A win at last for Stoke City, with Fletcher dismissing Wednesday


Stoke 1 Wednesday 0 – 16/2/21 7pm
Three points is three points, with Stoke waiting till the 83rd minute to finish off an otherwise dull game. For those who couldn’t stay awake, here’s how the game unfolded in real time:

Creators Thompson & McClean replace Clucas & baby Clarke. This is a must-win against Pulis-dumping Wednesday. A not-so-cold Tuesday in Stoke. Can City do it tonight?

16.15 Wednesday hit cross bar from a corner, but thankfully ref blows for nothing in particular. Phew.
31.10 Brown breaks into area, then allowing the ball to overrun, but despite getting a weak shot in, Fletcher & McClean scream at him for not passing instead. All he can do is laugh, but James gives him SUCH a look!
36.10 Josh Tymon on for wounded Fox.
44.45 Wednesday corner results in bodies everywhere, but somehow Stoke scramble it clear.
HT zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Stoke fair, Wednesday poor. 0-0.
53.35 McClean does the not-passing routine, & shoots over. Wonder if Brown screamed at him in return.
55.35 Fletcher injured winning back the ball, could be bad, another out for a while? Trying to play on. And with that man-bun…
59.48 Great run by Brown setting up Fletcher with a clear chance, but blocked by Lees. Weak. Well, it’s amazing he’s still on the pitch in his condition.
60.30 Gunn comes for a cross… then changes his mind!!! Leaves goal empty. Gets away with it. Bursik & Davies look on closely.
70.29 Brown setting up Joe Allen who does a Tom Ince, slicing it wide. (Ince languishing on bench at Luton.)
72.39 Batth seems to indicate that he’s fed up of Gunn’s constant chatter.
77.01 Clucas on for Thompson. Clarke on for McClean. Where will Jack play? Left or right? Left. Powell spending most of his time fiddling with his laces & boots.
82.56 1-0!!! Fletcher hits home after a Smith deep cross is headed down by a defender under pressure from Clucas. And I thought Fletcher would be out till Easter!
86.41 Clarke’s header brings out a save from keeper Westwood. He’s had nothing to do all day.
88.52 Mikel & Cousins on for Allen & Fletcher. Clinging on for 3 points.
90+4 Gunn saves from headed free kick as Stoke hearts stop for a second!
FT Stoke 1 Wednesday 0
Pulis would be proud!