Sunderland were denied a penalty in a goalless encounter with fellow draw specialists Stoke.

The hosts were the better side but were lucky to escape when Robert Huth handled Steven Fletcher's second-half shot at the Britannia.

Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet produced a double save to deny Stoke's Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross before the interval.

Stoke lost Marc Wilson, who was taken to hospital with a broken leg.

We did not get a break - Pulis

Play was held up for five minutes early in the second half while the defender received treatment on the pitch, before he was eventually carried off on a stretcher and replaced by Andy Wilkinson.

It summed up a frustrating day for the hosts, who have now drawn six of their first nine league games, the same tally as Sunderland, who have played a game fewer.

While the visitors will argue they should have had a penalty for Huth's intervention, Martin O'Neill's side created few chances and have now won only once in 16 league outings.

Quality was in short supply in an opening 45 minutes littered with misplaced passes.

The first-half highlight was a terrific double save by Mignolet to deny the Potters the breakthrough.

This is not a match that will live long in the memory. In a game of few chances, Stoke will feel they should have won although the hosts were relieved when the referee decided against pointing to the penalty spot after Robert Huth handled Steven Fletcher's shot inside the area.

The Belgian did well to punch Charlie Adam's curling free-kick away but the ball fell to Ryan Shawcross who then forced Mignolet into a diving stop.

Sunderland, who arrived in the Potteries without an away win in the Premier League since they visited the Britannia on 4 February, failed to force Asmir Begovic into a serious save before the interval - although Stoke's Bosnian keeper had to be alert to cut out Craig Gardner's dangerous low cross before it reached Jack Colback.

The game, scrappy and disjointed in the first half, threatened to become a bruising affair in the second when former Black Cats midfielder Dean Whitehead was responsible for an ugly challenge on Sebastian Larsson, earning the Stoke man a yellow card.

The match finally came to life in the closing stages, Fletcher's shot striking Huth on the arm inside the Stoke area.

But referee Mark Halsey was not interested and Huth responded by forcing a save from Mignolet with a header, while Michael Kightly spurned another Stoke chance in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Stoke find goals scarce at the Britannia Stadium

Peter Crouch is the only Potters player to have scored at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League this season. He has netted all three goals.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:

"I think a big thing today is that having gone to Manchester United and defended so poorly last week (in a 4-2 defeat), we actually looked really solid.

"I don't think Asmir Begovic has had a shot to save. So that has been a bonus, but we just need a break in front of goal."

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said:

"I've seen it back briefly (the penalty appeal). The truth is, I thought if it had been given against us, I might have been none too pleased.

Sunderland yet to hit form - O'Neill

"I think he has tried to keep his arm there, although if it misses him, it is in the net. I'm not sure it was a deliberate handball."

"It was a difficult game played in difficult enough conditions, with the wind swirling around.

"We have drawn a lot of games this season and we are just unable at the moment to turn one or two of those draws into victories."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 02 Cameron
  • 04 Huth
  • 12 Wilson (Wilkinson - 53' )
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 15 Nzonzi
  • 16 Adam (Owen - 79' )
  • 18 Whitehead Booked
  • 21 Kightly
  • 19 Walters (Etherington - 72' )
  • 25 Crouch Booked

Substitutes

  • 29 Sorensen
  • 20 Upson
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 08 Palacios
  • 26 Etherington
  • 09 Jones
  • 10 Owen

Sunderland

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 24 Cuellar
  • 03 Rose Booked (Bardsley - 83' )
  • 06 Cattermole
  • 07 Larsson (Sessegnon - 61' )
  • 08 Gardner Booked
  • 14 Colback
  • 21 Johnson (Saha - 89' )
  • 23 McClean
  • 26 Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 20 Westwood
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 12 Kilgallon
  • 15 Vaughan
  • 28 Sessegnon
  • 09 Campbell
  • 25 Saha
Ref: Halsey
Att: 27,055

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

6 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +8:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +7:27

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

90:00 +6:59

Shot by Steven Nzonzi (Stoke) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

90:00 +6:34

Cross by Michael Kightly (Stoke), resulting in open play.

90:00 +5:53

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

90:00 +5:17

Shot by Michael Kightly (Stoke) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right.

90:00 +3:59

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) to centre, header by Robert Huth (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

90:00 +0:40

Attacking throw-in by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke).

90:00 +0:28

Attacking throw-in by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke).

89:56

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

89:18

Defending throw-in by Phil Bardsley (Sunderland).

88:34 Substitution

Substitution Sunderland substitution: Adam Johnson replaced by Louis Saha (tactical).

88:09

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

86:29

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

85:59

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

85:52

Cross by Geoff Cameron (Stoke), resulting in ball out of play.

85:19

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) on Dean Whitehead (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) from own half, passed.

83:51

Free kick taken left-footed by Michael Kightly (Stoke) from left wing, header by Peter Crouch (Stoke) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

83:51 Booking

Booking Craig Gardner (Sunderland) booked for unsporting behaviour.

83:43

Foul by Craig Gardner (Sunderland) on Andy Wilkinson (Stoke).

83:07

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

82:27 Substitution

Substitution Sunderland substitution: Danny Rose replaced by Phil Bardsley (tactical).

81:30

Defending throw-in by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke).

80:31

Peter Crouch (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.

78:57 Substitution

Substitution Stoke substitution: Charlie Adam replaced by Michael Owen (tactical).

78:39

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

78:12

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) to centre, clearance by Steven Nzonzi (Stoke).

77:14

Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Jack Colback (Sunderland). Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) from right wing, clearance by Robert Huth (Stoke).

76:28

Defending throw-in by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke).

75:51

Shot by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).

74:24

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland) on Charlie Adam (Stoke). Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) from right channel, clearance by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

73:46

Attacking throw-in by Danny Rose (Sunderland).

72:34

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) to centre, save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

71:58

Defending throw-in by Danny Rose (Sunderland).

71:07 Substitution

Substitution Stoke substitution: Jonathan Walters replaced by Matthew Etherington (tactical).

70:57

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke) on Danny Rose (Sunderland). Free kick taken left-footed by Danny Rose (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.

70:16

Foul by Michael Kightly (Stoke) on Adam Johnson (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by John O'Shea (Sunderland) from own half, passed.

69:58

Shot by Charlie Adam (Stoke) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

69:32

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland) on Jonathan Walters (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Geoff Cameron (Stoke) from own half, passed.

68:23

Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) from right wing, save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

68:23 Booking

Booking Peter Crouch (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.

68:02

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke) on Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

67:43

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

67:18

Defending throw-in by Danny Rose (Sunderland).

66:38

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

65:46

Defending throw-in by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke).

65:08

Cross by Geoff Cameron (Stoke), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

64:09

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke) on Danny Rose (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.

63:53

Shot by Peter Crouch (Stoke) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).

63:17

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) to centre, clearance by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

62:07

Foul by Steven Nzonzi (Stoke) on Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Gardner (Sunderland) from right channel, passed.

60:34 Substitution

Substitution Sunderland substitution: Sebastian Larsson replaced by Stephane Sessegnon (tactical).

60:23

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

58:26

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

58:15

Shot by Michael Kightly (Stoke) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.

57:55

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

57:40

Shot by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

55:49

Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) from right wing, clearance by Michael Kightly (Stoke).

55:49 Booking

Booking Dean Whitehead (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.

55:46

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) on Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

55:10

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

54:37

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

54:05

Defending throw-in by Danny Rose (Sunderland).

53:31

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

52:34 Substitution

Substitution Stoke substitution: Marc Wilson replaced by Andy Wilkinson (injury).

48:15

Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

48:00

Attacking throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

47:38

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

47:23

Cross by Charlie Adam (Stoke), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

47:00

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) to short, resulting in open play.

46:30

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

45:24

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:54

Shot by Charlie Adam (Stoke) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed left.

45:00 +0:05

Defending throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

44:18

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

43:31

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

42:57

Defending throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

42:38

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

41:57

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

41:30

Defending throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

40:28

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

38:44

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

38:22

Shot by Marc Wilson (Stoke) left-footed from right channel (35+ yards), over the bar.

37:41

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) to near post, clearance by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

36:47

Goal kick taken short by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

34:52

Defending throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

34:24

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

33:39

Foul by Michael Kightly (Stoke) on Jack Colback (Sunderland). Free kick taken left-footed by Jack Colback (Sunderland) from own half, passed.

33:07

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

32:35

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

32:20

Cross by Adam Johnson (Sunderland), clearance by Robert Huth (Stoke).

31:32

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

31:15

Goal kick taken short by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

31:00

Header by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

30:28

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) on Jack Colback (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) from left channel, resulting in open play.

30:05

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

29:13

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.

28:50

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) to centre, save (tipped over) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

28:31

Shot by Michael Kightly (Stoke) curled right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland).

28:13

Cross by James McClean (Sunderland), clearance by Robert Huth (Stoke).

27:43

Defending throw-in by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

27:02

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

26:46

Shot by Jack Colback (Sunderland) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.

26:27

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

26:01

Defending throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

25:41

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

25:29

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

24:54

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

24:00

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

23:47

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

21:38

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke) on Jack Colback (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).

21:15

Shot by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

20:17

Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) from right wing, save (punched) by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

20:17 Booking

Booking Danny Rose (Sunderland) booked for unsporting behaviour.

19:55

Foul by Danny Rose (Sunderland) on Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

19:25

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) on Marc Wilson (Stoke). Free kick taken left-footed by Marc Wilson (Stoke) from left wing, passed.

19:04

Defending throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

18:46

Cross by Craig Gardner (Sunderland), save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

17:56

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

17:21

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

16:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson, clearance by Peter Crouch.

16:45

Shot by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Robert Huth (Stoke).

15:07

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

14:45

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

13:49

Defending throw-in by Danny Rose (Sunderland).

13:37

Cross by Michael Kightly (Stoke), resulting in ball out of play.

11:40

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

11:00

Attacking throw-in by Danny Rose (Sunderland).

10:41

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

9:49

Peter Crouch (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play.

9:26

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

9:13

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

8:56

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

8:41

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

8:26

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

8:10

Defending throw-in by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

7:57

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

6:08

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

5:34

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) to centre, resulting in open play.

4:43

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke) on Danny Rose (Sunderland). Free kick taken right-footed by John O'Shea (Sunderland) from own half, passed.

3:25

Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke) on Steven Fletcher (Sunderland). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) from right channel, passed.

1:18

Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland).

0:52

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

0:20

Attacking throw-in by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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