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  • Date:2010-04-11
  • Kick-off:12:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:28455
  • Referee:Foy, C

Live Commentary

90mins

Full time:WOLVES 0-0 STOKE:All square at Molineux in what was a physical encounter with few clear-cut chances.

90mins

Sorensen races off his line to punch a Jarvis cross clear.

88mins

Foley volleys just wide of the Stoke goal from Iwelumo's flick-on. Good effort.

86mins

Whelan almost snatches the points for Stoke with a great strike from the edge of the Wolves box which skims wide of the target.

84mins

Elokobi does well to head clear from Etherington's cross as Stoke push for a late winner.

82mins

Huth and Jarvis go toe-to-toe but the referee awards a free-kick to the Stoke player.

79mins

Milijas comes on for Jones.

79mins

Delap's raised boot almost catches Elokobi in the face. No card for the Stoke man though.

76mins

Whelan drives the ball over the Wolves crossbar from 30 yards out, after Mancienne back-heeled a clearance from Lawrence's cross.

74mins

Zubar's looping header is collected with ease by Sorensen.

72mins

Sidibe is forced off with what looks like a groin injury. Lawrence comes on in his place.

70mins

Sidibe is down and looks to be in a lot of pain.

68mins

Tuncay comes on for Kitson.

67mins

Jones heads onto Etherington's arm in the Stoke box and screams for a penalty but referee Foy says it was ball to hand and waves play on.

64mins

Whelan tries to move into a shooting position 30 yards from goal but scuffs his shot out for a throw.

62mins

Foley makes his way into the Stoke box but Higginbotham manages to clear the danger.

60mins

First change of the game and it's Edwards who makes way for Iwelumo.

59mins

Mancienne does well to race back and hack the ball clear from Kitson.

58mins

Edwards hits a low shot but can't get enough power behind it and Sorensen makes a comfortable save.

56mins

Sidibe hits the ball over the Wolves goal from six yards out. Great chance for the Stoke striker and he should have at least hit the target.

53mins

Jarvis beats Faye but lashes a 25 yard shot high over the Stoke goal.

51mins

Jarvis leads a break away for Wolves but Collins slides in to deny the winger.

49mins

Delap launches his first long throw of the second half but Hahnemann claims the ball under pressure from Huth.

47mins

Mancienne looks like he might have pulled his hamstring.

46mins

We're back up and running in the second half. No changes for either side at the break.

45mins

Half time: WOLVES 0-0 STOKE: Few chances for either side in a scrappy game. Faye came closest to breaking the deadlock with a couple of headers but couldn't find the target.

42mins

Jarvis breaks into the Stoke box but tries to drag the ball onto his right foot and Faye clears.

40mins

Into the last five minutes of the first half. Wolves fans are chanting "Boring" but Stoke's tactics have certainly been effective. Still no goals though.

38mins

Hahnemann's long kick finds Jarvis but Higginbotham nips in to clear the danger.

36mins

Delap's long throws are starting to cause problems for the Wolves defence. Hahnemann manages to collect the ball this time.

34mins

Faye heads another chance wide of the Wolves goal. It was a Delap throw that set up the Stoke defender this time.

32mins

Etherington swings over a left footed corner that bounces across the six yard box and out of play.

30mins

Jarvis runs at the Stoke defence but his shot is blocked by Faye.

27mins

Edwards almost gives Wolves the lead but his header from Jarvis' corner goes straight at Sorensen.

26mins

Collins heads out for a corner under pressure from Doyle.

24mins

Faye heads over six yards from goal and thumps the ground in frustration. The Stoke defender should have done better.

21mins

Jones completely misses the ball six yards from goal. It was a great delivery into the box from Foley.

18mins

Whitehead sends a header well wide of the target from Etherington's pinpoint cross.

15mins

Craddock almost become an unlikely first goal scorer this afternoon but the centre back can't reach Mancienne's flick-on and Sorensen collects.

13mins

Elokobi does well to beat Sidibe in the air from Whelan's deep cross.

11mins

Faye heads well wide of the Wolves goal from a trademark Delap long throw.

9mins

Jarvis is inches away from poking the ball home from Edwards' low cross.

7mins

Whitehead smashes the ball high over the Wolves goal after Kitson and Sidibe muscled their way into the box.

5mins

Elokobi plays a weak pass back to Hahnemann and Etherington is almost in on goal but the Wolves keeper clears the danger.

3mins

Whelan clips a free-kick into the box looking for Kitson but the ball sails out for a goal kick to Wolves.

1mins

Early shout for a Stoke penalty as Etherington goes down in the box under pressure from Jones, but play is waved on.

0mins

Referee Chris Foy gets the game under way.

0mins

The teams are out at Molineux. Wolves will be hoping for a win to push them closer to safety. Stoke have ambitions to finish in the top ten so will be going all out for three points themselves.

0mins

STOKE: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Huth, Collins, Faye, Whelan, Lawrence, Delap, Whitehead, Sidibe, Kitson

0mins

Tony Pulis rings the changes in midfield for Stoke, with Dean Whitehead replacing Liam Lawrence. Ricardo Fuller is injured so Mamady Sidibe starts up front. Teenage star Louis Moult is on the bench.

0mins

WOLVES: Hahnemann, Elokobi, Craddock, Berra, Zubar, Mancienne, Foley, Jones, Edwards, Jarvis, Doyle

0mins

Wolves make one change to the side that lost 1-0 at Arsenal last time out. David Edwards comes in for skipper Karl Henry, who was sent off at the Emirates. Jody Craddock is named captain.

Match Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to push themselves further away from the Premier League relegation battle on Sunday with a home victory over Stoke City.

Stoke have won their last two Premier League matches against two other relegation threatened sides in the form of West Ham United and Hull City, keeping a clean sheet in both, and they will undoubtedly be hoping for more of the same against a side struggling to find the net at home of late.

Mick McCarthy's outfit have won, and scored, just once in their last seven games at home and have failed to find the net in any of their last three games at Molieux, albeit against Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton.

The two sides shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw earlier this season in the Premier League, with defender Jody Craddock getting both of the goals for Wolves to cancel out a 2-0 half-time lead for Stoke following strikes from Matthew Etherington and an own goal from George Elokobi.

This match extended the statistic that only one of the last eight league meetings between these two sides has ended as a home win.

Wolves look like missing just one player due to injury, Michael Kightly, although skipper Karl Henry is ruled out as he starts a three-match ban for his sending-off at Arsenal last weekend.

City could welcome back striker James Beattie into the squad following a 90-minute shift for the reserves in midweek.

The former Sheffield United striker came through the game without a problem and said following the run out: "It was good to play the full game and the knee feels fine. Hopefully I can force my way back into the first-team in these last six games."


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Match Report

Wolves inched a point closer to Premier League survival after a dour goalless draw with Stoke City at Molineux.

The stalemate moved Mick McCarthy's side six points clear of the drop zone with just four games remaining.

It also saw Stoke extend their unbeaten away run to six games - their best in the top-flight for 30 years.

Wolves' failure to breach the Stoke rearguard was no real surprise as they have found goals hard to come by in front of their own fans.

They have now failed to score in seven of their last eight home games and are without a goal at Molineux in 12 hours and 40 minutes.

Despite their lack of goals, they are on course to avoid relegation while Stoke, who have lost just twice in 14 matches, remain in contention for a top 10 finish.

Stoke relied on their aerial power and the long throw of Rory Delap - he launched the ball into the area a staggering 25 times - to try and crack the Wolves defence.

They dominated the opening period but they were unable to turn that pressure into a breakthrough.

Central defender Abdoulaye Faye twice headed Delap throw-ins narrowly wide and saw another effort drift just over the bar from a Glenn Whelan cross.

Robert Huth and Dean Whitehead were also narrowly off target with close-range headers.

But despite Stoke's pressure, it was Wolves who created the best chance before half-time.

David Edwards ghosted into space in the 27th minute to meet a corner from Dave Jones only to see his neat close-range header saved by Thomas Sorensen.

While clear openings were hard to come by in the first half, they were virtually non-existent after the break.

Mamady Sidibe, who would later limp off with what appeared to be a hamstring strain, should really have done better in the 53rd minute when he was unmarked at the far post only to blaze a Danny Higginbotham cross over the bar.

Edwards carried Wolves' greatest threat but was again denied by a smart save from Sorensen after 55 minutes before the Danish keeper prevented a late winner by saving a Nenad Milijas free-kick in stoppage time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Stoke City

Corners

76

Fouls

76

Goal attempts

Shots off target

29

Offsides

01

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