—END OF LOAD TAG—>
|Danny Higginbotham (Danny Collins, 46)|
|Liam Lawrence (Salif Diao, 60)|
|Ricardo Fuller (James Beattie, 80)|
|Micah Richards (Pablo Zabaleta, 81)|
|Javier Garrido (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 60)|
|Kolo Toure, K|
|Adam Johnson, A (Martin Petrov, 86)|
|Nigel de Jong|
|Roque Santa Cruz|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glenn Whelan is a touch unlucky to be cautioned, as Vieira went down rather easily.
Nigel de Jong trips Glenn Whelan and goes into the referee's notebook.
Danny Collins replaces Danny Higginbotham at the interval.
Stoke commence the second half.
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.
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.
These two teams have not shared a league draw in 28 years, a run of 15 decisive results.
Stoke's 1-0 win over City last season was their only league success in the pair's last six meetings.
These teams meet just three days after sharing a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fifth round. Both managers make four changes.
Its been a fairly predictable season in the Premier League.
Southend United have gained promotion to League One after a tense penalty shootout again Wycombe Wanderers that ended in 7-6.
Clubs across Europe are rubbing their hands together in glee as Sami Khedira has announced hell be leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Liverpool will again have the chance to strengthen their squad.
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Hull and Newcastle will be fighting for their Premier League lives on Sunday in yet another instalment of relegation drama