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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.
Ryan Shawcross is ruled offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Steven Nzonzi. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
The referee penalises Glenn Whelan for handball. Anthony Pilkington produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
Robert Snodgrass takes a shot.
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.
Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Wilkinson.
Foul by Charlie Adam on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. Ryan Bennett takes the direct free kick.
Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Bradley Johnson.
Shot by Peter Crouch from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
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.
Alexander Tettey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball. Kenwyne Jones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Walters. Leon Barnett on for Javier Garrido.
Corner taken short by Robert Snodgrass.
Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Matthew Etherington is brought on as a substitute for Michael Kightly.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Wesley Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Bradley Johnson, clearance by Robert Huth.
Jonathan Walters produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
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.
Shot by Bradley Johnson. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett by Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Peter Crouch fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
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.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Anthony Pilkington takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Pilkington, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.
Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
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. Norwich 1-0 Stoke.Assist by Robert Snodgrass.
The referee books Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Robert Huth.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Bradley Johnson results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Turner. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Wesley Hoolahan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.
The ball is crossed by Steven Nzonzi, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
Bradley Johnson challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.
Robert Huth challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexander Tettey.
Bradley Johnson challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
Grant Holt takes a shot.
Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Sebastien Bassong delivers the ball, save by Asmir Begovic.
A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.
The referee books Charlie Adam for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington played to the near post, clearance made by Geoff Cameron.
Alexander Tettey takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick.
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.
Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball.
Foul by Michael Turner on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Michael Kightly is caught offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Robert Huth takes the free kick.
Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Tettey by Andy Wilkinson. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Foul by Alexander Tettey on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Shot from 25 yards by Alexander Tettey. Clearance made by Robert Huth. Short corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.
Anthony Pilkington fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Andy Wilkinson, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
Hughton cites Stoke example
Norwich manager Chris Hughton insists Stoke are the perfect role model for any aspiring top-flight team like his own.
The Canaries earned a hugely-impressive 12th place finish last season after returning to the Barclays Premier League, but they have found the going tough this year.
Just two points separate City and their visitors Stoke this weekend, but the bookmakers consider Hughton's side far more likely to go down to the npower Championship this year.
The Potters were also tipped for a swift return to the second tier after the won promotion in 2008, but they have since gone on to record steady mid-table finishes in the four years that have followed and they have also played in Europe by virtue of their FA Cup final appearance last summer.
Their long-ball game often attracts criticism, but Hughton, who took over at Carrow Road this season, thinks the Staffordshire club should be viewed as a shining example of how teams can get promoted and stay there with relative stability.
"They are an excellent role model for the likes of ourselves," Hughton said. "In this division after getting promotion you normally have a few tough years but they have improved every year and have brought in better quality every year.
"They are is a very well established Premier League team now.
"I'm sure they couldn't bring in someone of the quality of Michael Owen six or seven years ago."
Norwich defender Russell Martin is making a good recovery from his back injury and could be fit for the clash.
Striker Harry Kane, on loan from Spurs, is on course to return before Christmas following foot surgery.
Meanwhile, Stoke boss Tony Pulis is backing Norwich to preserve their Premier League status under Hughton.
Pulis was at the Spurs match and is predicting that with the squad Hughton has at his disposal, Norwich will avoid the drop.
"I went to watch the game and Chris made a lot of changes. They are well set up," Pulis said.
"Looking at the strength of what he played on Wednesday, I think they will be fine."
Pulis feels former Newcastle and Birmingham manager Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood and first-team coach Paul Trollope make for a good team, although the Potters boss believes they have been fortunate with what they have inherited at Norwich from Lambert.
Looking ahead to the clash, Pulis said: "It will be a tough game - they are full confidence and they have had some good results.
"They have got players who can hurt you.
"I think Chris has done a good job wherever he has been and Colin and Paul are very good assistants for him - they have both managed and understand what management is about.
"It is a good football club, always has been, and they have been very fortunate in some respects to take over a football club that was well-run before they got there as well.
"As managers - and Chris will be the first one to point this out - nine times out of 10 you are taking jobs because the club has not been successful.
"They actually took over a job where the club had been very successful. Paul had left that football club in a good state."
Stoke will be without Marc Wilson for the game.
Andy Wilkinson is expected to fill in at left-back against the Canaries for Wilson, who is set to be out of action for three months after sustaining a fractured left fibula in last Saturday's 0-0 draw with Sunderland.
Midfielder Glenn Whelan was not deemed fit enough to take part in that match but is now available for selection again having recovered from his hamstring problem, while Pulis has indicated winger Matthew Etherington - used mostly as a substitute this term - could be line for a return to the first XI.
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