Sep 25, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Prenton Park
TranmereTranmere Rovers
0-2
StokeStoke City
 
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ireland (23'), Crouch (94')

Result: Stoke City into the fourth round

Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch score as Stoke City defeat Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the League Cup.

Stoke City had edged out Tranmere Rovers to reach the fourth round of the League Cup.

Stoke's Peter Crouch celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Tranmere during their League Cup match on September 25, 2013© Getty Images

Stephen Ireland's 23rd-minute strike put the Potters in front at Prenton Park, although the hosts were certainly not overawed by their Premier League visitors.

It was Glenn Whelan's through-ball that unlocked the Rovers defence, allowing the Irish midfield to run clear and beat Owain Fon Williams.

Stoke's Jermaine Pennant and Tranmere's Chris Atkinson battle for the ball during their League Cup match on September 25, 2013© Getty Images

Peter Crouch had a chance to double his team's lead in the 32nd minute but could not find the net from six yards out.

Ronnie Moore's men battled hard in the second half but it was Mark Hughes's side who looked the more likely to score in the second period.

Their persistence finally paid off in the fourth minute of injury time, with Crouch getting his name on the scoresheet.

Stoke's Jermaine Pennant and Tranmere's Chris Atkinson battle for the ball during their League Cup match on September 25, 2013
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