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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,005) 7th April 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: M Halsey

Stoke City Stoke City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Stoke City 2

R Huth (37)
P Crouch (61)

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Wolves 1

M Kightly (26)

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Last Updated at 7:25 pm, April 7th 2012

  1. FT

    But that's it! Stoke climb to 11th in the standings and should be safe on 41 points. Wolves, though, are looking more and more likely to suffer the drop this season, with Terry Connor's men quickly running out of time. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great Easter! Cheers all!

  2. 90+2

    A late change for Stoke now as they look to eat up the seconds, with goal scorer Peter Crouch making way for Rory Delap.

  3. 90

    The fourth official confirms there will be three minutes of time added on at the end for Wolves to salvage something from this tie.

  4. 89

    Kevin Doyle manages to get a shot away on the edge of the area, but he can't get enough purchase on the ball and the keeper makes a comfortable save.

  5. 86

    Wolves starting to push everyone forward now as they go for broke, but the Potters back line is standing firm so far and don't look likely to concede in the closing minutes.

  6. 84

    Another change by Terry Connor as David Davis is introduced at the expense of Karl Henry, while Stoke bring on Wilson Palacios for Jermain Pennant.

  7. 83

    Change for Wolves now as Kevin Doyle comes on for Sylvain Ebanks-Blake.

  8. 81

    Some really intricate play from Wolves now, but they almost over-play it and Ebanks-Blake's final pass is fr too hard and the ball zips out for a goal-kick. That was looking really promising for the visitors, who have less than nine minutes of normal time to find a way back here.

  9. 80

    Kightly has beenm absolutely superb tonight and really doesn't deserve to be on the losing side. He almost finds an equaliser with his curling effort, but the ball just clips a head on the way through and the defence eventually clear.

  10. 79

    The impetus seems to be slowly creeping out of the game at the moment, and the ball is spending more time in the air than it is on the ground.

  11. 77

    Pennant's looked much more lively for Stoke in this half, and he does well to disguise his delivery into the area, but Walters just heads his effort inches wide.

  12. 75

    Stearman concedes a free-kick on the corner of his owns area, and it takes a big punch from Hennessey to relieve the pressure on the Wolves area.

  13. 74

    Stoke pressing for a third now and break down the wing through Pennant, but the delivery into the box is well dealt with by the defence who can clear the danger and regroup.

  14. 73

    Stoke are back on the attack as Wilson delivers into the area, but Jerome's touch lets him down and the defence are able to pounce.

  15. 71

    Karl Hendry and Matt Jarvis link up well down the centre of the park, but the former's final shot is scuffed and then ball rolls harmlessly out for a goal-kick. Much better from Wolves though, who are desperate to get something out of this one.

  16. 70

    Jerome gets straight into the thick of it and almost links up to good effect with Pennant, but the latter just strays off-side at the crucial moment and Wolves can regroup.

  17. 68

    First change of the night now as Stoke take off Matthew Etherington and bring on Cameron Jerome.

  18. 66

    That is quite brilliant from Kightly! He picks the ball up out wide before dancing his way past three Stoke defenders and sending a low delivery right across the face of goal, but Jarvis is just cut off at the far post and the ball is played out of the danger area.

  19. 64

    Wolves look shell shocked after that goal. They were starting to build up a real head of steam as well, but that seems to have fizzled out now.

  20. 62

    Ward concedes a free-kick in his own half, but he's slightly unlucky to be called up as he clearly won the ball. The resulting set piece is floated in to the far post where Peter Crouch rises miles above everyone to bury his sumptuous header into the very top corner of the net.

  21. 61

    GOAL! Stoke 2-1 Wolves! Peter Crouch!

  22. 60

    Crouch wins another header on the edge of the Wolves area, but the ball has too much pace on it and just evades the outstretched to of Walters at the far-post.

  23. 58

    Ebanks-Blake looks to pick out the run of Fletcher at the far-post, but the striker gets his delivery all wrong and the balls curls comfortably into the goalkeeper's hands

  24. 56

    Shotton continues to thrust those long balls into the area, but again Hennessey has it covered and is able to get hands on the ball through a crowd of bodies.

  25. 55

    Really good attacking play from Wolves now who break like lightning through Matty Jarvis, but he just overcooks his delivery into the area and the chance is wasted.

  26. 53

    Another free-kick in a really good area for Wolves as Huth has his arms all over Ebanks-Blake. Kightly is handed kick-taking duties this time and curls a brilliant ball into the area, but Ebanks-Blake's header flashes agonisingly wide of the post.

  27. 52

    Ryan Shawcross ventures all the way into the Wolves box, but he's off-side when the ball is played over to him, and he faces a long trot back to the other side of the pitch.

  28. 51

    Another long throw-in from Ryan Shotton, but the Wolves defence are on top this time and eventually clear the danger.

  29. 50

    It's Fletcher who takes it, but he can't get enough purchase on his curling effort, and Begovic is across to easily pluck the ball out of the air.

  30. 49

    Crouch, though, continues to threaten for Stoke, but his flick-on inside the area isn't to anyone in particular and the defence can clear. Up at the other end and it's Kightly who is again looking Wolves' best player, and he's just won a free-kick right on the edge of the area...

  31. 48

    Lively opening from Wolves in the second period, and they'll need a top performances from all XI on the pitch to get a positive result here this afternoon.

  32. 46

    And we're back up and running in the second-half!

  33. HT

    The referee brings the first 45 minutes to a close with the scores level at 1-1. All to play for in the second-half then, so join me after the break for all the action.

  34. 45+2

    A free-kick in a really dangerous area for Stoke now, and although pennant gets plenty of pace and power on the ball, he's just lacking in accuracy and the ball fizzes just wide of the mark.

  35. 45

    The fourth official's board goes up, showing their will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the half.

  36. 44

    The goal has definitely knocked the stuffing out of Wolves, and they're reverting back to their hoof-ball tactics. Kightly though, who has proved the visitors' brightest prospect out there, shows blistering pace to spring almost the entire half before crossing into the area, but he used too much of his energy in the run and his delivery barely raises off the ground.

  37. 43

    Here come Stoke again, and Etherington puts in a great cross to pick out Walters, but he can't direct his header properly and the ball flies straight at the grateful goalkeeper.

  38. 41

    We're into the final four minutes of the half, plus stoppages, and despite some wayward passing in the early stages, this has proved a gripping opening 45 minutes of football.

  39. 39

    Another long throw from Shotton almost undoes Wolves as the ball is flicked around before Shawcross tries to clip the ball into the back of the goal, but Hennessey shows wonderful reactions to just snatch the effort out of the air.

  40. 38

    A free-kick is the result of that earlier bust up between Kightly and Etherington, and it's proved decisive here. The initally delivery is poor and doesn't clear the wall, but the ball is floated back in where Peter Crouch controls with his chest to set up Robert Huth, who duly fires home on the volley to level matters at the Britannia Stadium.

  41. 37

    GOAL! Stoke 1-1 Wolves! Robert Huth!

  42. 36

    Some argy-bargy now between Kightly and Etherington who get into a bit of a shoving match, and it ends with both players picking up yellow cards.

  43. 35

    Down at the other end and Crouch gets in his first shot in anger, lashing just wide of the mark from a really tight angle.

  44. 34

    It's take short before being returned to Kightly, but his delivery into the area is too low and the Stoke defence can clear.

  45. 33

    Kightly is all over the place at the moment and has just won Wolves a corner...

  46. 31

    That goal has definitely brought the spring out in Wolves' step, and they're looking much more composed in possession and are starting to string together some decent passing movements.

  47. 29

    Kightly has a chance to make it 2-0 in a matter of minutes as he's teed up perfectly on the edge of the area, but Shawcross is quick to the danger and just manages to get in a block as the midfielder was about to pull the trigger.

  48. 27

    It's come completely against the run of play, but Wolves are in front. There's some confusion as to who will be accredited with the goal, but Terry Connor won't care much about that. Michael Kightly runs through at goal before clipping over a delightful ball to pick out the run of Jarvis inside the area. It's unclear whether he got a touch or not, but his presence alone was enough to put off the goalkeeper, who could only watch as the ball bounced into the ground before nestling in the back of the net.

  49. 26

    GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Wolves! Michael Kightly!

  50. 25

    Stoke look really dangerous when the ball is played high into the Wolves defence, although this time Walters' flick on is too heavy and the ball bounces out for a goal-kick.

  51. 23

    How are Stoke not ahead? Wilson does brilliantly out wide before curling the ball in for Crouch, who nods down for Walters, but instead of using his foot the striker tries to get his head on the ball, but he can only direct his effort agonisingly wide of the gaping net.

  52. 22

    The resulting set piece is whipped into a really good area, but it evades a crowd of bodies before bouncing inside the area and out for a goal-kick.

  53. 21

    Best move of the game from Stoke now as Etherington is played down the win before putting a really dangerous ball into the area, but Crouch's run is well checked and the defence can clear for a corner.

  54. 19

    Wolves are starting to find themselves under more and more pressure at the back, and they're not helping themselves by hoofing the ball clear every time it comes into their defensive third.

  55. 18

    Peter Crouch tries to pick out the run of Jermaine Pennant with a flicked on header, but the ball zips off the turf and the winger is unable to keep it in play.

  56. 14

    Stoke may have Rory Delap on the bench, but Ryan Shotton is more than capable of taking a very long throw-in, but this time he delivers the ball straight to the hands of the keeper who duly plucks the danger out the air.

  57. 13

    Much better from the visitors in the last one or two minutes as they show some attacking intent, but so far their finishing remains off as Jarvis lashes a shot wide.

  58. 12

    Stephen Ward gets sight of goal and unleashes from 20-yards out, but his effort just doesn't have enough dip on it and Begovic can watch the ball sail harmlessly over.

  59. 10

    Wolves have really struggled to find a foothold in the opening 10 minutes, and they've been made to mostly defend the ball deep in their own half. They do eventually get get the ball forward to the strikers, but some sharp defending from the hosts sees any potential attack quickly peter out.

  60. 7

    Walters tries his luck from a good 30-yards out, but he gets it all wrong and blazes well wide of the mark.

  61. 6

    Glenn Whelan goes in on Ronald Zubar pretty rashly, but the referee saw nothing wrong with the challenge as the player had won the ball. Zubar stays on the ground, only to protest his case, but play continues and he's forced to pick himself up off the turf.

  62. 5

    The Potters are looking the more lively of the two sides, and Peter Crouch almost picks out Matthew Etherington with a delightful cross-field ball, but he can't get enough on his pass and the defence are able to cut out the danger.

  63. 3

    Stoke work the first opening of the game as a long ball is flicked on to Jon Walters, but he can only win a corner. The resulting set piece is floated to the far post where Walters feels he is penalised, but the referee is not interested and waves play on

  64. 1

    The referee blows his whistle and Saturday's late Premier League encounter is under way!

  65. The players have already got the pre-match formalities out of the way, and we're just moments away from the kick-off.

  66. Less than 10 minutes away from the kick off and the players are lining up in the tunnel. Mark Halsey is the man in the middle today, and with so much at stake, something tells me he's going to be in for a busy day at the office.

  67. So, full-time whistles have just blown all across England as the five 1500 BST kick offs come to an end, and Wolves will be infinitely buoyed by the news fellow strugglers Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn all suffered defeat against their respective opponents.

  68. So, Stoke make just one change to the side that lost 2-0 at Wigan last time out, with Ryan Shotton coming in for the injured Andy Wilkinson in defence. Wolves, meanwhile, bring in Ronald Zubar and Karl Hendry for Roger Johnson and David Davis respectively.

  69. Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Crouch, Walters Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Fuller, Upson, Delap, Jerome, Palacios

  70. Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Zubar, Bassong, Ward, Kightly, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher Subs: De Vries, Johnson, Berra, Milijas, Davis, Doyle, Forde

  71. As promised, the teams...

  72. It all appears a pretty tall order for Wolves, and our friends at Sky Bet have put the visitors at 9/2 to snatch all three points, while Stoke are 8/13 favourites for a win today.

  73. Several rungs down the league ladder we find a Wolves side that have scraped together just one victory in their last 17 league encounters, and are, unsurprisingly, glued to the foot of the table. March marked a particularly horrific month for Terry Connor's men, who lost all five of their matches, conceding a whopping 15 goals. However, the Molineux outfit have no time to feel sorry for themselves, with the side needing to garner as many wins as they can from their last seven matches to have any chance of retaining their top-flight status.

  74. Still, City currently occupy 13th in the standings and are 10 points above the relegation zone with seven matches to go, leaving the Potters faithful not overly concerned about being sucked into a battle for survival just yet.

  75. Stoke have enjoyed a highly successful season so far, with Tony Pulis' men holding their own in the Europa League, while also making it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Their Premier League form, however, has taken a severe dip in recent weeks, with their last victory coming at the beginning of March.

  76. Good afternoon ladies, gentlemen and lovers on the beautiful game! I'm Ryan Gordon and I've been honoured with the task of taking you through all the action as Stoke City host Wolverhampton at the Britannia Stadium.

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2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29