Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Stoke

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Britannia Stadium

Last Game

Stoke 1 - 2 C Palace

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stoke start tour with loss

Stoke's first match of their US tour ended in defeat as the Potters went down 2-0 to Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo.

Last Updated: 25/07/13 at 09:23 Post Comment

Jonathan Walters (right) rises for a header during Stoke's game with Houston

Jonathan Walters (right) rises for a header during Stoke's game with Houston

The Potters were undone by two Englishmen, with former Hearts winger Andrew Driver and one-time Derby and West Brom wide-man Giles Barnes scoring for the home side.

Driver opened the scoring directly from a free-kick in the 11th minute, and Barnes slotted the second goal two minutes from the end at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

Despite the loss, manager Mark Hughes said he took plenty of positives from City's performance.

"It was a very worthwhile evening for us in terms of boosting the fitness levels of the lads, because I don't think they will play in these conditions again for a while," he told Stoke City Player.

"It was incredibly tough out there for them, especially given the fact that they had a session this morning too - but that is what pre-season is all about.

"It would have been nice to have picked up a win but the fundamentals are building up the levels of fitness and working on the things that we have been doing in training on a daily basis.

"I think the lads did well in many areas tonight, despite the result. They started to play the ball out from the back and I think we controlled the play for long periods."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

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