Wednesday bowed out of the Capital One Cup as Stoke eased through our quarter-final clash at the Britannia Stadium.
A volley on the half-hour from Ibrahim Afellay and Phil Bardsley’s second-half free kick sent the Potters into the last four. And while Joe Wildsmith was hardly overworked in our goal, apart from a short spell in the second period, we never looked like troubling the Premier League opposition.
Kieran Lee created our only clear opening of the first half but Gary Hooper failed to make a proper connection with the ensuing cross and the Wednesday cause wasn’t helped soon after the first Stoke goal when Tom Lees limped off.
After the break, Hooper went close with a hooked volley which was deflected over for a corner and substitute Daniel Pudil sent a curler just wide as the Owls enjoyed our only spell of concerted pressure.
In between these efforts, Wildsmith kept us in the game with an excellent block from Joselu’s effort but Bardsley sealed Stoke’s place in the semi finals 15 minutes from time with a low 25-yard free kick that beat the wall and Wildsmith and went in off the upright.