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Championship Top Five, Round 21: Allen helps Stoke end poor run

Championship Top Five, Round 21: Allen helps Stoke end poor run

He is joined by team-mate James McClean who also impressed versus Luton

3:42pm on Thursday 12th December 2019
Martin Macdonald
Joe Allen
M, DM (C) - Stoke - 29 yrs
Dec 10, 2019
90Minutes played
4Tackles won
12Final third passes
12Duels won
7Ball recovered
92Successfull passes %

Stoke bounced back from an awful run of three straight defeats by beating Luton 3-0 on Tuesday, with Joe Allen leading the charge from midfield with two goals. His first came to make it to 2-0 to the home side, as he glanced in a front-post header after some good work from James McClean. The second, though, was classic Allen as he bit at the feet of the opposition midfielder to win possession in a dangerous area before running through the middle to pass a calm finish into the bottom right corner. The former Liverpool man dominated the midfield on the night, winning four tackles, as well as making seven ball recoveries. His command of the ball was also impressive as he completed 34 out of 37 attempted passes for a success rate of 92%.

Grant Hall
D (C) - QPR - 28 yrs
Dec 11, 2019
3Tackles won
11Duels won
7Aerials won
3Ball recovered

It was a real captain's performance from Grant Hall against Birmingham, as not only was he solid in his usual defensive duties, but he also opened the scoring for QPR after a melee inside the box allowed the ball to drop for him to smuggle a finish home. At the back, he was excellent, winning 100% of his tackles, 11/13 duels, and 7/8 aerial duels. He constantly helped curb Birmingham attacks with his reading of the game, as he made three ball recoveries, two interceptions, and seven clearances, too.

James McClean
W, AM (L) - Stoke - 30 yrs
Dec 10, 2019
9Final third passes
5Duels won
2Ball recovered
11Passes completed

Back to Stoke, now, and McClean makes the cut after impressing for the Potters with a goal and an assist of his own, with the assist being the aforementioned one for Allen. His own goal was typical McClean as he ran at the defender with speed down the left before moving into a more central area to lash a strike across the box into the bottom right corner. He sent 12 crosses into the box for team-mates, which was the second-highest of any player in the Championship this midweek.

Jed Wallace
M, DM (R) - Millwall - 25 yrs
Dec 10, 2019
15Final third passes
7Duels won
8Ball recovered

Jed Wallace was superb down the right wing for Millwall in their 2-1 victory away at Bristol City, scoring once and then setting up the winner. To open the scoring for the visitors, he embarked on an incisive run down the channel and eventually into the area before catching the goalkeeper out with a squeezed strike into the near post, with the keeper expecting a shot to the opposite corner. To assist the winner, he sent a teasing cross to the back post for Jake Cooper to glance in, with Bristol City's goal coming late on as a consolation.

André Ayew
AM (RL) - Swansea - 29 yrs
Dec 11, 2019
5Total shots
2Tackles won
15Final third passes
7Touches in box
91Successfull passes %

Swansea may have drew at home to Blackburn this week, but they can take heart from the performance of Andre Ayew, who deserved to be on a winning side. The hosts found themselves 1-0 down after just four minutes after a Danny Graham goal, but Ayew clawed things back to 1-1 with an uncharacteristic towering header into the corner from a set-piece. On the night, he sent 15 balls into the final third, completed four dribbles, and completed 30/33 attempted passes.


The aforementioned Jake Cooper (7.9) scored the second of Millwall's goals to ultimately see them to victory in Bristol, and was solid at the back, too, winning 5/6 duels, 100% of his tackles, and 4/5 aerial duels as well as making 10 clearances.


Moses Odubajo (4.9) eventually got sent off for Sheffield Wednesday late on after a second booking, but he wasn't great up until that point anyway as he lost possession no less than 10 times.

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