Saturday September 15, 2012 Day 4 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 1 - 1 Manchester City

  • Crouch 15’
  • Javi Garcia 35’

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  1. Premier League - Crouch handiwork helps Stoke hold City

    Premier League - Crouch handiwork helps Stoke hold City

    Peter Crouch scored with the aid of his hand to help Stoke City hold Premier League champions Manchester City 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium. More

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    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Manchester City
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    • 90+3' Shawcross knocks the ball off the line from a Dzeko lob. Brilliant clearance on the line. And that whistle goes. A 1-1 draw with the last kick of the ball. Shawcross is the Stoke hero.
    • 90+2' Brilliant save by Begovich to keep the ball out via a post from Silva's corner. Almost a late winner for City. Stoke so close to conceding.
    • 90+1' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 89' Edin Dzeko is given the nod to take over from Balotelli.
    • 88' Changes coming here as Owen arrives to replace Crouch for these closing minutes.
    • 87' Nasri almost provides the winner as his stinging shot from 25 yards is blocked by Begovich. Superb stop. Stoke almost paying the price for not defending properly.
    • 86' Nasri takes a tumble into the box, but a clear dive by the Frenchman. Stoke looking very good for their point here.
    • 85' Etherington sends a free-kick out wide into the box, but he overhits that by some distance as it flies out of play.
    • 84' Adam departs to be replaced by Cameron for Stoke.
    • 83' A strong spurt by Yaya Toure to slip the ball to Nasri. City trying to get find the winner, but Maicon overhits the intended pass for Silva. That is poor, poor returns it must be said.
    • 82' A change coming for Stoke, but it looks like they are going to turn to USA international Geoff Cameron, who is likely to replace Adam.
    • 81' Not sure Tony Pulis will bring on Michael Owen here with Stoke looking good for a point.
    • 80' Clichy's cross narrowly fails to find Balotelli there. Decent delivery, but Stoke clear before Nasri fouls Whelan.
    • 79' Maicon loses the ball after a hopeful charge, but he works back to deprive Etherington of it on the run.
    • 78' Another poor cross by Adam this time can only land straight in the arms of Hart. That is easy pickings for City.
    • 77' Kompany forced to pedal back to head clear the cross by Adam. Stoke piling bodies forward here.
    • 76' Lescott eases the ball out of play. City can't get any real momentum into their play and that has suited Stoke in the second half.
    • 75' Looked very little in that to be fair. A bit of contact, but nothing much. Balotelli back on his feet smiling before drilling a shot well wide of goal.
    • 74' Balotelli is down on the ground clutching his face. Wilkinson's elbow came up. Not sure there was much force in that challenge.
    • 73' City will be two points behind Chelsea at the top of the table after four games if this result stays the same. And results elsewhere of course.
    • 72' And there is the change right on cue. Sinclair not really impressing as Silva takes over for the visiting side.
    • 71' A change coming here for Manchester City. I predict Sinclair will make way for David Silva as City try to turn this draw into a win.
    • 70' Wilkinson just deprives Sinclair of the ball before thumping the ball long down the park.
    • 69' Change on the way here for Stoke as Kightly departs to make way for Matthew Etherington.
    • 68' Whelan drills the ball into the heart of the Stoke box. Hart off his line to make sure Crouch can't get a header on the cross.
    • 67' Maicon gets plenty of air under that ball, but straight into the arms of Begovich. That move right out of the Stoke manual.
    • 66' Balotelli trying to hold the ball up out wide. A long throw-in is coming for City.
    • 65' Clichy's cross is nodded away by Wilson. Fine piece of defending. Fine piece of play all round.
    • 64' Stoke manager Tony Pulis is his club's resident Jack in the box. He has kicked every ball with his side from the side of the park. Will he risk Owen here?
    • 63' Gareth Barry is going to arrive to replace Tevez for the visiting side. That is a slight surprise. Tevez was playing well today.
    • 62' Brilliant break by City to the other end, but Begovich rescues Stoke with a fine diving stop to deny Yaya Toure a certain goal.
    • 61' Stoke pressing the ball so hard. Not giving City any space. Kightly picks out Crouch, whose header can't hit the target.
    • 60' Michael Owen out warming up on the touchline. He gets a warm reception from the home fans. Stoke fans would dearly love to see him in action today.
    • 59' Stoke content to make this a Cup tie. They are more in this game in the second period than in the first half.
    • 58' Adam sends a cross plunging into the box, but Hart is off his line quickly to collect the ball.
    • 57' Balotelli looks thoroughly annoyed with some of the treatment he feels he is getting. Kightly needing some treatment for a nose bleed.
    • 56' Strong challenge by Garcia, but probably looked worse than it actually was.
    • 55' Garcia has been booked for a late challenge on Kightly.
    • 54' Nasri slides the ball in, but Huth follows the cross to head clear. We remain at 1-1. All delicately poised.
    • 53' Sinclair breaks for City. Looks to set up Tevez, but Huth is there to clear the danger. City now with a corner.
    • 52' Some nice possession play by Stoke at the start of this second period as Kightly sees a shot blocked by Maicon from Adam's pass.
    • 51' Crouch trying to get the ball under control just outside the City box, but he is robbed just before he was ready to pull the trigger.
    • 50' Kompany mishits a clearance under pressure. Stoke looking to get on the ball at the outset of the second period.
    • 49' Maicon gets the ball out of his own danger area. Crouch wins a header from Wilson's ball, but the visiting side can clear.
    • 48' Garcia doing really well to get back and make the tackle on Walters. A corner to the home side.
    • 47' Whelan with a late tackle on Balotelli, a figure who has looked very dangerous today.
    • 46' We are off and running at the start of this second period.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. 1-1 here. All to play for in the second period. City must be wondering how they are not ahead.
    • 44' Going to be one minute added to the first half.
    • 43' Sinclair with the chance to apply some pressure, but his cross is really poor. Stoke will have the goalkick.
    • 42' Adam put plenty of pace on the corner, but just overhits it as the ball goes out of play. That was the story of his performance for Scotland last week.
    • 41' Whelan throws the ball long to Adam. His cross is cut out by Balotelli. And that will be another corner to Stoke.
    • 40' Tevez just clipping the backlift of Wilklnson as he cleared the danger. This game well in City's grasp one suspects if they want it badly enough.
    • 39' Garcia tries to pick out the run of Maicon. Lifts the ball miles out of the park. Poor, poor pass really with City setting up camp in the home half.
    • 38' Lovely movement by City as Balotelli picked out Tevez with the backheel. His shot at goal is held by Begovich. Another excellent move by the visitors.
    • 37' That Stoke goal suddenly sampling some real heat as Begovich is forced to clamber to the deck to hold a long ranger by Balotelli.
    • 36' Manchester City conceded a total of 29 Premier League goals last season. This season they have already conceded six goals - 20.6% of last season’s total.
    • 35' Begovich forced to nudge a volley by Maicon wide of his goal after Tevez had delivered a delightful cross. Brilliant sweeping move by City.
    • 34' GOAL! Javi Garcia pops up unmarked to head home and that will be the equaliser for the visiting side from the Tevez free-kick. Awful defending by Stoke. Nobody attacking the ball.
    • 33' Wilkinson bringing down Balotelli with a late challenge. Free-kick chance for City out wide.
    • 32' City enjoying a massive 69 percent of possession, but yet to really cut through this home side's resolve.
    • 31' Lescott on the ball at the back. Supplies the ball to Yayo Toure, but he can't pick out the run of Balotelli on the run.
    • 30' Hart out to punch the ball away from Adam's corner-kick. Crouch inches away from connecting with that delivery.
    • 29' Yaya Toure sends a free-kick spinning at goal, but always high and wide of the target. A goalkick to the home side.
    • 28' Adam and Yaya Toure battle for the ball, but Adam is penalised for a late challenge again. Free-kick to City from 30 yards out.
    • 27' Adam brings down Nasri and that will be a free-kick to Stoke. No real concerns for the home side as they again defend well.
    • 26' N'Zonzi wins the ball again in the centre of the park to deprive Nasri of possession. Fine tackle that he got spot on.
    • 25' Kompany empties a ball out of play under little or no pressure. That is all a bit disappointing for City. Stoke warming to their task.
    • 24' N'Zonzi tries to pick out Adam after winning the ball in the middle of the park, but he overhits the pass as it flies out of play.
    • 23' Wilkinson minding his defensive duties to clear the danger from deep in his own half.
    • 22' Peter Crouch scored his third goal in his last six Premier League matches against Manchester City. He also netted in this fixture last season.
    • 21' Great turn and shot by Balotelli, but he sends the shot flashing over the bar. Real power in the shot, but not the direction.
    • 20' Chance for Adam 25 yards from goal. Had a couple of options, but drives the shot over the bar. City again looking a bit unsure at the back.
    • 19' Charlie Adam seems to be getting further forward having started the match wide on the left. Just playing off Crouch and in front of the midfield which is giving City a few problems.
    • 18' Replays of the goal seemed to suggest Crouch handed the ball, but the referee missed it. Still should have been cleared by the visiting team.
    • 17' Flag goes up against Clichy in the Stoke box. The home fans in a party mood.
    • 16' Balotelli goes down under pressure from Huth in the Stoke box, but didn't look to be much in that. On we go with Stoke leading 1-0.
    • 15' City have started this game with more purpose yet find themselves a goal down. That Charlie Adam corner-kick was not defended well by City it must be said.
    • 14' A superb start for Stoke. Not as spectacular as his goal here against City a year ago, but they all count.
    • 13' GOAL! Crouch bustles his way through several challenges before sliding the ball past Hart from six yards. A 1-0 lead for Stoke.
    • 12' Mancini looking all very relaxed in the City technical area. His first match as manager of City was a 1-0 win over Stoke in December 2009.
    • 11' Whelan throws the free-kick into the City box with some relish, but easy pickings for Hart in the visiting goal.
    • 10' Sinclair deemed to be guilty of a late foul on Wilkinson. Stoke trying to get themselves into this match.
    • 9' Mancini must be happy with how his side have started this match as Huth scoops away the cross by Maicon.
    • 8' Balotelli wins the ball from Tevez, but Wilson stops the ball from reaching Nasri. Really nice movement by City.
    • 7' The home fans unhappy with a few of the early challenges. City certainly well up for this match. Passing the ball well here.
    • 6' Maicon makes his debut for Manchester City. He is the seventh Brazilian to feature for the club in the division. Javi Garcia and Scott Sinclair also make their debuts.
    • 5' Wilson doing superbly well to halt Maicon on one of those rampaging runs down his right flank. A breathless start to this match in every sense.
    • 4' Great run by Tevez. Was being pulled back by N'Zonzi, but managed to get the shot away. Inches wide of goal from the edge of the box. Superb play by Tevez.
    • 3' Lovely run by Sinclair into the heart of the Stoke box. Tries to pick out Balotelli with the cross, but Stoke have enough numbers back to deal with the danger.
    • 2' Stoke immediately on the front foot winning a throw-in, but City clear the danger. Gorgeous day to get the ball on the deck and play it around.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • 14:55 So Manchester City find themselves in fourth after a bit of an unconvincing start to the season. Is today they day they finally click, and shore up that leaky defence that has conceded five goals in three games? Stick here to find out.
    • 14:50 It went a bit under the radar this week but City began work on their state-of-the-art academy and training ground. You can read about it here.
    • 14:45 Time for some stats from Opta: "Stoke City have allowed their opponents the joint-fewest shots on target in the Premier League (7). The last three Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium between Stoke & Man City have ended with a 1-1 scoreline. Man City won their first two visits to the Britannia Stadium, but have not won any of the last five, drawing three and losing two in all competitions."
    • 14:40 Stat from Infostrada: "Maicon makes his debut for Manchester City. He is the seventh Brazilian to feature for the club in the division. Javi Garcia and Scott Sinclair also make their debuts."
    • 14:35 As for Stoke, Steven Nzonzi makes his debut in the centre of midfield alongside fellow new signing Charlie Adam. Owen unsurprisingly does not dislodge the nicely functioning partnership of Jon Walters and Peter Crouch but we should see him at some stage.
    • 14:30 Another point of note is the fact that Richard Wright is on the bench for City, meaning he is just a Joe Hart injury away from the most unlikely of Premier League returns. Costel Pantilimon must be injured. Sergio Aguero hasn't made the bench despite hopes he may recover from injury in time, but David Silva is there. A surprise he doesn't start.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Begovic, Huth, Wilson, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightly, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Upson, Cameron, Whitehead, Etherington, Owen, Jerome. /// Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Nasri, Sinclair, Garcia, Y Toure, Tevez, Balotelli. Subs: Wright, Kolarov, K Toure, Rodwell, Barry, Silva, Dzeko.
    • 14:20 Plenty of new boys on display today from both sides, but the big team news is this: Owen on the bench for Stoke, Maicon, Garcia AND Sinclair all make debuts for Manchester City.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to live text commentary as Stoke City host champions Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League.
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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.6 8
      Defenders
      7.2 6
      7.5 7
      7.2 7
      7.1 6
      Midfielders
      6.9 6
      6.9 6
      7.1 6
      Substitution Out85′ 7.3 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out70′ 6.9 6
      Goal Substitution Out90′ 7.7 7
      Subs
      Substitution In90′ 8.6 6
      Substitution In70′ 4.3 6
      Substitution In85′ 6.1 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      4.3 7
      Defenders
      4.1 7
      5.4 6
      3.9 6
      4.4 6
      Midfielders
      5.3 7
      Goal Yellow Card 5.3 7
      3.8 6
      Substitution Out74′ 3.9 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out90′ 4.7 7
      Substitution Out64′ 5.1 7
      Subs
      Substitution In64′ 3.3 6
      Substitution In90′ 7.3 6
      Substitution In74′ 6.2 6

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  1. make me a bed potty you potter poo faces

    From Peter, on Tue 18 Sep 16:44
  2. A great show of teamwork and a touch of luck for a­ change........Well done the Potters!!!!!!! yyyd

    From , on Mon 17 Sep 13:15
  3. Manchini is crazy, what he is doing with Džeko who is­ best player. It is insult for him to be in the game­ only 3 minutes.

    From sabina, on Sun 16 Sep 12:18
  4. mancini needs to play dzeko he played better than­ balotteli in 3 minutes than balotelli in 90 minutes and­ silva needed to start as well or is he saving them for­ real madrid

    From Armin, on Sun 16 Sep 7:28
  5. Manchester City spend hundreds of millions on players­ and can't beat Stoke. Pathetic

    From Mario, on Sat 15 Sep 17:49
  6. hahahahahahaha City are useless retarded #$%$

    From Mario, on Sat 15 Sep 17:46
  7. come on stoke city....please do the "Ramsey"­ on yaya toure,..

    From Duke of Heysel, on Sat 15 Sep 16:45
  8. they are both city you fools

    From PAUL, on Sat 15 Sep 16:12
  9. sinclair looks awful

    From LIZARD, on Sat 15 Sep 15:49
  10. will owen come on mmmmm?

    From Wayne, on Sat 15 Sep 15:43
  11. hh

    From Guliegulie, on Sat 15 Sep 15:28
  12. ooh ah ah man city millions no good again lol

    From Andy, on Sat 15 Sep 15:27
  13. this is what happens when you play the wrong players­ like maicon, garcia, sinclair and yes balotelli he is­ overrated as a player dzeko should have started but­ thats on mancini

    From Armin, on Sat 15 Sep 15:25
  14. City defend so rubbish this season can't kept clean­ sheet like last season....

    From Anonymous, on Sat 15 Sep 15:21
  15. yaya toure and kompany will score man city will win 2-0

    From Adam Moukarzel, on Sat 15 Sep 14:51
  16. IMAGINE STOKE BEATING US CHAMPS 2DAY WITH THESE FACTS­ HAHAHAHAHAHA C.T.I.D Premier League ­ Saturday September 1, 2012 Wigan Athletic 2 - 2­ Stoke City League Cup Tuesday August 28,­ 2012 Stoke City 3 - 4 Swindon Town ­ Premier League Sunday August 26, 2012 ­ Stoke City 0 - 0 Arsenal Premier League ­ Saturday August 18, 2012 Reading 1 - 1 Stoke­ City Premier League Sunday May 13, 2012 ­ Stoke City 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

    From Lee, on Sat 15 Sep 13:57
  17. with this lineups stoke will win game

    From Azmir, on Sat 15 Sep 11:23
  18. stoke city 1 manchester city 1

    From , on Sat 15 Sep 9:03
  19. stoke city 2 manchester city 1

    From , on Sat 15 Sep 9:01
  20. stoke city 2 manchester city 1

    From , on Sat 15 Sep 9:00
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