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The assistant referee signals for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Corner taken by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line.
Robert Huth challenges Nenad Milijas unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Power penalty taken by Nenad Milijas saved by Thomas Sorensen. Wolverhampton 0-1 Stoke.
Abdoulaye Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Matthew Jarvis takes the free kick.
Sam Vokes takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Short corner worked by Matthew Jarvis.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Header by Robert Huth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Sam Vokes on for Stephen Ward.
Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on John Carew, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Robert Huth finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Wolverhampton 0-1 Stoke.Free kick awarded for a foul by George Elokobi on Jonathan Walters. Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Corner taken by Nenad Milijas played to the near post, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Fletcher.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post.
Matthew Etherington produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
Ricardo Fuller is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 25 yards by Glenn Whelan. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
Ricardo Fuller is brought on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones.
Andy Wilkinson leaves the field to be replaced by Marc Wilson.
Corner taken by Glenn Whelan, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
The referee books Ronald Zubar for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Ronald Zubar on Rory Delap, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
Steven Fletcher is caught offside. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Stephen Ward is ruled offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Long range shot from Karl Henry misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Rory Delap. Direct free kick taken by George Elokobi.
Nenad Milijas crosses the ball, clearance made by Robert Huth.
Corner taken short by Nenad Milijas.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Fletcher. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.
Steven Fletcher is adjudged to have handled the ball. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.
Jonathan Walters goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Nenad Milijas restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Salif Diao.
Corner taken right-footed by Rory Delap to the near post, Close range headed effort by John Carew misses to the right of the target.
Shot from 20 yards by John Carew. Comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Salif Diao challenges Nenad Milijas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
Header from deep inside the area by Kenwyne Jones goes over the bar.
Steven Fletcher has a headed effort at goal from close in that strikes the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Salif Diao on Karl Henry. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Shot by Rory Delap. Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
Richard Stearman concedes a free kick for a foul on John Carew. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Pugh. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Christophe Berra. Matthew Etherington produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Steven Fletcher gets a block in.
Salif Diao is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Salif Diao. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by John Carew. Comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by John Carew results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
Shot by Stephen Ward. Thomas Sorensen makes a brilliant save.
Kenwyne Jones challenges Richard Stearman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
The referee blows for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
David Edwards joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Hunt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Ronald Zubar. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Handball by John Carew. Free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
Corner taken right-footed by Rory Delap from the left by-line, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
John Carew has a volleyed shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Unfair challenge on John Carew by Richard Stearman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
Stephen Ward fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Karl Henry.
McCarthy eyes cup run
Mick McCarthy would love his Wolves side to go all the way to the FA Cup final - as long as it does not have a detrimental effect on their battle for Barclays Premier League survival.
McCarthy's side came through a third-round replay against npower Championship side Doncaster to set up Sunday's fourth-round assignment against Stoke at Molineux.
Their efforts to stave off the threat of relegation back to the second tier may be the main focus of the former Republic of Ireland international's attentions, but he is well aware of the boost of confidence a good cup run would give his players.
McCarthy, who yesterday revealed that Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate had turned down the chance to move to Molineux on loan, said: "I got to the semi-finals when I was managing Sunderland and I won two finals as a player in Scotland and it's great to win these competitions.
"Those medals in the cupboard are nice and I would love to get there but we know the importance of the Premier League. But it will be interesting to see what people do as sides get knocked out and they end up in the fifth or sixth round.
"That run at Sunderland (in 2004) was not detrimental to us in the league and we ended up in the play-offs.
"You get a great buzz out of it and if we could do it and link it with our league games then great."
McCarthy is hopeful of being able to include Jody Craddock, Steven Mouyokolo, George Elokobi, Dave Edwards and Sam Vokes in his squad after they all came through a reserve team game in midweek.
But, whoever he fields tomorrow, McCarthy is expecting a tough examination from Tony Pulis' Potters, and believes they are unfairly criticised for their direct approach to the game.
"Tony's team are a good side and they are better than what they have been labelled because they have a guy who can throw the ball in and they have big players.
"Etherington is always a threat and Tuncay has been playing well. Kenwyne Jones, he's a really good player and is not just good in the air.
"But they have a weapon that is so difficult to deal with, why wouldn't you use it?
Stoke manager Tony Pulis admits he has a delicate balancing act to perform with his team selection to ensure he gets a maximum return from the next week.
The Potters have three matches in a seven days, kicking off in the fourth round at Wolves, followed by a midweek trip to Liverpool, before they host Sunderland next Saturday lunchtime.
Pulis has stressed on many occasions the Barclays Premier League remains the club's number-one priority and despite his side sitting 10th, eight points clear of the relegation zone, he is keen for them to secure a fourth successive season in the top flight as soon as possible.
But a place in the last-16 of the cup is not an opportunity to pass up, although the Stoke boss believes the Potters have been dealt the worst hand by the fixture list.
"We would love to go to Molineux and get a result that takes us through to the fifth round of the cup but we also have to take into account the fact that the games haven't dropped kindly for us," he said.
"It is disappointing they are playing the FA Cup fourth round on a Saturday when there is a midweek fixture - why they couldn't they have organised it for a free week I just don't know.
"We've got a three-game week while both Liverpool and Sunderland are out of the cup so they only have a two-game week.
"We play Liverpool on the Wednesday, Sunderland play on the Tuesday, and then we kick-off Saturday morning.
"Whichever way you cook it, the odds have fallen away from us this week in respect of the games.
"For us the Sunday and Wednesday games and the time in between is long enough - the one thing which really annoys me is that we have to play Sunderland on the Saturday morning.
"We've got a very tough second half of the season to get the points we need to stay in the Premier League, so we have to take all that into consideration in how we use the squad to get us through."
One area where the Potters will definitely be weaker is on central defence with captain Ryan Shawcross beginning a two-match suspension after his sending-off against Fulham last weekend.
Pulis is hopeful, however, that Danny Higginbotham will have recovered from the hamstring injury sustained in the replay win over Cardiff.
Huth and Sorenson put Potters through
Robert Huth scored the only goal of the game to give Stoke a first FA Cup victory over Wolves in the fourth-round derby clash at Molineux.
The former Chelsea defender headed home a Matthew Etherington free-kick with 10 minutes remaining.
But Wolves spurned a golden chance to earn a replay when Thomas Sorensen saved a last-minute penalty from Nenad Milijas.
Overall Tony Pulis' visiting side deserved to book a place in the last 16 after looking the more dangerous over the 90 minutes.
John Carew caused problems on his full debut after his loan move from Aston Villa, and only a series of fine saves by Marcus Hahnemann kept the visitors at bay until Huth struck.
It was Stoke's first maiden over their local rivals in the competition after six previous defeats.
Rory Delap was able to propel a series of early long throws into the Wolves box, and one of them almost led to Stoke taking the lead with the ball dropping to Carew whose shot was turned around the post by Hahnemann.
Wolves suffered an early setback when midfielder Stephen Hunt limped out of the action and was replaced by Dave Edwards.
Wolves came to life and Huth had to be alert to cut out a low cross from the byline by Matt Jarvis.
Then a mistake by Abdoulaye Faye let in Stephen Ward and his low cross-shot was parried away by Sorensen.
Carew looked hungry and shook off the challenge of Richard Stearman to leave himself with a run at goal but Hahnemann did well to block his shot.
Stoke midfielder Salif Diao became the first player to be yellow-carded when he was penalised for bringing down Milijas.
Stoke continued to look the more likely team to break the deadlock and Christophe Berra was almost caught napping by the persistence of Carew before recovering to clear.
But Steven Fletcher missed the most clearcut chance of the first half after 37 minutes.
Ward sent over a pinpoint cross from the left flank and Fletcher was perfectly placed at the far post to take advantage, but he sent his close-range header against the post.
Pulis made a half-time switch, with Diao replaced by Glenn Whelan.
Jon Walters was booked within a minute of the restart after a challenge on Milijas.
McCarthy looked upset by a challenge inside the Stoke box by Huth on Berra who went down clutching his face but referee Michael Jones waved play on.
Carew held the ball up well before releasing Etherington in space on the left but Hahnemann went down to smother his low cross.
Jarvis made a good break down the left and the cross was inviting for the onrushing Ward but his header lacked conviction and did not test Sorensen.
Hahnemann made a fine reaction save to keep out a powerful drive from Whelan after he had punched clear a long throw from Delap.
The United States goalkeeper produced an ever better save to turn a low drive from Etherington around the post.
With 10 minutes left, Huth broke the deadlock for Stoke.
Etherington swung a free-kick in from the byline and no-one picked out Huth who headed past Hahnemann.
Wolves tried to rally and Sorensen held on to a header from Sam Vokes following a deep cross by Jarvis.
Then came their big opportunity to force a replay, but Sorensen saved the penalty from Milijas after he had been brought down by Huth.
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