Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Sunderland hold Stoke to a point in drab encounter

Stoke City
0 - 0
Sunderland

Britannia Stadium

27th October, 15:00pm

Attendance: 27,005

Referee:

A drab encounter at the Britannia Stadium left Stoke and Sunderland with a point each in game that lacked the cutting edge that we have seen recently from the teams. The main talking point wasn`t about goals, or action, but what looks like a bad injury for Potters defender Marc Wilson.

Stoke started the game very well and came out of the blocks very quickly, as we have seen all season. Sunderland started very slow and the first 5 minutes were very much in the Potters favour. The only thing that can really be discussed within the first 15 minutes was an offside decision against talismanic striker Peter Crouch, which was incorrect. It was obvious straight from the start the both teams were lacking the final ball. It was clear that this game was going to be played in the middle of the park straight from the start.

The only effort that can really be discussed in the first half came on the 20th minute, Danny Rose gave away a free kick to the hosts and the ball was swung in by Charlie Adam. The ball was hoisted in for Huth to get a head on, but he was inches away from making contact with the ball and as Mignolet got the ball back out, the ball was passed to Shawcross who volleyed the ball straight at the Sunderland shot-stopper.

Just like in the first half, Stoke came out of the blocks very well, but on the 49th minute, disaster struck for the Potters. Steven Fletcher and Marc Wilson went in to a tackle together, and the tackle looked extremely innocuous to say the least. Fletcher got up, but Wilson stayed down and the Sunderland striker instantly signaled to get the ball put out of play as he saw the extent of Wilson`s pain. Further scans have shown that Marc Wilson has broken his fibula, and he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The second half after Wilson`s injury was much like the first. The only real talking point was a strong tackle from Dean Whitehead on Seb Larsson. Larsson was breaking through down the wing and Whitehead nearly kicked him into Row Z to put a stop on the Swede`s run. A yellow card was brandished and nobody can really argue with that decision.

Finally in the 94th minute, Stoke started to actually attack! Another corner put in by Etherington, and Huth headed at goal but Mignolet saved the tame header easily. Following this, Crouch was breaking through and the ball was pushed away to Kightly, who dragged a tame shot wide. The referee mercifully blew for full time after 8 minutes of injury time , to end a game that lacked skill and innovation on the pitch.

Star Player

It's difficult to pick a man of the match really, if i had to pick one i'd have to pick Mignolet for Sunderland. Looked solid in their goal and I can see why Martin O'Neill has compared his goalkeeper to Joe Hart.


Writer:Tom Barker
Date:Sunday October 28 2012
Time: 12:18PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Chelsea MotM
Suggested By:
Grant25%
Bardsley0%
Shawcross0%
Martins75%
Indi Pieters0%
Allen0%
Cameron0%
Walters0%
Sobhi0%
Arnautovic0%
Berahino0%
Sub-Diouf0%
Sub-Crouch0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 28 22 3 3 69 38
2 Spurs 28 17 8 3 59 34
3 Man City 28 17 6 5 57 24
4 Liverpool 29 16 8 5 56 25
5 Man Utd 27 14 10 3 52 19
6 Arsenal 27 15 5 7 50 22
7 Everton 29 14 8 7 50 21
8 WBA 29 12 7 10 43 1
9 Stoke 29 9 9 11 36 -9
10 Southampton 27 9 6 12 33 -3
11 AFC Bournemouth 29 9 6 14 33 -12
12 West Ham 29 9 6 14 33 -12
13 Burnley 29 9 5 15 32 -11
14 Watford 28 8 7 13 31 -15
15 Leicester City 28 8 6 14 30 -14
16 Crystal Palace 28 8 4 16 28 -10
17 Swansea 29 8 3 18 27 -27
18 Hull City 29 6 6 17 24 -32
19 Middlesbrough 28 4 10 14 22 -13
20 Sunderland 28 5 5 18 20 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Burnley (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football