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January 16, 2013 3:45 AM MYT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 11617‎
 
Glenn Murray 87′ (PG)
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke 4-1 Crystal Palace (aet)

The Potters set up a fourth round meeting with Manchester City as Jon Walters overcame his Stamford Bridge horror show to score twice against the Championship side

By Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium

  • Thomas Sørensen
    0
    0
    3.00

    Thomas Sørensen

    The Dane didn’t have anything to worry about in the opening half hour but he was a hero just after that, as he dived full-stretch to his left to save Jermaine Easter’s penalty.

  • Andy Wilkinson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Andy Wilkinson

    The full-back began the game strongly and stayed close to Easter, not letting the winger get past him to deliver to Wilbraham in the middle. However, he was substituted in the 37th minute as Stoke changed their formation.

  • Geoff Cameron
    0
    0
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Was the source of a lot of what Stoke did well in the first half with his marauding runs down the right-hand side in support of Kightly. His approach play was excellent but his final delivery let him down.

  • Robert Huth
    0
    0
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Battled with Wilbraham in the air and was pretty dominant against the Palace striker, he also showed his importance when dealing with crosses into the penalty area.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    With Palace only playing one striker it was a fairly easy evening for the Stoke captain. He was at fault for the first-half penalty awarded to Palace as he brought down Zaha but, luckily for him, Sorensen saved well from Easter’s spot-kick.

  • Dean Whitehead
    0
    0
    3.00

    Dean Whitehead

    The experienced midfielder had a solid game on his return to the starting line-up. Was deployed as a makeshift left-back at times once Wilkinson had been substituted and did equally well in that position.

  • Matthew Etherington
    1
    0
    4.00

    Matthew Etherington Top of the Match

    Proved Stoke’s main threat down the left-hand side, causing Ramage plenty of problems with his pace and direct running. Provided the cross for Jones to open the scoring and set up Walters in extra time.

  • Michael Kightly
    0
    0
    3.00

    Michael Kightly

    Had a fair amount of success down the right against Parsons, his mazy dribbling getting him into some dangerous positions, but some resolute Palace defending was able to clear his resulting crosses.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Had a lot of time to be creative in the middle of the pitch and should have used that opportunity better. His passing was neat and tidy but was never really able to open up the Palace defence.

  • Jonathan Walters
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan Walters

    After his disastrous game against Chelsea, this was always about redemption for the striker. Proved his worth to the Potters by netting twice towards the end of the game.

  • Peter Crouch
    0
    0
    2.50

    Peter Crouch

    Not the best of evenings for the striker, who had a fairly uneventful game with little to work with. Replaced by Jones just after the hour.

Substitutions

  • Glenn Whelan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Glenn Whelan

    Replaced Wilkinson in the 37th minute and had a solid game in the middle of the park.

  • Cameron Jerome
    0
    0
    3.50

    Cameron Jerome

    Replaced Kightly in the 55th minute and gave Stoke a different dimension in the attacking third. Got his reward in the final minute as he rounded Price to seal the win.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    0
    0
    3.50

    Kenwyne Jones

    Replaced Crouch in the 63rd minute and made just the impact Tony Pulis would have wanted as he opened the scoring six minutes later. Capped off a good cameo display with a neat assist for Walters' second goal and another for Jerome's late strike.

  • Lewis Price
    0
    0
    2.00

    Lewis Price Flop of the Match

    Was rarely called into action in the first half but let Jones' shot through his hands to open the scoring before picking the ball out of the net three further times.

  • Damien Delaney
    0
    0
    3.00

    Damien Delaney

    Largely handled the Crouch and Walters partnership well alongside Gabbidon, he communicated well and challenged either man in the air when required.

  • Danny Gabbidon
    0
    0
    3.00

    Danny Gabbidon

    Worked well with Delaney at the back and stuck close to Crouch and Walters as and when required. Replaced by Murray late on as Palace went for an equaliser.

  • Matthew Parsons
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Parsons

    The young left-back allowed Kightly to get too many crosses into the penalty area but provided ample threat going forward.

  • Peter Ramage
    0
    0
    2.50

    Peter Ramage

    Struggled with the pace of Etherington and wasn’t able to stop the winger crossing into the penalty area.

  • Jonathan Williams
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan Williams

    Lively in midfield, he worked his socks off to try and get his side into the game and break up the momentum Stoke created. He threatened on the break with his pace but was never able to find Wilbraham.

  • Mile Jedinak
    0
    0
    3.50

    Mile Jedinak

    Dropped in alongside the two central defenders when required and battled well against Stoke’s strikers in the air until the frantic final moments.

  • Hiram Boateng
    0
    0
    3.00

    Hiram Boateng

    The teenager was making his first-team debut for the club whose academy he joined at the age of eight. Did a decent job without ever really threatening the Stoke defence.

  • Aaron Wilbraham
    0
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Wilbraham

    Had very little to work with and as a result had a tough time against Huth and Shawcross. Rose to meet Parsons’ left wing cross but headed over from six yards.

  • Jermaine Easter
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jermaine Easter

    Wasn’t really in the game as Stoke nullified his threat with close marking, and when he did get his moment to make an impact on the game he fluffed his lines as his spot-kick was saved.

  • Wilfried Zaha
    3
    0
    3.00

    Wilfried Zaha

    Palace’s danger man drifted in and out of the opening half but earned his side a penalty with a dangerous run. Subbed off at half-time.

Substitutions

  • André Moritz
    0
    0
    3.00

    André Moritz

    Replaced Boateng in the 65th minute and worked hard against the Stoke midfield. Got stuck in but wasn’t able to create much going forward.

  • Yannick Bolasie
    0
    0
    3.00

    Yannick Bolasie

    Came on for Zaha at half-time and was a real danger with his direct running and eagerness to take a defender on. However, like Zaha, he drifted in and out of the game and became easy to marshal.

  • Glenn Murray
    0
    0
    3.00

    Glenn Murray

    Replaced Gabbidon in the 79th minute to give Palace more of a threat up front. Stepped up to convert Palace's second penalty of the game with four minutes to play.

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