After Stoke had peppered the Rotherham goal in the first half, with Benick Afobe being denied twice by  Rodak and once by the crossbar, two goals in three minutes saw the hosts take control.Ryan Manning opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Ashley Williams’ clumsy challenge on his namesake Ryan, quite why he even challenged is baffling.  Richie Towell flicked home from Richard Wood’s suspiciously handball looking header. Two dead balls, two goals. Williams again being culpable at the corner, losing his man.

Tom Ince pulled one back He scored  his eighth goal in six games versus Rotherham when he drilled home in the 59th minute and it gave Stoke something to go at . Stoke had a stroke of luck when Jon Taylor was ruled to have run the ball out of play and Stoke took advantage of their good fortune as Bojan headed home a ball from Afobe from the left. It was a deserved point and if Allen had not hit the bar, would have been three .