English FA Cup

March 13, 2011


Stoke City

2 - 1

West Ham United

English FA Cup

14:00 +00:00, March 13, 2011

Britannia Stadium, England

Referee: Mike Jones

  • 95'

    Full time Stoke hang on and probably shaded it on the day. It's 39 years since Stoke made the final four of the FA Cup. Now they're off to Wembley.

  • 94'

    Parker overhits his cross and that should be the end.

  • 93'

    Silly from Hines, who nudges Walters when the ball looked like running out for a West Ham corner.

  • 92'

    Stoke's Danny Higginbotham jumps for joy after scoring his team's second goal.

  • 92'

    Etherington heads off and Danny Collins comes on.

  • 91'

    Fuller has a yellow already after losing the ball and hacking at Bridge.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added...

  • 90'

    Kenwyne Jones comes off and Ricardo Fuller comes on.

  • 89'

    Stoke penned in now. Can the Hammers find an equaliser?

  • 88'

    Good effort from Cole who wriggled free in the area. The ball was going wide but Sorensen turned it behind.

  • 87'

    Wst Ham peppering the box now but Stoke standing firm.

  • 85'

    Upson hits the bar! He rises highest from the corner but smacks his effort off the bar with Sorensen beaten.

  • 84'

    A hard day's work for ref Mike Jones. No-one is happy with him.

  • 83'

    West Ham scream for a penalty now as Tomkins is hauled down by Walters. The defender is furious. The free kick actually goes Stoke's way.

  • 82'

    Hines wins a free kick. Pulis is livid.

  • 81'

    Changes: Zavon Hines comes on for Noble, while for Stoke, Whitehead replaces Pennant.

  • 80'

    Keane has had a bit of a mare since coming on.

  • 78'

    Keane screams from a penalty off Huth as Huth blocks his touch inside. He goes off chasing the ref rather than trying to win the ball back.

  • 77'

    Role reversal as Sorensen punches clear a corner.

  • 75'

    Good move from West Ham as Parker feeds Tomkins and his low cross is hooked on target by Keane forcing Sorensen into a save at his near post.

  • 73'

    A chance for Pennant as a dribbled cross falls to him charging into the box but he slices his effort wide.

  • 72'

    Now Jones heads over as Etherington centres.

  • 71'

    Green redeems himself with an excellent punch from Pennant's dangerous corner.

  • 70'

    Green is out and makes a slight hash of his clearance. Stoke gifted a corner.

  • 69'

    Hitzlsperger has a pop but that one is weaker than we've become accustomed to.

  • 68'

    That's Obinna's last involvement as Robbie Keane comes on.

  • 66'

    Superb save from Sorensen as Obinna fires in a powerful effort. Corner.

  • 65'

    Obinna tries to level things up but his shot isn't a patch on Higginbotham's.

  • 63'

    West Ham are the ones who are unhappy now. The first free kick did hit Cole's arm, but it was in front of his face. The Hammers' wall did rather break up before Higginbotham's strike as well.

  • 62'

    A powerful, low effort from the defender and Green can't keep it out, though he directs it onto the post it trickles over the line.

  • 62'

    GOAL Higginbotham fires one home!

  • 61'

    Pennant's effort hits Cole's arm which was up protecting his face and the free kick moves ten yards nearer goal. Handbags between Walters and Parker.

  • 60'

    Da Costa piles through the back of Walters trying to clear and Stoke are awarded a free kick 30 yards out.

  • 58'

    Green gets a touch on the next one but only knocks it out for a throw.

  • 57'

    Green can't make the punch this time and Cole nods it behind for a corner. Wasn't that far off the net to be honest.

  • 56'

    Bridge concedes a needless corner after a long ball from Wilson.

  • 55'

    Stoke building pressure again now.

  • 53'

    Noble gets into the area but can't get the ball under control properly in order to shoot.

  • 52'

    West Ham's free kick is saved then Parker passes straight to Etherington.

  • 51'

    Shawcross flies into Parker now and is booked. He did get a graze on the ball.

  • 50'

    Shawcross met Etherington's centre but flicks it wide. He should have done better.

  • 49'

    Now a series of corners and throw in's ensue and West Ham are under heavy pressure.

  • 48'

    Well, Tony Pulis can stop his moaning now because Stoke were handed an unjust penalty but failed to take advantage of it. A shameless dive from Etherington. Parker was furious about it.

  • 47'

    Saved by Green! Justice is done!

  • 46'

    Just 15 seconds into the half Etherington takes a dive as Parker stuck out a leg and the ref points to the spot instantly.

  • 46'


  • 46'

    We begin again...


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  • 45'

    Half time A right scramble in West Ham's box as Delap finds space at the byline, shoots and forces Green into a save, then Walters tries to run and finish but his shot is blocked. Eventually West Ham clear. And that is half time.

  • 45'

    Da Costa sees yellow for chopping down Whelan. No argument from the defender.

  • 45'

    Green does well to punch clear from the second throw. Three minutes added for stoppages.

  • 44'

    Cole nods this one clear at the near post. Not one of Rory's best. Here's another chance though.

  • 43'

    Parker closes down Etherington and concedes a throw. You know what that means.

  • 42'

    Scott Parker spots Sorensen off his line and tries a chip that ends up as more of a dribble.

  • 41'

    Green punches clear the free kick then Whelan's shot is well wide.

  • 40'

    Hitzlsperger slides in from behind on Whelan and Stoke have a free kick.

  • 39'

    Stat: Robert Huth is now Stoke's top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions.

  • 38'

    West Ham's fans are rubbing it in now, screaming "handball" at the home support.

  • 37'

    Stoke City's Robert Huth (right) scores his team's opening goal.

  • 36'

    Now Walters is down after a Stoke free kick and he needs treatment. They're dropping like flies.

  • 35'

    Piquionne hobbles off and Spector comes on. Odd, seeing as Robbie Keane is on the bench.

  • 34'

    Piquionne needs more treatment and it looks like his race is run.

  • 33'

    Another poor decision goes against Stoke. Tony Pulis is chewing the ear off the fourth official.

  • 32'

    West Ham have hardly been in this but now they are level. Cruel on Stoke.

  • 31'

    Piquionne limped off after the goal after Huth's desperate challenge but he is back on.

  • 30'

    No reason why the officials shouldn't have spotted that. Might have something to do with the sun, which is shining directly into the linesman's eyes.

  • 29'

    A delicious ball over the top from Hitzelsperger but Stoke are furious because Piquionne controlled it with his arm before knocking it over the keeper and bundling it over the line.

  • 29'

    GOAL Piquionne bundles it home!

  • 26'

    West Ham are struggling with a lack of options for the man in possession but they keep it well in that move.

  • 26'

    Neat move from Stoke as Etherington and Walters find room for Pennant to cross but Da Costa hoofs clear. Only one team in it at present.

  • 24'

    Green took an elbow in the face in that challenge as Shawcross went up. A little naughty.

  • 23'

    Green collects the corner and falls in a heap with Shawcross.

  • 22'

    Stoke are first to everything at the moment as Jones nearly creates an opening for Pennant. Upson concedes a corner.

  • 21'

    A very painful one for Obinna, who is holding the family jewels, after Higginbotham caught him. But the West Ham man's boot was high and he is the one carded.

  • 19'

    Walters does well to rob Piquionne and feed Jones but the return ball is too strong and the chance is lost.

  • 18'

    Tomkins registers his contender for 'worst shot of the season' award.

  • 17'

    Another ball into the box but Green comes to claim this one.

  • 16'

    Noble's shot takes a flick off Huth but Sorensen gets down to save easily.

  • 15'

    These sides have met three times already this season, West Ham winning two and drawing the other.

  • 14'

    Obinna fires a hopeful ball towards Cole, who can't get near it.

  • 12'

    Easy as you like. Delap's throw finds an unmarked Huth on the edge of the six-yard box and his powerful header flies into the net.

  • 12'

    GOAL Huth scores from a Delap bomb!

  • 9'

    Nose bleed stuff from Upson who comes forward before knocking the ball out of play.

  • 8'

    Etherington does well to deceive Parker and find Walters but his shot on the turn is wild.

  • 7'

    A poor touch from Shawcross who concedes a corner when he was trying to knock it out for a throw.

  • 6'

    A good start from Stoke, who lost 3-0 at Upton Park last week don't forget.

  • 5'

    Etherington with the cross this time and neither Jones nor Pennant can get on the end of it.

  • 4'

    Delap's first throw in bomb is met by Huth but he nods wide.

  • 3'

    An early chance for Etherington as he meets Walters cross and forces Rob Green into a superb point blank save.

  • 2'

    Great atmosphere inside the Britannia.

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