Result: Stoke City move closer to survival

Goals from Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters give relegation-threatened Stoke a crucial 2-0 win over QPR, who are now 10 points from safety with four games remaining.

Stoke City moved six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone and put another nail in Queens Park Rangers's coffin with a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road this afternoon.

Peter Crouch netted against his former employers to put the Potters ahead, before Jonathan Walters made sure of the three points with a second-half penalty.

Stoke forward Peter Crouch celebrates a goal against QPR on April 20, 2013© AP Photos

Set pieces proved to create the best chances of an opening goal in the first period, but strangely it was the Hoops who were the team threatening.

Recalled playmaker Adel Taarabt dipped a 30-yard free kick just over the crossbar before Jose Bosingwa forced Asmir Begovic into a smart save from his bending strike.

Begovic's opposite number Robert Green was nearly at fault for a Stoke opener when he spilt a Walters shot, only to pounce on the rebound before Crouch, who tested the Hoops shot-stopper with a 25-yard volley, could react to the loose ball.

Crouch beat his former England colleague later in the proceedings, though, converting a cutback from Cameron Jerome after the forward had made a surging run down the left.

Former Rangers striker Crouch was involved again when Stoke doubled their advantage, as Clint Hill impeded him to concede a spot kick, which Walters converted at the second attempt.

QPR's hopes of a late comeback were damaged by injuries to creative duo Taarabt and Andros Townsend, and Stoke saw out the remaining minutes untroubled against a home side 10 points adrift of safety.

Stoke forward Peter Crouch celebrates a goal against QPR on April 20, 2013
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