Stoke City started the New Year with a great display that sealed a 5-2 victory against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Potters got a much needed three points after goals from Sam Vokes, Nick Powell, Lee Gregory and a Tyrese Campbell brace.
Stoke were first to show after a bright opening to the game when Vokes tapped City ahead.
A mix-up in the Terriers defence gave Nick Powell time and space to pick his pass, and his low cross was coverted by the on rushing Welshman. City were completely dominant, Tyrese Campbell almost made it two on the stroke of half time when his deflected effort came back off the crossbar, and McClean could only blaze the follow-up wide.
As expected the home side came out on the front foot and Karlan Grant tested Butland for the first time in the match. From the resulting corner Munié rose highest to level the scoreline. Then, with the Potters still asleep the Terriers completed the turnaround on 50 minutes when Bacuna’s free-kick went in off the shin of Batth
The response from O’Neill’s side was swift as Powell turned in Campbell’s low cross to restore parity once more. Stoke were ahead once more just under 25 minutes remaining. Martins Indi’s free-kick was only palmed away by Grabara who had come flying out of his goal, and Campbell returned it in style to send the travelling Potters wild behind the goal.
City were starting to run away with the match when a long pass forward found Vokes’ head, and he found Campbell who finished superbly for his side’s fourth of the afternoon.
Gregory rounded off the scoring when he superbly placed the ball beyond the Huddersfield ‘keeper and the points were sealed for their return to Stoke. The next game home game v Millwall needs to see a similar performance.