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Stoke City 1-1 Burnley: Deflating draw

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  • Ndiaye opens scoring
  • Diouf assists, then misses big chance
  • Barnes levels for Burnley

Neither Burnley not Stoke City will be pleased with a 1-1 draw at the bet365 Stadium on Sunday.

Badou Ndiaye gave Stoke a first half lead en route to a hopeful three points which could help save the side’s Premier League status, but Ashley Barnes‘ fortunate equalizer gave the Clarets a point.

Stoke has 29 points, four behind 17th place Swansea. Burnley sits four points behind Arsenal with one more match played in the race for sixth.

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Stoke led in the 11th minute through a very nice team goal, as Joe Allen found Ndiaye in the middle of the pitch. The midfielder worked a 1-2 with Mame Biram Diouf before sneaking a shot inside a tiny window.

Ashley Barnes bid to level the score when he collected a Kieran Westwood diagonal ball, but his curling effort from the left failed to find the goal.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson curled a free kick over the Stoke wall, and Jack Butland did well to save for a corner.

Diouf flubbed a chance to make it 2-0 when an Ndiaye cross found him alone near the back post.

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Butland made an outstanding save to force a Burnley corner in the 55th minute.

Barnes continued his villainous streak all match, and saw Butland’s slap save bound off his thigh and across the line to level the score in the 62nd minute.

Gudmundsson dragged a stoppage time shot millimeters wide of the far post.

Premier League Preview: West Ham United vs. Stoke City

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  • West Ham won 3-0 at Stoke on Dec. 16
  • Stoke have drawn last three at WHUFC
  • West Ham leads all-time 35W-25D-33L

West Ham United can go a long way toward clinching another season in the Premier League by piling woe on a Stoke City which really needs a win at the London Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Stoke City is six points back of safety, and seven behind West Ham United. The Potters next face Burnley and Liverpool, before finishing with Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

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West Ham has rebounded from three-straight league losses to wallop Southampton and draw Chelsea, while Stoke is winless in nine with just four draws (The Potters have faced a murderer’s row of opponents lately, including Man City, Arsenal, and Spurs amongst their last four).

What they’re saying

West Ham manager David Moyes looks to Marko Arnautovic“The players look to him. He’s got a leadership role which he needs to develop as well for the team and for the club, because he is getting to an age where he has to influence the players around him, so he needs to lead by both his character and his performances, and his performances have done that in many ways. He is vocal in his own way. He has good humour, he’s a character and I’d like him to put that talking about what he can do in training. To get to the very top, he needs to keep his level of training very high.”

Stoke boss Paul Lambert on in-form Mame Biram Diouf“If you look at Mame’s games it’s clear that he gives you everything that he’s got. His work ethic and the way he goes about things is excellent. It’s not just on a match day it’s at the training ground as well. The way he conducts himself is first class and he does everything for the right reasons; the level of his performances has been very, very good. He needs a little bit of help up there as well at certain times but I think his performances have been first class.

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Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Eriksen stars

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  • Goal, assist for Eriksen
  • Kane starts, scores
  • Diouf nabs sixth for Stoke

Christian Eriksen had a goal and an assist as Spurs fended off pesky Stoke City, 2-1, at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Harry Kane started and scored for Tottenham, and Dele Alli also had an assist as the visitors are now level on points with third place Liverpool with a match-in-hand.

Mame Biram Diouf scored for Stoke City, who is four points back of 17th with 27 points.

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Spurs could’ve been 1-0 up when Dele Alli spied Heung-Min Son, but the South Korean’s effort was denied by in-form Jack Butland.

Dele got his assist when he spied Eriksen early in the second half, an inspired pass that was hammered home by the Danish playmaker.

Stoke level through Diouf, who scored a fortunate goal when Hugo Lloris‘ clearance slammed off his torso and into the Spurs goal.

Kane made it all better within minutes, heading Eriksen’s cross into the goal.

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Hughes still fuming at call, thinks Atkinson should be suspended

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is still angry with a call from midweek, and rightly so.

His Potters lost 3-0 to Liverpool, but Hughes and many others believe it could’ve been much different had referee Martin Atkinson sent off Simon Mignolet for taking down Mame Biram Diouf.

Atkinson clearly saw the play, which earned Mignolet a yellow card despite being the last man back. The rulebook allows for the foul to not be a sending off if the foul was an accident.

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It wasn’t an accident:

He had to, which means Atkinson had to send him off. Mistake.

And now Hughes, certainly someone whose playing history would make the enjoyment of a result versus Liverpool extra special, wonders why Atkinson isn’t suspended in Mignolet’s place.

From the BBC:

“I don’t see why he should be refereeing this weekend,” he added. “My feelings reflect everybody else’s view: the referees who reviewed it since and everybody in the stadium, apart from one. Those are the decisions that frustrate me as a manager – and other managers.”

Fair? I think so.

Manchester City 0-0 Stoke City: Potters fluster hosts

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  • Man City has 12-5 shot edge
  • Stoke limited to one corner
  • MCFC 10 pts back of first

It was one of those days for Manchester City, flustered and annoyed by missed chances and dogged Stoke City in a scoreless draw at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

The 0-0 result means Man City sits third, level on points with second place Spurs and 10 points back of Chelsea.

Stoke remains ninth with 35 points.

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Manchester City was the better side in the first half, but Mame Biram Diouf perhaps the star player. Nearly scoring at one end, he surprisingly denied Leroy Sane with a tackle inside the Stoke 18. Unfortunately, Diouf was injured before the half-hour mark.

Phil Bardsley scooped up a yellow card on a Sergio Aguero dive about midway through the first half.

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Stoke looked more intent on attacking to start the second half, and Man City had a few chances to exploit that. But Leroy Sane blazed over the bar amongst a couple opportunities, and it remained 0-0 at the hour mark.

Yaya Toure put a chance over the bar in the 69th minute, too. Man City had heads lowered at the wasted chances as the game edged into its final 20 minutes.

Ryan Shawcross then thwarted an Aguero flick in what should’ve been a home corner but was ruled a goal kick. Then David Silva found a sliver of space and hit a left-footed shot just wide of goal.

Silva missed the other post with a deflected offering in the 76th minute, and Nicolas Otamendi headed the ensuing corner just over the crossbar.