Stoke City in good form ahead of new Premier League season

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Stoke City topped off their American tour on Tuesday night with a 2-0 win over Philadelphia Union.

The Potters under Mark Hughes have become a very different team to watch and when the formation was announced as what I can only describe as 5-3-1-1 with Cameron Jerome up front on his own, we knew we were in for a shocking night.

Michael Kightly made it 1-0 to the visitors inside four minutes with an impressive volley from Marc Munesia's cross. 

Stoke managed to maintain possession throughout against slightly under par opposition but you couldn't help but notice how different the Potters were playing.

Kightly was again involved in a move that saw him link up with Cameron Jerome to offer Brek Shea a shot on goal but the USA international couldn't do what he did earlier in the week for his country and capitalise on the chance.

It didn't matter because on 17 minutes Kightly ran down the wing again and after some impressive footwork put in an inch perfect cross for Shea to poke home and this time he made sure.

Shea was then the victim of a rash challenge by Philadelphia's Mark Kassel which will see the midfielder miss out on the next 4-6 weeks of action with suspected knee ligament damage, he left the stadium on crutches.

The hosts had the ball in the back of the net ten minutes after the restart but the goal was disallowed for offside.

The game was then all Stoke City as they tried to add to their opening two goals and the likes of Peter Crouch, Kenwyne Jone, Geoff Cameron and Charlie Adam joined the team.

But the score remained the same and the Potters will be in good spirits ahead of there Genoa friendly at the Britannia Stadium next Friday.

Another sour point that was reported after the match was Steven N'Zonzi had to have a talking to from captain Ryan Shawcross after his failure to clear the ball.

N'Zonzi was substituted not long after and headed straight down the tunnel without acknowledging the bench. His body language throughout the match looked like a player who didn't want to be on the pitch and this just added to the rumours of the Frenchman heading away from the Potteries..


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