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Stoke City 0-0 Cardiff City

Peter Crouch and Fraizer Campbell

Stoke and Cardiff remain just above the relegation zone after a controversial goalless draw.

A goal never really looked like coming in a game between two sides desperately out of form.

The key moment of the match came on the hour mark when Potters striker Peter Crouch was wrongly booked for Charlie Adam's push on Fraizer Campbell.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

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Stoke City 0-0 Cardiff City: Hughes says Potters deserved three points

Replays showed that Adam, who had already been booked, shoved the Cardiff striker over but went unpunished.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was left seething and there was nearly a huge injustice with only minutes remaining when Adam bought the first real save out of Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall.

He hit a fierce free-kick which Marshall did well to parry clear but only as far as Stephen Ireland, who blazed over.

At the other end Cardiff teenager Declan John forced Asmir Begovic into an excellent save as he nearly won it for the visitors.

The game was anything but a classic but, with Stoke having one win in their last 10 Premier League matches and Cardiff one in seven, the stats set the scene.

Goals have also been at a premium for both with the home side managing 12 from their 13 matches and Cardiff one fewer.

It was the Potters who had the better of the chances in the first half.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

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Adam lucky to stay on field - Mackay

Oussama Assaidi should have done better when played through by an excellent pass from Marko Arnautovic. But the Moroccan delayed taking a shot, Marshall stood up tall and the chance was gone.

Adam's tempting cross then almost found Crouch, but Ben Turner got a vital touch to prevent it reaching the former England striker.

Cardiff then sprung to life and had the best chance of the half, when Mutch was left unmarked from a Peter Whittingham corner and Begovic did well to punch his header clear.

As both sides continued to press, tempers began to fray and Stoke's Marc Wilson was a lucky man when referee Michael Oliver waved away Cardiff's call for a penalty. The defender certainly tangled with Campbell in the box.

And Adam was even luckier after his case of mistaken identity as both sides saw out the stalemate.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We did well up to a point - at the top end which is a problem for us. But in terms of controlling the game we did well. We were the only team likely to win the game.

"We're disappointed not to win the game. I thought our performance merited that. I don't recall too many chances for them but I thought we stuck at it.

"We have got to keep our home form nice and solid. We have been decent enough but we need to take maximum points."

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay: "I thought it was a good point and we were well worthy of it. It was always going to be tough but we had a couple of good chances.

"I thought we had good control of the game in the first half. You have got to control the delivery to Crouch and I think we did that as the game went on.

"I was told it was Charlie Adam who pushed Fraizer over so he is lucky to have stayed on the pitch tonight.

"I am not sure whether the ref has seen it to be honest because if he had then it would have been a booking for him and he would have been off."

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Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 3PietersSubstituted forMuniesaat 45'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forIrelandat 65'minutes
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12Wilson
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 25CrouchBooked at 60mins
  • 16AdamBooked at 34mins
  • 24Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Pennant
  • 8Palacios
  • 9Jones
  • 19Walters
  • 29Sørensen
  • 32Ireland

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 28Théophile-Catherine
  • 42John
  • 8Medel
  • 4Caulker
  • 6TurnerBooked at 87mins
  • 19Cowie
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 10CampbellBooked at 60minsSubstituted forOdemwingieat 77'minutes
  • 18Mutch
  • 7Whittingham

Substitutes

  • 2Connolly
  • 5Hudson
  • 9Cornelius
  • 11Odemwingie
  • 13Kim Bo-kyung
  • 16Noone
  • 32Lewis
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
25,014

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Cardiff City 0.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Attempt saved. Declan John (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

Offside, Cardiff City. Kévin Théophile-Catherine tries a through ball, but Jordon Mutch is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ben Turner (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

Offside, Stoke City. Charlie Adam tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

Attempt missed. Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi.

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Don Cowie (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Peter Odemwingie replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi.

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Don Cowie following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Don Cowie (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Caulker with a headed pass.

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi with a cross.

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City).

Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Ben Turner (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Glenn Whelan.

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Declan John.

Attempt saved. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

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3Man City149142628
4Liverpool148331327
5Everton14761927
6Tottenham14734-224
7Newcastle14725-223
8Southampton14644522
9Man Utd14644422
10Aston Villa14545019
11Swansea14536118
12Hull14527-617
13West Brom14365-215
14Stoke14356-614
15Cardiff14356-914
16Norwich14428-1614
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18Fulham143110-1410
19Crystal Palace143110-1410
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