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  • Date:2010-05-01
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27579
  • Referee:Webb, H

Live Commentary

90mins

STOKE 0-0 EVERTON:Everton's hopes of Europe are over after this dull draw, Jagielka's disallowed goal being the only highlight.

90mins

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on for Victor Anichebe.

90mins

Two minutes will be added on.

86mins

Liam Lawrence,Sanli Tuncay and Danny Pugh come on for Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap and Mamady Sidibe

81mins

The pace of the game has picked up a little as both sides eye a late winner.

77mins

Ricardo Fuller has a rising first time effort that flies just over the bar.

74mins

The ball is in the net - but it's disallowed! Arteta's corner is headed home by Jagielka but the linesman judged that the corner had drifted out for a goal kick, unlucky that for the Toffees.

72mins

Double change from Everton: Louis Saha and Leon Osman come off for Jack Rodwell and Ayegbeni Yakubu.

70mins

Victor Anichebe does well to cut in from the left and curl an effort inches wide of the left-hand post, great effort that from the Nigerian.

67mins

Arteta has a chance to get a shot on target with a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but it's perhaps fitting of the game that he hits it straight into the wall

62mins

The pace of the game has dropped again, with Everton giving the ball away far too cheaply but Stoke not doing anything with it.

58mins

Stoke have dominanted the last ten minutes without really creating much, though Matthew Etherington hit a 25 yard free-kick into the wall

54mins

Glenn Whelan has an effort on goal but he gets it all wrong and it drifts well wide.

51mins

We have a brief break in play as Sylvain Distin goes down clutching his face, after a few minutes though the ex-Pompey man recovers and gets to his feet.

47mins

Stoke break forward with Matthew Etherington who gets in behind the defence before laying it off to Rory Delap who simply has to score form 8 yards but somehow puts it wide - contender for miss of the season that one.

45mins

We are underway again, fingers crossed for a better second half.

45mins

Half Time: STOKE 0-0 EVERTON. And that's the break, nothing much to speak of so far, here's hoping for a much, much better second half.

39mins

Arteta plays a short corner to Leighton Baines who fires in a vicious right-footed shot which was on target but it hits Anichebe and bounces away.

36mins

The home crowd get excited as Delap launches a long throw into the box, the referee blows the whistle though for a foul somewhere among the bodies in a crowded six yard box.

33mins

Victor Anichebe takes a touch before turning and firing in a low shot from the edge of the box that goes just wide, that's probably the best chance of the game so far.

30mins

Matthew Etherington whips in a free kick from the right but it is over-hit and Tim Howard can claim easily.

26mins

Stoke are forcing their way back into the game now and enjoying the majority of the posession with Ricardo Fuller at the centre of things.

22mins

Victor Anichebe chests down a Jagielka pass and fires in a low shot that Begovic comfortably saves.

20mins

Victor Anichebe does well to turn his marker in the area but Ryan Shawcross comes across with a superb sliding tackle.

14mins

Phil Jagielka, playing at right back today, collects a cross-field pass from Tim Cahill before half volleying in a decent ball that just spins away from the Everton attackers.

9mins

Mikel Arteta whips a dangerous looking free kick from the left, but it is too close to Asmir Begovic who claims confidently.

6mins

Dean Whitehead gets a stern ticking off from referee Howard Webb for a second late tackle on Mikel Arteta in quick succession, another foul and he will go in the book.

4mins

Quiet start here, Everton perhaps shade the possession, but no chances to speak of - yet.

1mins

Referee Howard Webb gets us underway at the Britannia Stadium.

0mins

Steven Pienaar misses out for Everton through injury, Leon Osman comes in for him. Louis Saha and Joseph Yobo also earn recalls at the expense of Tony Hibbert and Ayegbeni Yakubu ,who both drop to the bench.

0mins

Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross come into the Stoke starting line-up in place of injured duo Thomas Sorenson and Abdoulaye Faye. Mamady Sidibe is also recalled, with Dave Kitson dropping to the bench.

Match Preview

Stoke City welcome Everton to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and it is the visitors that have more to play for as they look to end their Premier League campaign with a flourish.

The Merseyside outfit currently sit in eighth position and are five points adrift of fierce rivals Liverpool so their Europa League qualification dream is hanging by the merest of threads.

They need to win their final two games and hope the Reds succumb in their remaining fixtures to nail a continental place and, although the chances are slim, manager David Moyes will want to keep the ball rolling with a win over Stoke.

But Tony Pulis' well-drilled outfit will be no pushovers on home soil and he will want his men to put last weekend's disaster at Chelsea to bed.

His side were thumped 7-0 at the title-chasers and, although the Potters looked like they were on their summer holidays early, Pulis will want to put on a show in their final home game of a successful season that sees them sit in mid-table.

Stoke have won just two of their previous nine league games while Everton are unbeaten in nine.

The Toffees' Europa League charge has slowed after three successive draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United and Aston Villa recently but triumphs over Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham last weekend have kept them in the hunt.

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who injured his elbow in the build up to Chelsea's second goal last Sunday, will be out for the remainder of the season and he is Pulis' only concern.

Everton trio John Heitinga, Marouane Fellaini (both ankle) and Dan Gosling (knee ligament) will all return in the lead-up to next season.


Match Report

Everton extended their unbeaten run to ten games after a hard-fought goalless draw against a Stoke City side that bounced back from last Sunday's nightmare at Chelsea.

Tony Pulis' men certainly reacted well to their seven-goal mauling at Stamford Bridge and Dean Whitehead soon received a lecture from referee Howard Webb for a crunching tackle on Mikel Arteta.

But Everton were also up for a battle and Victor Anichebe warmed Asmir Begovic's fingers with a fierce shot as both sides wrestled for supremacy.

Ricardo Fuller scorned City's first real opportunity when he flicked a tame effort straight at Tim Howard from Mamady Sidibe's header.

And Arteta was fortunate to get away with an untidy challenge on Glenn Whelan in the penalty area as Stoke attempted to turn the screw.

Despite high levels of endeavour, a lack of real quality in the final third was a problem for both sides as defences held firm.

But Everton did threaten as half time approached when a fierce shot from Leighton Baines looked set for the top corner of the net until it was blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

Stoke made a strong start to the second half and only Rory Delap will know how he failed to give his team the lead after a terrific move in the 48th minute.

Mamady Sidibe freed Matthew Etherington and the winger's precise pass left Delap with only Howard to beat from seven yards.

The midfielder looked certain to score, but screwed his shot a foot wide with Howard motionless.

At least the miss got the Stoke fans going and the Everton rearguard started to come under increasing pressure, most notably from a string of long throws by Delap.

Whelan had one shot blocked by the defensive wall after Fuller was tripped 20 yards out and another which flashed a couple of yards wide.

But Everton were lifted by a double substitution in the 72nd minute when Louis Saha and Leon Osman were replaced by Yakubu and Jack Rodwell.

And the visitors thought they had taken the lead two minutes later when Rodwell's shot was blocked for a corner.

Arteta's far-post delivery was headed home at the far post by Phil Jagielka, but the linesman flagged that Anichebe had strayed into an offside position.

Stoke responded with Fuller twice going close towards the end, but a point apiece was probably a fair outcome.

Stoke City

Everton

Corners

65

Fouls

1010

Goal attempts

Shots off target

63

Offsides

12

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