• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 27,490
  • Walters, 5
  • Jones, 12
  • Walters, 49
  • Gerrard, pen 2

live commentary

90+4 mins: That's full time! Stoke claim a richly-deserved three points thanks to Walters' double and one from Jones in a quality performance. That's six Premier League games unbeaten now for Stoke, and 16 at home! The Potters move up to 8th, two points behind Arsenal, while Liverpool slip to 10th. Thanks for following Orange's live commentary - enjoy what's left of Boxing Day!

90+2 mins: Suarez from distance... woeful. He just didn't get hold of it, and it bounces through to safety.

Jac, London: "Trouble is the top teams duff you up as well mate ..."

90 mins: There's four minutes added on at fortress Britannia - only four goals conceded in the Premier League this season, including tonight. What a record.

89 mins: Gerrard sees a long-range effort turned away by Begovic! The flag's up against Cole for offside as he looks to get the loose ball back in.

Jez, Hants: "Yeah right pal ..well this lesser team .is giving you a right seeing to 2nite !! ha"

86 mins: Suarez plays a one-two with Cole before getting tripped on the edge of the box by Whelan who's booked. After much wall-arranging by Stoke and debate by Liverpool, Suarez bends it in to the wall.

83 mins: Third change for Stoke, Shotton on for Etherington.

82 mins: Suarez wins a corner down the right, it's sent in towards Agger but cleared. Bit of afters between Huth and Shelvey plus a kick at keeper Begovic but Webb keeps his cards away.

80 mins: Suarez's first touch in the box takes him wide of the left post, he pulls back to Sterling whose shot from the edge of the box is deflected high and claimed.

Nick, Somerset: "We are one of the lesser teams now!"

78 mins: Second sub for Stoke. Jones gets a great ovation after working his socks off and bagging a goal to boot, being replaced by Crouch.

77 mins: Third and final sub for Liverpool as Cole comes on for Downing.

74 mins: Whelan meets a clearance on the volley but it's never going to trouble Reina from 35 yards. Well wide.

James, Weston-super-Mare: "liverpool always lose against the lesser teams..just need to learn how to beat them"

72 mins: Reina needs treatment after diving to catch a cross from the left and being clattered into by Whitehead. No malice in it, the ball was there to go for and his momentum did the rest.

70 mins: Sub for the Potters, Kightly being replaced by Whitehead.

69 mins: Gerrard gets studs and nothing more on the ball as he brings Jones down on the edge of the box. That's enough for ref Webb though, who waves the protests away and plays on.

67 mins: Gerrard appears to have picked up a knock, or a pull... but we play on. Downing's brought down by Shawcross inches outside the right of the box. Downing bends the direct shot in but it's cleared by Wilkinson setting up Kightly on the break. Enrique does well to thwart him though, 40 yards from goal.

66 mins: Neat play by Liverpool, until those Xmas slippers let them down again. Sterling cuts in from the left, finds Suarez, he feeds Henderson in the box who slips at the wrong moment and handles on the deck. Suarez lifts the loose ball into the net but the whistle's already gone.

63 mins: Sterling's caught by Cameron on the left wing after a hospital ball by Enrique. Gerrard lofts the free-kick in but Begovic comes through bodies to grasp it.

61 mins: Enrique plays a lofted ball through to Suarez, Begovic comes to clear and the striker catches him with a high boot. Both need treatment before the Uruguayan's flashed a yellow.

59 mins: Rodgers makes a second change, Lucas being replaced by Henderson.

57 mins: Liverpool win a couple of quick corners but Stoke break from the second, it looks promising but a final ball catches Walters just offside and the flag goes up.

Peter, Cardiff: "Gerrard to Score in 2nd half Liverpool have to take Charge"

55 mins: Suarez chases a lost cause down the right and just fails to keep it in. He's run himself daft so far.

52 mins: Jones feeds Etherington down the left, his cross is cleared by Agger but only as far as Etherington once more, he lobs it back in to Jones who shoots on the turn but it's no danger for Reina.

Dax, Kent: "Great to see Stoke stuffing the Reds !!...Come on you potters!!"

49 mins: GREAT STRIKE FROM WALTERS! Jones heads a throw-in from the left on, Walters controls on his chest 12 yards out and volleys on the turn past the despairing challenge of Agger and the diving Reina!

48 mins: Sterling leaves Shawcross for dead down the left and gets to the line, he cuts the ball back but with hardly any pace, it dribbles towards Suarez whose awkward shot from six yards is past the near post!

46 mins: Liverpool get the second half started playing left to right with one change to report, Sterling replacing Suso for the visitors.

Alison, Cheshire: "the reds to win 3 2"

45+1 mins: That's half time! A superb first 45 which exploded into life right from the start, Gerrard converting from the spot after Suarez was hauled down in the first minute. Stoke quickly hit back through Walters' shot after a slip by Skrtel, and took the lead after 12 minutes via Jones' header from a corner. Keep your thoughts on the game coming, and join me for the second half from 2050.

45 mins: Just the one minute added on by ref Webb after a breathless first half.

44 mins: Superb smother by Reina as he comes to meet Etherington's shot on the volley down the right of his box. He then follows up by gathering the loose ball to save the corner and bowling out quick-smart.

42 mins: Shelvey drives through midfield but fails to look up and see Suarez waiting to be slipped in, instead striking a weak shot from 20 yards which is simple for Begovic.

41 mins: Suarez fails to nutmeg Huth on the edge of the box but the loose ball falls to Gerrard - his snapshot is high and very wide though.

38 mins: Etherington leaves Johnson in his wake but Skrtel covers with a fine sliding tackle.

36 mins: Suarez wriggles free down the right of the box and shoots from the tightest of angles, he'd need something special to beat Begovic from there and the keeper makes a decent stop at his near post.

34 mins: A loose ball out by Enrique is headed straight back towards goal by Etherington but it drops four yards wide!

31 mins: Wilkinson floats a cross in, Johnson's not sure of what's behind him so heads it on for a corner down the left.

29 mins: Liverpool go close! Downing beats Kightly down the left wing thanks to a slip, he crosses, Suso leaves it for Gerrard who hits it first time from 22 yards but it drops just wide of the left post!

Adam, Norwich: "lol yeah just had 10er on him 8/1. first pen of season knew 1 coming soon, not that soon lol"

Mush, Burton: "You jammy git Adam! Did you bet on Gerrard?"

26 mins: Suarez's touch with the outside of the boot is a little heavy from a through ball and it enables Begovic to gather on the deck. This is frantic.

23 mins: N'Zonzi's cross is half-cleared to Etherington who strikes a mighty fine shot from the edge of the box which takes a nick for a corner. Reina gathers under pressure.

21 mins: Shelvey's picked out with a ball over the top but it's a poor touch and Stoke clear.

18 mins: Downing's cross from the right doesn't pick out Shelvey in the box and Suso loses his footing. The Liverpool squad appear to have been given slippers for Christmas and are trying them out tonight.

15 mins: Loose touch from Suarez after the ball drops to him in the box and Stoke get it away.

12 mins: JONES HEADS STOKE IN FRONT! What a belter of a Boxing Day match we've got on our hands! Stoke have turned it round and lead 10 minutes after falling behind thanks to the striker who gets on the end of a corner from the left to flash a header past Reina and Johnson on the line!

11 mins: Stoke win a corner on the near side but Reina gets enough on it in a crowded box to clear his area.

9 mins: Kightly flights an early cross into the box, Jones bids to control it on the far side but can't as he'd like and Liverpool clear.

8 mins: Nothing's happened for three minutes. Knew this would be a rubbish game ;-)

Jake Piper, Holsworthy: "0-1 ohhhh 1-1"

5 mins: WALTERS EQUALISES! Skrtel slips on the edge of the box as he tries to defend a long ball, it lets Walters in and he slots past Reina from ten yards!

4 mins: It's a second quickfire booking for the Potters, Cameron for an industrial challenge on Lucas in midfield.

2 mins: GERRARD SCORES FROM THE SPOT! He sends Begovic the wrong way and slots it in the left-hand corner! What a start at fortress Britannia where Stoke have only let in three goals in the league before tonight!

1 min: PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Shawcross has a handful of Suarez's shirt down the right of the box! He's booked, Gerrard steps up...

0 mins: We're under way with Stoke playing left to right in the first half, Liverpool in their black 'n' grey number.

1917: Evening all, and welcome to Orange's live commentary on the last of today's Boxing Day Premier League clashes as Stoke host Liverpool. Charlie Adam is on the bench against his former side after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his father last week. Peter Crouch also has to content himself with a place on the bench against his former club, while the Michael Owen doesn't even make the squad as he works his way back to fitness after injury. Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen remain on the bench for the Liverpool after being rested for the win over Fulham, Suso and Jonjo Shelvey keeping their places in Brendan Rodgers' side. Stewart Downing also keeps his place in the starting XI after his impressive performance against the Cottagers when he finally managed to score his first Premier League goal for the Reds. I'll bring you live commentary from 1945, in the mean time use the box on the right to send in your predictions and any bets you've got on tonight.

Adam, Norwich: "again skrtel 1st scorer 25/1 twice he has this season,or gerrard liverpool well overdue a penalty 2nites the nite!!!"

Chris, Exeter: "& the XMAS 'PUDDING' Award goes 2: ALL match officials who give bad decisions.. Stoke cd cause an upset. @least 1 red card."

Tracey Doyle, Stoke fan: "I really think tonights game will be a real christmas cracker with both teams going all out for a win.And i really think Stoke will not concede any goals tonight at home and keep up their stunning defensive record"

Joe the Potter from Liverpool: "Can see a christmas cracker tonite. Tps red army to fill there sacks, against th scouse pudings. 3-2"

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 27,490
  • Walters, 5
  • Jones, 12
  • Walters, 49
  • Gerrard, pen 2

match report

Jon Walters scored twice as Stoke City responded in style to giving away a penalty in the opening minute against Liverpool with a 3-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium.

The well-deserved success for Tony Pulis' men lifted them above their opponents to eighth in the Premier League table, with Brendan Rodgers' inconsistent visitors now down in 10th.

There was an explosive opening to the final top-flight encounter of a busy Boxing Day with Ryan Shawcross rightly penalised for pulling Luis Suarez shirt by referee Howard Webb with barely 30 seconds on the clock.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard took responsibility and made no mistake from 12 yards, firing low and hard into the bottom corner as the visitors picked up from where they left off having romped to a 4-0 weekend win over Fulham.

But Stoke were back on terms soon after as Martin Skrtel's costly slip in defence after a long ball forward allowed Walters to burst into the box and beat Reina with some style.

And the hosts were in front in the 12th minute as the Reds switched off badly at a corner, allowing Kenwyne Jones to advance to the far post before glancing a header home, with no marker or man on the upright in sight for Liverpool.

Reina then had to be at his best to tip over a searing drive from Matt Etherington, while Gerrard side-footed narrowly wide at the other end of the field after good work from Stewart Downing and Suso down the flank.

Suarez drilled in a low shot from a tight angle which Asmir Begovic did well to block at his near post and as the interval approached Reina was quickly off his line to smother Etherington's shot following a deep cross to the back post.

The Uruguay international then clipped the outside of Begovic's post with a scuffed shot at the start of the second period as Liverpool looked to get back on terms, only to find themselves further in arrears in the 49th minute.

Walters showed superb technique to chest down Jones' flick on after a long throw into the penalty area before firing a first-time volley beyond the despairing dive of Reina.

The Reds goalkeeper needed treatment after a nasty collision with Dean Whitehead in the 70th minute as they contested a low ball into the box, but was thankfully able to continue.

Rodgers' side pressed in a vain attempt to get back into the game in the closing stages, but often looked more likely to concede on the break than find a way past Begovic once again, with the Potters No.1 turning away a long-range effort from Gerrard in the last minute.

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team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
17Ryan Shawcross
2Geoff Cameron
28Andy Wilkinson
4Robert Huth
6Glenn Whelan
19Jonathan Walters
26Matthew Etherington83
21Michael Kightly70
15Steven N'Zonzi
9Kenwyne Jones78


16Charlie Adam
25Peter Crouch78
20Matthew Upson
30Ryan Shotton83
18Dean Whitehead70
33Cameron Jerome
29Thomas Sřrensen


Howard Webb

team line-up

25José Reina
2Glen Johnson
37Martin Skrtel
3José Enrique
5Daniel Agger
33Jonjo Shelvey
21Lucas Leiva59
8Steven Gerrard
7Luis Suárez
19Stewart Downing77


23Jamie Carragher
1Bradley Jones
16Sebastián Coates
14Jordan Henderson59
10Joe Cole77
31Raheem Sterling45
24Joe Allen


Howard Webb

match stats

possession %3762
shots on target54
shots off target26
tackles won1719