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Tom Ince puts Stoke 1-0 ahead against Ipswich

Stoke stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches as they saw off bottom-of-the-table Ipswich with a goal in either half.

Tom Ince gave the hosts the lead in first-half stoppage time as he got on the end of a low Sam Clucas cross, but it came against the run of play.

Jack Lankester had earlier struck a post and fired narrowly over the crossbar for Ipswich.

Joe Allen doubled Stoke’s lead on the hour after more Ipswich pressure, meeting Erik Pieters’ cross from deep with a finish on the run.

Stoke climb to 10th, four points off the play-offs with their third win in the past eight games while Ipswich are seven points adrift at the bottom.

Paul Lambert was unable to halt a run of four consecutive defeats on his first return to the club he left as manager in May.

His side arguably deserved more from their first league meeting with Stoke since 2008, but Lambert is still without a win in his six matches in charge at Ipswich.

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 23Martina
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Williams
  • 3Pieters
  • 4Allen
  • 38Woods
  • 22ClucasSubstituted forFletcherat 88’minutes
  • 7InceSubstituted forMcCleanat 70’minutes
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 88’minutes
  • 19Berahino

Substitutes

  • 11McClean
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 18Diouf
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 32Federici
  • 33Sorensen

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 12Spence
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Pennington
  • 3Knudsen
  • 6Chalobah
  • 21Downes
  • 36LankesterSubstituted forEdwardsat 65’minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 11NolanSubstituted forDozzellat 73’minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 19RobertsSubstituted forHarrisonat 80’minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Edwards
  • 10Harrison
  • 15Bishop
  • 17Rowe
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23Dozzell
  • 33Bialkowski
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:24,694

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Ipswich Town 0.

Ellis Harrison (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Cuco Martina.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Darren Fletcher replaces Sam Clucas.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Stoke City).

Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Saido Berahino (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ellis Harrison replaces Jordan Roberts.

Jack Butland (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Andre Dozzell replaces Jon Nolan.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Benik Afobe.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Nolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. James McClean replaces Tom Ince.

Attempt missed. Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Saido Berahino (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

Booking

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Gwion Edwards replaces Jack Lankester.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).

Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 2, Ipswich Town 0. Joe Allen (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Pieters with a cross.

Ryan Woods (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

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