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Perfect response from James McClean as Ireland winger scores his first goal for Stoke City

The 29-year-old joined Stoke at the end of July after three seasons at West Brom.

McClean celebrates opening the scoring against Hull City.
McClean celebrates opening the scoring against Hull City.
Image: Stoke CIty Twitter

IRELAND INTERNATIONAL JAMES McClean opened his account with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, scoring the opening goal for his new club during a 2-0 win over Hull City.

The 29-year-old departed West Brom after three seasons at the end of July, but has endured a difficult start to life at the bet365 stadium.

The Potters drew back-to-back against Brentford and Preston in their first season back in the Championship since 2008, before losing 3-0 at home to Wigan on Wednesday night.

Gary Rowett’s side bounced back from their midweek defeat, where McClean was reportedly involved in a bust-up with team-mates at half-time, with the winger giving his side the lead at home to the Tigers on Saturday.

The 29-year-old capitalised on a poorly cleared corner crossed into the area, delivering a left-footed strike from outside the box which beat goalkeeper David Marshall.

McClean went on to pick up a yellow card before the interval for a late challenge on Dan Batty, with an own goal courtesy of defender Jordy de Wijs after half-time making sure of the three points — Stoke’s first win of the season.

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