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Stoke City 5-0 Bolton, FA Cup Semi-Final: Video Highlights

Some of you, like me, may have missed the goal highlights from the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday due to the Arsenal against Liverpool match being scheduled at the same time. If so, watch the above highlights to catch up on what you missed.

As you’ll see, Stoke City put on a clinical performance in front of goal with several goals scored from outside the area. If they play like that in the FA Cup Final on May 14, Joe Hart will be pushed to the limits.

“For me, this was without doubt the biggest win in the Football Club’s history because it puts us in the Final of the biggest cup competition in the world,” said Stoke City Chairman Peter Coates. “To be honest, it really doesn’t get any better than this and going to the final is very exciting for us all.”

What I find interesting about Stoke City’s rise is that it will give the team a chance to redeem itself in the eyes of some soccer fans who consider the club a proponent of the ugly side of old English football – i.e. overly-physical tactics, little creativity and punting the ball down the pitch in hopes that someone can knock it down and boot it in. While that is the stereotype of Stoke City, I disagree. They’re a lot more creative side than some soccer fans will give them credit for, and while I don’t feel they need to prove themselves to the naysayers, I hope they do well against Manchester City. Perhaps then some soccer fans will finally give them the credit they deserve.


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