The Anglo-South African got his walking orders with the ex-Nigeria global moving the Potters to their first success of the period
Feed City asserted a 1-0 win over Preston North End in the Championship on Saturday with Tom Barkhuizen getting sent off without precedent for his expert profession while John Obi Mikel gave the help.
The two sides came into this match without a success in the English second-level this season. The Lilywhites previously lost at home to Swansea City before drawing at Norwich City a weekend ago. The Potters in the interim drew at Millwall on matchday one preceding losing to Bristol City the last break.
Both Barkhuizen and Mikel had played the whole an hour and a half in those matches and began for the third Championship game running.
The Anglo-South African was anyway given a straight red card for a risky foul on Stoke left-back Morgan Fox in the 22nd moment.
The burden told on Preston, as Stoke utilized that to heap on the weight which brought about the initial objective six minutes before the half time whistle.
A decent exchange between the triplet in Steven Fletcher, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Mikel brought about the Nigerian midfield veteran at last discovering Lee Gregory who tapped home from short proximity.
It was the previous Chelsea player’s first objective contribution for Stoke since he showed up in August.
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He endured the entire game for the third Championship coordinate running and delivered 64 contacts, the fourth-most elevated among Stoke players while his passing exactness of 90% from 45 passes was the most noteworthy among the Potters starters.
Mikel’s help was the one once in a lifetime opportunity he made in the game and he likewise had one fruitful spill. He effectively played three long balls out of four and won three of six ground duels.
Michael O’Neil’s men will want to sack their first home alliance win of the period when they have Birmingham City next Sunday. Before that is an EFL Cup third-round tie against Aston Villa on Thursday.
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The Potters are patient in their build-up play before Mikel's low cross is turned in by Gregory!
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