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The referee brings the game to a close.
Mario Balotelli goes off and Joao Alves Jo comes on.
Matthew Etherington fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Man City.Assist by Tuncay Sanli.
Mario Balotelli challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Robert Huth goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Micah Richards is cautioned. Micah Richards challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Etherington from left wing, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. David Silva takes the direct free kick.
Adam Johnson replaces James Milner.
Micah Richards fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from James Milner.
Shot on goal by Tuncay Sanli from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Shot from just outside the area by David Silva misses to the right of the target.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Barry. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tuncay Sanli from the right by-line, Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Vincent Kompany. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
Ricardo Fuller goes off and Jonathan Walters comes on.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Booking for Carlos Tevez for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Tevez on Asmir Begovic. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Marc Wilson receives a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Marc Wilson coming on for Andy Wilkinson. Carlos Tevez challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mario Balotelli, blocked by Dean Whitehead. Corner taken right-footed by James Milner to the near post.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Kenwyne Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the left by-line to the near post, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Rory Delap receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Rory Delap challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Micah Richards.
Ryan Shawcross has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Tuncay Sanli, Joe Hart makes a save.
James Milner takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
David Silva produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Gareth Barry from the left by-line.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Milner, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.
The game restarts for the second half.
Tuncay Sanli on for Jermaine Pennant.
The half-time whistle blows.
Right-footed shot by Mario Balotelli missed to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlos Tevez. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on Jermaine Pennant. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, save made by Joe Hart.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Robert Huth takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
Robert Huth produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Micah Richards.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Danny Collins, Header on goal by Kenwyne Jones from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Close range effort by Ricardo Fuller misses to the right of the goal.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Dean Whitehead fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
Joe Hart fouled by Kenwyne Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Effort from deep inside the area by Jermaine Pennant clears the bar.
Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The referee blows for offside against Mario Balotelli. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
The game gets underway.
City pose title threat - Pulis
Stoke boss Tony Pulis rates Manchester City's performance at Fulham last weekend as among the best he has seen in the Barclays Premier League and he feels the Eastlands outfit are shaping up as real title contenders under Roberto Mancini.
City swept the Cottagers aside 4-1 on Sunday to move up to fourth in a congested table, three points behind leaders Chelsea and second-placed Manchester United.
The display certainly impressed Pulis, who expects to see Mancini's expensively-assembled side challenging for top spot right through to the end of the season.
"I didn't go, but I watched it and (Stoke assistant manager) Dave Kemp went to the game," Pulis said.
"I've seen them twice this year and they are just starting to gel together. I thought the performance at Fulham - I watched the tape again on Wednesday night - was absolutely first-class.
"They were very good, as good a Premier League performance as I've seen to be honest, especially away from home.
"They have obviously spent a hell of a lot of money and you need to do that if you want to win the championship - all the other clubs that have won it have spent massive money and Manchester City are only doing what the others have done.
"They get criticised at times for the amount of money they spend, but that is the market, the going rate. If they want to do it, they have to spend it and that is what they have gone out and done.
"I think they have got as good a chance as anybody at the top.
"There are five or six teams there that you can look at and say they have an outstanding chance, and I think Manchester City are just starting to recognise that they have got that chance."
Stoke will give a late fitness test to Jermaine Pennant.
Pennant came off with a hamstring problem only 11 minutes into last Saturday's 3-0 win at West Brom and although a scan has revealed the damage to be not as bad as first feared, the winger remains a doubt for the City game.
Defender Andy Wilkinson could also miss out due to a sore knee, but striker Jon Walters should be fit to play despite a recent groin injury.
Meanwhile, Mancini has told the disgruntled members of his squad that no-one at Manchester City can expect to play every week any more.
Shay Given, Roque Santa Cruz and Adam Johnson have all voiced their concern about not getting a regular game with City this season, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor's voice has become increasing persistent in expressing his displeasure.
Adebayor claimed earlier this week that a loan deal had been done with Juventus that would allow him to leave for Turin in January, although City sources insist the assertion is not true.
It does seem inevitable the #25million purchase from Arsenal will be allowed to quit at some stage during the transfer window.
However, with a packed programme approaching, right through to the end of the festive period, Mancini is calling for further commitment.
And the Italian has also pointed out that, having joined the quickening City bandwagon, highly-paid players must accept the downside of what comes with battling for major honours.
"They must understand that in a top team, it is impossible to always play," said Mancini.
"When a player plays, he must do well. That goes for Adebayor, Jo, Mario Balotelli, everyone.
"For Adebayor, probably this situation can change in January. But it depends. If we lose a striker, we must get another one.
"No player is happy when they don't play. But between now and when we play Arsenal on January 5 we have 10 games, so all the players will play this month and we need them to concentrate on that."
While a recall for Adebayor appears unlikely this weekend, Mancini will have to make at least one change because Pablo Zabaleta has been ruled out after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Craven Cottage.
Either Jerome Boateng or Micah Richards will take the versatile South American's place, the other likely to find himself sitting alongside Balotelli on the City bench.
Etherington earns late point
Matthew Etherington emphasised Stoke's never-say-die attitude with a stoppage-time equaliser against Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium which earned a 1-1 draw.
Roberto Mancini's high-fliers looked set for all three points thanks to a marvellous goal from Micah Richards in the 81st minute.
But Stoke refused to lie down and Etherington took advantage of a clever back-heel from Tuncay to ensure his side got a share of the spoils.
City found themselves under pressure for long spells in the first half and must have been delighted to go in at the break on level terms.
Stoke showed their credentials as early as the fifth minute when a long throw from Rory Delap was flicked on by Ryan Shawcross.
Jermaine Pennant got on the end of it, clearing the bar with his effort before Delap caused further confusion in the City penalty area.
Ricardo Fuller found himself clear following a long throw, only to see his shot blocked by Vincent Kompany.
Etherington then took advantage of some defensive hesitancy to fire in a shot City goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand to before the ball was scrambled away.
The home side should have taken the lead in the 16th minute when Fuller and Kenwyne Jones played a neat one-two.
Fuller was released in the area but failed to test Hart, steering his effort wide of the post.
City were again forced on the back foot in the 22nd minute when Robert Huth cleared the bar from a good position.
The visitors launched a quick counter-attack in the 31st minute when David Silva released Carlos Tevez.
The striker found James Milner but the move broke down following a timely challenge by Andy Wilkinson.
Back came Stoke and Fuller got goal-side of Kolo Toure only to send his shot into the arms of Hart.
Play switched down the other end and Aleksandar Kolarov tested goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from distance in the 36th minute.
Stoke were nearly undone in the 42nd minute following a mistake by Danny Collins. He played a casual back pass to Begovic, unaware Tevez was lurking on the edge of the area.
Begovic came to the rescue, racing out of his goal to divert the ball to safety.
Mario Balotelli had started the half with purpose for City and showed good strength and pace to rattle in a shot in the 52nd minute that went narrowly wide.
Stoke hit back and Fuller got on the end a ball from Etherington two minutes later and skipped into the area but sent a soft shot into Hart's body.
Then Etherington's miscued effort was met at the back post by Shawcross, However the defender was off balance and headed over the bar.
Fuller was finding it hard going in the second half and replaced by Jon Walters in the 75th minute.
His arrival gave Stoke a bit of impetus and Jones saw his effort cleared off the line by Milner before Tuncay fired the rebound over the bar.
City, however, made the breakthrough in the 81st minute with a marvellous piece of skill from the recalled Richards.
He latched on to a ball from Milner, sold a dummy to Collins before rifling a shot into the corner from the edge of the area.
Stoke, though, secured a point in stoppage time through Etherington, who got on the end of a clever back heel from substitute Tuncay. Although Hart got a hand to the ball he could not prevent it going into the net.
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