Stoke boss Hughes hails Shaqiri wonder goal

And the Tigers were level six minutes after the restart through Maguire.

The former Inter Milan man had already set up the opening goal for Arnautovic, but his previous two goal attempts in the match were wasted.

"We have three chances to do this but the next is the most important".

The Potters retook the lead on 64 minutes with a vintage Peter Crouch goal with the forward rising above his marker to bury his header into the back of the net after Jon Walters had put in an inch ideal cross to find his man.

And incredibly, each of Shaqiri's last five strikes in the Premier League have all been scored from outside of the box, making the "Alpine Messi" one of the most unsafe players from distance in the country.

The Potters' four-game losing streak was halted with a win that moved them 11 points above a relegation zone that the Tigers are still just two clear from as they once again emerged from an away game empty handed.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "The icing on the cake was Shaqiri's goal which was a fantastic strike and capped off a really good individual performance". The hosts were only running through the motions when Hughes opted for an ultra-attacking formation with half an hour to play and his decision paid off as Walters and Crouch combined to give the hosts an invaluable lead.

Xherdan Shaqiri's stunning 30-yard strike capped a Stoke victory that eased their relegation fears and left Hull still looking nervously over their shoulder after another fruitless away day. Subs: Diouf N/A, Crouch 8, Walters 8. The switch almost paid immediate dividends as Walters brought a fine save from Jakupovic and Crouch was close to reaching the rebound, but Hull wasted an even better opportunity at the other end when Pieters was involved in a mix-up with his own goalkeeper and Niasse snatched at his shot. Substitutes: Abel Hernandez (for Huddlestone) 6, Dieumerci Mbokani (for Niasse) 6, Ahmed Elmohamady (for Markovic) 6.

6' - GOAL! Stoke make the breakthrough! Berahino had picked up a central position and wanted a squared pass.

Shaqiri scored a wonder goal to settle the match after that though. Stoke failed to deal with Clucas' volleyed ball into the box from a short corner and, after Markovic saw his initial effort blocked, Maguire bundled in off the post. The substitutes nearly make an immediate impact!

A potential spanner in the works, fly in the ointment, call it what you will, could be reported interest from Inter Milan in appointing him at the San Siro at the end of the season in place of Stefano Pioli.

- The Potters have scored 59% of their league goals in the first half this season, the highest proportion of any Premier League side. How did that not go in?

  • Lila Blake