• Date: Sun 11 April 2010
  • Venue: Molineux Stadium
  • Ref: Foy, C
  • Attendance: 28,455

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Stoke City

Team Lineups

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
George Elokobi
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Michael Mancienne
Kevin Foley
David Edwards (Chris Iwelumo, 59)
David Jones (Nenad Milijas, 80)
Matt Jarvis
Kevin Doyle

Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen
Danny Higginbotham
Robert Huth
Danny Collins
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye
Glenn Whelan
Dean Whitehead
Rory Delap
Matthew Etherington
Mamady Sidibe (Liam Lawrence, 72)
Dave Kitson (Sanli Tuncay, 69)

Match Report
Wolves inched a point closer to Premier League survival after a dour goalless draw with Stoke City at Molineux. The stalemate moved Mick McCarthy's side six points clear of the drop zone with just four games remaining. It also saw Stoke extend their unbeaten away run to six games - their best in the top-flight for 30 years. Wolves' failure to breach the Stoke rearguard was no real surprise as they have found goals hard to come by in front of their own fans. They have now failed to score in seven of their last eight home games and are without a goal at Molineux in 12 hours and 40 minutes. Despite their lack of goals, they are on course to avoid relegation while Stoke, who have lost just twice in 14 matches, remain in contention for a top 10 finish. Stoke relied on their aerial power and the long throw of Rory Delap - he launched the ball into the area a staggering 25 times - to try and crack the Wolves defence. They dominated the opening period but they were unable to turn that pressure into a breakthrough. Central defender Abdoulaye Faye twice headed Delap throw-ins narrowly wide and saw another effort drift just over the bar from a Glenn Whelan cross. Robert Huth and Dean Whitehead were also narrowly off target with close-range headers. But despite Stoke's pressure, it was Wolves who created the best chance before half-time. David Edwards ghosted into space in the 27th minute to meet a corner from Dave Jones only to see his neat close-range header saved by Thomas Sorensen. While clear openings were hard to come by in the first half, they were virtually non-existent after the break. Mamady Sidibe, who would later limp off with what appeared to be a hamstring strain, should really have done better in the 53rd minute when he was unmarked at the far post only to blaze a Danny Higginbotham cross over the bar. Edwards carried Wolves' greatest threat but was again denied by a smart save from Sorensen after 55 minutes before the Danish keeper prevented a late winner by saving a Nenad Milijas free-kick in stoppage time.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full time:WOLVES 0-0 STOKE:All square at Molineux in what was a physical encounter with few clear-cut chances.


Sorensen races off his line to punch a Jarvis cross clear.


Foley volleys just wide of the Stoke goal from Iwelumo's flick-on. Good effort.


Whelan almost snatches the points for Stoke with a great strike from the edge of the Wolves box which skims wide of the target.


Elokobi does well to head clear from Etherington's cross as Stoke push for a late winner.


Huth and Jarvis go toe-to-toe but the referee awards a free-kick to the Stoke player.


Milijas comes on for Jones.


Delap's raised boot almost catches Elokobi in the face. No card for the Stoke man though.


Whelan drives the ball over the Wolves crossbar from 30 yards out, after Mancienne back-heeled a clearance from Lawrence's cross.


Zubar's looping header is collected with ease by Sorensen.


Sidibe is forced off with what looks like a groin injury. Lawrence comes on in his place.


Sidibe is down and looks to be in a lot of pain.


Tuncay comes on for Kitson.


Jones heads onto Etherington's arm in the Stoke box and screams for a penalty but referee Foy says it was ball to hand and waves play on.


Whelan tries to move into a shooting position 30 yards from goal but scuffs his shot out for a throw.


Foley makes his way into the Stoke box but Higginbotham manages to clear the danger.


First change of the game and it's Edwards who makes way for Iwelumo.


Mancienne does well to race back and hack the ball clear from Kitson.


Edwards hits a low shot but can't get enough power behind it and Sorensen makes a comfortable save.


Sidibe hits the ball over the Wolves goal from six yards out. Great chance for the Stoke striker and he should have at least hit the target.


Jarvis beats Faye but lashes a 25 yard shot high over the Stoke goal.


Jarvis leads a break away for Wolves but Collins slides in to deny the winger.


Delap launches his first long throw of the second half but Hahnemann claims the ball under pressure from Huth.


Mancienne looks like he might have pulled his hamstring.

Second half

We're back up and running in the second half. No changes for either side at the break.

Half time

Half time: WOLVES 0-0 STOKE: Few chances for either side in a scrappy game. Faye came closest to breaking the deadlock with a couple of headers but couldn't find the target.


Jarvis breaks into the Stoke box but tries to drag the ball onto his right foot and Faye clears.


Into the last five minutes of the first half. Wolves fans are chanting "Boring" but Stoke's tactics have certainly been effective. Still no goals though.


Hahnemann's long kick finds Jarvis but Higginbotham nips in to clear the danger.


Delap's long throws are starting to cause problems for the Wolves defence. Hahnemann manages to collect the ball this time.


Faye heads another chance wide of the Wolves goal. It was a Delap throw that set up the Stoke defender this time.


Etherington swings over a left footed corner that bounces across the six yard box and out of play.


Jarvis runs at the Stoke defence but his shot is blocked by Faye.


Edwards almost gives Wolves the lead but his header from Jarvis' corner goes straight at Sorensen.


Collins heads out for a corner under pressure from Doyle.


Faye heads over six yards from goal and thumps the ground in frustration. The Stoke defender should have done better.


Jones completely misses the ball six yards from goal. It was a great delivery into the box from Foley.


Whitehead sends a header well wide of the target from Etherington's pinpoint cross.


Craddock almost become an unlikely first goal scorer this afternoon but the centre back can't reach Mancienne's flick-on and Sorensen collects.


Elokobi does well to beat Sidibe in the air from Whelan's deep cross.


Faye heads well wide of the Wolves goal from a trademark Delap long throw.


Jarvis is inches away from poking the ball home from Edwards' low cross.


Whitehead smashes the ball high over the Wolves goal after Kitson and Sidibe muscled their way into the box.


Elokobi plays a weak pass back to Hahnemann and Etherington is almost in on goal but the Wolves keeper clears the danger.


Whelan clips a free-kick into the box looking for Kitson but the ball sails out for a goal kick to Wolves.


Early shout for a Stoke penalty as Etherington goes down in the box under pressure from Jones, but play is waved on.

Referee Chris Foy gets the game under way.

Awaiting Kickoff

The teams are out at Molineux. Wolves will be hoping for a win to push them closer to safety. Stoke have ambitions to finish in the top ten so will be going all out for three points themselves.

Awaiting Kickoff

STOKE: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Huth, Collins, Faye, Whelan, Lawrence, Delap, Whitehead, Sidibe, Kitson

Awaiting Kickoff

Tony Pulis rings the changes in midfield for Stoke, with Dean Whitehead replacing Liam Lawrence. Ricardo Fuller is injured so Mamady Sidibe starts up front. Teenage star Louis Moult is on the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff

WOLVES: Hahnemann, Elokobi, Craddock, Berra, Zubar, Mancienne, Foley, Jones, Edwards, Jarvis, Doyle

Awaiting Kickoff

Wolves make one change to the side that lost 1-0 at Arsenal last time out. David Edwards comes in for skipper Karl Henry, who was sent off at the Emirates. Jody Craddock is named captain.