Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City: Cherries comeback complete

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  • Shaqiri opens scoring
  • Cherries go ninth with comeback
  • Stoke dips 18th

Lys Mousset and Joshua King led a home comeback to delight the Vitality Stadium crowd, as Bournemouth topped Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday.

Xherdan Shaqiri put Stoke ahead on a neat feed from new Potters midfielder Badou Ndiaye, but Paul Lambery’s men tossed away the lead in the second half.

Bournemouth goes ninth with 31 points, while Stoke dips into the drop zone on 24.

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A very lively Stoke start could’ve seen a goal within four minutes had Steve Cook not darted to the line to defy Xherdan Shaqiri’s hard rip.

He didn’t deny the next one, as Stoke had a marker within five when new man Badou Ndiaye sent a delightful cross to the back post for Shaqiri to nod home.

Ndiaye just missed a debut goal in the 20th minute after a slick pass from Peter Crouch.

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Bournemouth was plenty lively, though, and Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas were among the Cherries prodding their club back into the fight.

Shaqiri’s long diagonal had a little too much zip for the outstretched legs of Peter Crouch akimbo, and it remains 1-0 at the hour mark.

Crouch then did meet a Shaqiri cross, but headed off the bar.

Yet it was Bournemouth who’d level and then go ahead, with substitutes scoring the goals.

First King found a rebound in the 70th minute, and then a more highlight-deserving goal coming from Mousset’s heading a free kick at the back post for his first PL goal in his 23rd league appearance.

Peter Crouch signs new contract at Stoke City

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The master of headed goals and substitute appearances will be staying at Stoke City for the foreseeable future.

Peter Crouch, 36, agreed to a new one-year contract extension on Tuesday, as he will remain at Stoke until at least the summer of 2019.

Crouch holds the Premier League record for most headed goals in league history, plus the most substitute appearances, and this season he has jumped off the bench to score a winner against Southampton, plus equalizers against West Brom and Leicester City.

Speaking about the new deal, Mark Hughes was delighted to lock Crouch down to more time at the bet365 Stadium.

“Peter has been with Stoke longer than he has been with any other club which I think speaks volumes for how he views us and how we view him,” Hughes said. “He still has so much to offer us. He may be 36 but he continues to have a major impact on games, as he has proved on numerous occasions this season.”

Crouch is in the twilight of his career but his unique skill set means he is still extremely valuable at the top level. Although he has voiced his discontent at not starting a single Premier League game this season, Crouch is obviously satisfied with the role he will have at Stoke over the next two seasons.

Late in games his arrival off the bench often spooks opposition defenses and if he’s not getting on the end of crosses and high balls himself, he’s creating mayhem for other Stoke attackers to benefit from.

The former QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool and Tottenham forward joined Stoke in 2011 and has scored 58 goals in 212 appearances for the Potters in all competitions. He has scored 201 goals in 680 career appearances and has vast experience in European competitions as well as playing in 18 PL campaigns and scoring 22 goals in 42 appearances for England.

With Stoke currently in 15th place in the PL and and just three points above the relegation zone, Crouch will have a big part to play in the Potters climbing up the table. His four goals in 11 games in all competitions this season means he is Stoke’s top scorer, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mame Diouf, Jese and Saido Berahino have scored just seven goals between them this season.

Stoke will lean heavily on Crouch’s experience to drag themselves away from the bottom three in the upcoming months.

Notable stats from the Premier League weekend — Week 11

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What numbers jump out following another entertaining three days in the Premier League? We culled the web, with help from Opta, to find out.

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— 4 — Points claimed by West Brom in nine matches since opening the season with wins over Bournemouth and Burnley.

— 96.6 — PL-leading pass completion percentage from Man City’s John Stones, almost four percent more than runner-up Davinson Sanchez.

— 5 — Number of Man City players in the Top Ten for passes per game, including Stones, Fernandinho, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, and Kevin De Bruyne.

— 4.2 — Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi has played every minute for the Foxes, leading the league in tackles per game with 4.2.

— 2.5 — Ndidi also leads the league in times dribbles past per game.

— 22 — Goals conceded this season by Stoke City, Everton, and Crystal Palace, the most in the league.

— 38 — Goals scored by Man City, 15 more than any team in the Premier League.

— 19 — Burnley’s point total this season, one more than the almost historically low total one idiot writer predicted for them before the season.

— 142 — Peter Crouch appearances as a substitute. The giant scored off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

— 5 — Yellow cards each for Man City’s Nicolas Otamendi and countryman/ex-teammate Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham, tops in the PL.

West Brom 1-1 Stoke City: Spoils split at Hawthorns

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  • Rodriguez opens scoring
  • Crouch gifted equalizer
  • Baggies still unbeaten
  • Stoke moves to 1-1-1

West Brom is no longer perfect but remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Sunday

It took until the hour mark for West Brom to get a shot on target, but Jay Rodriguez made it count for the Baggies lone goal.

Stoke needed miscommunication between West Brom backstop Ben Foster and center back Ahmed Hegazi to level it late through Peter Crouch.

Stoke rises ninth with four points, while West Brom remains in the Top Four with seven.

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A pair of early corners came West Brom’s way, but James Morrison grounded the second wide of the goal.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was felled in the box by a clever Chris Brunt to not avail, and Bruno Martins Indi came close to hooking a loose ball in for an opener in the 10th minute.

Kurt Zouma dribbled to 22 yards out before lashing a deflected shot that Ben Foster did well to tip over the bar.

A dangerous swooping 38th minute free kick from Chris Brunt went through the hands of Jack Butland thanks to some back post contact and was called a foul.


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Rodriguez finally snapped a goal into the proceedings at the hour mark, a diving back post header making it 1-0.

Stoke capitalized on a massive error to make it 1-1, with Crouch nabbing his 199th career goal off an Ahmed Hegazi error.

Choupo-Moting saw a back post effort blocked by Allan Nyom in the 87th minute as the Potters looked for a winner.

Crouch belittles his ultrafast red card after Spurs draw Real Madrid

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Six and a half years later, now Stoke City big man Peter Crouch finds humor in the fastest double yellow in UEFA Champions League history.

On Thursday, Spurs drew Real Madrid in the UCL group stage. Crouch was reminded of an infamous evening in Spain.

The date was April 5, 2011. Tottenham Hotspur was in the midst of its longest UCL run in history.

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It was the first leg of the quarterfinals, and Spurs were staring down Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Crouch had a pretty decent group stage, scoring three goals, and registered the only goal in the Round of 16 win against AC Milan.

The lanky striker was shown yellow in the eighth minute when he flipped Sergio Ramos with a slide tackle, then saw yellow for a second slide tackle of Marcelo (who may have been exaggerating the contact).

Old foe Emmanuel Adebayor had already given Real a 1-0 lead, and they went on to win the tie 4-0 and the quarterfinal 5-0.

Here’s Crouch earlier Thursday:

If you’re a Spurs supporter, does time heal all wounds or are you a little ticked with the usually funny striker for recalling his stupidity? Here’s guessing Crouch earned more laughs than cries of anger.