That’s their seventh Premier League defeat out of 11 games this season, their third on the spin. It leaves them in sixteenth place, three points off the relegation zone. The win moves Stoke up to 12th, sandwiched between West Brom and Watford. They were completely outplayed at times tonight, but dug in for a fine win against a Chelsea team that put in one of its better performances of the season, but still got beaten.
Man of the match for me was Eirik Pieters, who soldiered on for the entire game despite having his nose smeared all over his face for most of it. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he also took a football in the swingers, which will at least have taken his mind off the pain in his nose.
The midfielder scored in the 53rd minute to give Mark Hughes’s men a narrow victory and consign the visitors to their seventh defeat of the Premier League season.
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