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The game was evenly poised at this point and even Stoke fans might have conceded Hull deserved something for their efforts, but the visitors ended up being undone by the old firm.

Silva made two changes to the side that started at Manchester City last weekend as Maguire and Tom Huddlestone returned from injury and suspension respectively.

Swiss global Xherdan Shaqiri was making just his 16th league start of the season on Saturday, as his Stoke side welcomed struggling Hull to the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke took the lead in the sixth minute thanks to a fierce Marko Arnautovic strike but struggled to build on it as Mark Hughes' men sought to end a run of four consecutive defeats.

The Tigers, who have taken only one point away from home in seven months, made a good fist of trying to change the pattern and played some good football at the times, subjecting the Stoke defence to some hard passages.

It has been billed as Stoke's most important game of the season. Michael dawson was then beaten easily by Arnautovic, who while holding off Harry Maguire, thumped a shot into the net off the underside of the bar.

Yet Stoke manager Mark Hughes responded by bringing on the physical and aerial threats of Jon Walters and Peter Crouch.

Arnautovic picked up Shaqiri's ball and cut inside onto his right foot before firing a shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.

"You know what you're going to get, they understand what's required when they are called upon".

Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic then rescued Hull with a terrific stop from a header by substitute Jonathan Walters and Niasse, on loan from Everton, was then again wasteful as he wildly blasted over with the goal at his mercy. Burnley then came close to a leveller but Kamil Grosicki and Oumar Niasse were denied by Lee Grant and Martins Indi respectively.

In bright sunshine, Swansea had more than their fair share of possession in the second half but created little, their best chance a stoppage-time header by Gylfi Sigurdsson that flashed just wide.

"Shaq is all pace and strength but he's a technician as well", Hughes said admiringly. The corner is taking short to Clucas who has time to deliver a cross into the penalty area, Stoke fail to clear and it falls kindly for Maguire at the back post who makes no mistake. The second half we reacted, started strong, scored the goal.

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