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Wolverhampton   0 - 1   Stoke

Robert Huth rises to head home the winner
Huth's fifth goal of the season helped Stoke to victory over Wolves

Robert Huth's late header and a penalty save by Thomas Sorensen in injury time ensured Stoke beat Wolves to edge their way into the FA Cup fifth round.

Huth rose to head home Matthew Etherington's cross with 10 minutes left of what had been a dour game.

But it would not have been enough on its own to secure Stoke's progression.

With time ticking away, Nenad Milijas fell in the box under Huth's challenge, but Sorensen saved the midfielder's spot-kick to send the Potters through.

It was a dramatic ending to an otherwise low-key encounter, characterised primarily by squandered possession and chances.

Overall though the visitors deserve a place in the fifth round for the second successive year - where they will meet Watford's conquerors Brighton of League One - courtesy of their first FA Cup victory over Wolves.

The Potters were more dangerous throughout against a home side that worked hard but lacked any presence in attack in the absence of the ill Kevin Doyle.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy opted to play Stephen Ward up front alongside Steven Fletcher, but barring one instance in the first half when Ward crossed for his strike-partner to head against the post, the pair were largely ineffectual.

In contrast, on-loan Stoke forward John Carew proved a handful for the home defence.

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In the fifth minute he could have added to an impressive record of 11 goals in 10 FA Cup ties for parent club Aston Villa but his flicked header from Rory Delap's long throw was pushed past the post by Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.

Hahnemann was again called into action to cut out a dangerous Danny Pugh cross, with Kenwyne Jones threatening.

The American keeper was proving to be his side's most valuable asset and once more saved well from Carew when the Norwegian held off the challenge of Richard Stearman to earn himself a shooting opportunity.

At the other end, a mistake by Abdoulaye Faye let in Ward but his low cross-shot was parried away by Sorensen.

For much of the second half the game followed a similar pattern, with Stoke infrequently punctuating long periods of scrappy play by creating goalscoring chances.

However, they continued to find Hahnemann a resilient obstacle, most notably when Etherington unleashed a low drive that the American tipped past the post.

However, with 10 minutes to go, Huth produced the one truly well-executed attacking moment of the match when he rose above everyone to powerfully hammer in a header from Etherington's free-kick from the byline.

Wolves rallied and were given a lifeline to keep themselves in the competition when Milijas tumbled in the area under the challenge of the already committed Huth.

But Sorensen had the final word with a superb save from the Serb's penalty.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:

"The missed penalty [by Milijas[ does not make me unhappy with the performance. It is indicative of our performance because it is a missed opportunity.

"Ultimately we gave away a needless free-kick and got punished by Stoke who do it better than anyone else with free-kicks, corners and throw-ins.

"We dealt with it well most of the time - but not that occasion."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:

"Thomas [Sorensen] has been brilliant. We are hoping to sit down and do a deal with Thomas to keep him at the football club.

" [Asmir] Begovic has been outstanding for us. As a young keeper, he has been outstanding.

"Thomas has been waiting patiently. He has been terrific today. That is what you want, good competition."

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 0-1 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Huth 81

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 11,967
    WOLVES
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Wolves 45%
    • Stoke 55%

    Attempts on target

    • Wolves 2
    • Stoke 8

    Attempts off target

    • Wolves 2
    • Stoke 3

    Corners

    • Wolves 7
    • Stoke 9

    Fouls

    • Wolves 8
    • Stoke 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:21 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+2:38 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 90:00+1:29 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nenad Milijas.
    • 90:00+1:10 Penalty taken by Nenad Milijas is saved by Thomas Sorensen. Wolverhampton 0-1 Stoke.
    • 90:00 Penalty awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Nenad Milijas.
    • 89:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by Abdoulaye Faye. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 88:37 Sam Vokes takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 88:16 Short corner worked by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 85:14 Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Headed effort from inside the area by Robert Huth misses to the left of the goal.
    • 84:33 The assistant referee flags for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 83:53 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Sam Vokes coming on for Stephen Ward.
    • 82:22 Unfair challenge on John Carew by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
    • 80:31 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by George Elokobi results in a free kick. Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
    • 80:31 GOAL - Robert HuthWolverhampton 0 - 1 Stoke Robert Huth grabs a headed goal from close range. Wolverhampton 0-1 Stoke.
    • 77:52 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas played to the near post, clearance made by John Carew.
    • 77:32 Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 74:31 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on for Steven Fletcher.
    • 73:52 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
    • 73:38 Shot from 20 yards by Matthew Etherington. Marcus Hahnemann makes a brilliant save.
    • 72:57 The referee gives a free kick against Ricardo Fuller for handball. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:40 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Brilliant save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 68:00 Substitution Ricardo Fuller is brought on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones.
    • 65:36 Substitution Andy Wilkinson goes off and Marc Wilson comes on.
    • 63:55 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Glenn Whelan, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 63:26 Ronald Zubar challenges Rory Delap unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
    • 63:26 Booking Booking for Ronald Zubar for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 62:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Fletcher. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:06 Steven Fletcher is caught offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 60:31 Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 59:43 The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Ward. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 55:51 Shot from a long way out by Karl Henry goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 53:23 Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. George Elokobi takes the free kick.
    • 53:00 Nenad Milijas crosses the ball, clearance made by Robert Huth.
    • 52:26 Nenad Milijas takes a short corner.
    • 51:00 The referee blows for offside against Steven Fletcher. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 48:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas played to the near post, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:36 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.
    • 47:13 Steven Fletcher is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
    • 45:48 Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Nenad Milijas. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.
    • 45:48 Booking The referee shows Jonathan Walters a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Glenn Whelan coming on for Salif Diao.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:20 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+1:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rory Delap played to the near post, John Carew produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 45:00+1:05 Effort from 20 yards by John Carew. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 43:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Salif Diao. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
    • 39:47 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
    • 38:36 Kenwyne Jones produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 36:13 Header from close range by Steven Fletcher strikes the post.
    • 35:12 Foul by Salif Diao on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Robert Huth. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:45 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 31:28 Rory Delap takes a shot. Clearance by Christophe Berra.
    • 28:56 John Carew fouled by Richard Stearman, the ref awards a free kick. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:26 Danny Pugh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
    • 27:23 Foul by Christophe Berra on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Matthew Etherington from the free kick, blocked by Steven Fletcher.
    • 25:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Salif Diao. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 25:15 Booking Salif Diao shown a yellow card.
    • 24:39 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:48 Shot by John Carew from 20 yards. Marcus Hahnemann makes a comfortable save.
    • 19:04 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 18:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Richard Stearman. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:20 Stephen Ward has a drilled shot. Brilliant save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 16:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenwyne Jones on Richard Stearman. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 14:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 14:34 Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Nenad Milijas. Nenad Milijas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:34 Substitution David Edwards comes on in place of Stephen Hunt.
    • 8:20 Ronald Zubar challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
    • 5:50 Handball by John Carew. Direct free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
    • 4:43 Corner taken by Rory Delap, comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 4:28 John Carew has an effort at goal. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 2:33 Foul by Richard Stearman on John Carew, free kick awarded. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:57 Stephen Ward fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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