Adam Davies came with a reputation for saving penalties when he landed at Stoke City from Barnsley in the summer of 2019 but it’s taken a long time to see it.
But here he was, the main man in the penalty shoot-out which finally earned Stoke a Carabao Cup win over Blackpool.
Here are the player ratings from the bet365 Stadium as Stoke head into the second round.
Davies: Smart save to stop CJ Hamilton in first half and hero in the shoot-out. It’s a long time since a Stoke keeper has saved penalties! 8
Smith: A bit ring rusty first-half as he settles in again at wing-back. 6
McClean: Should have taken late first half chance which he smacked just wide. 6
Batth: No nonsense in middle of three-man defence and never pretended to be anything else. 6
Chester: Not quite at it in early stages but a couple of important tackles and could’ve scored. 6
Martins Indi: Challenged at times by CJ Hamilton’s pace on left of back three. Cool penalty. 6
Thompson: Not his tidiest performance against his old club and will be relieved after missing penalty 6
Clucas: Captain again but chances were few and far between for him attacking sense. 6
Powell: Normally trusty passing radar a little awry on first day back. 6
Gregory: Two good opportunities spurned in the first half, which strikers can’t afford with so much competition. 6
Afobe: A couple of good bits of hold up play but will want to be a bigger threat than he was here. 6
Campbell (for Gregory, 63): Immediately gave attack a different dimension with running but no chances. 6
Fletcher (for Afobe, 63): Keen to get his head on anything as he made his debut from the bench. 6
Oakley-Boothe (for Powell, 74): A late run out for a player who has been impressing manager in training. 6
Not used: Nna Noukeu, Fox, Ince, Souttar.
Blackpool: Maxwell, Husband, Robson, Anderson, Yates, Kaikai, Nottingham (Thorniley, 73), Ward (Virtue, 73), Turton, Ekpiteta, Hamilton. Subs: Sims, Sarkic, Madine, Antwi, Shaw.