Bunn 17 Roman (pen) 66
Stoke City 0
- Match reports
- Sat 30 Oct 2010, 1:57PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
City's youngsters sent Stoke back down the M6 without reward and might have inflicted heavier punishment as they extended their unbeaten home record at Platt Lane.
Skipper Harry Bunn scored a typically impressive opener after 17 minutes and Juan Angel Roman, who set that one up, then chipped in with the 66th-minute penalty that ensured Stoke had no way back into the game.
But the visitors were second best for much of the game, save for a spell just before half time when the Blues eased off, and Adam Drury should certainly have made it three when he stroked a late shot against the post.
Wide man Drury and centre-forward Bunn readily switched positions to give Stoke's defence more to think about, and Roman was a further threat to a big side that sometimes lacked City's quality and quicker feet.
Bunn's opener was partly down to quick thinking from Roman, the Spaniard shaping to cross then playing the short pass to his captain, who spun off his marker, turned and cracked a low shot inside the keeper's left-hand post.
Drury could have had another following a smart one-two with Roman, shooting wide of the far post instead, and Roman had already forced a great save from Dave Parton with the first real opportunity of the game.
Stoke's pressure before the interval put City under the cosh, and the visitors had handball claims rejected after Laton Wint's shot into a crowd of players before Erik Johnansen saved well from Tunji Agbaji's header.
City's bright start to the second half was reinforced by the introduction of Alex Henshall, and the substitute's first surging run ended with the winger being upended in the box by Parton to concede the spot kick.
Roman tucked it away without ceremony, and City subs Albert Rusnak and George King - who had snatched the late winner at Wolves last time out - served merely to emphasise the quality in Scott Sellars' and Steve Eyre's squad.
City: Johansen, Coulson, Kennedy, K Skozgurd, Meppen-Walters, Drury, Evans (Rusnak 72), Clowes, Robinson (King 69), Roman, Bunn (Henshall, 64).