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The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Glenn Whelan takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Robert Huth from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Rory Delap leaves the field to be replaced by Glenn Whelan.
Marc Wilson on for Matthew Etherington.
Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. Rory Delap booked for unsporting behaviour. Martin Olsson takes the free kick.
Header by Steven Nzonzi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Morten Gamst Pedersen goes off and David Hoilett comes on.
Shot from just outside the box by Ricardo Fuller misses to the right of the goal.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a corner.
Unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Kenwyne Jones results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Close range header by Kenwyne Jones misses to the right of the goal.
Jermaine Pennant leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
Matthew Etherington takes a corner.
Benjani Mwaruwari is brought on as a substitute for Brett Emerton.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Header from close range by Kenwyne Jones misses to the right of the goal.
Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Brett Emerton produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post, Jermaine Pennant manages to make a clearance.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Brett Emerton. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Jonathan Walters makes a clearance.
Phil Jones fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
Dean Whitehead challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Martin Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Martin Olsson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Rory Delap. Martin Olsson comes on in place of El-Hadji Diouf. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Steven Nzonzi is booked. Matthew Etherington shoots direct from the free kick, save by Paul Robinson.
A goal is scored by Jonathan Walters from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by El-Hadji Diouf. El-Hadji Diouf is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
The second half kicks off.
The half-time whistle blows.
Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Sorensen. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Mame Diouf fouled by Abdoulaye Faye, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Givet on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
Phil Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Robert Huth produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Matthew Etherington has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Gael Givet results in a free kick. Booking for Gael Givet for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
Brett Emerton takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Dean Whitehead. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
Mame Diouf challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Robert Huth shown a yellow card. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, clearance by Phil Jones.
Michel Salgado challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Matthew Etherington fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Brett Emerton takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Mame Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Jermaine Pennant decides to take the corner short.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Mame Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
Matthew Etherington fouled by Michel Salgado, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Collins crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Kenwyne Jones misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is hoping his players will stop making life difficult for themselves when Blackburn visit the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters have trailed at half-time in every one of their top-flight games so far this season, managing only one goal in the opening 45 minutes - against Tottenham in August.
Pulis said: "There have been some games where we haven't been too bad in the first half, we've just come in losing by a goal.
"The players have worked really hard, they're a good group and they have got good character and they never give up. So you always know if you're losing a game they'll keep going right to the end.
"It's just finding that formula where we can get on the front foot and take the game to them."
Stoke were also slow out of the blocks in terms of results, with their opening three games bringing defeats against Wolves, Spurs and Chelsea.
But an unbeaten September, including wins over Aston Villa and last weekend at Newcastle, have turned things around, with the Potters currently 14th in the table.
Pulis, though, is not about to get carried away and is instead hoping fortune continues to favour his team.
He continued: "We did quite well in the first three games and even the Chelsea game, (Glenn) Whelan hit the underside of the crossbar, which would have made it 1-1 with only 12 minutes to go.
"We've done all right but in the Premier League you've got to be relentless, you mustn't take your foot off the pedal and we have to make sure we keep working as hard as we possibly can and hopefully get the breaks we've been having the last couple of weeks and get as many points on the board as we can."
Pulis had expected to be without striker Ricardo Fuller for the clash after he dislocated his right shoulder last weekend but the Jamaican has made good progress and could be given a place on the bench.
Stoke's other worries are defender Andy Wilkinson, who has a slight knee problem, and Jermaine Pennant, who missed the Newcastle clash with a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce admits Rory Delap's long throws are like a "Scud missile" but has warned his Blackburn players to show no fear of the Stoke bombardment.
Allardyce is anticipating a bruising battle but rejects suggestions that Pulis' side are too physical.
The Rovers boss insists his players must be "man enough" to stand up to Stoke - starting with dealing with the famous Delap throw-in.
Allardyce said: "Many teams have a long-throw expert in their armoury but Rory Delap is the best at it, that's the difference.
"Rory Delap delivers the best Scud missile I have ever seen.
"Defending that makes life very difficult as often the goal is scored from a flick-on by your own defender.
"It's a weapon that has been evolving and now everybody talks about it but I say to the players 'it's still just a throw-in so don't get nervous and worried about it, get in your positions and go and attack it'."
Blackburn have returned from Stoke empty-handed in their last two visits and Allardyce believes the arrival of Kenwyne Jones has only increased the Potters' strength.
He said: "The acquisition of Kenwyne has made them a bigger goal threat, and the physical presence of the side means you have got to stand up to them. If you don't, you can be overpowered and end up coming away with nothing as we have done in the last two seasons.
"For me it's not, as some people have suggested, over-physical. It's about big powerful players using their strength and their abilities to try and dominate the opposition and you have to be man enough and big enough to stand up to that."
David Dunn continues to be absent with a hamstring injury.
Vince Grella is also missing with a hamstring but Jason Roberts is likely to be on the bench for the first time this season and Keith Andrews is also back in the squad after injury.
Walters returns to haunt Rovers
Jon Walters condemned his former club to defeat after scoring his first goal for Stoke in the Barclays Premier League.
The #2.75million summer signing from Ipswich scored the only goal of the game against Blackburn in the 47th minute at the Britannia Stadium.
It was a special moment for Walters given that he played for Blackburn in his youth before joining Bolton.
The 27-year-old has been on a long journey but has settled in quickly in his new surroundings.
It was Stoke's second successive victory following the win over Newcastle and Blackburn could have little complaint.
They rarely looked an attacking force with Mame Diouf ploughing a lone furrow up front.
Not only that Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant were both busy down the flanks for the home side while Dean Whitehead put in a hard shift in the middle of the park.
Stoke got quickly into their stride and goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen released Etherington with a long throw. He raced down the left before delivering a cross into the area only for Brett Emerton to make the clearance with Jermaine Pennant lurking.
Stoke maintained the momentum and Kenwyne Jones made space for himself before sending a 20-yard shot wide of the post.
Blackburn again found themselves on the back foot in the eighth minute when Etherington picked out Jones but his header failed to test goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
This was a good spell by Stoke and a long throw from Rory Delap took a deflection and came back off the post in the 10th minute. Jon Walters latched on to the rebound only for Robinson to turn his effort over the bar.
Blackburn responded and almost took the lead in the 15th minute. Emerton's delicate chip beat Sorensen but Ryan Shawcross was on hand and averted the danger.
It was brief respite, however with Delap's long throw finding Jones. He got up high but his header was taken cleanly by Robinson.
Stoke kept up the pressure and Etherington found space on the left, only to see his well-struck effort go narrowly off-target.
Then Etherington was denied by Robinson in the 35th minute after Pennant delivered the cross.
Blackburn were being limited to counter-attacks and Phil Jones cracked in a shot from inside the penalty area three minutes later but it was blocked by Robert Huth.
Stoke made the breakthrough two minutes into the half after a towering leap from Jones released Etherington.
He threaded the ball through to Walters, who had timed his run to perfection before drilling a shot beyond Robinson.
Stoke almost added a second in the 53rd minute when Etherington's free-kick sailed over the wall but Robinson parried it to safety.
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce decided to reorganise his team and brought on Martin Olsson for El-Hadji Diouf.
Olsson had settled quickly into the game and fired in a shot from an acute angle that Sorensen was happy to deflect for a corner.
However with time beginning to run out former Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari was introduced by Blackburn with Emerton going off.
Stoke, though, came close to extending their lead in the 78th minute when Jones peeled away from his marker to get on the end of a cross from Etherington - only to head wide.
Then substitute Ricardo Fuller, who had recovered quickly after dislocating his shoulder at Newcastle, fired wide after a solo run.
Blackburn kept pushing men forward in the search for an equaliser but were unable to break Stoke down and build on their victory against Blackpool.
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