Bojan Goal Of The Season? That’s the question many are asking after a sweet left foot volley got Stoke City off to a flier against Rochdale. FC Bodog readers were counting the cash after the FA Cup fourth round game – we recommended a bet on the Potters at the Asian handicap of -1 at odds of 2.08.
The stunning volley after four minutes left Rochdale keeper Josh Lillis clutching at thin air and there’s a good chance that we won’t see a better struck goal all season. Stephen Ireland, Victor Moses and Jon Walters all found the back of Lillis’s net to round off a comfortable win for Stoke.
The Potters are now trading at FA Cup odds of 15.00 after they were drawn away at Blackburn in the 5th round. Hughes was a relieved man afterwards and sounded a warning for Blackburn.
“We got the job done but credit to Rochdale. In the first half we found it difficult. We had a great goal from Bojan which helped us and in the second half we got to grips with them and turned it around,” said the Welshman who’s stock has risen considerably since he replaced Tony Pulis.
“At the weekend a lot of teams fell by the wayside and we weren’t going to let that happen to us. We waned to make headlines for the right reasons and thankfully Rochdale haven’t made the news.
“Bojan’s injury, it is too early to know, he’s going for a scan and hopefully it will be good news. Since he came to the club he has done things like that, we see it in training every day.
“We look forward to going to Blackburn now. We’ll take a huge following there.”
Bojan left the pitch on 30 minutes after chasing a ball into the Rochdale penalty area. He was spotted leaving the ground on crutches and our spies saw him arrive at Stoke’s training ground this morning using crutches.
If he’s badly injured, some say he has damaged his cruciate ligaments, it will be a huge blow to Stoke’s league and cup ambitions.
The 24-year-old has really found his feet at the Staffordshire club since arriving from Barcelona over the summer. The Potters paid just 1.8 million euros for the player who was once billed as the new Messi.
Bojan’s father, Krkic senior, said that his son is truly content at Stoke. “At Stoke, he is playing like an animal. He saves his best for the big games. He loves Mark Hughes and his training sessions are creative. He is playing behind the forward and he has the freedom to express himself but he is fighting for the team He chases everything, he works for the team.
“My boy has suffered a lot in football. Too much. But it is a very long time since I have seen Bojan this happy. He is truly content at Stoke City and as a father that is a warm feeling.”