English FA Cup

January 5, 2013


Crystal Palace

0 - 0

Stoke City

English FA Cup

15:00 +00:00, January 5, 2013

Selhurst Park , England

Referee: N Swarbrick

Pulis relieved to get replay

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was pleased to still be in the hat for the FA Cup fourth round after a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.

"When the draw was made we know this would be a very tough fixture especially away from home,'' said Pulis. "We have just come off the back of four very tough Premier League games. This is a tough ground to come to and they are a top Championship side.

"They played really well. They've got some dangerous players in their team and we are pleased with the result. They are a good side, Ian Holloway's got them well-motivated and it was always going to be difficult. I was bringing on players like Kenwyne Jones, Cameron Jerome and Charlie Adam to try to win the game. But both teams are in the draw so that's something to look forward to.''

Wilfried Zaha, a target for Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, was a constant threat until his afternoon was ended prematurely by a late lunge from Shotton which was missed by referee Neil Swarbrick.

"There were a few strange decisions for both sides today,'' said Palace boss Ian Holloway. "He's caught Wilf and Wilf's had to go off. He had crossed it, if we don't score that's a foul, isn't it? But Wilf will be fine. He's got another foot.''

Substitute Jerome had Stoke's only shot on target shortly after the interval with a volley saved by Lewis Price. For Palace Zaha, Jermaine Easter and Yannick Bolasie forced fine saves from Thomas Sorensen and young sub Jason Banton hit the side-netting.

Holloway, who took over at Palace two months ago, could do without a replay with his side third in the Championship and going all out for promotion.

"I wanted to win or lose, basically, and wasn't bothered which as long as we had a good performance,'' he added. "But the way the game went I'm glad we didn't lose because I don't think my boys deserved to lose.

"It's looking like my team now, and if that's after eight weeks I'm looking forward to the rest of the four years.''

Scoring Summary

Crystal Palace Stoke City