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December 4, 2013 8:45 PM WAT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 25014‎
 
Top of the Match
Oussama Assaidi
Oussama Assaidi
Stoke City
Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic
Stoke City
Flop of the Match
Steven N'Zonzi
Steven N'Zonzi
Stoke City
David Marshall
David Marshall
Cardiff City

Stoke City 0-0 Cardiff City: Strugglers play out stalemate

In a game devoid of any creativity, both sides failed to score and stay on 14 points for the season, keeping them within touching distance of each other in the Premier League

Peter Crouch Stoke City Cardiff City Premier League 12052013
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Stoke City and Cardiff City played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday night, leaving both sides on 14 points for the season.

In a game devoid of chances, it was no surprise to see neither goalkeeper stretched throughout the match, as either side failed to bring any creativity to the encounter.

Peter Crouch had the best opening midway through the second half but he headed over the crossbar from an Oussama Assaidi delivery.

The result is the sixth time both sides have failed to score in a league fixture this season, with Cardiff picking up their sixth point away from home this term.

Both sides made two changes following defeats at the weekend, Marc Wilson and Marko Arnautovic returned for the hosts while Declan John and Aron Gunnarsson started for the visitors.

A scrappy start saw neither team impose themselves on proceedings and it was not until the 20th minute that the game had its first chance on goal.

It went to the hosts as Ryan Shawcross rose at the front post to meet a Charlie Adam corner. However, the central defender's header flew wide of goal.

Just after the half hour, though, Stoke threatened again as Arnautovic and Adam linked well down the right, the Scot's low cross was aimed at Crouch but he was unable to bundle the ball past Marshall.

Begovic was only tested once as Cardiff threatened just before the break, Don Cowie fired a corner in from the right but Jordon Mutch's header was punched clear by the Bosnia goalkeeper.

Cardiff threatened first after the break through Peter Whittingham but the midfielder's free kick was straight at Begovic and he held the ball easily.

The introduction of Stephen Ireland gave the hosts some creative spark in the midfield and within minutes of coming on he had a hand in a good opening.

Ireland released Assaidi down the right and the Moroccan delivered a perfect cross to Crouch but he could not direct his header on target from six yards.

Stoke continued to press for the winner, with Ireland slicing a shot wide.

And John drew a fine save out of Begovic as Cardiff went close to stealing a stoppage-time win - but the game deservedly finished goalless.

Mark Hughes' side have now failed to win five of their last six outings at the Britannia Stadium, coming out without a goal in four of those games as their stuttering start to life under the Welshman continues.


Stoke City

1
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Erik Pieters
Defender
46′
2.00
12
Marc Wilson
Defender
3.00
17
Ryan Shawcross
Defender
3.00
20
Geoff Cameron
Defender
2.00
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
65′
2.00
15
Steven N'Zonzi
Midfielder
2.00
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
34′
2.50
10
2.00
24
Oussama Assaidi
Midfielder
3.50
25
Peter Crouch
Striker
60′
3.00

Cardiff City

2.50
1
David Marshall
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
3.50
6
Ben Turner
Defender
87′
3.00
42
3.00
7
2.50
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
2.50
17
3.00
18
Jordon Mutch
Midfielder
2.50
19
Don Cowie
Midfielder
3.00
10

Substitutes

29
 - 
5
Muniesa
Defender
46′
2.50
7
 - 
8
W. Palacios
Midfielder
 - 
32
2.00
9
 - 
19
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
32
Joe Lewis
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
5
Mark Hudson
Defender
 - 
13
Bo-Kyung Kim
Midfielder
 - 
16
Craig Noone
Midfielder
 - 
29
 - 
9

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