A late Sam Gallagher goal condemned Stoke City to a second straight Championship defeat as Blackburn won 2-1 Dack put the visitors ahead early in the game before the Potters pinned their opponents inside their own area for much of the match. Scott Hogan brought Michael O’Neill’s side level via a deflection but a Gallagher strike claimed the points for the away side.
O’Neill’s men were struggling to find any fluidity and Vokes was isolated up front and the Potters were struggling to work the opposition defence, with Walton a spectator.
It remained 1-0 to the visitors at the break with a much improved second half performance from the home side.
Just after the restart, O’Neill’s men came out of the traps the quicker of the two sides as Tom Ince flashed his effort just wide of the Boothen End goal. McClean’s cross found Vokes, but his header was well saved by Walton. Mame Diouf was played clean through on goal only for his first effort to be saved and his follow-up cleared off the line. From the resulting corner, his header was turned over the bar from close range. A third corner on the bounce found Hogan putting his head in where it hurt and he forced ball in off Rovers’ goalscorer Dack. Very quickly after Elliot Bennett was played in behind the City defence. He picked out fellow sub Sam Gallagher and he duly fired the ball past Butland. A team lacking pace, movement and a clinical striker face Hull City next