Stoke quickly put last week's defeat at Colchester behind them, securing an excellent 1-0 victory at Ipswich. The match itself was not notable for its quality, but again brings us 3 welcome points, with the added bonus that we are now back in the playoff places in 4th spot.
The return of Salif Diao clearly made a real difference, bringing quality, stability, simplicity, and linkage to the team. Again Lee Hendrie made a telling contribution to the match, his clever back heel setting up Liam Lawrence to score the winning goal in the 71st minute.
Enforced changes to the back four might have been expected to cause disruption.Another excellent cleansheet speaks for itself though!!
Things are now set up nicely for the match against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.
LINK: Sunday Times Match Report