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Peter Crouch lands his 100th Premier League goal as Stoke draw with Everton

Thursday 2nd February 2017
Stoke City came into the game not losing in their last three games. Everton step into the game on a good run having not lost in their last five Premier League games.

Stoke City (4-2-3-1):  L. Grant; E. Pieters, B. Martins Indi, R. Shawcross, P. Bardsley; C. Adam, G. Whelan; M. Arnautovic, J. Allen, I. Afellay; P. Crouch

Everton (3-5-2): Joel Robles; Ramiro Funes Mori, A. Williams, M. Holgate; L. Baines, R. Barkley, M. Schneiderlin, T. Davies, S. Coleman; K. Mirallas, R. Lukaku

The first real attempt on goal in the game came from Stoke City. A lofted through ball down the left wing to Marko Arnautovic was then played across the box to Peter Crouch. All was needed was to tap it into the back of the net and that's what he did to make it 1-0.

This goal was a landmark for Peter Crouch as it was his 100th premier League goal. He celebrated in fashion by bringing back "the robot" or the "Crouchbot" as some people call it.

Everton knew that they needed to get back in the game and instantly replied with a number of chances. A Ross Barkley shot was hit high and wide to the right. In the 12th minute, Barkley headed at goal only for it to be blocked.

A couple of minutes later Seamus Coleman hit a left footed shot from a resulted corner which missed to the left side of the goal. Leighton Baines then set up Romelu Lukaku but Lukaku's shot missed.

Charlie Adam set up Crouch for a header only to be saved by Robles. A few minutes later Arnautovic headed to Crouch who then had a shot only for it to miss. The game started to see action in both ends.

In the 27th minute, Kevin Mirallas missed an attempt. Seamus Coleman also had another shot but missed again. Back at the other end, Adam set up Arnautovic but Robles was able to save the shot.

In the 39th minute, there was a bit of controversy as Seamus Coleman struck the ball inside the stoke box and the ball deflected off Ryan Shawcross to be directed into his own goal. As Coleman struck the ball it appeared Lukaku may have been offside.

The linesman had put his flag up as to say the goal was offside. However, the referee Craig Pawson walked over to the linesman to have a discussion about the decision and eventually gave Everton the goal. I'm not saying it should or shouldn't have been a goal as it is debatable but it's definitely one of the most bizarre situations I've witnessed at a football match.
Just before halftime Arnautovic had a shot saved by Robles. Both sides go into the half at one a piece with action in both ends.

After coming out for the second half Everton made an instant change bringing on James McCarthy for Mason Holgate. Ross Barkley brought up the first attempt of the half with a shot that was saved by Lee Grant.

Charlie Adam attempted a trademark long-range effort but Robles was able to track back in time to save the shot. A minute later in the 59th minute Phil Bardsley hit a shot but it went high and wide.

Crouch had two chances in the space of a minute both being headers. He wasn't able to get them on target and missed both chances.

Stoke then brought on new signing Saido Berahino to replace Joe Allen. A welcoming applause was given to Berahino around the stadium as he ran onto the pitch.

Ibrahim Afellay had a shot in the 68th minute but was unable to put Stoke back into the lead. Everton replied with control over the game. Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin looked to have a great connection in the Evertonian midfield.

Everton brought on their new signing Ademola Lookman for Kevin Mirallas. Lookman looked very sharp as he came onto the pitch. Although not a big physique, he had great awareness and pace. Just after coming on he had a shot on goal but it was saved by Grant in the Stoke goal.

In the 76th minute, Schneiderlin headed inside the Stoke box but Lee Grant was there again to save Stoke from going behind. Two minutes later Schneiderlin shot an attempt outside the box. Grant was there again to save the shot.
Afellay shot at the Everton goal in the 84th minute but it was blocked. Saido Berahino had his first real chance in the game in the same minute as his shot was blocked. A minute later and a Shawcross header was saved by Robles.

Straight back down to the other end of the pitch and a Tom Davies header was saved by Lee grant. Lookman had another shot but it went wide. In the final minutes, Stoke brought on Belgian youngster Julien Ngoy for Marko Arnautovic.

The last chance was a shot by Charlie Adam but it was blocked. The referee blows for full time and it ends 1-1. Although both teams wanted the win they won't be disappointed with the result. In my opinion, I would say it was a fair result as both teams had plenty of chances and at points, it was end-to-end.

Man of the Match: Peter Crouch

Both goalkeepers played important roles in this fixture but the man who stole the show was Peter Crouch. Not just because he got his 100th Premier League goal but literally every long ball he jumped for he won the header. He even showed a few fancy flicks. Turning 36 earlier in the week, Peter crouch showed us all he's still capable of scoring goals and winning aerial battles against top defenders.

Attendance: 27,612

This result leaves both teams on good terms with Everton now unbeaten in six Premier League games and Stoke unbeaten in four Premier League games.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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