Stoke City 3-2 Reading: Sam Surridge scores his debut goal, earning Potters first win on an opening day since 2009.


Stoke beat Reading 3-2 on the first day of the new Championship campaign thanks to Sam Surridge who was the debutant.

The 23-year old came from the bench to help the hosts win their first opening-day win since 2009. In an entertaining encounter at Bet365, Michael O'Neill's Potters were twice retired back by Nick Powell and Jacob Brown. However, John Swift and Liam Moore overcame their efforts. Surridge scored three points, which was a welcome result for fans who returned to the ground after 18 months. Over 19,000 people attended the event and were treated to a masterclass by former Bosnia and Herzegovina international Mario Vrancic. Josef Bursik, Stoke's goalkeeper, made a remarkable save in the 13th minute against Andy Rinomhota’s attempt from a tight angle. The game exploded into life after a three-minute-long first-half when Stoke was 2-1 ahead. Tommy Smith found Powell at the back post to score his perfectly weighted free kick in the 25th minute. The Royals responded immediately. Swift quickly equalized the score, taking advantage of a defensive lapse to send home his second. The hosts won their second match, however. Powell provided support for Brown, a former Barnsley striker, to Rafael Cabral, the nutmeg Reading goalkeeper. Defender Danny Baath could've made it three when he crossed Vrancic’s corner at the half-hour mark. Powell nodded off the target as panic set in at the visitor's box after another Vrancic corner. O'Neill's side almost lost the game when O'Neill played from the back. Lucas Joao missed the target 25 yards after Bursik's clearance. Stoke missed an excellent chance to double their lead before the break when Ben Wilmot sent Baath's header wide. Vrancic continued from where he was as Stephen Fletcher, a Scotland international, headed over another brilliant delivery. Cabral, a Reading stopper, is stung by a Morgan Fox volley. Veljko's outfit was made a lot better by the drinks break that was booed in the 57th minute by both sets. Moore pulled the visitors even on the hour, as he powerfully steered Swift's corner past Bursik. Stoke was looking for a third lead, and Josh Tymon ran up the bar. Surridge nearly made an immediate impact when he came on and forced Cabral to a good stop. Vrancic had Brown play in, and Brown frustratedly fired over the bars. Surridge was right on time with only four minutes remaining. His deflected attempt evaded Cabral following Vrancic’s clever dummy. Managers' comments Stoke'sMichael O'Neill: "It was great winning the game. It was exciting. It was obvious that we were ahead twice in this game. To be able to come back two times and win it later in-game is something we haven’t done enough. This is probably something that the supporters haven't seen enough. We showed a lot of character today and it's great that we did that. We couldn't be happier with their efforts, their hard work, and their determination to win the game. We were very happy with many aspects of the game. Sometimes I felt we were a little nervy. This is normal because players aren't used to playing in front of fans for so many years. Sometimes we seemed a bit anxious about possession and sometimes turned the ball over. We're doing our best to build the game from behind and do the right thing." ReadingVeljko Paunovic: "We are a bit disappointed. We could have had at least one point to start the season. We gained momentum after scoring the second goal but lost it due to the stoppages. They were able to strike again, which gave them the opportunity to return and score in a game where we as a team could have done better. We gave up too much and allowed them to come into our box. I believe we could have done better in that area of the field. "On the flip side, I believe there were positives. It was a great test for the youngsters, and it was probably their first public appearance in front of a crowd. The youngsters did well, and it was a positive response to being behind twice. However, it was a reflection on our pre-season that they couldn't play 90 minutes with the intensity we needed for this type of game, especially when we play away. We need to reflect on these things and make changes. oksports is the best live sports TV on the market APK

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