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  • December 17, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 24684
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Wolves 1–2 Stoke City: Stoke secures fourth straight win after Doyle own goal and Crouch strike

Wolves 1–2 Stoke City: Stoke secures fourth straight win after Doyle own goal and Crouch strike

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Potters pick up a rare away win following Europa League exploits as Mick McCarthy's side fails to take its chance to put daylight between itself and the bottom three.

Stoke City came back from a goal down to beat Wolves 2-1 at Molineux thanks to a Kevin Doyle own goal and Peter Crouch's header.

Wolves took the lead from the penalty spot after 15 minutes through Stephen Hunt following Jonathon Woodgate’s foul on Matt Jarvis.

Stoke's equalizer came in fortuitous circumstances, Huth's long range free kick looked to be going wide but was deflected in off Doyle's knee before Crouch's stooping effort completed the comeback.

The home side started the game in the ascendancy with Karl Henry prodding wide on the stretch in just the third minute.

Matt Jarvis was looking threatening down the left side and was causing problems for bit-part full back Jonathon Woodgate who picked up an early booking for tripping the winger.

And it was the same duel that resulted in Wolves being given the chance to take the lead. Jarvis twisted and turned Woodgate inside out and the defender could only trip him over in the penalty area.

Anthony Taylor had no doubts and awarded a penalty which was swept home by Hunt.

Woodgate was left further embarrassed as Tony Pulis immediately hauled him off after a torrid start to the game, Jermaine Pennant being brought on.

Stoke tried to find a way back into the match but was found lacking in the final third and struggled to create any meaningful chances at Wayne Hennessey’s goal.

Wolves looked more likely to score the game’s second goal when Hunt picked the ball up after a defensive mix up. But he could only shoot straight at Sorensen when Fetcher was better placed in the box.

Stoke finally managed to create a good opportunity at goal just before the break. Walters played Pennant in down the right and the former Arsenal man’s cross was left by Crouch for Etherington who scuffed his shot as he possibly expected the striker to take it on.

A rough start to the second half saw Milijas and Shawcross booked for late challenges and Jon Walters miss a chance for Stoke to equalize, failing to react quickly enough after Etherington's cross evaded Shawcross and three Wolves defenders.

Stoke was having much more of the game in the second half and equalized just before the hour mark.

A long range free kick was sent crashing towards goal by Huth and ended up in the net after a deflection off Doyle in the Wolves wall.

The goal immediately lifted the tempo of the game. Glenn Whelan was perhaps fortunate not to be booked for clattering Karl Henry, but his midfield partner Dean Whitehead did end up in the referee’s notebook for barging Berra in the back. Berra then picked up a booking minutes later following a challenge with Whitehead.

Stoke was well on top and Wayne Hennesey kept Wolves level with a superb save from Ryan Shawcross’ bullet header but he was beaten moments later.

Jarvis hit a deep cross to the back post where Crouch was lurking to bundle the ball home from a tight angle and turn the game around in Stoke’s favor.

Tony Pulis introduced fresh legs to his side as they looked to hold on to three vital points, Wilson Palacios and Ricardo Fuller replacing the tired Whelan and Etherington.

Wolves pushed forward late on and despite five minutes of injury time and Roger Johnson playing as an auxiliary center forward the home side was unable to equalize and remains just one place above the Premier League drop zone.


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