Norwich 1-1 Stoke City (08.03.2014) Live Commentary

Today’s game has been very poor. There hasn’t been many thrilling moments. There wasn’t any significant dominance on either side in this game. Players of the home team presented themselves with possession football. Long balls and crosses were the strongest weapons of the away team.
The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match.
The resulting corner from Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
What a great touch by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) as he controls a fine pass into the box and fires the ball to the left post, but the effort is brilliantly blocked. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Norwich are going to take it.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box. He doesn’t manage to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
Good team movement sets up Bradley Johnson (Norwich) on the edge of the box, but he slices the ball narrowly wide of the right post. The ball crosses the byline and it is going to be a goal kick.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Gary Hooper is coming onto the pitch as Alexander Tettey (Norwich) cannot continue after picking up an injury.
The substitution has been made. Stephen Ireland has replaced John Guidetti (Stoke City).
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Ricky van Wolfswinkel goes off the pitch and Johan Elmander (Norwich) comes on in his place.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) picked up an injury.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is awarded a red card due to his behaviour.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
The ball is out-of-play and Stoke City manage to earn a corner.
Substitution has been made. Marko Arnautovic is replaced by Matthew Etherington (Stoke City).
Goal! Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) slams home the penalty with his precise shot which goes inside the right post.
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) commits a rough challenge, and Andre Marriner blows the whistle for infringement. PENALTY TO Stoke City! Almost the whole opponent’s team is gathered around the referee. A lot of emotions are being shown. However, the decision has been made and it is final.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) makes it easy for the referee to show him a yellow card.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) bursts into the box and pulls the trigger, but he can’t beat the goalkeeper. He directed his shot towards the left post, but one of the defenders reacts brilliantly to block that shot.
Substitution. Wesley Hoolahan is replaced by Jonathan Howson (Norwich).
A neat pass is well received by John Guidetti (Stoke City), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball towards the left post, but the goalkeeper makes an incredible save to block his shot.
Today’s match ends for Peter Odemwingie who will be replaced by John Guidetti (Stoke City).
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) picks up a pass, lines up a shot and strikes from 30 metres out, but Asmir Begovic thwarts the effort which is headed to the middle of the goal.
Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) is flagged for offside.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but their effort is stopped by the goalkeeper.
The ball is whipped in from the resulting set piece and finds the head of Bradley Johnson (Norwich) who rises and produces an amazing header that goes into the bottom right corner.
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) is yellow-carded. Norwich are awarded a free kick from near the side line. This position calls for a cross into the penalty area, where the players already begin to gather.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Great solo effort by Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) as he tricks his way through two defenders before firing a drive from just outside of the box which is directed towards the middle of the goal. The goalkeeper is ready and produces a stunning save. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Norwich.
Russell Martin (Norwich) produces a long-range cannon of a shot after a nice pass. The ball goes low in the direction of the middle of the goal, but it is easily stopped by a save from Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), and the score doesn’t change.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) makes a bad challenge and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Stoke City are awarded a free kick.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a low drive to the middle, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) makes a save.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is rather common and not hugely entertaining. Even first half from both sides, and they’ve both had chances. Long balls and crosses are the strongest weapons of the home team. Players of the away team present themselves with possession football.
The end of the first half.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) finishes his astonishing individual effort with a great shot from about 35 metres to the right post. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) shows his excellent skills and saves the attempt.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) stands over the resultant free kick from mid-range, but his shot goes just wide of the left post. That will be a goal kick.
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle. That’s a free kick to Stoke City.
Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) latches on to a precise defence-splitting pass and fires a nice strike from a promising distance. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) has a clear vision and thwarts his effort, aimed towards the right post, with a comfortable save.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender. The ball is out-of-play. Norwich have been awarded a corner kick.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Andre Marriner blow the whistle.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the right post. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save.
This one will not go through. Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender.
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the right post. The play will be restarted with a goal kick.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Andre Marriner signals.
Martin Olsson (Norwich) tries to threaten the goalkeeper as he takes the ball and fires from long range. The shot flies just over the crossbar! None of the defensive players touched the ball. It’s going to be a goal kick.
A clumsy foul by Joseph Yobo (Norwich) and Andre Marriner blows the whistle. Stoke City are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Stoke City slow the tempo of the game down by exchanging a combination of one to two touch passes. For the opposition’s players it’s very difficult at the moment, very physically demanding to run without the ball.
That was a nice football moment. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) receives an amazing defence-splitting low pass on the edge of the box and blasts the ball towards the goal, aiming to the bottom left corner. John Ruddy (Norwich) guessed his intentions and dives superbly to deny his effort with a remarkable save!
The game is interrupted as Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is flagged for offside.
Flag goes up against Peter Crouch (Stoke City). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and has an effort on goal. Unfortunately for him, his strike flies inches high over the bar. It is going to be a goal kick.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) receives a low pass just outside the box and drills a fine strike towards the middle of the goal. John Ruddy (Norwich) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed.
That was a poorly executed free kick from long distance. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich) was trying to produce a cross into the penalty area, but his effort sailed off the pitch.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) pulls the shirt of his opponent and the referee stops play for a foul. Norwich earn a free kick.
Stoke City seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. Great movement by offensive players allows those more defensive to build up the attack.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Andre Marriner could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul. Free kick. Norwich will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Referee Andre Marriner blows his whistle and the match is starting right now.
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Andre Marriner was nominated as a referee for this game.
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