• Date: Tue 16 February 2010
  • Venue: Britannia Stadium
  • Ref: Wiley, A
  • Attendance: 26,778
Stoke City

Stoke City

Whelan (72)

1 - 1

Stoke City vs Manchester City

Team Lineups

Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen
Danny Higginbotham (Danny Collins, 46)
Robert Huth
Ryan Shawcross
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye
Glenn Whelan
Liam Lawrence (Salif Diao, 60)
Dean Whitehead
Rory Delap
Ricardo Fuller (James Beattie, 80)
Mamady Sidibe

Manchester City

Shay Given
Micah Richards (Pablo Zabaleta, 81)
Javier Garrido (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 60)
Joleon Lescott
Kolo Toure, K
Adam Johnson, A (Martin Petrov, 86)
Gareth Barry
Patrick Vieira
Nigel de Jong
Roque Santa Cruz
Emmanuel Adebayor

Match Report
Gareth Barry spared Manchester City's blushes with an 85th minute equaliser against ten-man Stoke City, as a fiery Britannia Stadium clash ended 1-1. Tony Pulis' team looked set for an heroic victory when Barry, who fastened on to a flicked header by Emmanuel Adebayor, hooked in the rebound. But a high-octane contest still ended in controversy when Stoke were denied what looked a perfectly good winning goal seconds from time. Ryan Shawcross out-jumped Shay Given from Rory Delap's long throw to head home, but referee Alan Wiley awarded a free-kick. Mr Wiley had earlier sent off Stoke skipper Abdoulaye Faye with another contentious decision and was booed from the field after the final whistle. The second of three meetings between these sides in 11 days, the other two in the FA Cup, set off at a terrific pace with Stoke calling the tune. They should have taken a fourth minute lead when Mamady Sidibe shot straight at Given from six yards after Liam Lawrence's free-kick was deflected into his path. And Roberto Mancini's side dragged 11 men back to defend a barrage of early long throws from Delap, with Stoke really fired up for battle. Joleon Lescott saved the visitors with a vital clearance when Faye met Lawrence's right-wing corner with a bullet header. And Mancini, unhappy with what he perceived as Stoke's strong-arm tactics, began to gesture angrily at referee Wiley and the fourth official. The ferocity of the home side's play relented towards the half-hour mark and Barry miscued a shot wide during a rare attack by the visitors. But another long throw by Delap had the visitors back under pressure as Robert Huth's header drifted narrowly wide of the far post. Mancini and his assistant Brian Kidd got in the referee's ear again as the players trooped off at the end of a cut and thrust first half. The visitors did start the second half better than they did the first and they were given a leg up when Faye got his marching orders in the 54th minute. Faye appeared to play the ball in halting Adebayor 35 yards from goal, but Mr Wiley, who initially waved play on, produced a red card after consulting a linesman. The decision incensed the Stoke fans and rallied their players, who reorganized and refused to give an inch. And they took the lead 18 minutes from time after Adam Johnson miscued an attempted clearance straight into the path of Glenn Whelan. The former Manchester City trainee struck his 25-yard shot well, but Given will be disappointed with the way the ball squirmed through his grasp and into the net.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The final whistle goes. Shawcross seemed to do little wrong in that challenge on Given - the visitors can count themselves lucky to take a point from this one.


Delap has a chance to deliver a long throw, the ball is headed in by Shawcross, but the whistle goes for a foul on Given.

Yellow Card

Salif Diao hacks down Pablo Zabaleta and gets a deserved booking.


Wright-Phillips has injected some pace into City's play - they look far more dangerous with him on the pitch.


There is a collective groan from the home fans as five minutes of stoppage time are signalled.


Stoke have everyone behind the ball as City continue to bombard the hosts' box.


The visitors sense a winner - the momentum of this game has really changed in the last five minutes.


Martin Petrov replaces Adam Johnson.


Gareth Barry levels, tucking in a rebound after his first shot hit a post.


Shaun Wright-Phillips wins another corner, but Stoke again clear their lines.


Barry makes good connection with a snap-shot from distance, but it is deflected behind. The corner is cleared.


Micah Richards makes way for Pablo Zabaleta.


James Beattie replaces Fuller, who has again been excellent.

Yellow Card

Another booking, as Fuller is penalised for persistent fouling.


Adam Johnson whips in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Santa Cruz and Adebayor are static in the box.


Barry lofts a free-kick into the Stoke box, but Lescott heads over.


Vieira lofts an aimless ball forward towards Santa Cruz. Vieira has been poor tonight, a shadow of his old self at Arsenal.


Fuller breaks forward and goes for goal when Sidibe was well-placed, but his effort is a weak one.


Shay Given gifts Stoke the lead, letting a weak Glenn Whelan shot squirm underneath his body.

Yellow Card

Ricardo Fuller goes down easily under Barry's challenge and the England man picks up a rather harsh booking.


The Citizens are exerting plenty of pressure since gaining a numerical advantage, but they have not created many clear-cut chances.


Gareth Barry, filling in at left back, tangles with Fuller in the box, but the penalty appeals are ignored.


Wright-Phillips makes a good darting run down the right wing and delivers for Adebayor, who fires wide.


Tony Pulis was eager to keep Sidibe and Fuller on after the sending off, as his front men have been a real threat tonight.


Roberto Mancini responds by sending on Shaun Wright-Phillips for Javier Garrido.


Liam Lawrence is the man to be sacrificed, with Salif Diao the man to come on.


Adam Johnson whips in a good cross towards Adebayor, but Sorensen soes well to gettheir first.


Stoke have responded well to losing Faye, with Fuller, now a lone striker, still causing problems.

Red Card

Abdoulaye Faye concedes possession to Emmanuel Adebayor and is sent off for pulling back the former Arsenal man. Faye was the last man and the referee had no option.

Yellow Card

Glenn Whelan is a touch unlucky to be cautioned, as Vieira went down rather easily.

Yellow Card

Nigel de Jong trips Glenn Whelan and goes into the referee's notebook.


Danny Collins replaces Danny Higginbotham at the interval.

Second half

Stoke commence the second half.

Half time

Referee Alan Wiley blows for half-time. Stoke should be in front and might end up regretting missing some decent early chances, as City improved as the half wore on.


Two minutes of first half injury time will be played.

Yellow Card

Vieira finally goes into the book for a foul on Sidibe - if he maintains his reckless tackling an early bath is in the offing.


Johnson nearly finds Barry with a good right-wing cross, but Thomas Sorensen beats the England man to the ball.


Santa Cruz drags a short wide when well-placed, another warning of his team's threat on the break.


Sidibe nearly finds Fuller in space in the visitors' box, but the pass goes awry - a little more composure and quality in the final third wwould surely give Stoke the lead.


City seem to have weathered the Stoke storm and are now posing a threat, with Johnson seeing plenty of the ball on the right flank.


City are enjoying their best spell of the game, with Barry and de Jong to the fore in a decent spell of possession.


Gareth Barry has a decent chance from a Roque Santa Cruz header, but he slices a volley wide 10 yards out.


Patrick Vieira is living dangerously - he appears to lead with his arm in an aeriel challenge with Dean Whitehead, but no card is shown.


Tony Pulis will be pleased with his team's start but frustrated they do not have a lead their dominance deserves.


Ryan Shawcross has an even better chance from the resulting corner, but he makes no connection when totally unmarked.


Abdoulaye Faye heads goalwards from the corner, but Lescott clears off the line.


Fuller wins his team their first corner after taking on Lescott and Johnson,


City have barely strung two passes together so far, with their attacking players peripheral figures.


Toure and Lescott are struggling to cope with the muscular twin threat of Sidibe and Fuller.


Joleon Lescott brings down Ricardo Fuller in an advanced area - the away team continue to give away free-kicks, a dangerous habit against Stoke.


Vieira is getting mercilessly booed by the Britannia crowd for his part in that altercation with Whelan and the former Arsenal man can count himself lucky not to have seen red.


Rory Delap shoots from the edge of the area but Given collects easily enough despite a deflection.


Stoke continue to tear into City, who just can't get going.


Glenn Whelan and Patrick Vieira clash after the Frenchman is fouled and Vieira is lucky to stay on after lashing out with his boot.


Mamady Sidibe has a golden opportunity to open the scoring, firing straight at Shay Given from just six yards after a Liam Lawrence free-kick fell to him kindly.


Stoke have settled first and are camped in the visitors' half.


The visitors get play underway at the Britannia Stadium.

Awaiting Kickoff

These two teams have not shared a league draw in 28 years, a run of 15 decisive results.

Awaiting Kickoff

Stoke's 1-0 win over City last season was their only league success in the pair's last six meetings.

Awaiting Kickoff

These teams meet just three days after sharing a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fifth round. Both managers make four changes.