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3 March 2012
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 27483
M. Etherington 72'
FULL-TIME! Stoke make it two consecutive wins in the Premier League with a win over Norwich. A bit of quality from Matthew Etherington gave the Potters the three points in a stop-start game that resembled more of a rugby match.
90' + 3'
Yellow CardElliott Bennett
90' + 3'
A flare-up between Bennett and Whelan as the Norwich winger puts in a late tackle on the Stoke midfielder. Yellow-card for Bennett.
90' + 2'
Holt spins away from Huth but the German is equal to it blocking the Englishman's effort.
90' + 1'
Corner for Stoke which they will be in no hurry to take.
Naughton blazes miles over for Norwich as the fourth official announces three minutes of added time.
Stoke sitting deeper now as Norwich push forward.
Begovic relieves the pressure on Stoke by taking a Bennett cross.
The game has become stretched. End-to-end stuff.
Norwich trying to force the play now as they go in search of an equaliser.
The final substitution for Norwich sees David Fox come on for Bradley Johnson.
Wilbraham's first action is a foul on Huth.
Etherington has come alive and provides a cross for Jones whose weak header is collected by Ruddy.
Paul Lambert makes his second substitution: Aaron Wilbraham replaces Howson.
Replays have shown the throw that was in the build-up for the goal should have gone to Norwich.
GOAL!!!! A fantastic goal from Etherington who volleys home from a tight angle.
Double substitution for Stoke: Jonathan Walters off for Cameron Jerome, and Peter Crouch departs for Kenwyne Jones.
The ball is spending most of its time in the air as both teams continue to play direct football.
Shawcross commits a foul on Holt just outside of Stoke box. Surman's free-kick gets up and over wall but a comfortable save for Begovic.
Walters offside after Crouch flick on.
Crouch meets the resulting corner with a header but it goes well over the bar.
Whitbread manhandles Walters resulting in a Stoke free-kick which is headed behind by Johnson.
Corner for Stoke. Holt comes back to defend after getting treatment.
Holt down injured for Norwich after clashing with Whelan.
Bennett gets a shot away after he found a pocket of space in front of the Stoke back four. Begovic saves easily.
Etherington cross to Crouch cleared behind for a corner which is subsequently punched away by Ruddy.
Stoke have started the better in the second-half.
Ruddy starts off where he left the first-half and takes a Shotton long-throw commandingly.
Norwich get us back underway at the Britannia, and there has been one change for the Canaries: Anthony Pilkington off for Simeon Jackson.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! It has been a stop-start game at the Britannia in which both teams are looking to play direct. Ruddy has been the busier of the two goalkeepers but neither side can find the breakthrough.
Ruddy makes a fantastic save from Crouch after the ball fell loose from the Stoke striker's own header.
This time its Begovic's turn to claim from a Norwich long-throw.
Shotton long-throw easily gathered by Ruddy.
A very stop-start game here at the Britannia with both teams putting in a lot of tackles.
Holt takes a long-ball on his chest and volleys wide after finding space from a Norwich free-kick.
Whitbread fouls Walters, who is unhappy with challenge, just past halfway line.
A Holt header at back post from free-kick forces Begovic into his first save.
Corner to Stoke, cleared away by Norwich.
Shotton moves to right-back with Pennant ahead of him as right-midfielder.
Jermaine Pennant on for Andy Wilkinson
Excellent approach play by Stoke, who opened up Norwich through a great Walters ball to Whitehead whose effort was easily saved by Ruddy.
Yellow CardJonny Howson
Jonny Howson booked for a rash challenge on Glen Whelan.
A Ryan Shotton cross is met by a Robert Huth header but the ball goes harmlessly behind.
Neither side taking control of the game but Stoke looking the more dangerous.
First Ryan Shotton long throw-in for Stoke, but dealt with well by Norwich.
Walters has a powerful shot from just outside the box, but Ruddy palms the shot down and collects safely.
It's a windy day at the Britannia, but a high looping free-kick from Norwich is taken well by Asmir Begovic.
Stoke get the game underway!
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Stoke vs. Norwich in the Barclays Premier League. Stoke will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce against a Norwich side who so nearly grabbed a point at home to Manchester United last weekend.
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