Walters and Tuncay put Potters through

Jon Walters and Tuncay scored first-half headers as Stoke made the Carling Cup third round with a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury at the Britannia.

Last Updated: 24/08/10 at 22:14 Post Comment

Walters: Celebrates opening goal

Walters: Celebrates opening goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Walters and Tuncay put Stoke in command before half-time with headed goals in the 26th and 37th minute but the Premier League side were forced to endure a nervy last 10 minutes thanks to Steve Leslie's 79th minute goal.

Tony Pulis' side held on for the win but whether Asmir Begovic will be heading with them along the road to Wembley remains to be seen.

The Bosnian was not included in tonight's squad, leading to speculation the goalkeeper is about to leave the Britannia Stadium, with Chelsea among the reported suitors.

His absence provided all of the pre-match talk but Stoke's players did not appear disturbed by it on the pitch.

Walters, who arrived from Ipswich last week, got on the end of a cross from Matthew Etherington to send a glancing header beyond goalkeeper Chris Neal in the 26th minute.

This time there was no dispute about Walters' effort. He thought he had equalised in stoppage time against Tottenham on Saturday only for referee Chris Foy to allow play to continue.

Shrewsbury suffered a further blow in the 37th minute and again Etherington was the provider.

The midfielder's delivery into the area was met by Tuncay and for the second time in the space of 11 minutes Neal was beaten by a header.

Whelan thumped in a shot from distance Neel did well to parry as Stoke kept up the pressure and it continued after the break.

Etherington surged forward in the 54th minute and drove in a shot that caught Neal on the hop, with the goalkeeper grateful to turn it around the post for a corner.

Shrewsbury were finding it difficult getting out of their own half and Whelan was off-target from distance before Michael Tonge dragged a shot wide of the post.

Pulis decided to shake things up and brought on Ricardo Fuller for Tuncay in the 67th minute with Chelsea to come on Saturday.

The sight of Fuller coming on the pitch must have been slightly un-nerving for Shrewsbury, given he scored against Tottenham

However to their credit they pulled a goal back in the 79th minute through Leslie, who headed in at the back post.

Leslie took full advantage after Ryan Shawcross and then Nash failed to deal with a routine cross from Sean McAllister.

Walters should have restored Stoke's two-goal advantage in the 85th minute but he somehow clipped his close-range effort wide of the post.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 01 March 2015
16:00
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Report
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
19:45
Sheff Utd 2-2 Tottenham Report
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool Report
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Tottenham 1-0 Sheff Utd Report
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea Report
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
B'mouth 1-3 Liverpool  
Tottenham 4-0 Newcastle Report
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Derby 1-3 Chelsea Report
Sheff Utd 1-0 So'ton Report
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Man City 0-2 Newcastle Report

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal denies bust up with Man Utd assistant Ryan Giggs

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit out after he was asked about his relationship with Ryan Giggs.

Roy Hodgson says Harry Kane is ready to play for England but may have to wait

Roy Hodgson says Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to play for England but says it is not a certainty he will be called up.

Papiss Cisse faces seven-match ban after admitting FA charge

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse faces a seven-match ban after admitting an FA charge relating to Wednesday's spitting incident.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company