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April 27, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 27488‎
 
46′ Charlie Adam
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke 1-0 Norwich

Charlie Adam produced an impressive display to help inspire Stoke to a win which should secure safety, but Steven N'Zonzi was lucky not to be dismissed for a reckless tackle

By Nicholas McGee

  • Asmir Begovic
    4
    0
    3.00

    Asmir Begovic

    Had very little to on an extremely quiet afternoon for the Bosnia international.

  • Robert Huth
    1
    1
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Solid and dependable in defence, the experienced Huth produced an impressive display against a side that failed to create much going forward.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    Combined well with his central defensive partner, effectively protecting his goalkeeper and not allowing Norwich to craft clear goalscoring opportunities.

  • Andy Wilkinson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Andy Wilkinson

    Rarely tested down the left-flank before forced off through injury.

  • Ryan Shotton
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Shotton

    Looked to get forward whenever possible but was always wary defensively in an intelligent display.

  • Glenn Whelan
    2
    0
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Disciplined in midfield, Whelan provided an effective buffer in front of the defence before being brought off in the second half.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    1
    1
    1.50

    Steven N'Zonzi Flop of the Match

    A poor afternoon for the midfielder, who should have been dismissed for an ill-advised lunge on Kamara midway through the opening period.

  • Charlie Adam
    7
    0
    3.50

    Charlie Adam Top of the Match

    Always looked like Stoke's most dangerous player and gave them the lead with a cool finish early in the second half.

  • Jonathan Walters
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Displayed lots of energy but struggled to create anything of real note on a quiet afternoon.

  • Peter Crouch
    2
    1
    3.00

    Peter Crouch

    Played a big part in Stoke's opener, flicking the ball into the path of Adam who did the rest.

  • Cameron Jerome
    2
    0
    3.00

    Cameron Jerome

    Unfortunate not to find the net in the first half as his far-post effort was accidentally blocked by N'Zonzi. Had a hand in Stoke's goal, shepherding away Bassong to allow Adam to glide in and score.

Substitutions

  • Geoff Cameron
    1
    1
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Came on for the injured Wikinson in the second half and proved reliable, delivering a strong defensive performance.

  • Dean Whitehead
    1
    0
    2.50

    Dean Whitehead

    Replaced Jerome and was effective in helping the Potters see out the game.

  • Matthew Etherington
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Etherington

    Came on midway through the second period but was kept quiet as Norwich pressed forward.

  • Mark Bunn
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mark Bunn

    Had little to do for much of the afternoon, and could do nothing to prevent Adam giving Stoke the lead.

  • Russell Martin
    0
    0
    3.00

    Russell Martin

    Martin was the better of Norwich's two full-backs, denying Stoke the opportunity to create anything down the left-flank.

  • Steven Whittaker
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Whittaker

    Whittaker faded following a strong first-half display, as the likes of Walters and Adam were able to produce better deliveries from the right-hand side.

  • S. Bassong
    0
    0
    2.50

    S. Bassong

    Struggled to deal with the dual threat of Crouch and Jerome and was out-muscled by the latter in the build-up to Stoke's goal.

  • Ryan Bennett
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Bennett

    Had a difficult afternoon facing Stoke's aerial attack and found himself out of position on a number of occasions.

  • Bradley Johnson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bradley Johnson

    Played well with the ball at his feet but never really produced anything from a creative standpoint.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    1
    0
    3.00

    Robert Snodgrass

    Norwich's most dangerous player, the midfielder whipped in a number of good deliveries but his efforts were all for nought.

  • Jonny Howson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonny Howson

    Howson was kept quiet as Stoke dominated proceedings, and was never allowed to have a real impact on the game.

  • Alexander Tettey
    0
    0
    2.00

    Alexander Tettey

    Tettey was unable to have much influence before being replaced by Hoolahan in the second half.

  • Grant Holt
    1
    0
    2.50

    Grant Holt

    Starved of service, Holt did not have any clear-cut chances on a disappointing afternoon for the big striker.

  • Kei Kamara
    2
    0
    3.00

    Kei Kamara

    Energetic, Kamara competed in the midfield, winning a number of challenges, but was severely lacking in inventiveness.

Substitutions

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Brought on to provide more of an attacking presence, Hoolahan did give Norwich more impetus but was unsuccessful in his task of finding Norwich an equaliser.

  • Elliott Bennett
    0
    0
    2.50

    Elliott Bennett

    Bennett had an impact in last week's game with Reading, but was reduced to a near-spectator role after being brought on in the second half.

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