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Booking for Jonathan Walters for unsporting behaviour. Kei Kamara concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Header on goal by Kei Kamara from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Short corner worked by Charlie Adam.
Bradley Johnson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick. Anthony Pilkington comes on in place of Sebastien Bassong.
Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn. The referee blows for offside against Peter Crouch. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.
Geoff Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
Grant Holt challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Shot by Charlie Adam from just outside the area goes over the net.
Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Bennett. Matthew Etherington comes on in place of Cameron Jerome.
Dean Whitehead challenges Wes Hoolahan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wes Hoolahan. Elliott Bennett produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Elliott Bennett coming on for Robert Snodgrass.
Cameron Jerome challenges Sebastien Bassong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.
Steven Nzonzi has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Jonathan Walters challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Dean Whitehead. Wes Hoolahan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alexander Tettey. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Martin.
Dean Whitehead on for Glenn Whelan.
Foul by Robert Huth on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel.
Shot on goal by Cameron Jerome from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Geoff Cameron crosses the ball.
The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
Geoff Cameron joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Wilkinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Bradley Johnson. Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam, save by Mark Bunn.
Robert Snodgrass is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Kei Kamara. Bradley Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jonathan Howson, save by Asmir Begovic.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Charlie Adam goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Charlie Adam gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.
Grant Holt crosses the ball, save by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Grant Holt makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Alexander Tettey. Booking for Peter Crouch. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Grant Holt. Grant Holt is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Ryan Shotton, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Robert Snodgrass, Ryan Shotton makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Bunn by Cameron Jerome. The referee books Cameron Jerome for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
Kei Kamara takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Steven Nzonzi challenges Kei Kamara unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Nzonzi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
Glenn Whelan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Robert Huth has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
The referee penalises Grant Holt for handball. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Cameron Jerome has a volleyed shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Ryan Shotton. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Steven Whittaker on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Mark Bunn makes a save.
Shot from just outside the area by Bradley Johnson goes over the bar.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.
Robert Snodgrass has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Charlie Adam. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Russell Martin.
Peter Crouch fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Walters.
Charlie Adam takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Ryan Shawcross goes over the bar.
Quartet cause concern for Pulis
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has doubts surrounding four players ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.
Of the quartet, Pulis feels winger Matthew Etherington is the most likely to figure despite ongoing issues with a back problem.
Defender Marc Wilson (hamstring), midfielder Charlie Adam (ankle) and striker Cameron Jerome (ankle) will all have late checks on their fitness.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has conceded he will not relax until his team finally hit the magical 40-point mark.
Heading into last Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at QPR, Pulis was under severe pressure as his side had been sucked into the relegation fight on the back of eight matches without a victory.
But a 2-0 win finally brought relief to all within the club, leaving them now just three points shy of the 40 Pulis firmly believes will guarantee the club a sixth successive season in the top flight.
Pulis, who has this week denied reports he will walk out on Stoke the moment they are assured of safety, knows neither he nor his players can rest until survival is secure.
Ahead of Norwich's visit to the Britannia Stadium, Pulis said: "We've been in a 'must-win-game' situation for the last three or four matches now.
"We've four to go, and we need to get a result in one of those.
"The three points against QPR helped, but we still need to get to 40 points, which has been the target from the beginning of the season.
"I personally think we will be safe with 40, and our goal difference is good, so that's almost an extra point for us.
"The sooner we get to that then the more relaxed we will be, and with a lot more smiles on people's faces. The pressure comes off."
Central defender Michael Turner misses out and is "touch and go", according to Norwich manager Chris Hughton, for next week's
game against Aston Villa after suffering a groin injury against Reading last weekend.
Leon Barnett has been recalled from his loan spell helping Cardiff to promotion as cover for Turner.
Hughton has no other injury problems but will wait to decide whether to include first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy in the squad following his five-month lay-off with a thigh injury.
Kei Kamara thought he had blown his dream of playing in the Premier League when he was shown the door by Stoke after a 10-day trial four months ago.
However, the striker from Major Soccer League club Sporting Kansas returns to the Britannia Stadium hoping to ensure the Premier League safety of Norwich as he closes in on the end of a three-month loan spell at Carrow Road.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton still has to decide whether to try to keep Kamara on a more permanent footing, so the easy-going 28-year-old from Sierra Leone has plenty of incentive to prove a few people wrong at Stoke.
Not that Kamara, who has scored one goal in six appearances at Norwich with Hughton admitting "he has made an impact", has any complaints.
Kamara, who has stayed in touch with Stoke's Asmir Begovic and Kenwyne Jones, said: "I had some good training sessions in my 10 days at Stoke and was able to play one of my [practice] games with Michael Owen up front. I felt like I could have fitted in because I was more of an aerial threat but it didn't work out.
"Everybody has a different opinion and there's no bad blood, no disrespect to the coaching staff over there.
"Everybody sees something different every day. I mean, before I had my fiancee someone else was with my fiancee who didn't like her. They left her and I got her and I think she is the best woman ever.
"It's just how it is. I was just excited to train with a Premier League side. I said thank you for the opportunity and went back home."
Stoke 1-0 Norwich: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Adam sinks Canaries
Charlie Adam ended a five-month goal drought to give Stoke back-to-back victories for the first time since December and leave the club on the brink of safety following a 1-0 win over Norwich.
Adam's first goal since November 24 was enough to further ease the Potters' relegation fears following last weekend's 2-0 win at QPR.
Although Stoke have now hit the 40-point mark long heralded by boss Tony Pulis as enough to guarantee safety, mathematically they cannot count their chickens just yet.
As for Norwich, six points clear of the bottom three, they too will still be looking over their shoulders, particularly with a vital game now looming large next Saturday against Aston Villa.
Chris Hughton's side will have to dramatically improve on this latest lacklustre away-day showing because with one victory on the road all season they are fortunate to find themselves out of the bottom three.
Not once did they test City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic but then the moments of quality, as they were anyway, were few and far between.
It reached the point, at one stage in the first half, when referee Anthony Taylor was becoming the focal point of the game.
Taylor issued four bookings in the space of 15 minutes prior to the interval which came as a welcome relief.
There were chances, not that Begovic nor Mark Bunn for Norwich were ever put under pressure.
After only 40 seconds City captain Ryan Shawcross looped on to the roof of the net an Adam corner, whilst the latter drilled a 35-yard free-kick just wide of the angle of crossbar and post a few minutes later.
Norwich responded soon after with Robert Snodgrass planting a six-yard header over the bar in meeting a right-wing cross from Russell Martin.
Arguably the best moment of the game for Norwich followed shortly as Snodgrass, Grant Holt and Kei Kamara all combined to tee up Bradley Johnson for an edge-of-the-area left-foot shot that again cleared the woodwork.
After Peter Crouch back flicked a deep cross into the heart of the area from Adam after 15 minutes, Stoke's best chance of the opening half followed eight minutes later.
Again Adam was the supplier, this time with another corner that was struck on the volley by Cameron Jerome from eight yards out and into a crowd of players in front of him.
There were muted cries of handball but it was not a Norwich arm that was in the way, instead that of Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi.
After that the remainder of the half was littered with indiscretion, with Nzonzi the first into Taylor's notebook for a woeful challenge on Kamara.
Jerome followed for a high boot near the face of Bunn who lay prone for some time before suddenly springing to his feet, earning him the wrath of the Stoke fans with his every touch of the ball that followed.
Holt was also cautioned for clattering into the back of Robert Huth, as was Crouch for leaving a boot in on Kamara.
Mercifully, there was a reprieve after 42 minutes when the City crowd broke into a minute's applause for former Stoke midfielder Paul Ware who passed away 10 days ago - at the age of 42 - after a long battle against a brain tumour.
The half-time whistle could not come quick enough but then at least the second period was spiced up after just 50 seconds.
It was typical route one stuff from Stoke as a long ball pumped forward from Huth found the head of Crouch for a knockdown into the area.
As Jerome blocked off Sebastien Bassong's attempt to clear, Adam stole in for a simple left-foot shot underneath Bunn from seven yards.
With just three goals scored in their previous seven away games this year, there was precious little hope of a Norwich revival.
Instead, the Canaries should have been dead and buried in the 63rd minute but for a miss-of-the-season from Crouch who failed to connect from four yards out with a low ball into the six-yard box from Adam.
Comically, six minutes from time Crouch missed another sitter from eight yards after Bunn had blocked a stinging drive from Nzonzi.
The gangly striker could afford a smile, but only just as in injury time Kamara planted a header inches over from a long throw in what was City's only meaningful second-half attempt as Stoke deserved the win.
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