Stoke City suffered their third straight Championship defeat as Hull City came from behind to claim the points at the KCOM Stadium. Sam Vokes headed the visitors into the lead early into the contest, but a double from Jarrod Bowen following poor defending condemned the Potters to defeat.
Stoke struggled to create any clear chances for the remainder of the 90 minutes. On two minutes applause rang around the KCOM Stadium and the name of Benik Afobe was chanted by the visiting Potters, in tribute to the City forward’s daughter’s recent death.
Seven minutes into the contest and the Potters had the lead their play in the opening minutes deserved.
James McClean’s cross found Vokes unmarked, and he made no mistake in heading City into the lead.
The home side had a chance 10 minutes later as Jack Butland was called into action for the first time, palming Kamil Grosicki’s effort away from close range.
The final chance of the half fell for Tom Eaves when his firm header was well held by Butland, as the Potters went into the half time break still ahead thanks to Vokes’ first league goal of the campaign.
The first half warnings were not heeded as the second period got underway as Bowen found the bottom corner from the edge of the area. It was probably Stoke’s worst half for a longtime and the misery was complete ten minutes into the second half when Bowen netted his second. Stoke created little in the attacking third of the pitch.
The City boss summoned both Nick Powell and Lee Gregory in an attempt to rescue a point on Humberside, but the task proved too tall for the Potters.
With Luton Town next up at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday night followed by Reading, three points against the Hatters would be a huge boost in the battle for Championship survival.
In reality Stoke need around 31 more points to survive