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  • Whelan (72)
  • Barry (85)
  • Date:2010-02-16
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:26778
  • Referee:Wiley, A

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

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.

90mins

Salif Diao hacks down Pablo Zabaleta and gets a deserved booking.

90mins

Wright-Phillips has injected some pace into City's play - they look far more dangerous with him on the pitch.

90mins

There is a collective groan from the home fans as five minutes of stoppage time are signalled.

89mins

Stoke have everyone behind the ball as City continue to bombard the hosts' box.

87mins

The visitors sense a winner - the momentum of this game has really changed in the last five minutes.

86mins

Martin Petrov replaces Adam Johnson.

85mins

Gareth Barry levels, tucking in a rebound after his first shot hit a post.

83mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips wins another corner, but Stoke again clear their lines.

82mins

Barry makes good connection with a snap-shot from distance, but it is deflected behind. The corner is cleared.

82mins

Micah Richards makes way for Pablo Zabaleta.

81mins

James Beattie replaces Fuller, who has again been excellent.

81mins

Another booking, as Fuller is penalised for persistent fouling.

80mins

Adam Johnson whips in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Santa Cruz and Adebayor are static in the box.

78mins

Barry lofts a free-kick into the Stoke box, but Lescott heads over.

76mins

Vieira lofts an aimless ball forward towards Santa Cruz. Vieira has been poor tonight, a shadow of his old self at Arsenal.

74mins

Fuller breaks forward and goes for goal when Sidibe was well-placed, but his effort is a weak one.

73mins

Shay Given gifts Stoke the lead, letting a weak Glenn Whelan shot squirm underneath his body.

72mins

Ricardo Fuller goes down easily under Barry's challenge and the England man picks up a rather harsh booking.

70mins

The Citizens are exerting plenty of pressure since gaining a numerical advantage, but they have not created many clear-cut chances.

68mins

Gareth Barry, filling in at left back, tangles with Fuller in the box, but the penalty appeals are ignored.

66mins

Wright-Phillips makes a good darting run down the right wing and delivers for Adebayor, who fires wide.

63mins

Tony Pulis was eager to keep Sidibe and Fuller on after the sending off, as his front men have been a real threat tonight.

61mins

Roberto Mancini responds by sending on Shaun Wright-Phillips for Javier Garrido.

60mins

Liam Lawrence is the man to be sacrificed, with Salif Diao the man to come on.

58mins

Adam Johnson whips in a good cross towards Adebayor, but Sorensen soes well to gettheir first.

55mins

Stoke have responded well to losing Faye, with Fuller, now a lone striker, still causing problems.

53mins

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.

50mins

Glenn Whelan is a touch unlucky to be cautioned, as Vieira went down rather easily.

48mins

Nigel de Jong trips Glenn Whelan and goes into the referee's notebook.

45mins

Danny Collins replaces Danny Higginbotham at the interval.

45mins

Stoke commence the second half.

45mins

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.

45mins

Two minutes of first half injury time will be played.

42mins

Vieira finally goes into the book for a foul on Sidibe - if he maintains his reckless tackling an early bath is in the offing.

40mins

Johnson nearly finds Barry with a good right-wing cross, but Thomas Sorensen beats the England man to the ball.

35mins

Santa Cruz drags a short wide when well-placed, another warning of his team's threat on the break.

34mins

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.

32mins

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.

29mins

City are enjoying their best spell of the game, with Barry and de Jong to the fore in a decent spell of possession.

27mins

Gareth Barry has a decent chance from a Roque Santa Cruz header, but he slices a volley wide 10 yards out.

25mins

Patrick Vieira is living dangerously - he appears to lead with his arm in an aeriel challenge with Dean Whitehead, but no card is shown.

24mins

Tony Pulis will be pleased with his team's start but frustrated they do not have a lead their dominance deserves.

22mins

Ryan Shawcross has an even better chance from the resulting corner, but he makes no connection when totally unmarked.

21mins

Abdoulaye Faye heads goalwards from the corner, but Lescott clears off the line.

20mins

Fuller wins his team their first corner after taking on Lescott and Johnson,

18mins

City have barely strung two passes together so far, with their attacking players peripheral figures.

15mins

Toure and Lescott are struggling to cope with the muscular twin threat of Sidibe and Fuller.

13mins

Joleon Lescott brings down Ricardo Fuller in an advanced area - the away team continue to give away free-kicks, a dangerous habit against Stoke.

12mins

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.

10mins

Rory Delap shoots from the edge of the area but Given collects easily enough despite a deflection.

9mins

Stoke continue to tear into City, who just can't get going.

7mins

Glenn Whelan and Patrick Vieira clash after the Frenchman is fouled and Vieira is lucky to stay on after lashing out with his boot.

5mins

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.

2mins

Stoke have settled first and are camped in the visitors' half.

0mins

The visitors get play underway at the Britannia Stadium.

0mins

These two teams have not shared a league draw in 28 years, a run of 15 decisive results.

0mins

Stoke's 1-0 win over City last season was their only league success in the pair's last six meetings.

0mins

These teams meet just three days after sharing a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fifth round. Both managers make four changes.

Match Preview

Stoke City face a difficult test on Tuesday evening as they prepare to welcome Roberto Mancini's Manchester City to the Britannia Stadium.

This will be the second of three meetings between the two sides in just ten days.

They played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening at Eastlands in the FA Cup fifth round and they will replay next Tuesday in Stoke.

With the Citizens striving to grab a top-four finish this term, they need just a single point to go ahead of Liverpool into the sought after position and this is the first of two games in hand they have over the Merseyside giants.

If Mancini's men could find consistent form on the road, they would be finding life much easier at the top end of the table, but with just three wins on their travels, it continues to hinder their chances.

Stoke on the other hand have cemented a position in mid-table, thanks in the main to their fine home form and the visitors should be wary ahead of the clash.

The hosts have also been in fine form at the start of the New Year, going five games unbeaten in the Premier League - winning two and drawing three of their games.

City have lost three of their previous four away games, crashing to Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Hull City.

Mancini has a few selection problems ahead of the contest with several first-team stars likely to miss the showdown.

Kolo Toure (knee) is ruled out with long-term absentee Michael Johnson (cruciate ligament) is missing until the summer.

Craig Bellamy (knee) and Micah Richards (calf) are pushing for a recall after their recent problems.

Meanwhile, home boss Tony Pulis also has a number of injury problems to contend with.

Following the FA Cup stalemate, Stoke lost a trio of players through injury and they are sweating over the fitness of winger Matthew Etherington.

He was forced off with a nasty looking knee injury and faces a scan that will reveal the extent of the problem. Liam Lawrence (knee) and Andy Wilkinson (ankle) also limped out of the action.

Last season's fixture resulted in a fine 1-0 win for the hosts.


Match Report

Gareth Barry spared Manchester City's blushes with an 85th minute equaliser against ten-man Stoke City, as a fiery Britannia Stadium clash ended 1-1.

Tony Pulis' team looked set for an heroic victory when Barry, who fastened on to a flicked header by Emmanuel Adebayor, hooked in the rebound.

But a high-octane contest still ended in controversy when Stoke were denied what looked a perfectly good winning goal seconds from time.

Ryan Shawcross out-jumped Shay Given from Rory Delap's long throw to head home, but referee Alan Wiley awarded a free-kick.

Mr Wiley had earlier sent off Stoke skipper Abdoulaye Faye with another contentious decision and was booed from the field after the final whistle.

The second of three meetings between these sides in 11 days, the other two in the FA Cup, set off at a terrific pace with Stoke calling the tune.

They should have taken a fourth minute lead when Mamady Sidibe shot straight at Given from six yards after Liam Lawrence's free-kick was deflected into his path.

And Roberto Mancini's side dragged 11 men back to defend a barrage of early long throws from Delap, with Stoke really fired up for battle.

Joleon Lescott saved the visitors with a vital clearance when Faye met Lawrence's right-wing corner with a bullet header.

And Mancini, unhappy with what he perceived as Stoke's strong-arm tactics, began to gesture angrily at referee Wiley and the fourth official.

The ferocity of the home side's play relented towards the half-hour mark and Barry miscued a shot wide during a rare attack by the visitors.

But another long throw by Delap had the visitors back under pressure as Robert Huth's header drifted narrowly wide of the far post.

Mancini and his assistant Brian Kidd got in the referee's ear again as the players trooped off at the end of a cut and thrust first half.

The visitors did start the second half better than they did the first and they were given a leg up when Faye got his marching orders in the 54th minute.

Faye appeared to play the ball in halting Adebayor 35 yards from goal, but Mr Wiley, who initially waved play on, produced a red card after consulting a linesman.

The decision incensed the Stoke fans and rallied their players, who reorganized and refused to give an inch.

And they took the lead 18 minutes from time after Adam Johnson miscued an attempted clearance straight into the path of Glenn Whelan.

The former Manchester City trainee struck his 25-yard shot well, but Given will be disappointed with the way the ball squirmed through his grasp and into the net.

Stoke City

Manchester City

Corners

33

Fouls

2115

Goal attempts

86

Shots off target

54

Offsides

11

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