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Stoke City 1-0 Hull City: Odemwingie scores in third straight (video)

Steven N'Zonzi, Jake Livermore

Stoke City’s Steven N’Zonzi, right, gets away from Hull City’s Jake Livermore during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke On Trent, England, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

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Mark Hughes’ Stoke City is now unbeaten in five matches after scrapping together a 1-0 home win over Hull City on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a second-half goal from resurgent Peter Odemwingie.

The Potters now have 40 points on the season and solid-footing in the top half of the table, while Hull is now seven points clear of the drop zone after sacrificing the points.

Stoke had a good amount of the play early but their passes were a hair off, in particular deep in Hull territory. The Potters control went into the 10th minute, when Tom Huddlestone tore into a ball from about 22 yards away only to see it deflected out for a corner that came to nothing.

The two clubs couldn’t find a goal when they matched up at Hull earlier this season, and it stood 0-0 at the half. It was a gritty first 45 minutes that didn’t provide much to look at for supporters. If you’re a neutral, you were looking for a better match elsewhere by the half-hour mark, though Shane Long provided a few moments worth watching.

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Hull should’ve found the lead in the 56th minute, but Asmir Begovic made a huge save and Nikita Jelavic couldn’t slot home the rebound of a David Meyler left-footed shot.

Stoke broke through in the 62nd through Odemwingie, who took advantage of lax defending and fired a low left-footed shot past a diving Harper to put the Potters ahead 1-0. It came off a horrible pass from Ahmed Elmohamady. The Potters had all the play, and a Harper save in the 75th kept the deficit at just one.

The goal was Odemwingie’s fourth in his last three matches, all Stoke wins.

LINEUPS

Stoke City: Begovic; Pieters, Wilson, Shawcross, Cameron; Arnautovic (Adam, 85'), Nzonzi, Whelan (Palacios, 81'); Ireland, Odemwingie, Crouch (Guidetti, 86')

Goals: Odemwingie (62)

Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce (Aluko, 70), Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone (Quinn, 81'), Livermore, Jelavic (Sagbo, 79') Long, Elmohamady

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