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Glenn Whelan fouled by Elliott Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Elliott Bennett receives a caution. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Cameron Jerome. Elliott Ward gets a block in.
Jermaine Pennant takes a short corner.
Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Effort from just outside the area by Kyle Naughton goes over the bar. Elliott Bennett gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Grant Holt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cameron Jerome. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Elliott Bennett, save by Asmir Begovic.
Andrew Surman takes the outswinging corner, Cameron Jerome makes a clearance.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Elliott Ward gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by David Fox, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.
David Fox comes on in place of Bradley Johnson.
Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Aaron Wilbraham results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Simeon Jackson takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Wilbraham by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Jonathan Howson goes off and Aaron Wilbraham comes on.
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball, clearance by Elliott Ward.
Foul by Simeon Jackson on Robert Huth, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Matthew Etherington grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Cameron Jerome.
Cameron Jerome joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Walters. Kenwyne Jones is brought on as a substitute for Peter Crouch.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Andrew Surman has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Centre by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Zak Whitbread.
The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shotton.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Peter Crouch has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Zak Whitbread concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line to the near post, Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Elliott Ward. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zak Whitbread by Peter Crouch. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by John Ruddy.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, clearance by Kyle Naughton.
Glenn Whelan challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant played to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Howson.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Howson.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross, clearance by Zak Whitbread.
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross.
The referee penalises Grant Holt for handball. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is sent over by Glenn Whelan, clearance by Elliott Ward.
Simeon Jackson comes on in place of Anthony Pilkington.
Foul by Zak Whitbread on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Bradley Johnson gets a block in.
Elliott Bennett challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Russell Martin. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Marc Wilson on Elliott Bennett, free kick awarded. Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.
Grant Holt has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Zak Whitbread challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.
Unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Russell Martin sends in a cross, Grant Holt takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Effort on goal by Robert Huth from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Grant Holt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Pennant coming on for Andy Wilkinson.
Dean Whitehead takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Jonathan Howson. Jonathan Howson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Ryan Shotton delivers the ball, clearance by Zak Whitbread.
Unfair challenge on Grant Holt by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrew Surman from right wing, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Zak Whitbread fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Foul by Grant Holt on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Headed effort from inside the area by Robert Huth misses to the left of the target.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Zak Whitbread by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is swung over by Elliott Bennett.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Andrew Surman, save by Asmir Begovic.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Shotton.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance.
Pulis wary of in-form Norwich
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has warned his team to be firmly on their guard when they host a Norwich side he feels are relishing their opportunity to play in the Barclays Premier League.
Having arrested a run of four straight league defeats by beating Swansea at the Britannia Stadium last Sunday, the Potters will be looking to build upon that 2-0 victory.
On paper, the visit of another promoted side appears promising in terms of keeping momentum building ahead of the league games against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City and FA Cup quarter-final clash with Liverpool which Stoke face over the next few weeks.
Like Swansea, though, Norwich have made a major impression in the top flight this season despite there being limited Premier League experience within their squad, and Pulis is certainly not about to underestimate Paul Lambert's Canaries.
"We have got some massive games coming up, but for now, the biggest one is on Saturday," Pulis said.
"Paul and everybody concerned with Norwich City have done an absolutely fantastic job there. If anybody thinks we will be turning up on Saturday and that it is going to be a stroll in the park, they are going to get a mighty shock.
"I've watched Norwich twice over the last few weeks and they are a good side. They have players who are relishing playing in the Premier League. They are playing with no inhibitions and they have a right go. They have players who can hurt you.
"The club can be really proud - not just Paul and the coaching staff, but the players and also their supporters, who have been wonderful."
Defender Robert Huth is set to return to the side having completed a three-match suspension following his sending-off against Sunderland last month.
Pulis will check on the condition of midfielder Glenn Whelan, who picked up a knock on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Lambert will not lose sleep over whether Grant Holt gets an England call-up - so long as the striker keeps scoring goals for the club.
Holt, 30, took his Barclays Premier League tally to 10 with a fine strike in last weekend's defeat to Manchester United.
However, the one-time tyre fitter from Carlisle was overlooked by caretaker manager Stuart Pearce for the friendly against Holland at Wembley.
With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two group matches of Euro 2012 and Aston Villa's Darren Bent out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, whomever takes over permanently has some selection issues to resolve in attack.
For former Scotland international Lambert, though, it is all about club form as he prepares for the trip to Stoke.
"You would have to ask the people in charge [at England], but it is not something I am going to lose sleep over. I never think about it," Lambert told a news conference.
"If people want to pick him for his country, then it would be great for Grant, but I can't influence anybody's judgment.
"The next England manager I am sure will have his own players to pick, but I only concern myself with Norwich, Grant or any of the lads who are in contention for anything, that is my main concern.
"If they do get picked, then brilliant for them, if they don't then as long as they keep doing what they are for me, then I am more than happy."
It took a stoppage-time goal from Ryan Giggs, on his 900th United appearance, to beat Norwich at Carrow Road last Sunday as Lambert's men continued to impress on their top-flight return.
The Canaries head to the Britannia Stadium perched in eighth place, but only two points ahead of Stoke, who are 12th.
"The lads are playing really well and they are disappointed at having not got something out of the Manchester United game, which shows you just how far we have come as a football club," said Lambert.
"Stoke are extremely tough to play against, everybody knows that, especially going up there, but we just have to do the best we can."
January signings Jonny Howson and Ryan Bennett are set to travel to Stoke.
England Under-21 defender Bennett joined up with his new team-mates this week following an initial loan spell back at old club Peterborough, while former Leeds captain Howson featured in the reserves after his recovery from a knee problem.
"Jonny came through it really well and looked okay, but you can never tell anything from reserve games really," said Lambert.
"I won't put him on just for the sake of putting him on. It would have to be a position where we think it would change the game or help us to go on and win it or whatever, but I haven't decided really."
Etherington the hero as Potters prosper
Matthew Etherington scored the winner as Stoke edged past a stubborn Norwich side 1-0 to claim all three points at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters enjoyed the better of the first half but were unable to convert the opportunities that came their way, with John Ruddy making saves to deny Jon Walters, Dean Whitehead and Peter Crouch.
Tony Pulis' men continued to press after the break and Etherington struck in the 72nd minute after collecting the ball from substitute Cameron Jerome, who had flicked on a throw-in it appeared the hosts had been fortunate to be awarded.
The result means Stoke continue their recent recovery from a four-match losing streak in the Barclays Premier League, following up last week's 2-0 win against Swansea.
The Staffordshire outfit are up to eight in the table, while Norwich drop to 10th.
The only change to the Potters starting line-up from the Swansea game saw defender Robert Huth return after serving a three-match suspension, replacing Matthew Upson.
Norwich's first XI showed three adjustments from their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, manager Paul Lambert bringing in midfielder Jonny Howson for his Canaries debut, as well as Elliott Bennett and Russell Martin, with Simeon Jackson, David Fox and Adam Drury the men making way.
Walters made the game's first attempt on goal in the ninth minute, getting the better of Kyle Naughton and unleashing a fierce strike which goalkeeper Ruddy initially parried before gathering.
Six minutes later, Huth came forward to get on the end of Ryan Shotton's cross but the German could not direct his header on target.
Referee Michael Oliver waved for play to continue when Shotton went down in the area under the attentions of Naughton, and then penalised Crouch for committing a foul as the forward jumped to head the ball at Ruddy.
Howson picked up a booking for a challenge on Glenn Whelan, before Walters slipped in Whitehead, who could not get sufficient power on his effort to trouble Ruddy.
Stoke were forced to make a substitution in the 25th minute, with Andy Wilkinson having to come off for Jermaine Pennant, and Huth then swung a wild attempt into the stands.
Norwich had offered little going forward, but called Asmir Begovic into action on the half-hour mark when Grant Holt met a free-kick with a header at the far post.
Holt hacked a shot wide from outside the box five minutes later, but it was the Potters who went close just before the break, Crouch having a header blocked by Bradley Johnson and then a shot kept out by Ruddy.
Lambert changed things around at half-time, substituting Anthony Pilkington for Jackson.
Crouch tried to connect with an Etherington cross but was beaten to the ball by Naughton, with Ruddy punching away the resulting corner, and at the other end a tame shot from Bennett rolled through to Begovic.
Crouch flicked a header wide before Holt won a free-kick in a useful position which was taken by Andrew Surman and caught by Begovic.
Pulis refreshed his attack by replacing Walters and Crouch with Jerome and Kenwyne Jones, and within three minutes the hosts finally broke Norwich's resistance.
From a throw-in - which replays suggested perhaps should have been given to the Canaries - Jerome headed the ball to Etherington, who touched it past Elliott Ward before firing beyond Ruddy.
The lively Etherington then delivered a cross which looped wide off Jones' head.
Martin got in the way of a shot by Jerome in the final 10 minutes, but Stoke had done enough.
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