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Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Karl Henry takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Matthew Etherington goes off and Ricardo Fuller comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Peter Crouch. Jermaine Pennant restarts play with the free kick.
Wilson Palacios comes on in place of Glenn Whelan.
Adam Hammill is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Hunt.
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. Stephen Ward takes the free kick.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Kevin Doyle.
Nenad Milijas goes off and Adlene Guedioura comes on.
Unfair challenge on Wayne Hennessey by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Peter Crouch scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolverhampton 1-2 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line.
Shot by Matthew Etherington. Wayne Hennessey makes a brilliant save.
Christophe Berra receives a yellow card.
Christophe Berra challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
Ronald Zubar has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. The referee cautions Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Glenn Whelan challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Glenn Whelan. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Nenad Milijas produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Kevin Doyle concedes an unfortunate own goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Stoke.Assist by Robert Huth.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Roger Johnson results in a free kick. Robert Huth produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Kevin Doyle gets a block in.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Ryan Shawcross is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Ronald Zubar takes the indirect free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Jonathan Walters clears the bar.
Nenad Milijas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Booking for Nenad Milijas. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Christophe Berra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis takes a corner.
Ryan Shawcross has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Short corner worked by Stephen Hunt.
Unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Nenad Milijas results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, clearance by Christophe Berra.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
Centre by Ryan Shotton, Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, clearance by Ronald Zubar.
Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nenad Milijas from right wing, clearance made by Marc Wilson.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington.
A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Nenad Milijas gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line.
Centre by Ryan Shotton, Karl Henry makes a clearance.
Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
Short corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line.
Glenn Whelan challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nenad Milijas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Robert Huth.
Jermaine Pennant replaces Jonathan Woodgate.
Foul by Roger Johnson on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Jonathan Woodgate on Matthew Jarvis. Stephen Hunt scores a placed penalty. Wolverhampton 1-0 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Jarvis.
Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis.
Roger Johnson produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Woodgate on Matthew Jarvis. Caution for Jonathan Woodgate. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Ward decides to take a short corner.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
Foul by Peter Crouch on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. Ronald Zubar takes the free kick.
Ronald Zubar has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Stephen Hunt. Free kick crossed by Matthew Jarvis.
McCarthy is fan of Stoke's style
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has hit out at the "arrogant" critics of Stoke who rail against their direct style of football.
Stoke have a low pass completion ratio and also low possession statistics, figures which have invited criticism, not least from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has previously accused Stoke of playing rugby rather than football.
However, McCarthy has revealed he is a big admirer of Stoke's style of play, which has seen them consolidate their position in the Barclays Premier League, as well as progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
McCarthy's team play host to the Potters on Saturday and the Wolves boss is an admirer of their opponents.
"They make the best of everything they've got," he said. "I admire and respect them for it. I think they've got some good players, actually. Why should anybody think they're going to make it easy for you?
"They play to their strengths. I was loving it at the game against Tottenham on Sunday, when the fans were singing 'we're Stoke, we'll play how we want'.
"I thought that was fantastic. I love that bloody-mindedness.
"And then they were singing 'two-nil to the rugby team' and 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'. It was class, I loved it."
McCarthy believes success is not defined by your footballing philosophy, but by the results you achieve.
"Isn't it funny, everybody's so arrogant about how you should play," he said. "You win football matches, that's how you're a success.
"There's so many different ways of doing it, and I don't think there's a right way or a wrong way.
"The right way is winning, and getting the best out of your team.
"Tony (Pulis) does it all the time, and I'm a huge admirer of him for it."
McCarthy also revealed that he has started the search for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
"We're having a look, yes, of course," he said. "We only signed one player (Roger Johnson) in the summer. Jamie (O'Hara) had been here since Christmas.
"It would be nice to freshen it up and change things around, if you can. That's not always possible, but we are looking."
However, McCarthy added that the paucity of quality, available players on the market means that every potential signing will also be on his rivals' radar.
"I think you'll find we're all looking in the same pool," he said. "Who's going to end up with them? Only time will tell."
Wolves have slight injury concerns over winger Matt Jarvis (thigh) and midfielder Dave Edwards (groin).
Defender Jody Craddock (hamstring) and defender Kevin Foley (ankle) are unlikely to be available.
Stoke travel to Molineux after finishing their Europa League group campaign with their first defeat, a 3-1 loss to Besiktas in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The Potters had already qualified for the last 32, however, and results elsewhere in the final round of games meant they emerged as the only successful British team.
They were joined by Champions League third-placed sides Manchester United and Manchester City in Friday`s draw and Stoke got their reward with a glamour tie against Spanish giants Valencia when the competition resumes in February.
Manager Tony Pulis, whose big wish was the Potters would draw a western European side after several long trips, said: "To be the only club in the country to qualify is a fantastic achievement.
"I think it's been recognised we had the hardest group and also we travelled further than anybody else as well. It's something everybody at the club should be proud of."
Pulis took a squad of only 15 with him to Istanbul, leaving all 11 players who started the 2-1 victory over Tottenham last weekend behind, and he could revert to that line-up against Wolves.
Full-back Andy Wilkinson is likely to miss out after suffering a recurrence of his back problem against Besiktas, while Ryan Shotton is again expected to be preferred to Jermaine Pennant.
Crouch gives Potters the points
Peter Crouch earned Stoke a fourth successive win in the Barclays Premier League as they came from behind to triumph 2-1 against Wolves.
The England striker netted the 99th league goal of his career as Stoke achieved their first top-flight win at Molineux for 44 years at the 15th attempt.
Wolves went ahead through Stephen Hunt's penalty but an own goal from Kevin Doyle brought the Potters level after the break before Crouch decided the outcome.
The home side had been the better side in the opening 45 minutes, with winger Matt Jarvis causing plenty of problems and Karl Henry making his presence felt in midfield.
But they failed to capitalise on Hunt's spot-kick and Stoke were a transformed side in the second half, with winger Matthew Etherington and substitute Jermaine Pennant posing a threat.
Wolves made a promising start and the first effort at goal came from full-back Ronald Zubar following a Jarvis centre, but his shot curled just past the post.
Stoke defender Jonathan Woodgate became the first player to be yellow-carded for bringing down Jarvis in full flight, and was again to blame after 16 minutes when the recalled Hunt put Wolves ahead from the penalty spot.
Woodgate could have few complaints after chopping down dangerman Jarvis inside the box, although he escaped a second yellow card.
Up stepped Hunt to drill the spot-kick past Thomas Sorensen even though the keeper dived the right way.
Pulis decided a tactical change was needed and after 19 minutes replaced Woodgate with Pennant, allowing Ryan Shotton to drop back to right-back.
Hunt should have done better for Wolves when he headed too fiercely back across goal from a Jarvis cross with two players unmarked in the centre.
The Republic of Ireland international forced Sorensen to block his low drive from a narrow angle with his feet.
Jarvis switched to the right flank in place of Hunt but continued to cause problems.
Stoke's best chance of the first half fell to Etherington after Crouch dummied a centre from Shotton but he failed to make a full contact on his shot, which Hennessey collected.
Jonathan Walters had a good chance to level after 51 minutes when he found himself unmarked at the far post but Etherington's centre seemed to take him by surprise and he poked his effort wide.
Hunt was becoming more involved and forced Sorensen to save low to his left after being teed up on the edge of the box by Steven Fletcher.
But after 58 minutes an own goal from Doyle put Stoke level in fortuitous manner. Wolves skipper Roger Johnson was adjudged to have fouled Walters 30 yard out and Glenn Whelan rolled the free-kick into the path of Huth.
His free-kick took a major deflection off Doyle in the defensive wall and wrong-footed Hennessey, who got a hand to the ball but could not preventing it entering the net.
Dean Whitehead was booked for a challenge on Christophe Berra, who soon took retribution on the Stoke midfielder with a late tackle and was also yellow-carded.
Hennessey made a fine save to turn over a powerful 25-yard drive from Etherington but after 70 minutes, Crouch put Stoke in front.
Pennant turned the ball back into the path of Etherington whose deep cross was converted by Crouch, who got in front of left-back Stephen Ward on the far post.
Wolves substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake headed wide from a corner by Hunt but Stoke faced few alarms in the final stages before securing victory.
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