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Wolverhampton   0 - 0   Stoke

By Nabil Hassan

Mamady Sidibe and Michael Mancienne
Chances were hard to come by at Molineux

Wolves moved closer to securing their Premier League survival after battling to a drab goalless draw with Stoke.

Chances were limited with Stoke centre-back Abdoulaye Faye spurning a hat-trick of first half opportunities.

At the other end David Edwards headed straight at Thomas Sorensen while Mamady Sidibe blazed over from close range for Stoke in the second half.

Late on Glenn Whelan's strike flew over the bar for Stoke while Kevin Foley's volley was just wide for Wolves.

The result sees Wolves move on to 33 points, six points above the relegation zone with just four games to play.

New Contract for Craddock - McCarthy

The first half was scrappy with Wolves enjoying their fair share of possession but struggling in the final third. Indeed they looked like a side who had failed to score in six of their previous seven league matches at Molineux.

Stoke predictably relied on set-pieces to put their hosts under pressure with Faye heading wide from Rory Delap's long throw early on while Robert Huth's back header was straight at keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

Wolves first foray into Stoke's box saw David Jones just fail to get on to the end of Foley's cross from 12 yards out following decent build-up play by Mick McCarthy's side.

Faye was back in the action at the other end for Stoke - first heading Whelan's hooked ball over the bar while later heading Delap's throw just wide.

606: DEBATE

Perhaps Wolves' best chance of the game came when Edwards' near-post close-range header from Jones' corner was well saved by keeper Sorensen at the near post.

Sidibe had a golden opportunity to give Stoke the lead after the break but having found himself unmarked at the back post he sidefooted Whelan's cross over the bar from six yards.

Neat footwork at the other end from Edwards saw him carve out an opportunity for himself but he scuffed his shot from 12 yards out straight at Sorensen.

Pulis sets 46-point target for Stoke

Chances were hard to come by for both sides with Wolves bringing on Chris Iwelumo and Stoke turning to Tuncay as they went in search of the winner.

But Ronald Zubar headed straight at Sorensen from Jody Craddock's centre while late on Whelan's 25-yard strike flew just over Hahnemann's goal.

Foley later volleyed just wide for Wolves while Nenad Milijas' free-kick in injury-time was straight at Sorensen.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"I thought Jody Craddock and Christophe (Berra) were outstanding. Some teams would have crumbled (from the succession of long throws) but we dealt with them.

"It is a great weapon to have in your armoury.

"This result means someone has to get seven points to get above us but we want to continue to pick up positive results until the end of the season.

"We want to end with a flourish and not have to worry about the other results."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
"They cheered their own long throws and booed ours. It is a great weapon for us. The opposition don't like and we will keep using it, don't worry about that.

"The more the opposition don't like it, the more we will use it. he chairman is still paying the wages and the fans are still paying their money to come and watch.

"I get very disappointed when people say 'they are mid-table, they will be downing tools'.

"They still have a responsibility to the club and the fans. As long as I am manager, I will be keen for all my players to be committed."


Live text and stats

 

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 0-0 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)

      Wolverhampton

      Substitutes

      Stoke

      Substitutes

      Ref: FoyAtt: 28,455
      WOLVES
      STOKE

      Possession

      • Wolves 51%
      • Stoke 49%

      Attempts on target

      • Wolves 8
      • Stoke 2

      Attempts off target

      • Wolves 2
      • Stoke 8

      Corners

      • Wolves 7
      • Stoke 6

      Fouls

      • Wolves 7
      • Stoke 4
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:16 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
      • 90:00+2:29 Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 90:00+2:03 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 90:00+1:43 Shot by Kevin Foley from 12 yards. Danny Higginbotham gets a block in.
      • 89:32 Robert Huth fouled by Matthew Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
      • 88:12 Kevin Foley has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 86:30 Effort on goal by Glenn Whelan from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 84:16 Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Matthew Jarvis makes a clearance.
      • 83:27 George Elokobi delivers the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 82:23 Chris Iwelumo challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
      • 80:21 Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
      • 78:23 Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
      • 78:23 Substitution David Jones goes off and Nenad Milijas comes on.
      • 78:23 Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick.
      • 74:01 Glenn Whelan takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
      • 72:52 Ronald Zubar takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 72:22 Kevin Foley decides to take a short corner, David Jones crosses the ball.
      • 71:43 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
      • 71:43 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Liam Lawrence coming on for Mamady Sidibe.
      • 68:53 Substitution Tuncay Sanli is brought on as a substitute for Dave Kitson.
      • 67:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Jones on Matthew Etherington. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
      • 66:08 David Jones takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Danny Collins.
      • 60:12 Kevin Foley takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
      • 58:32 Substitution David Edwards goes off and Chris Iwelumo comes on.
      • 55:38 Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line.
      • Correction - 54:02 David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 54:02 Robert Huth takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
      • 53:03 Shot on goal by Mamady Sidibe from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 52:34 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
      • 51:14 Effort on goal by Matthew Jarvis from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
      • 50:41 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.
      • 45:18 The offside flag is raised against Dave Kitson. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
      • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:00 The referee blows for half time.
      • 40:57 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Glenn Whelan gets a block in.
      • 37:21 Mamady Sidibe fouled by Michael Mancienne, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Collins restarts play with the free kick.
      • 36:14 Corner taken left-footed by David Jones.
      • 33:38 Headed effort from inside the area by Abdoulaye Faye misses to the left of the target.
      • 31:12 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
      • 29:22 Dave Kitson concedes a free kick for a foul on George Elokobi. Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball in from the free kick.
      • 28:28 David Edwards takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
      • 27:40 Glenn Whelan takes the inswinging corner, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
      • 26:24 Corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line played to the near post, David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 24:10 Robert Huth produces a cross, Abdoulaye Faye has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
      • 22:52 Danny Higginbotham is caught offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
      • 16:18 The ball is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Dean Whitehead produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
      • 14:46 Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
      • 13:09 Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Danny Collins results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Jones, clearance by Rory Delap.
      • 10:52 Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ronald Zubar.
      • 9:09 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Glenn Whelan.
      • 8:26 Headed effort on goal by Abdoulaye Faye from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
      • 5:24 Rory Delap takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
      • 2:37 Foul by Christophe Berra on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
      • 1:19 Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Michael Mancienne results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 33 54 74
      2 Man Utd 34 50 73
      3 Arsenal 33 41 71
      4 Man City 33 28 62
      5 Tottenham 32 26 58
      6 Liverpool 34 21 56
      7 Aston Villa 32 12 54
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      9 Birmingham 34 -8 46
      10 Stoke 33 -3 43
      11 Blackburn 34 -15 43
      12 Fulham 33 -2 42
      13 Sunderland 34 -8 38
      14 Wolves 34 -23 33
      15 Bolton 33 -25 32
      16 West Ham 34 -16 31
      17 Wigan 33 -34 31
      18 Burnley 34 -36 27
      19 Hull 33 -38 27
      20 Portsmouth 33 -32 14

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