Crewe made it four wins from four in pre-season with a superb 1-0 victory against Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The visitors were competing in their first game under new manager Bruno Lage, who introduced several youngsters in the second half.
David Artell’s side took full advantage, with Christopher Long tapping in from close range after the break to score the decisive goal of the match.
After winning 4-1, 5-1 and 6-0 against non-league opposition in their previous three friendlies, Artell will be looking to keep his players grounded ahead of Tuesday’s test against Stoke.
Stoke, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-0 rout of Linfield as their pre-season training camp in Northern Ireland came to an end on Saturday.
The Potters produced an impressive performance against the Northern Irish champions, particularly considering manager Michael O’Neill had reflected on it coming off the back of a gruelling week’s work of fitness preparation for his players.
Jacob Brown netted a superb a hat-trick during the win, with Steven Fletcher, Nick Powell and youngster D’Margio Wright-Phillips all getting themselves on the scoresheet, too.
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However, O’Neill will be fully aware that Crewe will provide a much stiffer test on Tuesday, particularly after their morale-boosting win against Wolves at the weekend