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Foul by Asamoah Gyan on Robert Huth, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Robert Huth grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 3-2 Sunderland.Kieran Richardson concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. The assist for the goal came from Jermaine Pennant.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
John Mensah challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by John Mensah.
Asamoah Gyan is penalised for a handball. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden on for Sulley Muntari.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Craig Gordon fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
Steed Malbranque replaces Jordan Henderson.
A goal is scored by Robert Huth from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-2 Sunderland.John Carew fouled by Sulley Muntari, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, John Carew takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth. John Carew provided the assist for the goal.
Jordan Henderson is given a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Jordan Henderson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, John Mensah makes a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Craig Gordon makes a save.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Kieran Richardson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Matthew Etherington. Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant, save by Craig Gordon.
Headed effort from inside the area by Jonathan Walters misses to the right of the target.
Jordan Henderson decides to take a short corner.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Jordan Henderson takes a short corner.
Rory Delap shown a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by Craig Gordon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Phillip Bardsley. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Andy Wilkinson leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Walters.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Robert Huth from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Rory Delap takes a shot. Phillip Bardsley gets a block in.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against John Carew. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Stephane Sessegnon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Asamoah Gyan finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-2 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Sulley Muntari.
Corner taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson to the near post, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Sulley Muntari produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
Corner taken by Sulley Muntari from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
Titus Bramble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Carew. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from left channel, John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
John Carew fouled by John Mensah, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, Headed effort from inside the area by Robert Huth misses to the right of the target.
Danny Higginbotham fouled by Stephane Sessegnon, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
John Carew scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Robert Huth.
Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
The referee cautions Sulley Muntari for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Sulley Muntari. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Sulley Muntari gets a block in.
Stephane Sessegnon challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Sulley Muntari restarts play with the free kick.
Phillip Bardsley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Jordan Henderson. John Mensah takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Danny Higginbotham from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
John Carew is caught offside. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Higginbotham misses to the right of the target.
Matthew Etherington produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save made by Craig Gordon.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by John Carew. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Kieran Richardson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Danny Higginbotham fouled by Asamoah Gyan, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Robert Huth produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson, Titus Bramble takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Kieran Richardson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Sunderland.Asamoah Gyan provided the assist for the goal.
Shot from close range by John Carew misses to the right of the target.
Pulis pleased with Potters options
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has emphasised the importance of being able to freshen up his side when the Potters take on Sunderland in their third match in six days.
With Ryan Shawcross available after a two-match ban, Pulis may also call on midfielder Matthew Etherington and former Black Cats striker Kenwyne Jones, both of whom sat out the midweek defeat at Liverpool.
However, while the trio can reinvigorate the side, they must do without Ricardo Fuller - who has been given compassionate leave to attend his uncle's funeral in Jamaica following his death from a heart attack with the striker expected to return next Tuesday.
Pulis, though, acknowledges the value of being able to reintroduce rested players especially considering their opponents have not endured his side's demands over the past week - which has seen them travel to Wolves as well as Anfield.
He told the club's official website, www.stokecityfc.com: "We're going to need those fresh legs because Sunderland have not only had an extra 24 hours to get themselves ready for this game, they also didn't have a game last weekend.
"That is why it is important we used the squad on Wednesday night.
"The likes of Matty Etherington and Kenwyne Jones had run their socks off on a heavy pitch against Wolves, so they will have benefited from the fact that they didn't feature in the game at Anfield."
Fuller is an integral part of the Potters side but Pulis is fully supportive of the striker's family priorities.
"It's a blow to lose Ric," he added. "But the family should always comes first in these situations and I am sure everyone understands that he needs to be there."
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is dreading the day another club makes him an offer he cannot refuse for England midfielder Jordan Henderson.
The 20-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light ever since emerging as one of the most promising talents in the country under Bruce last season.
The speculation has grown in intensity since he won his first senior international cap in November last year, despite a recent dip in form with injuries in the Black Cats squad piling the pressure on the local boy.
However, Bruce insists his immediate future remains at Sunderland rather than sitting on a bench packed with millionaires itching to play for one of English football's wealthier clubs.
Bruce lost star striker Darren Bent to Aston Villa last month and looked on in astonishment as Liverpool splashed out #35million on 22-year-old Newcastle striker Andy Carroll in a dramatic end to the transfer window.
He said: "I am not going to sit here like [Newcastle boss] Alan Pardew and say he [Henderson] is definitely not for sale and have it chronicled on February 5, 2011, 'He's not for sale, he's not for sale and I have got the owner's backing'.
"I have said all along that every player, whether you are [Cristiano] Ronaldo or you are Wayne Rooney, you have your price.
"As managers, we manage the team, of course we do, we have an input with the people who employ us, but we all know that it's part of football.
"For me, the great thing with Jordan is his father and Jordan himself are level-headed enough to realise and they understand that the worst thing that could happen to Jordan is he goes for big, huge money and he doesn't play for 18 months and sits on the bench.
"I can give you an example, Adam Johnson. He is injured at the moment, but he was playing sporadically.
"Jordan is sensible enough and I will stress to you again, he is from Sunderland and he understands. But there will be a time when he goes, unfortunately. But in the meantime, no."
Huth downs Black Cats
A second-half double from Robert Huth helped Stoke come from behind to claim a 3-2 win at home to Sunderland.
The Black Cats appeared to be moving to within four points of the Champions League places after Asamoah Gyan's ninth goal of the season put them 2-1 up early in the second half.
But Huth claimed an equaliser seven minutes from time after John Carew had cancelled out Kieran Richardson's second-minute opener just after the half-hour, and the German then slid home the winner in stoppage time to stun the visitors.
The first two goals would have left Black Cats boss Steve Bruce fuming as the first looked offside and the second appeared to reach Huth via the arm of Norway international Carew, brought in from Aston Villa last month.
But all would have frustrated the former Manchester United centre-back as they all came from set-pieces which were not well defended.
On a windy day at the Britannia Stadium Sunderland found themselves under something of an aerial bombardment from corners and Rory Delap's long throws.
But until late on they appeared to have weathered the storm, having taken the few chances they had better than their opponents.
And they could not have got off to a better start, taking the lead after just one minute and 52 seconds through the in-form Richardson.
Sunderland striker Gyan's wild thrash at the ball inside the penalty area fortuitously dropped to the midfielder and he hammered home left-footed his fourth goal in his last three matches.
Stoke came close to equalising almost immediately as Etherington's corner dropped to Huth at the far post.
The centre-back's first shot bounced back off the chest of goalkeeper Craig Gordon but he wastefully ballooned over the second from close range.
It signalled a sustained spell of pressure for the Potters, with Nedum Onuoha deflecting wide a Jermaine Pennant shot from the edge of the area and Danny Higginbotham hooking into the side-netting at the far post.
The gusty wind was undoubtedly helping Delap's throw create uncertainty in the Sunderland penalty area and one such set-piece let to Stoke's equaliser, for which Craig Gordon had to take some of the blame.
Delap's 32nd-minute delivery was headed up in the air and as the goalkeeper came to claim he was beaten to the ball by Huth, who was able to nod on via Gordon for Carew to stab home from a yard out for his first in four appearances for his new club.
Debate raged over its legitimacy as Carew was in an offside position but there was an element of doubt as to whether the ball had actually come off Gordon.
It quickly subsided three minutes after the break as Sunderland went ahead for the second time.
Etherington ran into trouble 15 yards into Sunderland's half and Black Cats debutant Sulley Muntari, on loan from Inter Milan, quickly launched the ball forward, catching Huth exposed to a one-one-one with Gyan.
The Stoke centre-back got himself in a complete tangle in the penalty area, allowing the Ghana international to cut back inside and fire past Asmir Begovic for his ninth goal of the season.
Long throws still continued to provide a threat, however, and from one Shawcross' shot was blocked by a packed defence with Delap's fierce strike flattening Phil Bardsley as he headed behind.
But just when it seemed their aerial assault had run its course Stoke struck again seven minutes from time.
It was a scrappy effort but when Pennant curled in a free-kick from the left, Carew's determination got him to the ball before Gordon and he bundled the ball goalwards, with Huth getting the final touch.
Sunderland looked like they were hanging on and, criminally, they cracked again in the third minute of injury time.
Pennant's inswinging delivery from the left again caused problems and Huth slid in from close range to stab the ball past Gordon.
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