came on 58 minutes through an accurate finish by Charlie Adam before Ryan Shawcross capitalized on poor defending by Chamakh and finished past Speroni on 62 minutes to effectively crush Crystal Palace’s dream start and claim all 3 points for Mark Hughes on his home debut as manager.
Next Matches: Stoke City at West Ham Crystal Palace vs SunderlandStat of Match: Shots (Second Half) Stoke City: 11 Crystal Palace: 7