Whitehead wins the ball from Barton in the centre of midfield, and that immediately allows Stoke to turn and get at QPRs back four in the transition.
Crouch plays in Walters, who drives the ball across Kenny into the far corner.
Faurlin picks out Traore in space on the left, and Wilkinson is slow to react to the ball in behind him.
Helguson is in Higginbotham’s blind spot; Higginbotham can either see the ball or Helguson, not both simultaneously, which is a poor position for a defender to take up. Helguson runs across Higginbotham for a free header.
There doesn’t appear to be much danger here, but Huth and Whitehead allow Mackie to roll in behind them into space.
Once in behind, Wright-Phillips nutmegs Huth to play in Mackie behind the both of them.
Young holds his run to find enough space to blast Mackie’s pullback into the roof of the net.
Similarly to the first goal, Helguson is lurking in Shawcross’s blind spot, so as the cross is aimed in at the far post he is able to get a yard ahead of his man for the tap in.
From a typical melee of man-marking at a corner, the QPR players seem more intent with complaining to the referee than actually tracking their men. Shawcross gets a run on Ferdinand towards the near post, while Crouch is already moving towards the far post with at least two QPR players looking at the referee instead of the ball.
Crouch wins his header, but in typical Crouch fashion can only lob it up towards the near post area where Shawcross is first to react.
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