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Stoke   3 - 0   Brighton

John Carew scores the opener for Stoke
Keeper Brezovan fails to deal with Delap's delivery for the opener

By Saj Chowdhury

Stoke scored three goals in the first half as they booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the expense of League One leaders Brighton.

The Premier League side took the lead in the 14th minute when John Carew headed in Rory Delap's long throw-in.

Stoke's second goal was scored by Jon Walters after he nodded Marc Wilson's cross across keeper Peter Brezovan.

The third came shortly before the break when Ryan Shawcross headed in Wilson's flick from Jermaine Pennant's corner.

Stoke only managed six attempts on target but they scored from three, while the visitors did not manage to test Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen until the second half.

Tony Pulis's side were helped on their way by Seagulls stopper Brezovan, who will not look back on this match with great fondness.

The 6ft 6in 31-year-old Czech keeper replaced regular choice Casper Ankergren as a reward for helping Brighton reach the fifth round. However, manager Gus Poyet may have been rueing his loyalty to Brezovan after two early errors resulted in his side being 2-0 down after only 22 minutes.

Stoke's first goal came courtesy of another dangerous Delap throw-in, which was flicked in by Carew past the Brezovan, who appeared to flap at the delivery.

And the shot-stopper then failed to get anywhere near a header from Walters after Wilson had played a great one-two with Pennant before whipping in a delightful cross.

Shawcross then went close with another header at the far post, with Pennant again being the provider, before having more luck two minutes before the break.

On this occasion, the 23-year-old Chester-born defender made space for himself to nod in Wilson's flick from Pennant's corner.

Brezovan's opposite number Sorensen had been finding it hard to keep his hands warm in the cold Britannia Stadium, having not been tested in the first half.

So it would have come as some sort of relief for the Dane - and joy for the visitors and their travelling fans - when forward Ashley Barnes stung his gloves with a firm effort.

Stoke sat back for a large part of the second half, much to the frustration of the home support, as Brighton pressed, hoping for the comeback to end all comebacks.

But the disappointing aspect of their display, apart from the three goals conceded, was that the final ball was often woeful.

Midfielders Gary Dicker and Elliott Bennett had found it difficult to exert their influence on the game and were harried and hustled by a faster and stronger Stoke midfield.

Late on, Brighton substitutes Cristian Baz and youngster Jake Caskey did try their best to provide their fans with some cheer with shots from distance but neither effort really troubled Sorensen.


Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
"I thought that the attitude of the players was absolutely fantastic and the only disappointment was that it was only 3-0 at half time.

"The players were fresh, they looked ready to go to work, so you have to give them credit.

"We looked a threat every time we went forward in the first half and Walters could easily have had a hat-trick. It was a thoroughly professional performance all round.

"We gave Brighton the respect they deserved. They've done smashing in their League and they are a team who like to move the ball around quickly.

"But it wasn't until the last seven or eight minutes that they got up around our box and had a couple of chances."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet:
"I came here with Tottenham, so I knew what was coming.

"I remember that Heurelho Gomes was left crying on that occasion.

"We trained hard to try and deal with the threat they pose from set-pieces, but now my players know how difficult it is to play against it.

"Stoke were stronger, bigger, better and more clinical. They're as successful as anyone when it comes to set-plays."


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Saturday, 19 February 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 3-0 Brighton FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Carew 14
  • Walters 22
  • Shawcross 43

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Brighton

    • 01 Brezovan
    • 03 Greer
    • 04 Elphick
    • 14 Calderon
    • 22 Painter
    • 05 Battipied (Caskey 60)
    • 07 Bennett
    • 18 Dicker
    • 26 Bridcutt
    • 09 Barnes (Baz 74)
    • 17 Murray (Sandaza 61)

    Substitutes

    • 16 Ankergren,
    • 27 Taricco,
    • 37 Dunk,
    • 11 Baz,
    • 28 Caskey,
    • 20 Holroyd,
    • 21 Sandaza
    Ref: H WebbAtt: 21,312
    STOKE
    BRIGHTON

    Possession

    • Stoke 60%
    • Brighton 40%

    Attempts on target

    • Stoke 8
    • Brighton 3

    Attempts off target

    • Stoke 5
    • Brighton 3

    Corners

    • Stoke 8
    • Brighton 2

    Fouls

    • Stoke 9
    • Brighton 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:03 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:25 Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Danny Pugh goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 90:00+3:06 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Peter Brezovan makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:36 Effort from deep inside the area by Francisco Sandaza misses to the left of the target.
    • 89:25 Outswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan.
    • 89:00 Headed effort from inside the area by Ryan Shawcross misses to the left of the target.
    • 88:25 Glenn Whelan takes a short corner.
    • 88:25 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dean Whitehead coming on for Jermaine Pennant.
    • 87:42 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Tommy Elphick.
    • 86:49 Jake Caskey takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 85:15 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save made by Peter Brezovan.
    • 84:49 Marcos Painter takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 82:32 Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line, clearance made by Liam Bridcutt.
    • 81:55 The official flags Marcos Painter offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 81:00 Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Bennett.
    • 81:00 Booking Booking for Marc Wilson.
    • 73:58 Substitution Cristian Baz comes on in place of Ashley Barnes.
    • 73:09 Jermaine Pennant challenges Gordon Greer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
    • 73:09 Booking Jermaine Pennant goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:57 Jonathan Walters crosses the ball, save made by Peter Brezovan.
    • 69:58 Elliott Bennett decides to take a short corner, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
    • 69:01 Elliott Bennett takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ricardo Fuller.
    • 68:14 Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:56 Liam Bridcutt has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.
    • 61:59 Substitution John Carew goes off and Kenwyne Jones comes on.
    • 59:54 Substitution Francisco Sandaza on for Glenn Murray.
    • 59:54 The referee blows for offside against Glenn Murray. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
    • 59:54 Substitution Agustin Battipiedi goes off and Jake Caskey comes on.
    • 57:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett by Danny Pugh. Inigo Calderon takes the free kick.
    • 53:21 Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Agustin Battipiedi results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 51:10 The official flags Ashley Barnes offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 50:25 Gary Dicker fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Elphick.
    • 48:41 Ricardo Fuller fouled by Gary Dicker, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Whelan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 45:57 Foul by Glenn Whelan on Elliott Bennett, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Inigo Calderon.
    • 45:32 Ashley Barnes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:02 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+1:17 Glenn Murray challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 42:56 Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Walters.
    • 42:56 GOAL - Ryan ShawcrossStoke 3 - 0 Brighton Ryan Shawcross finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 3-0 Brighton.
    • 42:20 Corner from right by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 42:04 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.
    • 38:52 Substitution Ricardo Fuller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Etherington.
    • 36:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Shawcross. Peter Brezovan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Dicker on Jermaine Pennant. Matthew Etherington restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:39 Rory Delap takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 33:17 Inigo Calderon concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:37 Close range header by Jonathan Walters goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 28:13 John Carew is ruled offside. Tommy Elphick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:12 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Ashley Barnes misses to the left of the target.
    • 24:35 Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Bridcutt. Direct free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.
    • 21:29 The assist for the goal came from Marc Wilson.
    • 21:29 GOAL - Jonathan WaltersStoke 2 - 0 Brighton Jonathan Walters finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 2-0 Brighton.
    • 19:39 Ashley Barnes is caught offside. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:14 Glenn Murray fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.
    • 16:58 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.
    • 16:21 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jermaine Pennant misses to the right of the target.
    • 13:52 Assist on the goal came from Rory Delap.
    • 13:52 GOAL - John CarewStoke 1 - 0 Brighton John Carew finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Stoke 1-0 Brighton.
    • 12:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Gary Dicker.
    • 12:10 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by Gary Dicker.
    • 9:02 Glenn Whelan challenges Liam Bridcutt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
    • 5:51 Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant played to the near post, Elliott Bennett makes a clearance.
    • 4:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Murray on Marc Wilson. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
    • 3:28 Unfair challenge on Glenn Murray by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. Gary Dicker takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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