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January 16, 2013
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 11617
K. Jones 69'
J. Walters 95', 110'
C. Jerome 120'
G. Murray 87'
Shots on Target
Stoke advance to the 4th round of the FA Cup after Kenwyne Jones took advantage of goalkeeper Lewis Price's error to take the lead before Crystal Palace netted a deserved equaliser from the penalty spot. Jonathan Walters' two goals however won the tie and Cameron Jerome added emphasis. It all seems unfair on Crystal Palace who had been denied two penalties following the thrilling work of Wilfried Zaha, before the 20-year-old's third fall in the box resulted in a spot kick only for Jermaine Easter to miss. After the winger was forced to withdraw injured at half-time other players such as midfield powerhouse Mile Jedinak, winger Yannick Bolasie and young midfielder Jonathan Williams got the chance to impress with a heroic effort. Ultimately however the Championship side did not capitalise on their momentum when they were on top, and when the Premier League Potters recovered following their poor start to the match they out-lasted their opponents, although the away side side should take heart from their convincing display as they return to continue their push for promotion.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "A convincing win for Stoke in the end as they took Crystal Palace apart in extra time to seal a fourth round tie with Manchester City. A pretty turgid first 90 minutes was lit up by two substitutes, Kenwyne Jones and Glenn Murray, who scored a goal each in the final half an hour. As the game went into extra time it was the Premier League side who showed their ability as Jon Walters scored twice and Cameron Jerome added a fourth in the final seconds."
Assist Kenwyne Jones
Goal Cameron Jerome
Cameron Jerome adds a fourth goal after his side break quickly in numbers to overwhelm the tired Palace defence.
The referee blows the whistle for full-time.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Lovely goal from Stoke to seal this cup tie, Kenwyne Jones shows some fancy footwok to get away from two Palace midfielders before he plays a sublime pass for Cameron Jerome to run onto. The forward rounds Lewis Price and fires home from a tight angle."
Yellow Card Jonathan Walters
Yellow Card André Moritz
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium "Ian Holloway is so frustrated with what he perceives to be Stoke wasting time he's whipped his woolly hat off in disgust. And now he's showing what a character he is by conducting the Stoke crowd who were giving him grief for moaning. Great comedy from the Palace boss."
The frustration is getting to the Crystal Palace players as the final whistle approaches as the two sides start to argue with each other.
Palace are tired and despondent after a sad ending to what has been an impressive performance from the promotion-seeking side.
Yellow Card Mile Jedinak
Lewis Price makes an excellent save from Walters by standing up tall as the striker shapes to shoot before making the block.
Alex Fisher Live at the Britannia Stadium: "Jon Walters scores two goals again and this time in the right end as Stoke take a two goal lead with 10 minutes to play. They hit Palace on the counter attack as Kenwyne Jones holds up a long ball before rolling it into Walters who races into the penalty area and slides it past Lewis Price."
Assist Kenwyne Jones
Goal Jonathan Walters
Jon Walters scores to secure the Potters' victory. Palace have had half-chances so far but Ian Holloway has been unable to inspire his side to progress through the replay despite their promising start.
Bolasie's cross is headed out by Shawcross as Crystal Palace are repelled.
Wilbraham attempts to get on the end of a chance in the box, but is unable to convert.
The second-half of extra-time gets underway and Jerome can't get on the end of a through-ball.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Half time in extra time here at the Britannia and since Jonathan Walters' goal this game has returned to the scrappy affair we saw for the previous 100 minutes. Neither side are really in control and the passing leaving a fair bit to be desired."
It's half-time in extra-time and we can't have long at the break. Tony Pulis can be seen delivering instructions to full-back Geoff Cameron, perhaps about Yannick Bolasie who has been one of Palace's biggest threats since he came on.
Stoke have another corner at the end of the first half of extra time, which concludes as Shawcross unsuccessfully attempts to head in at the near post.
Jerome is unable to control a through-ball directed towards him down the flank.
Walters holds the ball up and sends it down the line, before the ball finds its way back to Whelan, and the Ireland international cedes possession with an ambitious long shot.
Bolasie's cross is blocked by Cameron for a corner, which Glenn Whelan clears. Jedinak sweeps the ball across the pitch to relaunch an attack but the move ends after Andre Moritz's unsuccessful shot.
Stoke win a corner as Palace look to be fading following an excellent display over the two halves. Shawcross heads into the side-netting with a free-header at the near post, leaving a goal kick to the Eagles.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Six minutes into extra time and the game's best move produces a goal for Jonathan Walters, in the right end. Matthew Etherington finds space down the left hand side, he delivers a superb flat cross to the back post and Walters dives in to head home. Huge celebrations around the ground and relief for Walters."
Assist Matthew Etherington
Goal Jonathan Walters
Jon Walters heads in Etherington's cross at the back post! The Ireland international was almost on the goal line when he was picked out by the left-winger's cross, and the Potters look to have taken advantage of their opponents' tired legs just minutes into extra-time.
The referee gets extra time underway and each side has changed shape towards a conventional 4-4-2 shape with Jerome & Jones and Wilbraham & Murray now up front for the respective sides.
90' + 5'
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "So we are set for an extra 30 minutes here at the Britannia after Palace substitute Glenn Murray cancelled out Stoke substitute Kenwyne Jones' opening strike. Nothing between the two teams so who grabs the advantage in extra time will be interesting to see."
90' + 4'
The referee blows the full-time whistle and we will see extra-time and possibly penalties determine who progresses to the 4th round.
90' + 3'
It's been backs to the wall for Palace in the last few minutes, and in the last minute of stoppage time they face a corner from the Potters but recover to launch a thrilling counter-attack from Bolasie, who is denied by Whitehead who is staying back to defend.
90' + 1'
Bolasie works ample space for a shot raising a roar from the away supporters, but he is unable to get his effort on target from a tight angle.
Etherington swings in a free-kick into the Palace box but it is cleared. At the other end of the pitch Ramage picks the ball up from a goal kick, and when the ball finds its way to Bolasie he hits a dangerous strike towards goal but to no avail.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "It is all level here at the Britannia with four minutes to play as Crystal Palace get their second penalty of the evening. This time substitute Glenn Murray steps up and makes no mistake as he sends Thomas Sorensen the wrong way. Extra time is looming."
Penalty Goal Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray rifles his penalty into the top corner to equalise for Palace!
Palace have a penalty! Jonathan Williams' deft control leads him on a run into the Potters' box and the 19-year-old wins his side's second penalty of the game.
Jedinak has now advanced forward in desperate search for an equaliser as the Eagles up the pressure.
Huth clears the ball in the box away from dangerous striker Murray. The ball flies onto the roof on part of the stadium.
Midfielder Andre Moritz's shot is deflected, and Palace win another corner but their delivery is cleared.
Palace bring on 22-goal top-scorer Glenn Murray in search of an equaliser with just over ten minutes remaining. Jedinak meanwhile moves into centreal defence.
Etherington takes a shot after a good opportunity on a counter-attack.
Bolasie looks to break down the flank following a counter-attack and is cynically brought down by Geoff Cameron, resulting in a free-kick from the left flank.
Yellow Card Geoff Cameron
Stoke keeper Sorensen takes his time to take a free kick in his own half.
Yellow Card Steven N'Zonzi
Easter misses a shot from 12 yards after good work from Wilbraham.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Relief all round at the Britannia Stadium as Kenwyne Jones opens the scoring six minutes after replacing Peter Crouch. He nearly did so moments before but his shot was deflected onto the post with Lewis Price beaten, however seconds later a deep left wing cross hangs in the air and Jones rises to head into the back of the net. Questions might need to be asked of Price though as the ball appears to slip through his hands on the line."
Etherington's cross is cut out by Gabbidon, and as Stoke look to continue their attack the Potters are awarded a free kick near the centre-circle.
Assist Matthew Etherington
Goal Kenwyne Jones
Kenwyne Jones scores from the corner after meeting the ball at the back post following an awful error from keeper Lewis Price from Etherington's delivery. Crystal Palace don't deserve that, having had the better of the first half through the spectacular Wilfried Zaha, now injured.
Kenwyne Jones' deflected strike hits the post! Lewis Price in goal was beaten by the Trinidad & Tobago international.
Williams again shows his impressive close control to tee up Jedinak for a shot from outside the box.
Former Wales centre-back Danny Gabbidon has been called into action twice in recent minutes as the Eagles have been under pressure following the introduction of the pacey Cameron Jerome. Kenwyne Jones now appears in place of the unimpressive Peter Crouch as Tony Pulis looks to some fresh players from the bench.
Palace's diminutive midfielder Jonathan Williams shows impressive control to receive a long pass but Whitehead wins the ball shortly afterwards. Huth uses his power to overwhelm the 19-year-old to win the ball off him again moments later but Stoke are still not looking like the consistent Premiership side we've all come to...respect.
Whitehead advances up the pitch from left back and goes on to find Walters who looks to cut inside before shooting, but the move breaks down. As Bolasie attacks, Huth suffers an inopportune loss of footing and gives away a free kick.
Peter Crouch attempts to chase down a forward pass but centre-back Danny Gabbidon gets there first and puts the ball out for a throw-in. The giant former England international has not had much of an impact so far.
Palace have opened the half as they left off, with Stoke again looking prone to an upset in front of their home fans.
Whitehead deflects Bolasie's cross out for a corner, and the winger has impressed in the opening few minutes.
Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yannick Bolasie. Damien Delaney takes the direct free kick but it is cleared.
The referee gets the second half underway, but sadly without Wilfried Zaha, who was taken off at half-time having incurred an injury. Yannick Bolasie is his replacement.
45' + 1'
The referee blows the half-time whistle with the two sides even at 0-0. Stoke opened the game the stronger of the two, with Jon Walters enjoying a bright opening as he seemed determined to put his two own-goals and missed penalty at the weekend behind him. Crystal Palace threatened only sporadically and on the counter-attack at first, but then 20-year-old wing sensation Wilfried Zaha came to dominate proceedings and his team are unfortunate not to be ahead thanks to his efforts. Denied a penalty after going down in the box under a wayward challenge, he went on to repeat the feat minutes later but booked for diving in what looked like an inaccurate decision. On his third foul in the box, his side were finally awarded the opportunity to score from the spot, but Potters' keeper Thomas Sorensen saved Jermaine Easter's effort to keep the scores level. Palace's midfield destroyer Mile Jedinak has also impressed so far, but his side will surely rue the missed penalty and face a difficult task away in the second half.
Zaha again embarrasses his marker. He has appeared affected by recent speculation in recent matches and was not influential in the opening few minutes to the match, but he has gone on to have an outstanding half and flown past opponents with apparent ease.
Jedinak wins possession again for the Eagles, and he has been key to nullifying Stoke's efforts going forward.
Etherington takes the kick from the right flank and Huth almost gets a flick-on after Shawcross' work at the near post.
Etherington wins a corner and Michael Kightly swings in the delivery from the left flank towards Ryan Shawcross at the far post, eventually winning another corner from the opposite flank through the efforts of Robert Huth.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "We have our first real talking point of the game as Ryan Shawcross fouls Wilfried Zaha inside the penalty area. The home fans don't like it and think the youngster has dived but referee Anthony Taylor awards the spot kick. Jermaine Easter steps up but Thomas Sorensen guesses correctly and pushes his kick onto the post and away."
Having opened the game the better of the two sides, Stoke are now being outplayed by the Championship side, and in particular Wilfried Zaha. Tony Pulis looks to be preparing to remove Andy Wilkinson from his torment at the hands of Zaha and move Dean Whitehead to left-back, with Glenn Whelan coming into midfield.
Sorensen saves Jermaine Easter's penalty! The Eagles have a corner now.
Penalty save Thomas Sørensen
Missed Penalty Jermaine Easter
Wilfried Zaha is finally awarded a penalty! He has been stunning in the last ten minutes, but only on his third fall does he at last get the reward for his good play.
Yellow Card Wilfried Zaha
Zaha beats his marker and looks to advance in the box, but changes direction quickly, fooling his opponent and being felled by the challenge. But instead of receiving a penalty, he is booked for diving! That's very unlucky for the young winger.
Zaha is denied a penalty after a solo-run. Palace have looked dangerous on the counter-attack and are starting to offer more going forward, having weathered the Potters' stronger opening.
Michael Kightly's cross flies over even the giant Peter Crouch.
Stoke have been pressuring Crystal Palace heavily in the centre of the park, and the Eagles' back line is being forced back, leaving lone striker Wilbraham isolated.
Wilfried Zaha raises a cheer from the crowd with a long solo run, but the move ends and Walters gets an opportunity from a counter-attack.
Walters receives a long ball on his chest and finds Dean Whitehead with a simple pass, and a frantic block is required to keep the score level.
Palace's tall midfielder Mile Jedinak is first to Thomas Schwarzer's goal kick but he is only able to head the ball to Steven N'Zonzi who finds John Walters. The Ireland international bears down on goal before blasting an optimistic shot well wide.
Etherington breaks to the bye-line on the left flank after using his pace against Ramage, but his cross is unable to reach his teammates.
Palace's right winger Jermaine Easter are unable to clear Etherington's cross after good work from Michael Kightly and gives away a throw-in, but the Eagles are soon awarded a foul and the opportunity to clear.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "First real chance of the game falls for the visitors and Aaron Wilbraham should score. The striker meets the cross from Jonathan Williams but heads over the bar from six yards out."
Matthew Etherington shapes to shoot after good work from Stoke's Geoff Cameron on the right flank on a counter-attack, but Palace right-back Peter Ramage blocks well.
And the referee gets the game underway at the Britannia Stadium!
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "As expected the Britannia Stadium is nowhere near full to capacity, well under half full for this third round replay in the freezing cold temperatures. Everyone who is here must be praying there's some serriously good football on show to keep them warm!"
Crystal Palace make five changes from the first game with Matthew Parsons, Danny Gabbidon, Hiram Boateng, Jonathan Williams and Aaron Wilbraham start in place of Dean Moxey, Jonathan Parr, Yannick Bolasie, Stuart O’Keefe and Andre Moritz. Palace’s star man Wilfried Zaha does start.
Tony Pulis has made two changes from that lined up at Selhurst Park 10 days ago with Andy Wilkinson and Matthew Etherington coming in for Ryan Shotton and Michael Owen. The latter does have a place on the bench but Shotton is not included at all with Glenn Whelan taking his place.
Crystal Palace: Price; Ramage, Delaney, Gabbidon, Parsons; Easter, Jedinak, Boateng, Williams, Zaha; Wilbraham. Subs: Speroni, Bolasie, Murray, Moxey, Moritz, Wynter, Taylor.
Stoke: Sorensen; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Kightly, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Etherington; Walters, Crouch. Subs: Nash, Whelan, Jones, Owen, Adam, Upson, Jerome.
Alex Fisher at the Britannia Stadium: "Good evening from an ice cold Britannia Stadium for Stoke v Crystal Palace, with Manchester City at home the prize for the victors. The Potters will be eager to put Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea behind them with a morale boosting win but the Eagles are no pushovers having only lost five of their 14 away games in the Championship. However Ian Holloway’s side haven’t won away from home since mid-November and have only won twice in their past 11 matches."
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary as Stoke face Crystal Palace in their FA Cup 3rd round replay. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through events, and you can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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