League Cup

  • I. Afellay 30’
  • P. Bardsley 75’
League Cup
Britannia Stadium
Attendance 26,779


    • KICK OFF
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      Thanks for joining us for this live text commentary between Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday. It's goodbye from us until next time.
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      That's all from the Britannia stadium and Wednesday fail to get any form of consolation. Stoke outclassed their opposition tonight and fully deserve their place in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
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      The whistle is blown for halftime early and Stoke lead in this match by one goal to nil. Much needs to be done by Wednesday to get back in this one despite the small deficit, otherwise Butland could have a pleasant evening.
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      Just five minutes until kick-off! The fans are taking to their seats, the atmosphere is building and the players are in the tunnel. Not long now.
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      Both managers have decided to go with quite a few changes from the side's that started on the weekend. Hughes was forced into one following Shawcross' red card, but Stoke still have five different personnel in the starting 11 with Crouch leading the line. Meanwhile, Wednesday are blessed with the re
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      Subs: Semedo, McGugan, Helan, Nuhiu, Alex Lopez, Price, Pudil.
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      Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Wildsmith; Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Wiggins; Wallace, Lee, Hutchinson, Sougou; Hooper, Joao.
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      Subs: Haugaard, Bardsley, Whelan, Joselu, Adam, Shaqiri, Bojan.
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      Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland; Johnson, Wilson, Wollscheid, Pieters; Cameron, van Ginkel; Walters, Afellay, Arnautovic; Crouch.
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      Meanwhile, the Owls have it all to play for here with little pressure. The fact they're travelling away to a Premier League club means they have the pleasure of playing without pressure and expectation, meaning they could pull off yet another upset.
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      Mark Hughes' side have been on a fantastic run of form of late, but they come into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 loss to Sunderland from the weekend. Stoke will be keen to rectify that as they host Championship opposition at such a late stage in the competition.
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      Hello and welcome to the live text commentary of Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup. We'll be guiding you through all the action as it happens at the Britannia Stadium.
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      Wednesday get the match underway!
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      Early corner for Stoke as the home side threaten for the first time tonight, however Affelay's cross is headed away from the danger zone by the Wednesday defence.
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      Cameron shifts the ball out to Pieters on the left as the full-back skips up the wing, however as he tries to whip a cross into the box Hunt gets himself in the way.
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      Dangerous set-piece for Stoke as Arnautovic tries and gets the ball into the box towards Crouch, but his effort is poor and doesn't find the English striker.
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      A bit of space opening up for Hooper as he advances forward and feeds Sougou, the winger then manages to fire the ball back to the striker in the box but he is found to foul Wilson in the penalty area.
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      Stoke City forced into an early change as Crouch goes down holding his hamstring. The striker got handed a rare start tonight and has had it pulled beneath him after just 11 minutes.
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      SI Joselu SO P. Crouch
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      Joselu is the man chosen to replace Crouch to lead the line tonight in this cup clash.
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      A slow start to this game so far. Wednesday's two banks of four in midfield and defence are sitting rather deep and are causing problems for the home side.
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      Wednesday struggling to get a hold of this game so far and are facing long spells without the ball. Being in the Championship you'd expect this, but they've conquered Premier League sides before this season.
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      Break on for Wednesday as Lee advances up the right hand side in a load of space, he then tries to find Hooper in the box but the striker couldn't quite connect cleanly in what was the Owl's first chance of the night.
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      Home fans are fairly silent so far with little to sing about. The match has been a fairly drab affair and the Potters are yet to craft a decent chance despite having the better of the possession.
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      STAT: Stoke haven't won at home against Sheffield Wednesday since December 2002.
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      Good football on the edge of the box as Arnautovic and Joselu exchange passes, however Hutchinson makes a silly foul and awards the home side a free-kick in a dangerous position.
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      Arnautovic manages to get his free-kick over the wall but it doesn't dip in time to allow it to test Wildsmith in the Wednesday net.
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      SAVE! First time Wildsmith is tested and it's came from Van Ginkel. The Dutch midfielder tries his luck from range and the young goalkeeper gets down to his right to save.
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      Wednesday a little bit stretched for the first time as Walters tries to cross into the box, however the Republic of Ireland international's attempt is below par and falls behind all the onrushing attackers.
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      G I. Afellay Assist P. Crouch
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      Joselu pivots by the corner to twist and float a cross deep for Affelay to run onto and connect with to open the scoring for the home side.
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      GOAL! Affelay opens the scoring in wonderful fashion. The ball is floated in the air for a long time and the Dutchman watches it in flight and connects beautifully on the volley to fire back across goal.
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      Stoppage in play as Lees receives attention and hobbles off the pitch. It's looking like Carvahal may have to sub off his centre-back without a like-for-like replacement on the bench.
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      The goal for Stoke should liven up the game as the Championship side are now forced out of their deep 4-4-2 formation to allow themselves the opportunity to get back in the match.
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      Still Stoke in command of the match with Wednesday offering little in midfield to control the ball. Carvahal is getting extremely animated on the sidelines as his team provide little challenge for the Potters so far.
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      SI D. Pudil SO P. Crouch
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      Daniel Pudil enters the pitch to replace the injured Lees from early. Prehaps this will assist Wednesday from monopolising the ball.
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      The halftime whistle may be a welcome sound in five minutes for the away side so Carvahal can adjust his team tactically in this match. The Championship side are struggling to get any hold on this cup clash.
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      Terrible pass backwards from Pudil towards Loovens and Joselu almost pounces on the stray ball. However, Wildsmith does well to rush off of his line to clear the play to safety.
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      The referee has signaled there is going to be four minutes of stoppage time at the end of this half. Stoke with an opportunity here to get another and make life very difficult for the visitors whilst in control.
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      SI P. Bardsley SO P. Crouch
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      SI L. McGugan SO P. Crouch
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      Attacking sub from Wednesday at halftime as McGugan comes on for the full-back Hunt.
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      Halftime sub for Stoke to try and offer more overlapping support down the right.
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      Free header for Joselu in the box as a corner is whipped in towards the Spanish striker, however due to little pace on the ball his header is an easy gather for Wildsmith.
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      Wednesday are having more of the ball in these opening five minutes of this half than 20 of the last. Joao tries to run at the Stoke defence but is unable to get past them and gets tackled.
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      Ball makes contact with Wollscheid's hand and claims of handball are heard from the away end, however as it didn't make fantastic contact the referee waves play on.
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      Sougou picks up the first yellow card of the game and it's for a tactical foul near the halfway line.
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      Corner for Sheffield Wednesday as Hooper tries his luck from range which is deflected out. The set-piece is then whipped into the box but it's headed clear by the Stoke defence.
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      Wednesday now firmly in this match as the visitors to the Britannia start knocking the ball around with more confidence. Despite this, the home support is still vocal as ever.
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      Wildsmith makes a fantastic save! A ball is played over the top to Joselu and the striker brings it down wonderfully, however his effort is stopped by the young goalkeeper's trailing foot.
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      Van Ginkel picks up a yellow card for a tactical foul in midfield to prevent Wednesday from breaking.
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      That was the best chance of the half so far an a real opportunity for the home side to kill off the match. This could get nervy for the Premier League side as the match enters the final 30 minutes.
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      Pieters plays a wonderful ball over the top of the Wednesday defence which Arnautovic brings down excellently, unfortunately for the Austrian though Hutchinson chases back to tackle the winger.
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      Scrapy moment in the Stoke box as a ball in from Wallace caused a bit of trouble as Joao tried to attack it. However, eventually the home side hack the play away in as they started to panic.
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      The Wednesday fans are in fine voice as their side enjoy a good spell. A deep corner is swung in towards Pudil and the Czech defender almost dipped it into net over Butland.
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      Mistake at the back from Loovens almost allows Joselu to get in behind. The Wednesday defener took a wild swipe of fresh air as the ball rolled past him but thankfully for the Owls into the path of Wildsmith.
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      Another stoppage in play with Sougou receiving treatment. It looks like an impact injury for the winger, who should be fine to continue. Carvahal takes the opportunity to speak with his team on the sideline.
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      Van Ginkel breaks up the wing and tries to get the ball in the box but Pudil blocks it and turns it away for a corner, the resulting set-piece is poor and Wednesday clear the danger.
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      G P. Bardsley Assist P. Crouch
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      Van Ginkel lays the ball off to the full-back with a small pass from the free-kick to allow Bardsley to shoot.
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      GOAL! Bardsley comes off the bench and probably earns his side the win. A driven free-kick from the full-back flies past Wildsmith and in off the inside of the post.
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      SI A. Nuhiu SO P. Crouch
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      Another attacking sub for Wednesday with Nuhiu coming on for Loovens, another concern for the Owls is the knock the defender picked up earlier.
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      Stoke have knocked all momentum from Wednesday with that strike and appears to have taken the sting from this game. It's a real mountain for the Owls to climb now.
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      A goal must come sooner rather than late for Wednesday if they wish to stand a chance in this tie. Arnautovic comes back to cover the left-back role and prevent Sougou from gaining a corner for the visitors.
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      Stoke now happy to sit deep and absorb pressure Wednesday try and place on them, but as the Championship side move up the field the Potters look to strangle the visitors and in turn surrender possession.
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      STAT: Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in their last four competitive matches against Stoke.
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      McGugan tries his luck from range to put Butland in action for the first time this half. The shot in no trouble for the goalkeeper, who easily gathers the ball down to his left.
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      SI G. Whelan SO P. Crouch
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      Glenn Whelan enters the pitch for Stoke and to a standing ovation from the Wednesday supporters after spending four years at the club.
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      The semi-final is just minutes away for Stoke City as they look to play out the last few minutes of this match. Wednesday have never really threatened the Potters in what's been a stress-free afternoon for Mark Hughes' side.
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      Problem for Nuhui before McGugan whips in a free-kick but the striker is back on his feet. The set-piece delivery from the Englishman is poor and Butland collects easily.
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      A cheap free-kick given away from Van Ginkel gives Wednesday the opportunity to get players forward for the first time in a while, however Wallace's cross goes into the hands of Butland.
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      The first of four minutes added onto the end of the match has been played and Stoke are looking to put the gloss on this victory but Joselu runs the ball out of play.

    Line Up




    northern ireland
    Michael O'Neill
    Neil Thompson



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 12 13
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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