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  • Date:24 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27,582
  • Crouch (51)
  • Nani (26)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, save by Asmir Begovic.

93mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Owen. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

93mins

Marc Wilson challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luis Nani.

92mins

Jermaine Pennant goes off and Cameron Jerome comes on.

91mins

Close range shot by Ryan Giggs misses to the left of the target.

88mins

Foul by Luis Nani on Jonathan Woodgate, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.

87mins

The ball is crossed by Marc Wilson.

86mins

Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

85mins

(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dean Whitehead coming on for Rory Delap.

83mins

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Close range header by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand upright.

83mins

Andy Wilkinson leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Huth.

78mins

Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball.

78mins

Jonathan Walters produces a cross, save made by David De Gea.

77mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Michael Owen misses to the right of the target.

77mins

Ryan Giggs takes a short corner.

76mins

Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

76mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Rory Delap manages to make a clearance.

76mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.

75mins

Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, save by David De Gea.

74mins

Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Asmir Begovic makes a save.

71mins

The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

69mins

Patrice Evra takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. The offside flag is raised against Michael Owen. Ryan Giggs comes on in place of Ashley Young. Danny Welbeck replaces Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

69mins

Ashley Young takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.

67mins

The referee gives a free kick against Antonio Valencia for handball. Marc Wilson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by David De Gea.

65mins

Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.

63mins

Marc Wilson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

63mins

The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.

62mins

Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.

59mins

The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Free kick taken by David De Gea.

58mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Young. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.

55mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.

55mins

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by David De Gea.

54mins

Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross.

54mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.

52mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 1-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.

51mins

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young.

48mins

Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Rio Ferdinand. David De Gea restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, comfortable save by David De Gea.

47mins

The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

46mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Rory Delap.

46mins

Phil Jones takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.

46mins

Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington.

43mins

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Walters.

42mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.

42mins

Oliveira Anderson decides to take the corner short, The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.

39mins

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line played to the near post.

37mins

Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.

36mins

Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Jonathan Woodgate goes over the crossbar.

36mins

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. David De Gea makes a save.

35mins

The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, Jermaine Pennant manages to make a clearance.

34mins

Rory Delap produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

34mins

Jonathan Walters delivers the ball, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

33mins

Ashley Young takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.

32mins

Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the area clears the bar.

28mins

Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Rory Delap results in a free kick. David De Gea takes the direct free kick.

28mins

Andy Wilkinson takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.

27mins

Goal scored by Luis Nani from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Man Utd.Assist by Darren Fletcher.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Darren Fletcher takes the direct free kick.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David De Gea.

23mins

Jermaine Pennant fouled by Oliveira Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Darren Fletcher.

18mins

Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.

17mins

Centre by Marc Wilson, blocked by Rio Ferdinand.

16mins

The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.

15mins

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

11mins

Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Javier Hernandez. Ashley Young takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.

10mins

Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.

9mins

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.

7mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luis Nani from right wing.

6mins

Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.

6mins

Jonathan Walters challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

Corner taken short by Matthew Etherington.

Match Preview

Jones to miss United visit Stoke will definitely be without striker Kenwyne Jones for the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium. The Trinidad and Tobago international damaged a hamstring in the penalty shoot-out victory over Tottenham in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and, although the injury is not as bad as first feared, he is likely to be out until after next month's international break. Salif Diao, Cameron Jerome and Jermaine Pennant have all been struggling with niggles this week while utility man Danny Pugh has joined Leeds on loan. The test facing the Potters is a difficult one given United have started their season in rampant form having won their opening five Barclays Premier League games. Manager Tony Pulis is under no illusions about the challenge facing his side, declaring United as the "best team in the world" at present. "If you look at their team and the way they've started, I think United now have a better team than they had last year, and they won the Barclays Premier League title last year," said the Potters boss. "It's going to be a tough test. We have to play to our maximum, we have to have things go for us, and United have to be a little bit short on the day. "If they play to their maximum, they will beat any side in the world, and I put Barcelona in that because they have been pretty outstanding." Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Javier Hernandez has been lucky to emerge from a wild tackle by Ashley Cole unscathed - but revealed skipper Nemanja Vidic is no nearer a comeback from his calf problem. The Manchester United manager feared the worst when Hernandez was caught by Cole during the second half of Sunday's 3-0 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. Hernandez limped off and it appeared he was set for an extended period on the sidelines. However, the Mexican returned to training on Thursday and is in contention for the trip to Stoke. "Hernandez is very lucky," Ferguson said. "At the time he had no feeling in the leg. There was numbness and we thought there might have been some nerve damage. "But he trained very well yesterday (Thursday) and is available for tomorrow." Hernandez's return means he and Danny Welbeck will be pushing for starting slots given that the latter returned from a hamstring problem in the midweek Carling Cup success at Leeds. Chris Smalling (groin) is a doubt, but fellow England defender Rio Ferdinand is set to return from a calf injury. Ferguson also revealed has no intention of joining the army of critics who have followed the Stoke bandwagon since it arrived in the Premier League four seasons ago. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was particularly aggrieved when young midfielder Aaron Ramsey had his leg broken in a meeting with the Potteries outfit. Chelsea and Liverpool have also had their struggles, as have Manchester City. Indeed, the former two have already dropped points against Tony Pulis' men this season. That form is in marked contrast to United, who have secured six straight wins since Stoke came back into the top flight. Little wonder Ferguson is not fazed by Stoke's unique threat, not that he feels there is a problem with it anyway. "I've never criticised it (Stoke's style of play). It's never been a problem for us. Everyone plays to their strengths. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that," he added. "You see the progress the team is making. They have signed two or three players, they are playing European football and having a right go. "They have a great attitude and their support is brilliant. I love the atmosphere there. If you don't attend to that you just get engulfed."

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

Formation: 442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Jonathan Woodgate
  • Marc Wilson
  • Jermaine Pennant
  • Rory Delap
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Robert Huth
  • Dean Whitehead
  • Matthew Upson
  • Ryan Shotton
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Wilson Palacios

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Match Report

Crouch inspires Stoke fightback Manchester United's 100% start to the Barclays Premier League season came to an end at the Britannia Stadium after Peter Crouch's first goal for Stoke gave them a 1-1 draw. United went into the game without Wayne Rooney - rumoured to have picked up a hamstring injury - and lost Javier Hernandez early on after he was tackled by Jonathan Woodgate, but took the lead in the 27th minute when Nani played a one-two with Darren Fletcher before clipping the ball past Asmir Begovic. Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea then pulled off great stops to deny Andy Wilkinson and Jon Walters, but the Spaniard had looked shaky dealing with crosses and it came as little surprise that the hosts' 52nd-minute equaliser came from a corner, which Crouch, recruited from Tottenham for a record #10million last month, met with his head to open his account for his new club. The result means United leapfrog Manchester City to return to the top of the table, but they are only ahead of their derby rivals, who earlier beat Everton 2-0, on goal difference. It was also just deserts for Stoke, who put in a battling performance and have now lost only once in 12 games in all competitions this term. A trip to the Britannia Stadium had always promised to give a searching examination of De Gea's ability under the high ball and he looked insecure in the opening seconds, flapping at Rory Delap's first long throw into the box before the danger passed. Moments later the Potters survived a scare of their own as Hernandez found himself through on goal. Woodgate made a challenge from behind which sent the Mexican sprawling into the onrushing Begovic, but while Hernandez stayed down hurt and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson cried out for a penalty, referee Peter Walton allowed play to go on. Glenn Whelan was then booked for upending Patrice Evra before Phil Jones saw his header from Anderson's free-kick cleared by Delap. Hernandez was unable to continue and in the 11th minute came off for Michael Owen, scorer of two goals in the midweek Carling Cup win at Leeds. Another Delap throw led to Stoke winning a corner and De Gea looked stranded when it came in from Matthew Etherington, with Crouch heading wide at the back post but penalised for climbing over Jones. At the other end, Dimitar Berbatov - who had been called in as Rooney's replacement to make his first league start of the season - nodded Anderson's corner off target. The deadlock was broken just before the half-hour mark when Nani linked up with Fletcher, burst into the area and fired past Begovic. Within seconds, Stoke nearly equalised as De Gea did superbly to tip Wilkinson's fierce drive onto the woodwork. Ponderous play from Begovic almost let in Nani to make it 2-0 but the Portugal international put his effort over the bar. Back came Stoke, and after Delap had cracked a shot wide from distance De Gea produced another fantastic save to turn Walters' shot around the post. Woodgate headed over from the resulting corner with De Gea again failing to convince in an aerial situation, and Crouch and Jermaine Pennant then both slid in to no avail in an attempt to get on the end of Walters' cross. Having finished the first half strongly, Stoke picked up where they left off after the restart and seven minutes in, were level. Etherington swung in a corner and with De Gea stood on his line, Crouch rose to head home. Berbatov sent a shot into Begovic's arms, but it was Stoke who had all the momentum and Crouch looked set to score again when he brought down Pennant's chip in front of goal, only for De Gea to get in the way enough for the ball to deflect over. Begovic then got down to save a low effort from Anderson and De Gea punched away Marc Wilson's firm free-kick. After Ashley Young's strike had been batted away by Begovic, the former Aston Villa winger came off for Ryan Giggs while Danny Welbeck replaced Berbatov. Giggs delivered a ball into the six-yard box, but Ryan Shawcross was on hand to get there ahead of Owen, who then looped a header over the bar. Both sides had chances to win it towards the end, with Crouch sending a header and volley wide before Giggs fired over in stoppage time.

Form Guide

    DDWW
  • Stoke
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • WWWW

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 04/01/2011
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 24/10/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 4 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 09/05/2010
  • Stoke
  • 0 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 26/09/2009
  • Stoke
  • 0 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 26/12/2008
  • Man Utd
  • 5 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 15/11/2008

Top Scorers

Stoke

  • K Jones 1
  • R Shotton 1

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 7
  • A Young 2
  • JB Hernandez 2
  • D Welbeck 2
  • J Park 1
  • LC Nani 1
  • OL Anderson 1

Goals

Stoke

    • Total goals 4
    • Goals per game 3
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 19
    • Goals per game 18
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 81-90 mins

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