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Result: Peter Crouch heads Stoke City to victory over Hull City

Stoke City grab a slender 1-0 victory over Hull City in the Premier League thanks to Peter Crouch's headed effort at the Britannia Stadium.

Peter Crouch equalled Alan Shearer's Premier League record for headed goals as he gave Stoke City a slender 1-0 victory over Hull City at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

Steven N'Zonzi of Stoke City competes with Jake Livermore of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Hull City at Britannia Stadium on February 28, 2015© Getty Images

Stoke sought to register their intent early on when Stephen Ireland was found by Jonathan Walters in the box after just two minutes, but the midfielder's effort was blocked in front of goal.

David Meyler looked to carve out something for Hull when he played a decent ball into the path of Sone Aluko, with the striker sending his shot wide of the right post from six yards out.

Stoke could have gone ahead on the 30-minute mark when Walters deftly flicked on a cross from Mame Biram Diouf, only to see his effort cleared off the line at the back post.

The Potteries introduced Charlie Adam in the second half and he almost brought about a chance when he broke into space, although his shot flashed just a fraction wide of Alan McGregor's goal.

Despite chances being few and far between, the hosts took the lead in the 71st minute as Crouch grabbed his fourth goal in four games with a trademark header after being picked out by Adam.

The Stoke talisman could have doubled his tally for the afternoon four minutes later, but he flashed wide from close range following Steven N'Zonzi's flick-on from a set piece, leaving the game to end at 1-0.

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Steven N'Zonzi of Stoke City competes with Jake Livermore of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Hull City at Britannia Stadium on February 28, 2015
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