Potters would have taken a one goal lead beforehand

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Stoke City's first foray into European competition for 37 years began with a goal after three minutes and a victory over Hajduk Split at the Britannia Stadium.

And Rory Delap believes the club can continue their Europa League adventure by overcoming their counterparts in next week’s second leg in Croatia.

Jonathan Walters' header gave Stoke a precious one-goal advantage to take to the Poljud Stadium next Thursday after dominating throughout the opening 45 minutes.

A crucial second goal eluded the Potters, but Delap insists City can protect their slender first leg advantage and progress to the next stage.

"The main thing for us was to make sure we got a clean sheet because in European competitions that is vital," he said.

"We obviously wanted to win the game and take a lead out there, but it was huge not to concede, so we are happy with that. Before the game would we would have taken 1-0, yes we would, so in that respect we are delighted with the outcome.


"It leads to a very exciting second leg over there for sure," he added. "It will be intimidating and they will be up for it, but we will be too and we will want to finish off the job.

"To be honest, we never felt in danger, but that doesn't mean the tie is done and dusted. It will be a totally different proposition over there.

"It will definitely be a new experience for a lot of us, but we have got to go out there be confident, and if we can play how we know we can then we will get the result we want."

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