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Stoke return to winning ways at home

By Lewis Williamson, Stoke City writer

Stoke City welcomed Huddersfield Town to the Britannia this Saturday, hoping to bring their form back on track after a disappointing trip away to Fulham that saw them end their unbeaten run as the Cottagers put three past Stoke.

Huddersfield came into the game in high spirits after beating Reading at home by four, hoping the international break wouldn’t interrupt their form.

Michael O’Neill’s lads managed to rally the team around after the international break to secure the three points to keep the pressure on promotion rivals Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.

The lineup featured just two changes from the defeat to Fulham, with Joe Allen coming into the centre of the park to replace loanee Romaine Sawyers and Sam Surridge taking Steven Fletcher’s place up front.

Despite the nil each score at the halftime break, there was plenty of action in the first half between the sides with Joe Bursik being called into action for several saves. Surridge came close early on with a header off the back of a free-kick outside the 18-yard box, but the chance was too high.

The Terriers fought back with a close header at the other end that went just wide just before the half. Two minutes into the second half, the breakthrough came for the visitors as Joe Bursik stopped Sorba Thomas’ freekick with his feet and off Terriers captain Jonathan Hogg, teeing up Harry Toffolo to open the scoring,

The Potters responded within three minutes, with Jacob Brown heading home from a corner on the left side by Mario Vrančić, beating Lee Nicholls who barely moved an inch.

After another thirteen minutes, Stoke took the lead to seal the three points after Mario Vrančić hit another great ball into the box from the right-hand side off a weaving run for Matty Pearson to turn the ball into his own net, ending the Terrier’s three game-winning run.

Michael O’Neill’s side are looking to continue their promotion push with a midweek visit from Barnsley.

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