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Stoke comeback gives Hughes win on home bow


Mark Hughes holds up a Stoke City football shirt at the Stoke City training ground in Stoke-on-Trent, on May 30, 2013. Stoke City stormed back from behind to beat Premier League new boys Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday and earn manager Hughes victory in his first home game. (AFP/File)

Stoke City stormed back from behind to beat Premier League new boys Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday and earn manager Mark Hughes victory in his first home game.

Palace's new signing Marouane Chamakh put the visitors ahead with a slickly taken goal in the first half, but Stoke scored twice in four second-half minutes to claim their first points of the season.

Charlie Adam converted a Jon Walters lay-off in the 58th minute, with Ryan Shawcross drilling home the winner in the 62nd minute after Palace failed to clear a corner.

Palace remain without a point after two games, having lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on their return to the top flight, while Stoke got off the mark at the second attempt following their opening-day defeat at Liverpool.

For his bow at the Britannia Stadium, Hughes made one change to the team beaten 1-0 at Anfield, with Adam coming into the starting line-up at the expense of Glenn Whelan.

Palace manager Ian Holloway, meanwhile, awarded full debuts to new signings Chamakh, midfielder Jose Campana and winger Jason Puncheon, who has joined the club on a season-long loan from Southampton.

Chamakh has had a torrid experience in England since leaving Bordeaux for Arsenal in 2010, but his 31st-minute opener provided a reminder of his ability.

After chasing down a bouncing ball, the Moroccan striker outmuscled the imposing Shawcross and then cut inside Robert Huth before beating goalkeeper Asmir Begovic at his near post with a low shot.

In reply, Peter Crouch hit the bar for Stoke with a header, but he had a hand in the equaliser, helping on a left-wing cross to Walters, whose touch presented Adam with an opportunity to sweep a low shot into the bottom-left corner.

The comeback was complete four minutes later, as Shawcross slammed a low shot past Julian Speroni after a tame attempted clearance from Chamakh.

Steven Nzonzi could have added a third for the home side, but his powerful shot cannoned back off an upright.