Stoke City 3-1 Norwich (13.01.2016) Live Commentary

We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is uninspired and not hugely entertaining. There was a superiority of the home team to be seen on the pitch today. Short passing and possession was the style of the home side, while the visiting side tried to hit their opposition on the break.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn’t really set to take it and fires high and wide.
Matthew Jarvis (Norwich) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Cameron Jerome (Norwich), but he can’t get on the end of a pass.
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Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
What a goal-scoring opportunity! Peter Crouch (Stoke City) finds some space inside the box and gets in a strike, but the shot is blocked by one of the defending players with a brilliant slide tackle. The referee signals for a corner kick, Stoke City are awarded.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) won himself just enough space to meet the corner and shoots. His shot goes into the middle of the goal and the goalkeeper makes an easy save to get the ball under control. Now Stoke City with a corner.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) will deliver the ball into the penalty box from a corner kick.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Jonathan Walters (Stoke City). The ball goes out-of-play. Stoke City are awarded a corner kick.
Matthew Jarvis (Norwich) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
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The keeper doesn’t have to worry about this one. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) sacrificed accuracy for power, and thus his attempt went well over the bar.
Here comes a substitution. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is brought on as a substitute for Joselu.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
OWN GOAL! The free kick is whipped in and Ryan Bennett (Norwich) is unlucky enough to head the ball into his own net. 3:1.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) is penalised.
Mark Hughes has decided to make a change. Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) replaces Marko Arnautovic.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) tries to find Marko Arnautovic, but he put too much power on that pass.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Dieumerci Mbokani will be replaced by Cameron Jerome (Norwich).
Matthew Jarvis (Norwich) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort, which sails miles wide of the right post.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) attempts to find Russell Martin, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
Declan Rudd leaps up to intercept the corner kick from Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City).
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety. It will be a corner kick for Stoke City.
Goal – 2:1! Joselu (Stoke City) gets a shot from the edge of the box and scores into the bottom left corner. Ibrahim Afellay provided an assist for a goal.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
The game has come to an end for Wesley Hoolahan. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Matthew Jarvis (Norwich).
Here is a change. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is going off and Alex Neil gives the last tactical orders to Nathan Redmond (Norwich).
A lofted cross from Erik Pieters (Stoke City) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
Some great controlled play and passing from Stoke City. They are increasing the possession of the ball and waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The referee signals a substitution. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) is brought on as a substitute for Bojan Krkic.
Goal! Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe slips it to Jonathan Howson (Norwich) on the edge of the box and he finds the top left corner with a great effort. The score is 1:1.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
Marko Arnautovic plays a terrific cross forward to Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), who has found some space inside the box to put the ball into the back of the net.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) takes the corner which is cleared.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick.
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
It wasn’t the most inspiring 45 minutes that you’ll see this week. Let’s hope that the second period will be more exciting. They both struggle for the dominance over the game. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The same goes for the away side.
Neil Swarbrick has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
The ball is cleared after Joselu (Stoke City) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
2 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
The corner from Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) is hurriedly cleared.
Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The referee blows his whistle, Norwich are awarded a corner kick.
A pass by Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
What a chance that is! Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a pass on the edge of the box. His attempt goes just over the bar.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) sends a long ball in, but Declan Rudd comfortably gathers the ball.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) attempts to find Joselu, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
A cross from the free kick is whipped in by Glen Johnson (Stoke City), but one of the defenders steps in and averts the threat.
Gary O’Neil (Norwich) is sent off after deserving nothing other than a red card from a referee for clattering into his opponent!
Gary O’Neil (Norwich) sends the corner into the box, but Jack Butland (Stoke City) intercepts it and averts the threat.
Jonathan Howson (Norwich) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Norwich win a corner.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) was close to scoring after he unleashed a powerful shot which went by a whisker wide of the left post.
What a huge chance for Joselu (Stoke City). He collects a precise pass inside the box and slices a shot that goes by a whisker of the left post.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) breaks past challenges, but puts too much pace on his pass to Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich).
Joselu (Stoke City) tackles a bit over-zealously. Neil Swarbrick blows for a foul.
Good movement by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) hammers the ball towards goal from long-range, but one of the defenders reacts brilliantly to block the shot. Stoke City force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) latches on to a lofted pass and strikes the ball! His attempt flies narrowly wide of the left post.
Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Jonathan Howson (Norwich) attempts to surprise the keeper with a shot from distance, but it lacks more accuracy and it goes high over the crossbar.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) swings it in and Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) gets on the end of a cross, but Declan Rudd (Norwich) shows good awareness and comes off his line to thwart the move.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Neil Swarbrick blows his whistle for a foul.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) clips an inviting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
Gary O’Neil (Norwich) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. The ball goes out-of-play. Norwich have been awarded a corner kick.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Joselu (Stoke City), but he can’t get on the end of a pass.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) sends over a cross, but he can’t find any teammate inside the box. Poor delivery.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) meets a delivery on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the bottom left corner. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Declan Rudd pulls off an easy save. The ball goes out for a corner. Stoke City can continue in their attacking effort.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) produces a poor pass. He attempts to get the ball into the box but it’s hacked away.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. It’s a throw-in for Norwich.
Alexander Tettey (Norwich) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Neil Swarbrick keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
The first half of this match is about to start.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Stoke City will have the kick-off.
Neil Swarbrick will referee today’s match.
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