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Bojan Wonder Strike Helps Stoke past Rochdale

Stoke strolled into the FA Cup fifth round, and a clash with Blackburn Rovers, as they saw off a spirited Rochdale side with a 4-1 win at Spotland.

Mark Hughes’ men had prepared for the game with a trip to Dubai and the warm weather appeared to have done them good as Bojan opened the scoring with a stunning volley.

However, Rochdale refused to lie down, and after Bojan was forced off with a knee injury, could have equalised before half-time as Matt Done went close twice.

The hosts were made to pay for their profligacy after the break as the quality of the Premier League side shone through. Victor Moses set up Stephen Ireland for a tap-in for the second, and then turned on the style to score their third with a brilliant curled effort.

Rhys Bennett gave Rochdale hope when he tapped home from a corner late on, but Stoke went on to add a fourth as Jonathan Walters side-footed a Marko Arnautovic cross past Josh Lillis.

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