Stoke players celebrate with Ricardo Fuller after his equaliser at Eastlands
By Chris Bevan
Ricardo Fuller's header earned Stoke a deserved replay in their FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City.
The home side started well and took the lead when Ryan Shawcross's error allowed Shaun Wright-Phillips to tap in after he had lobbed Thomas Sorensen.
But Roberto Mancini's men had faded badly by the time Fuller rose to nod Rory Delap's throw-in past Shay Given.
Manchester City piled forward late on but Sorensen ensured the draw when he kept out Gareth Barry's header.
That late urgency could not disguise the fact that this was another lacklustre display by Manchester City, and their erratic form under Mancini continues.
They clearly missed the industry of in-form top-scorer Carlos Tevez - who has been allowed to return to Argentina for family reasons - and the injured Craig Bellamy, who has been nursing a knee problem.
One of the few positives they can from the game was the performance of Wayne Bridge, caught up in the scandal that led to John Terry being stripped of the England captaincy and again in the spotlight thanks to Ashley Cole's injury in midweek - which means Bridge could start alongside his former Chelsea team-mate Terry in next month's friendly with Egypt.
England coach Fabio Capello was at Eastlands to check on Bridge and the left-back showed he is sharp enough after his recent two-month lay-off, even if doubts over his relationship with Terry will remain.
Most of Bridge's best moments came when he was going forward, and he played a big part in Manchester City's bright start that saw them take the game to Stoke in the first few minutes and send some dangerous crosses into the area.
Stoke, in contrast, started slowly and did not help their cause when they gifted the home side the lead after 10 minutes.
Shaun Wright-Phillips lobbed Thomas Sorensen after beating the Stoke goalkeeper to Stephen Ireland's chipped through-ball but Shawcross should still have cleared comfortably.
Instead, the defender missed the ball and compounded his error by nodding the ball into the path of Wright-Phillips while grounded to hand him an easy tap-in.
Things got even worse for the Potters soon after when Matthew Etherington, also hoping to impress Capello after some impressive recent displays, fell awkwardly while challenging Bridge and was stretchered off with suspected medial ligament damage.
Not for the first time or last time, Stoke boss Tony Pulis was forced to reshuffle his side but they responded by first stifling their hosts and then pushing for an equaliser.
They threatened for the first time when Tuncay crossed to the back post and Liam Lawrence, on for Etherington, saw his fierce volley blocked by Bridge.
Tuncay also sent a swerving shot flashing wide of Shay Given's post before half-time and, if anything, the home side were hanging on by the break.
Stoke continued to have most of the initiative after the restart and got their reward on 57 minutes when Delap - on after the unfortunate Lawrence sustained a knee injury - flung a trademark throw into the box and Fuller headed powerfully into the bottom corner of the net.
Even that failed to rouse Manchester City from their slumber and it was only in the final few minutes that they looked like grabbing a winner.
It took a great save from Sorensen to tip over Barry's header after he met a whipped Wright-Phillips cross from the right.
Roque Santa-Cruz also found space to latch on to fellow substitute Patrick Vieira's ball over the top but Shawcross got back to hack away his shot, which seemed to be heading wide anyhow, and Stoke survived.
It means the two teams will meet again twice in the next fortnight at the Britannia Stadium, with Tuesday's Premier League game followed by a Cup replay the following week.
Man City manager Roberto Mancini: "Hopefully Carlos will be back in three days but that would mean he couldn't play on Tuesday.
"Shay couldn't have saved that (Stoke's goal). The problem was that our starting positions were bad. Stoke ended up with two players free. That was the problem.
"Wayne (Bridge) played very well. He is a good player who can play for the national team and I expect him to do so. That is what he told me and I think it is important for him."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "I thought we performed really well tonight and we will give it our best shot in the replay."
90:00+4:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+3:10 Tuncay Sanli has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
90:00+2:45 Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
90:00+2:22 A cross is delivered by Emmanuel Adebayor, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
90:00+2:11 The ball is swung over by Emmanuel Adebayor, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
90:00+1:14 Roque Santa Cruz takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
90:00+0:54 Centre by Wayne Bridge, Shot by Roque Santa Cruz from 18 yards. Blocked by Danny Higginbotham.
89:04 Salif Diao is adjudged to have handled the ball. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
87:58 Unfair challenge on Salif Diao by Patrick Vieira results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Tuncay Sanli, Header by
Mamady Sidibe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
87:50 Danny Collins produces a cross, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.
87:20 The ball is swung over by Rory Delap, Patrick Vieira makes a clearance.
86:11 Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
84:28 Emmanuel Adebayor delivers the ball, clearance by Danny Collins.
82:36 Ricardo Fuller fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Huth.
81:57 Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Barry, Rory Delap makes a clearance.
81:36 Mamady Sidibe challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
81:00 Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
79:12 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Barry, Rory Delap makes a clearance.
79:03 Drilled left-footed shot by Wayne Bridge. Blocked by Tuncay Sanli.
78:46 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
78:42 The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Glenn Whelan gets a block in.
78:31 The ball is delivered by Patrick Vieira, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
78:05 The ball is swung over by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen. Corner taken by
Shaun Wright-Phillips from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
77:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance. Patrick Vieira
takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Higginbotham.
77:30 A cross is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance made by Salif Diao.
76:35 Glenn Whelan produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.
75:57 Danny Collins crosses the ball, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
75:47 The ball is crossed by Rory Delap.
74:43 A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance made by Robert Huth.
73:32 Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Emmanuel Adebayor clears the bar.
72:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mamady Sidibe by Wayne Bridge. Tuncay Sanli restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Shay Given makes a save.
71:54 Substitution Patrick Vieira on for Stephen Ireland.
70:41 The ball is crossed by Salif Diao, clearance by Kolo Toure. Glenn Whelan takes a shot from 25 yards. Gareth Barry gets a block
69:05 Outswinging corner taken by Wayne Bridge, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.
68:59 Emmanuel Adebayor delivers the ball, clearance by Tuncay Sanli.
68:51 Emmanuel Adebayor produces a cross, Rory Delap makes a clearance.
68:17 Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips from the right by-line, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
61:46 Substitution Roque Santa Cruz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Petrov.
60:04 The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, Danny Collins makes a clearance.
58:38 The ball is crossed by Gareth Barry, Salif Diao gets a block in.
57:29 The ball is delivered by Shaun Wright-Phillips, save by Thomas Sorensen.
56:31 Rory Delap provided the assist for the goal.
56:31 GOAL - Ricardo Fuller:Man City 1 - 1 Stoke Ricardo Fuller scores a headed goal from close in. Man City 1-1 Stoke.
55:26 Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
54:19 Substitution Andy Wilkinson goes off and Danny Collins comes on.
53:54 Martin Petrov sends in a cross, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
53:11 Pablo Zabaleta fouled by Tuncay Sanli, the ref awards a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.
51:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Mamady Sidibe. Stephen Ireland crosses the ball in from the free
kick, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
51:27 The ball is swung over by Gareth Barry, clearance made by Robert Huth.
50:53 Rory Delap is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
49:18 Gareth Barry produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
48:37 Effort from 20 yards by Shaun Wright-Phillips. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin
Petrov, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
46:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Salif Diao. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
46:09 Ricardo Fuller is caught offside. Shay Given takes the indirect free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+4:53 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+4:10 Corner taken short by Ricardo Fuller.
45:00+3:15 The official flags Emmanuel Adebayor offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
45:00+1:56 Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Ricardo Fuller, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Tuncay Sanli from the free kick, save by Shay
45:00+0:33 Substitution Rory Delap on for Liam Lawrence.
44:49 A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
44:10 Handball decision goes against Ryan Shawcross. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
43:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Robert Huth.
42:19 Danny Higginbotham has a volleyed shot and went wide left of the target.
41:13 The ball is crossed by Stephen Ireland, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
40:00 Ricardo Fuller is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
37:56 Shot comes in from Martin Petrov from the free kick.
37:56 Booking Andy Wilkinson goes into the book.
37:52 Andy Wilkinson challenges Shaun Wright-Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick.
37:11 The ball is sent over by Robert Huth, Shay Given makes a save.
36:46 Effort from 25 yards by Ricardo Fuller. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
36:04 The offside flag is raised against Ricardo Fuller. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
35:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Gareth Barry. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
34:47 Andy Wilkinson challenges Shaun Wright-Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth
Barry from right channel, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
31:13 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, Wayne Bridge manages to make a clearance.
29:29 The ball is crossed by Tuncay Sanli, Liam Lawrence has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Corner
from the right by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Kolo Toure.
28:06 Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller. Liam Lawrence delivers the ball, Ricardo Fuller
produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
26:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Bridge by Salif Diao. Free kick taken by Wayne Bridge.
22:49 Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kolo Toure takes a shot. Blocked by Salif Diao. Foul by Stephen Ireland
on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
22:09 Tuncay Sanli is caught offside. Shay Given takes the free kick.
20:42 Shaun Wright-Phillips delivers the ball, clearance by Andy Wilkinson. Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line
to the near post.
18:48 Wayne Bridge crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
14:52 Foul by Mamady Sidibe on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Martin Petrov produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
14:36 A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
13:23 Substitution Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Lawrence.
12:52 Effort on goal by Ricardo Fuller from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
12:00 Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.
10:13 GOAL - Shaun Wright-Phillips:Man City 1 - 0 Stoke Shaun Wright-Phillips gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City
8:33 Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Joleon Lescott. Tuncay Sanli takes a shot
from 25 yards. Ricardo Fuller gets a block in.
7:39 Martin Petrov sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
5:57 Matthew Etherington crosses the ball.
5:28 Martin Petrov delivers the ball, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.
4:43 A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
3:48 Andy Wilkinson sends in a cross, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
2:45 Centre by Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
2:22 Shaun Wright-Phillips delivers the ball, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
0:12 The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Pablo Zabaleta.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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