Tom turns in an Ince per­fect come­back

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By LIND­SAY SUT­TON By Gra­ham Thomas

STOKE dan­ger­man Tom Ince promised there was “more to come” from him af­ter he came fly­ing back from a her­nia op­er­a­tion.

And yes­ter­day the winger de­liv­ered his third strike in three games to keep the Potters in touch with the pro­mo­tion-chas­ing pack.

Mid­field mae­stro Joe Allen cracked home a no-non­sense sec­ond af­ter 60 min­utes to de­flate an Ip­swich out­fit that has chalked up only one win all sea­son.

It was agony for for­mer Stoke boss Paul Lam­bert, mak­ing his first re­turn since tak­ing over at the di­vi­sion’s bot­tom club.

Lam­bert ad­mit­ted it had been “an emo­tional re­turn to a great club” but added: “I hon­estly thought we were the bet­ter team. I’m re­ally proud of them.

“It was a great per­for­mance against a side that will be there or there­abouts.

“Joe Allen is a top player and young Jack Lankester was beaten by a one-two for Joe’s goal but he will learn and go on to be a top player him­self.”

Stoke boss Gary Rowett said: “It was a good re­sult and the two goals were real qual­ity, per­haps the only real qual­ity out there.

“We have to be bet­ter but we’re back on track and we got the points.”

There was drama be­fore kick-off when an au­to­mated an­nounce­ment told the near-25,000 crowd to clear the sta­dium be­fore it was re­vealed that it was a mis­take, spark­ing a club in­quiry into the mishap.

Then ref Ge­off El­tring­ham went off in­jured af­ter 37 min­utes with fourth of­fi­cial An­thony Back­house tak­ing over.

Ince had flashed a warn­ing of his in­tent. A low ef­fort was blocked, he bal­looned over with his next ef­fort then made his third ef­fort count in first-half added-on time.

A beau­ti­fully threaded pass from Ryan Woods set him up and Ince kept his com­po­sure to slide the ball past ex­posed keeper Dean Gerken.

Allen’s goal was sim­plic­ity it­self as Erik Pi­eters set him up with a per­fect pass, the lit­tle mid­fielder turn­ing the ball home past the ex­posed Gerken.

RALPH HASEN­HUTTL had urged peo­ple look­ing for guar­an­tees to buy wash­ing ma­chines – but his first game in charge ended with him be­ing put through the Neil Warnock spin-dryer.

The Southamp­ton boss – dubbed the Klopp of the Alps – also wants to be some­one other than his Liver­pool looka­like. Maybe he should choose Warnock.

This was a filthy, dark day in South Wales when the cy­cle set­ting had to be set to heav­ily soiled – the kind of af­ter­noon the Blue­birds boss was born for.

But Southamp­ton were just far too pure and lily­white for the task.

By the time they fell be­hind to Cal­lum Pater­son’s lu­di­crous goal – af­ter a hor­ri­ble er­ror from Jan­nik Vester­gaard – Southamp­ton were al­ready look­ing far too pris­tine when they re­ally should have been mud-splat­tered.

New man­ager bounce? Some­one took all the springs from the Saints’ tram­po­line.

Aus­trian Hasen­huttl might have ex­pected more of the grimy and gritty work re­quired when you are mired in the rel­e­ga­tion zone but got the same kind of flat, pas­sion­less dis­play that earned Mark Hughes the sack.

The only dan­ger was that Cardiff might have paid a price for miss­ing so many first-half chances and have to set­tle for a point.

But once they went ahead they were hardly trou­bled by the Saints.

Hasen­huttl said: “I al­ways said we would ei­ther win or learn – and here we ab­so­lutely learned.

“It’s not easy to play here, in a very pas­sion­ate and emo­tional at­mos­phere but I was not dis­ap­pointed with what my team showed me.

“That’s the ba­sics. The rest will come in the next few weeks.

“Af­ter half-time was the best pe­riod of the game for us.

“We had a lot of pres­sure and we were good with the ball but we played too much from deep and in­side in­stead of pen­e­trat­ing them.

“We need more for­ward runs in the com­ing months and less mis­takes in the de­fence.”

The clanger Southamp­ton dropped with 16 min­utes to go was de­ci­sive.

Ref­eree Jon Moss played a bril­liant ad­van­tage in­stead of giv­ing a foul on Vic­tor Ca­ma­rasa by Oriol Romeu but what hap­pened af­ter­wards was a Dan­ish disas­ter by Vester­gaard.

His back pass was piti­ful and gave Pater­son the per­fect chance to score his fourth goal of the sea­son – not bad for a makeshift striker who was signed as a right-back.

“It gets in­tense at the end of the game which makes it more im­por­tant to stay fo­cused and do the easy things,” added Hasen­huttl.

“But the ball wasn’t dif­fi­cult to deal with and I think Jan­nik is very dis­ap­pointed about that.

“The points are gone and now we have to fo­cus on the next games.

“I said a few words to the group – the men­tal­ity was okay and the sup­port was fan­tas­tic.

“The team is try­ing to get out of this and they in­vested a lot to­day but it’s not enough at the mo­ment.”

It might have been a dif­fer­ent story

■ SINGING IN RAIN: Cal­lum Pater­son is de­lighted with his win­ner

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