A vastly improved Hull, though, should be confident of picking up points from their next four games against Watford, Southampton, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. Mark Hughes assured everyone there was no sense of panic, though there must have been a degree of concern when Hull came back from a goal down and began looking for a victor in the second half.
Former Swansea City and Hull City defender Sam Ricketts says the Welsh club are favourites to be relegated of the two this season.
- After keeping two clean sheets in their first four league games under Marco Silva, Hull have since conceded in nine consecutive outings.
The Potters came into this contest on the back of four consecutive defeats but they were handed the ideal start when Marko Arnautovic made the break through after only six minutes and the hosts continued to dominate the opening stages of the game. Hull will have to look for the points they need for survival at home, but they probably knew that anyway.
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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 flawless cross to find his man.
Grant saved from Grosicki to prevent it becoming 2-2 and after Walters struck the crossbar, Shaqiri let rip from 30 yards with a left-footed drive that soared into the top corner to virtually assure Stoke's Premier League status for another term.
In the 10th minute Arnautovic could have completed his brace but he blazed over the bar from Shaqiri's pass once again. Although cut open a few times at the back Hull kept coming forward and showed some stylish passing of their own. "Five more games, the next game is a chance for more points". Harry Maguire then replied for Hull after the break.
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 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.
Walters' header from Arnautovic's cross was brilliantly kept out by Eldin Jakupovic and Crouch could not contort his body into a position to fire the rebound on target. Jakupovic had no chance.