x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Battling Stoke hold off Manchester City

Ryan Shawcross hails his team's spirit and work ethic after 10-man Stoke produce a determined performance to beat Manchester City.

Manchester City's Craig Bellamy puts his hands to his head as James Beattie (20) celebrates with teammates after scoring for Stoke.
Manchester City's Craig Bellamy puts his hands to his head as James Beattie (20) celebrates with teammates after scoring for Stoke.

A goal from James Beattie for 10-man Stoke was enough to give them three valuable points at home against Manchester City. Beattie, a £3.5 million (Dh18.7m) signing from Sheffield United, scored his second goal in successive games to give the Potters their first win since November. Stoke, who had taken a break in Dubai to give them fresh impetus, had Rory Delap sent off in the 38th minute for bringing down Shaun Wright-Phillips from behind and then foolishly kicking the ball against the player on the ground.

The City player did retaliate with a kick, but escaped punishment. That sense of injustice seemed to spur Stoke and they scored in the fifth minute of first-half injury time.