Stoke City beat Everton 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday as the Potters continued their good form, while the Toffees continue to flounder.
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Victor Moses stunning first half header set them on the way and a late strike from Mame Diouf finished things off as Everton failed to get going in yet another disappointing defeat.
With the win Stoke move up to eighth on 42 points, while Everton remain in 14th on 28 points as they are still entrenched in a relegation battle.
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After a slow start Stoke were forced into an early change with German Philipp Wollscheid injured and U.S. national team defender Geoff Cameron coming on in his place at center back.
In the 29th minute Moses forced Tim Howard into a good save as his long-range effort was parried away, but moments later Moses gave Stoke the lead. Phil Bardsley clipped in a hopeful ball from the right and Moses rose high above Everton’s defense and flicked a superb header into the far corner. 1-0 to Stoke.
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Before the break Aaron Lennon hit a shot towards goal which Asmir Begovic saved easily, as Everton were lackluster going forward and Stoke were good value for their lead at the break.
In the second half Stoke looked comfortable as Everton tried to force the issue with Roberto Martinez throwing on Leon Osman, Kevin Mirallas and Arouna Kone.
However that didn’t make a blind bit of difference. In the 84th minute Stoke made sure of the win as Marko Arnautovic went through and his shot cannoned off the post and went straight to Diouf who slotted home. 2-0 to Stoke, as the Potters won for the seventh time in their last 11 matches.
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Wollscheid (Cameron, 17′), Wilson, Pieters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Walters, Adam (Arnautovic, 74′), Moses, Crouch (Diouf, 64′)
Goals: Moses (32′), Diouf (84′)
Everton: Howard, Garbutt, Stones, Jagielka, Coleman, Barry (Osman, 60′), McCarthy, Gibson, Lennon (Kone, 60′), Naismith (Mirallas, 83′), Lukaku