Stoke followed up their midweek victory over Bolton with a 1-0 success over Norwich at Carrow Road.
A first half own goal from Tim Klose made it two wins in five days for Gary Rowett’s men the first time City have recorded back to back league victories since January 2017.
The Swiss defender unwittingly diverted a Cuco Martina cross past his own goalkeeper and that was enough to settle the contest on a wet and drab afternoon in Norfolk.
Benik Afobe squandered a great chance to break the deadlock as he headed over the bar from little more than six yards out after a McClean corner had been flicked on by a Norwich defender.
Norwich went into the game on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run and their first chance fell to Marco
Krul was beaten 10 minutes before the break as Stoke made the breakthrough. Cuco Martina was given time to send over a low cross from the right which the Swiss defender inadvertently diverted into his own net in attempting to deal with it.
Tom Ince was just inches away from his fourth goal in as many games as the Potters threatened to catch their hosts on the counter-attack. The winger’s curling shot had Krul scrambling but narrowly failed to hit the target.
Despite having little possession, the Potters fought well and the stubborn doggedness appears to be back in the team.