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Stoke   2 - 2   Wolverhampton

Wolves players celebrate scoring against Stoke
Wolves celebrate after coming from two goals down to draw at Stoke

By Peter Scrivener

Jody Craddock scored two second-half goals to salvage a point for Wolves as their first Premier League derby with Staffordshire rivals Stoke ended 2-2.

Wolves full-back George Elokobi, under pressure from James Beattie, turned a Matthew Etherington cross into his own net to gift the home side the lead.

Etherington then volleyed in from the edge of the box before half-time.

But Craddock turned in a Nenad Milijas free-kick before glancing in a near-post header to rescue a deserved point.

At half-time, it looked likely that Stoke would win a third successive match in the top flight for the first time since February 1984.

Their first-half dominance owed much to the pace and guile of Etherington who tormented Wolves from the kick-off.

Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen could also claim an assist for the first goal after his quick throw out set Etherington racing down the left wing.

Poor decisions cost us - Pulis

Etherington outpaced Ronald Zubar before firing a low ball across the six-yard box towards Beattie, who was arriving at the back post, but the striker was beaten by Elokobi who deflected the ball past a static Hennessey.

Beattie too was causing problems with his prowess in the air, although he caused a scare for the home fans when he landed awkwardly on his right leg after winning another header.

But the striker recovered sufficiently to blast a shot over, after more intricate work from Etherington, before seeing a header superbly palmed away by Hennessey.

However, the Wales international keeper could only watch as Etherington scored a deserved goal of his own as half-time approached.

A trademark Rory Delap throw-in was half-headed clear by Christophe Berra, but Etherington, lurking on the edge of the box, calmly chested the ball down before smashing a volley into the top corner.

At half-time Wolves boss Mick McCarthy sent on Milijas. And the Serbian international soon made the kind of impact that Etherington had made for Stoke in the opening 45 minutes.

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With his first touch, Milijas delivered the free-kick that led to Craddock, who kickstarted his Wolves career with a successful month on loan at Stoke at the start of the 2007/08 season, turning the ball in at the back post.

Milijas's cross was nodded on by Berra and Craddock, who appeared to be in an offside position, guided the ball past Sorensen.

Moments later, Milijas preferred to go straight for goal with a free-kick from an almost identical position, but Sorensen comfortably held his effort.

Wolves remained wary of Etherington's threat though and Michael Kightly, who was booked in the first half for fouling his fellow winger, was joined in the referee's notepad by Elokobi, for a similar challenge.

But the visitors continued to make their own forays forward and Craddock deservedly headed them level from Milijas's right-wing corner.

We should have won - McCarthy

Centre-back Craddock left his marker as he ran towards the near-post and deftly glanced the ball beyond Sorensen.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hauled off strikers Beattie and Ricardo Fuller for Tuncay Sanli and Mamady Sidibe in an effort to lift his side before also bringing on Liam Lawrence for Delap.

But it was captain Abdoulaye Faye who ultimately wasted City's best chance to win it. Stoke's captain rose unchallenged but inexplicably headed Etherington's well-flighted corner over from eight yards.

Wolves too had one last chance, but Milijas curled an effort high and wide as the visitors recorded their third successive Premier League draw.


Stoke manager Tony Pulis:
"We were very good in the first half and we should have been more than 2-0 up at the break.

"They then scored straight after the break from a free-kick which I didn't think should have been given. If the referee gives that, then he has to give a lot more in the game.

"We rely on referees to make a decision and we hope they don't affect the results, but today one has gone against us.

"But we'll take it on the chin and we'll bounce back."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"I brought Nenad Milijas on at half-time to try and hold the ball up a bit for us.

"He's found it difficult to settle in, but he's a quality player and his delivery is second to none.

"I'm disappointed though because we could have won that. We had opportunities at the last knockings, but we didn't punish them.

"Was (Jody Craddock's goal) one yard, two yards or five yards offside? I ain't bothered.

"We've had a few go against us this season and I've accepted them good grace, it's about time someone else had to."

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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 2-2 Wolves FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Beattie 17
  • Etherington 44
  • Craddock 47
  • Craddock 64

Stoke

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 27,500
STOKE
WOLVES

Possession

  • Stoke 51%
  • Wolves 49%

Attempts on target

  • Stoke 5
  • Wolves 7

Attempts off target

  • Stoke 6
  • Wolves 4

Corners

  • Stoke 4
  • Wolves 3

Fouls

  • Stoke 13
  • Wolves 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:17 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:58 Stefan Maierhofer challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+1:30 Nenad Milijas has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 88:54 Tuncay Sanli is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 88:13 A cross is delivered by Liam Lawrence.
  • 87:40 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Stefan Maierhofer.
  • Correction - 86:30 Effort from deep inside the area by Nenad Milijas misses to the left of the goal.
  • 86:30 Effort from inside the area by Tuncay Sanli misses to the left of the goal.
  • 85:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ronald Zubar on Glenn Whelan. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Collins, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 85:13 Kevin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 84:52 Karl Henry fouled by Liam Lawrence, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nenad Milijas.
  • 83:01 Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Header from deep inside the area by Abdoulaye Faye goes over the bar.
  • 80:14 Centre by Michael Kightly.
  • 79:39 Substitution Liam Lawrence is brought on as a substitute for Rory Delap.
  • 77:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 77:02 Andy Wilkinson fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 74:16 Substitution Tuncay Sanli replaces Ricardo Fuller.
  • 74:16 Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
  • 73:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Mamady Sidibe. Abdoulaye Faye takes the indirect free kick.
  • 72:52 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
  • 72:01 Substitution Stefan Maierhofer on for Chris Iwelumo.
  • 70:15 Substitution James Beattie leaves the field to be replaced by Mamady Sidibe.
  • 69:59 Centre by Ronald Zubar.
  • 69:45 Karl Henry fouled by James Beattie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Edwards.
  • 68:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Ronald Zubar. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
  • 67:09 The ball is swung over by Rory Delap.
  • 63:14 The assist for the goal came from Nenad Milijas.
  • 63:14 GOAL - Jody CraddockStoke 2 - 2 Wolverhampton Jody Craddock finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Stoke 2-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 62:43 Inswinging corner taken by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line, Christophe Berra takes a shot. Nenad Milijas takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,
  • 61:56 Ryan Shawcross crosses the ball, James Beattie has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 60:00 Abdoulaye Faye fouled by Chris Iwelumo, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:10 Substitution George Elokobi leaves the field to be replaced by Richard Stearman.
  • 55:02 The ball is crossed by George Elokobi, save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 54:10 The offside flag is raised against Ryan Shawcross. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
  • 53:30 Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:30 Booking George Elokobi is given a yellow card.
  • 53:19 Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by George Elokobi results in a free kick.
  • 50:40 A cross is delivered by Andy Wilkinson.
  • 48:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Kevin Doyle. Nenad Milijas shoots direct from the free kick, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 47:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Nenad Milijas. Ryan Shawcross takes the indirect free kick.
  • 46:01 The assist for the goal came from Christophe Berra.
  • 46:01 GOAL - Jody CraddockStoke 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Jody Craddock finds the back of the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 45:28 Danny Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. The ball is swung over by Nenad Milijas,
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Nenad Milijas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Segundo Castillo.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:03 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+2:24 Effort on goal by Kevin Doyle from 18 yards. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
  • 44:22 Foul by Matthew Etherington on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. Michael Kightly restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:11 GOAL - Matthew EtheringtonStoke 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Matthew Etherington finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Wolverhampton.
  • 41:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Doyle. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:58 Booking David Edwards receives a caution for dissent.
  • 38:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Abdoulaye Faye. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Thomas Sorensen. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:25 The referee gives a free kick against Ricardo Fuller for handball. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
  • 34:07 Booking Michael Kightly is given a yellow card.
  • 33:48 Michael Kightly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Collins.
  • 33:06 Jody Craddock fouled by James Beattie, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 32:43 Dean Whitehead fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 32:16 Karl Henry takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
  • 31:07 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Abdoulaye Faye takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 29:36 The ball is crossed by Rory Delap, James Beattie takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 28:10 Segundo Castillo takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 26:20 Effort on goal by James Beattie from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 25:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Chris Iwelumo. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 23:15 Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 16:49 Matthew Etherington provided the assist for the goal.
  • 16:49 GOAL - George ElokobiStoke 1 - 0 Wolverhampton George Elokobi scores an own goal from 6 yards. Stoke 1-0 Wolverhampton.
  • 16:06 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ricardo Fuller misses to the left of the goal.
  • 14:16 Christophe Berra fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 13:28 The ball is delivered by Segundo Castillo.
  • 12:59 Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Karl Henry.
  • 11:24 Andy Wilkinson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 9:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Christophe Berra. James Beattie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Segundo Castillo gets a block in.
  • 8:49 Foul by Glenn Whelan on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Segundo Castillo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:31 George Elokobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.
  • 6:17 Corner from right by-line taken by Michael Kightly.
  • 4:56 Christophe Berra challenges Ricardo Fuller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Whelan from right channel, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
  • 3:54 Ronald Zubar fouled by Matthew Etherington, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
  • 3:05 Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Danny Collins takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 1:50 Michael Kightly takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 1:32 The ball is sent over by David Edwards, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Premier League results

31 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham R
Bolton 0-4 Chelsea R
Burnley 2-0 Hull R
Everton 1-1 Aston Villa R
Fulham 3-1 Liverpool R
Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn R
Portsmouth 4-0 Wigan R
Stoke 2-2 Wolverhampton R
Sunderland 2-2 West Ham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 31 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 11 20 27
2 Man Utd 11 12 25
3 Arsenal 10 19 22
4 Tottenham 11 4 19
5 Liverpool 11 9 18
6 Man City 9 7 18
7 Aston Villa 10 5 18
8 Sunderland 11 3 17
9 Stoke 11 -2 16
10 Burnley 11 -10 15
11 Fulham 10 0 14
12 Wigan 11 -9 13
13 Everton 10 -3 12
14 Bolton 10 -5 11
15 Birmingham 10 -4 10
16 Wolverhampton 11 -7 10
17 Blackburn 10 -13 10
18 Hull 11 -16 8
19 West Ham 10 -4 7
20 Portsmouth 11 -6 7

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