Relieved man – Stoke City goalscorer reveals why close-range effort was special



Joe Allen looked more delighted than usual after stabbing home a second for Stoke City against Cardiff from all of a couple of yards.

And with good reason because in that instant he might well have been thinking about one he missed from a similar distance against Derby earlier in the season.

But the fact today’s effort also came against Cardiff, mortal enemy to his beloved Swansea, did not, Allen insists, make the goal any more special than usual.

“They’re the ones that when they fall for you, it’s great to  be able to stab them in from that distance,” said the popular Welshman after the 2-0 victory.

“I missed one earlier in the season, probably from closer, so it was good to get on the scoresheet.

“And I think the second goal, in games like that, always give you that bit of breathing space.

“They peppered us with direct balls, but never really had a big chance to get back in the game, so it was job done.

“I have scored against them before (for Swansea), but it was many years ago and wasn’t from as close as that one.”

But surely he enjoyed a special tingle after scoring against Cardiff, of all clubs?

“No, I just want to get on the scoresheet in any game.

“It didn’t really matter who it was against, it was about Stoke City’s situation and about bouncing back from the QPR game and making sure the trauma from that wasn’t too much.

“Regardless of who we were playing, we were going to make sure we were at the races.

“It wasn’t an epic performance. I don’t think we can say we were perfect, but we were reasonably comfortable and as we all know it’s the results that are the priority for us and going later into the game it wasn’t really in doubt.”





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