Stoke City suffered their first defeat of the Michael O’Neill era as they were beaten 1-0 at Cardiff City this evening.
Leandro Bacuna opened the scoring with just 11 minutes on the clock when he fired beyond Jack Butland following neat build-up play.
The result leaves the Potters in the bottom three. It was City who started the brighter of the two sides with just the final ball lacking on occasion. Cardiff opened the scoring with just 11 minutes played. A long throw picked out Gary Madine, whose clever backheel picked out Bacuna and he fired the ball into the roof of the net.
Tom Ince almost brough the Potters level five minutes later when his effort skimmed the top of the Cardiff City came back at their opponents minutes later as Clucas and Stephen Ward both has efforts blocked away.
The Potters were first to strike in the second period when Ince tested Neil Etheridge at the second time of asking after his initial free-kick was blocked.Two great blocks from Danny Batth prevented a second for the hosts, but with plenty of time on the clock the game was still alive for the Potters.
Bacuna almost had his second of the game as the final 20 minutes approached when he fired wide from the edge of the area.
The chances dried up thereafter for both sides with the Potters frustrated in their attempts to find an equaliser.
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