Football: Crystal Palace hit four past struggling Stoke City

Crystal Palace's James McArthur celebrates scoring against Stoke City during their EPL match on Sept 18, 2016.
Crystal Palace's James McArthur celebrates scoring against Stoke City during their EPL match on Sept 18, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Crystal Palace beat struggling Stoke City 4-1 on Sunday with defenders James Tomkins and Scott Dann both scoring from set pieces in a three-minute first half spell.

James McArthur and Andros Townsend also scored for the Londoners before Marko Arnautovic grabbed a consolation goal for the Premier League's bottom team in the dying seconds.

Tomkins opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he stole in behind Jonathan Walters to toe-poke home Townsend's free kick. And three minutes later Dann made it 2-0 as he headed Jason Puncheon's corner into the back of the net.

McArthur fired the third in the second half, his shot deflecting off Geoff Cameron before flying into the net in the 72nd minute.

Townsend completed the rout by curling a bouncing shot home three minutes later.

Arnautovic netted Stoke's third league goal of the season just before the final whistle but Mark Hughes' side have now lost four straight Premier League games and conceded four goals on three occasions.