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Premier League

  • 3 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 27483

Live Commentary

  • 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 Card Elliott 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.
  • 90'
    Naughton blazes miles over for Norwich as the fourth official announces three minutes of added time.
  • 89'
    Stoke sitting deeper now as Norwich push forward.
  • 86'
    Begovic relieves the pressure on Stoke by taking a Bennett cross.
  • 85'
    The game has become stretched. End-to-end stuff.
  • 82'
    Norwich trying to force the play now as they go in search of an equaliser.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionBradley Johnson David Fox
  • 79'
    The final substitution for Norwich sees David Fox come on for Bradley Johnson.
  • 78'
    Wilbraham's first action is a foul on Huth.
  • 76'
    Etherington has come alive and provides a cross for Jones whose weak header is collected by Ruddy.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionJonny Howson Aaron Wilbraham
  • 75'
    Paul Lambert makes his second substitution: Aaron Wilbraham replaces Howson.
  • 74'
    Replays have shown the throw that was in the build-up for the goal should have gone to Norwich.
  • 72'
    Assist Cameron Jerome
  • 72'
    Goal Matthew Etherington
    GOAL!!!! A fantastic goal from Etherington who volleys home from a tight angle.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionJonathan Walters Cameron Jerome
  • 69'
    SubstitutionPeter Crouch Kenwyne Jones
  • 69'
    Double substitution for Stoke: Jonathan Walters off for Cameron Jerome, and Peter Crouch departs for Kenwyne Jones.
  • 68'
    The ball is spending most of its time in the air as both teams continue to play direct football.
  • 65'
    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.
  • 63'
    Walters offside after Crouch flick on.
  • 60'
    Crouch meets the resulting corner with a header but it goes well over the bar.
  • 60'
    Whitbread manhandles Walters resulting in a Stoke free-kick which is headed behind by Johnson.
  • 59'
    Corner for Stoke. Holt comes back to defend after getting treatment.
  • 57'
    Holt down injured for Norwich after clashing with Whelan.
  • 54'
    Bennett gets a shot away after he found a pocket of space in front of the Stoke back four. Begovic saves easily.
  • 53'
    Etherington cross to Crouch cleared behind for a corner which is subsequently punched away by Ruddy.
  • 51'
    Stoke have started the better in the second-half.
  • 48'
    Ruddy starts off where he left the first-half and takes a Shotton long-throw commandingly.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAnthony Pilkington Simeon Jackson
  • 46'
    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.
  • 43'
    Ruddy makes a fantastic save from Crouch after the ball fell loose from the Stoke striker's own header.
  • 41'
    This time its Begovic's turn to claim from a Norwich long-throw.
  • 40'
    Shotton long-throw easily gathered by Ruddy.
  • 38'
    A very stop-start game here at the Britannia with both teams putting in a lot of tackles.
  • 35'
    Holt takes a long-ball on his chest and volleys wide after finding space from a Norwich free-kick.
  • 33'
    Whitbread fouls Walters, who is unhappy with challenge, just past halfway line.
  • 30'
    A Holt header at back post from free-kick forces Begovic into his first save.
  • 28'
    Corner to Stoke, cleared away by Norwich.
  • 27'
    Shotton moves to right-back with Pennant ahead of him as right-midfielder.
  • 25'
    SubstitutionAndy Wilkinson Jermaine Pennant
  • 25'
    Jermaine Pennant on for Andy Wilkinson
  • 24'
    Excellent approach play by Stoke, who opened up Norwich through a great Walters ball to Whitehead whose effort was easily saved by Ruddy.
  • 21'
    Yellow Card Jonny Howson
  • 21'
    Jonny Howson booked for a rash challenge on Glen Whelan.
  • 16'
    A Ryan Shotton cross is met by a Robert Huth header but the ball goes harmlessly behind.
  • 15'
    Neither side taking control of the game but Stoke looking the more dangerous.
  • 11'
    First Ryan Shotton long throw-in for Stoke, but dealt with well by Norwich.
  • 9'
    Walters has a powerful shot from just outside the box, but Ruddy palms the shot down and collects safely.
  • 6'
    It's a windy day at the Britannia, but a high looping free-kick from Norwich is taken well by Asmir Begovic.
  • 1'
    Stoke get the game underway!
  • Hello and welcome to'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.