Norwich City 1 Stoke City 0
Report of match 3rd November 2012
Reporter Mark Burchett
Potters' Trip to Carrow Road ends in pieces
City's resurgence continued sending Stoke City home from Carrow Road with nothing to show for their efforts. Chris Hughton's side are now unbeaten in four games that includes victories over Arsenal in the Premiership and Tottenham in the Capital One Cup.
A solitary goal from Bradley Johnson just before half-term was enough to give the Canaries the three points and move them two further places away from the relegation zone, leapfrogging Stoke in the process.
The home side started the game the more livelier, forcing three early corners, although none of them caused the Stoke defence any real problems. City continued to take the game to Stoke, with the mercurial Wes Hoolahan and hardworking Robert Snodgrass looking to split open the opposition defence. But when they did Alexander Tettey and Anthony Pilkington found the Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic more than a match for anything they fired his way.
In the 25th minute, referee Andre Mariner, caused controversy on the Stoke bench when he booked Charlie Adams for diving, when those of a red persuasion thought he was fouled!
After this both sides were guilty of some passes going astray with clear-cut chances at a premium and as Stoke were becoming increasingly frustrated, there were further bookings for Dean Whitehead and Andy Wilkinson. The latter was for a foul on Snodgrass, which the Stoke bench once again got airiated about, feeling yet again they were hard done by as they felt the City midfielder was guilty of diving.
This led to that all important breakthrough for the home side. Adding insult to injury for Stoke, Snodgrass delivered the resulting free-kick, which midfielder Johnson rose to meet and direct his glancing header past the stranded Begovic.
HALF-TIME: City 1 Stoke 0
City suffered a setback early on in the second half, with defender Michael Turner having to go off injured and to compound Hughton's woes he soon after had to replace Garrido as well.
Although Ryan Bennett and Leon Barnett came in and City reshuffled their defence, they were struggling to deal with the increasing number of long balls from Stoke. This became more of a problem after Kenwyne Jones' 69th minute introduction, as the Potters went in search of that elusive equaliser.
Although Pullis' side finished the game with three strikers none of them showed the composure needed to grab what would have been an undeserved goal. Peter Crouch, who the City fans have fond memories of his loan spell with them, was a shadow of the player during that Championship winning season in 2004. Jones had the best opportunity late on, when with just John Ruddy to beat, he could only put his effort wide.
With five minutes remaining the City boss made his last change, bringing on striker Steve Morison, for Man-of-the-Match Hoolahan, who deservedly received a standing ovation.
In stoppage time, Etherington was very lucky to escape with just a yellow card when he appeared to hit Bassong in the face in the home penalty area, while the home crowd with On The Ball City ringing out round Carrow Road urged their side over the finishing line.
FULL-TIME: City 1 Stoke 0
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Carrow Road Attendance: 26,072|
|1 - 0||Stoke City
|90+0||Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Sebastien Bassong. The referee cautions Matthew Etherington for unsporting behaviour. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|90+0||Ryan Shawcross is ruled offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|88||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Steven Nzonzi. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|87||The referee penalises Glenn Whelan for handball. Anthony Pilkington produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.|
|86||Robert Snodgrass takes a shot.|
|85||Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Grant Holt. Ryan Shawcross goes into the referee's book. Steve Morison is brought on as a substitute for Wesley Hoolahan. Robert Snodgrass takes the direct free kick.|
|84||Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Wilkinson.|
|81||Foul by Charlie Adam on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. Ryan Bennett takes the direct free kick.|
|76||Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|76||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Bradley Johnson.|
|74||Shot by Peter Crouch from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.|
|72||Leon Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. The ball is swung over by Charlie Adam, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.|
|70||Alexander Tettey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|68||Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball. Kenwyne Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Walters. Leon Barnett on for Javier Garrido.|
|67||Corner taken short by Robert Snodgrass.|
|64||Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.|
|60||Matthew Etherington is brought on as a substitute for Michael Kightly.|
|59||Steven Nzonzi challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Bradley Johnson, clearance by Robert Huth.|
|58||Jonathan Walters produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|57||Charlie Adam fouled by Alexander Tettey, the ref awards a free kick. Alexander Tettey receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.|
|57||Shot by Bradley Johnson. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.|
|56||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett by Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|56||Peter Crouch fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|53||Robert Snodgrass challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Bennett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Turner. Robert Huth takes the free kick.|
|51||Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.|
|50||Anthony Pilkington takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.|
|46||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.|
|46||Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Pilkington, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.|
|46||Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.|
|42||Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Robert Snodgrass. Andy Wilkinson shown a yellow card. The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box.|
|40||The referee books Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour.|
|38||The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.|
|37||A cross is delivered by Robert Huth.|
|36||Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.|
|36||Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Turner. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|34||Wesley Hoolahan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|33||Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.|
|33||The ball is crossed by Steven Nzonzi, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.|
|32||Bradley Johnson challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.|
|32||Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.|
|31||Robert Huth challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexander Tettey.|
|30||Bradley Johnson challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.|
|30||Grant Holt takes a shot.|
|28||Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.|
|27||Sebastien Bassong delivers the ball, save by Asmir Begovic.|
|26||A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.|
|26||Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.|
|25||The referee books Charlie Adam for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|24||Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal. Save by Asmir Begovic.|
|23||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington played to the near post, clearance made by Geoff Cameron.|
|23||Alexander Tettey takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.|
|23||Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.|
|21||Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick.|
|20||Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, Grant Holt makes a clearance.|
|20||Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball.|
|17||Foul by Michael Turner on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.|
|16||Michael Kightly is caught offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.|
|14||Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.|
|14||Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.|
|8||Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Robert Huth takes the free kick.|
|7||Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.|
|5||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Tettey by Andy Wilkinson. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|4||Foul by Alexander Tettey on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.|
|4||Shot from 25 yards by Alexander Tettey. Clearance made by Robert Huth. Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.|
|3||Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.|
|3||The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.|
|1||Anthony Pilkington fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.|
|1||Centre by Andy Wilkinson, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.|