FC Thun   0 - 1   Stoke

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Matthew Upson (left) and scorer Danny Pugh Pugh (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates

Stoke will take a slender lead into the home leg of their Europa League play-off tie against FC Thun thanks to Danny Pugh's winner in Switzerland.

The midfielder scored the only goal of the first leg in the 19th minute when he received a square ball from Matthew Etherington and fired in low from the edge of the area.

Thun's Benjamin Luthi had two shots blocked and Thomas Reinmann fired wide.

They had keeper David da Costa sent off for a bringing down Jon Walters.

Having used all their substitutes, the Swiss league leaders were forced to put defender Nicolas Schindelholz in goal. And in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the stand-in keeper saved brilliantly to stop Walters from doubling Stoke's advantage.

The last few minutes were the most exciting of a match which contained few goalscoring chances.

Much of the action of the first half took place in midfield.

Apart from the goal, Stoke other moment of promise saw forward Walters and Michael Tonge break away from the Thun shackles before the home defence caught up to cut out Tonge's cross.

Thun were tame in attack for much of the opening 45 minutes. However, debutant Matthew Upson had to be alert moments before the break to block an effort from right-back Luthi.

The Swiss league leaders did improve as an attacking force in the second half.

Defender Reinmann went close with a fierce shot before Christian Schneuwly fired narrowly wide from 30 yards after substitute Andy Wilkinson lost possession.

Moments later, Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen was called into action when he stopped a firm strike from Luthi.

Potters boss Tony Pulis brought on Glenn Whelan for Kenwyne Jones having sensed the increased danger although it was Thun who were forced to defend in the closing stages of the match.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:

"It was difficult on the Astroturf because we don't have much experience on this kind of ground. They were difficult conditions but otherwise it was a brilliant game.

"Danny's strike was fantastic and I'm glad Matthew Upson played all the 90 minutes. We had a great time in Switzerland and we met some great people, and the players enjoyed the journey."

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
FC Thun 0-1 Stoke FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Pugh 19

    FC Thun

    • 01 Da Costa red card
    • 14 Schindelholz
    • 24 Matic
    • 26 Reinmann
    • 06 Battig yellow card
    • 07 Andrist
    • 08 Demiri (Sanogo 71)
    • 20 Schneuwly (Wittwer 70)
    • 33 Luthi
    • 16 Lustrinelli (Rama 79)
    • 21 Lezcano

    Substitutes

    • 35 Djukic,
    • 23 Schneider,
    • 27 Schirinzi,
    • 28 Wittwer,
    • 13 Sanogo,
    • 17 Hediger,
    • 09 Rama

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: Daniel StalhammarAtt: 7,850
    FC THUN
    STOKE

    Possession

    • FC Thun 41%
    • Stoke 59%

    Attempts on target

    • FC Thun 3
    • Stoke 3

    Attempts off target

    • FC Thun 5
    • Stoke 2

    Corners

    • FC Thun 8
    • Stoke 3

    Fouls

    • FC Thun 3
    • Stoke 11
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+5:47 Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke) on Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun).
    • 90:00+5:30 Free kick taken right-footed by Stephan Andrist (FC Thun) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+5:30 Booking Jonathan Walters (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+5:21 The match has reached full-time.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:09 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+3:30 Shot by Jonathan Walters (Stoke) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (tipped round post) by Stephan Andrist (FC Thun).
    • 90:00+0:55 Sent off David Da Costa (FC Thun) dismissed for violent conduct.
    • 88:23 Michael Tonge (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David Da Costa (FC Thun) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 87:54 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Danny Pugh (Stoke) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 86:45 Goal kick taken long by David Da Costa (FC Thun).
    • 85:53 Goal kick taken long by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 85:27 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) to centre, shot by Stipe Matic (FC Thun) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), missed right.
    • 84:49 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Stipe Matic (FC Thun) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 84:22 Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) on Dario Lezcano (FC Thun). Free kick drilled right-footed by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun) from right wing (18 yards), hit wall.
    • 82:34 Defending throw-in by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun).
    • 82:00 Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke) on Sekou Sanogo (FC Thun). Free kick taken right-footed by David Da Costa (FC Thun) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 81:52 Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 80:42 Cross by Sekou Sanogo (FC Thun), clearance by Glenn Whelan (Stoke).
    • 79:49 Cross by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun), clearance by Matthew Upson (Stoke).
    • 78:03 Substitution FC Thun substitution: Mauro Lustrinelli replaced by Milaim Rama (tactical).
    • 77:55 Cross by Sekou Sanogo (FC Thun), clearance by Matthew Upson (Stoke).
    • 73:39 Substitution Stoke substitution: Matthew Etherington replaced by Diego Arismendi (tactical).
    • 70:20 Substitution FC Thun substitution: Muhamed Demiri replaced by Sekou Sanogo (tactical).
    • 69:45 Substitution FC Thun substitution: Christian Schneuwly replaced by Andreas Wittwer (tactical).
    • 69:23 Cross by Dario Lezcano (FC Thun), clearance by Matthew Upson (Stoke).
    • 65:52 Substitution Stoke substitution: Kenwyne Jones replaced by Glenn Whelan (tactical).
    • 63:36 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 62:50 Shot by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (punched) by David Da Costa (FC Thun).
    • 61:23 Shot by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
    • 60:11 Shot by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 59:12 Goal kick taken long by David Da Costa (FC Thun).
    • 58:42 Attacking throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 57:34 Goal kick taken long by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 57:15 Shot by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 56:44 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 55:56 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 55:28 Attacking throw-in by Christian Schneuwly (FC Thun).
    • 54:13 Shot by Roland Battig (FC Thun) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), blocked by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).
    • 53:31 Attacking throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 52:36 Defending throw-in by Dean Whitehead (Stoke).
    • 52:13 Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) on Muhamed Demiri (FC Thun). Free kick taken right-footed by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun) from right channel, passed.
    • 51:59 Defending throw-in by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun).
    • 51:52 Defending throw-in by Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun).
    • 49:55 Substitution Stoke substitution: Robert Huth replaced by Andy Wilkinson (tactical).
    • 48:00 Goal kick taken long by David Da Costa (FC Thun).
    • 47:07 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Christian Schneuwly (FC Thun) to centre, shot by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 46:39 Booking Matthew Etherington (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:00+0:28 Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke) on Benjamin Luthi (FC Thun). Free kick taken right-footed by Stipe Matic (FC Thun) from own half, passed.
    • 44:15 The referee blows for half time.
    • Half Time
    • 43:46 Attacking throw-in by Dario Lezcano (FC Thun).
    • 42:01 Attacking throw-in by Stipe Matic (FC Thun).
    • 40:48 Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) on Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun). Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 40:24 Attacking throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 39:51 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 39:23 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 38:50 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 38:19 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 38:10 Goal kick taken long by David Da Costa (FC Thun).
    • 37:59 Shot by Michael Tonge (Stoke) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), missed left.
    • 37:03 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 36:41 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 35:33 Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Stephan Andrist (FC Thun). Free kick curled right-footed by Christian Schneuwly (FC Thun) from left by-line (18 yards), missed left.
    • 33:36 Foul by Roland Battig (FC Thun) on Dean Whitehead (Stoke).
    • 33:16 Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) from own half, passed.
    • 33:16 Booking Roland Battig (FC Thun) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:30 Foul by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) on Matthew Etherington (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 31:32 Booking Michael Tonge (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 30:22 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 30:08 Matthew Etherington (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 29:46 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 29:16 Attacking throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 28:22 Attacking throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 28:01 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Christian Schneuwly (FC Thun) to centre, clearance by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).
    • 27:25 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) to far post, clearance by Matthew Upson (Stoke).
    • 26:48 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Muhamed Demiri (FC Thun) to centre, clearance by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).
    • 25:44 Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke) on Dario Lezcano (FC Thun). Free kick crossed right-footed by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun) from left channel, save (tipped round post) by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 25:10 Attacking throw-in by Nicolas Schindelholz (FC Thun).
    • 22:43 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Muhamed Demiri (FC Thun) to centre, clearance by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).
    • 22:35 Cross by Stipe Matic (FC Thun), clearance by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 21:33 Free kick taken right-footed by Muhamed Demiri (FC Thun) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 21:33 Booking Robert Huth (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 20:42 Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Dario Lezcano (FC Thun).
    • 20:37 Defending throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 20:19 Defending throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 18:18 GOAL - Danny PughFC Thun 0 - 1 Stoke Goal by Danny Pugh (Stoke) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).FC Thun 0-1 Stoke.
    • 17:56 Foul by Mauro Lustrinelli (FC Thun) on Ryan Shawcross (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 17:47 Attacking throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 17:16 Mauro Lustrinelli (FC Thun) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 16:32 Jonathan Walters (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Stipe Matic (FC Thun) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 15:34 Foul by Michael Tonge (Stoke) on Christian Schneuwly (FC Thun). Free kick crossed right-footed by Muhamed Demiri (FC Thun) from right channel, clearance by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 15:18 Attacking throw-in by Michael Tonge (Stoke).
    • 14:12 Attacking throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 13:44 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 13:30 Shot by Stephan Andrist (FC Thun) lobbed right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
    • 12:47 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 12:02 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 10:26 Attacking throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 8:15 Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).
    • 6:14 Defending throw-in by Thomas Reinmann (FC Thun).
    • 5:43 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) to far post, clearance by Stipe Matic (FC Thun).
    • 3:56 Attacking throw-in by Stephan Andrist (FC Thun).
    • 3:30 Stephan Andrist (FC Thun) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 2:41 Foul by Danny Pugh (Stoke) on Dario Lezcano (FC Thun). Free kick taken right-footed by David Da Costa (FC Thun) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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