Stoke see red in end-of-season 0-0 draw


Stoke 0 Preston 0 – 17/4/21 12.30

Another poor game, another clean sheet, and a poor red card. Is that all to be said about this end-of-season debacle? Here’s how the game unfolded in real time:

It’s Norton-in-The-Moors as Christian makes his full debut. A tough looking young striker playing alongside the tough-looking old striker (sorry, Fletch). Dean Holden’s first game as City’s coach/assistant-manager. The players will need to impress the former Bristol manager. Or else!
7.35 Norton pushed over by two defenders…and the ref gives a goal kick!! Replay shows a clear penalty. Fletch more apoplectic than Norton about it!.
14.35 North End players falling over all over the pitch, and the ref being very pro-Preston. Just saying.
18.25 Powell charges into the area and takes out TWO defenders, but for once the ref doesn’t blow. Smith blasts a shot just over.
20.11 Ched Evans knocks over his marker and scores, but ref calls it back. Yes, it’s THAT Ched Evans. You know, the one who won goal-of-the-month for March.
26.10 Tymon has a one-on-one with keeper Iversen, but despite 2 bites of the cherry, the side-netting is the best he can do. Oh, Josh!
33.01 Powell loops a shot that Iversen has to bat way, waving his arms around as if he was waving to his parents in the crowd.
40.45 Norton so scaring the Preston defence that Whiteman almost puts the ball in his own net!
42.35 Norton shoved over again in the box…and the ref AGAIN gives a goal kick, not even a corner! What game is he watching??
HT 0-0 with 60% possession.
46.25 Norton clatters a defender in true Tyrese style.
50.30 Bizarre situation as the ref stops the game for a head injury, which the replay shows Fletch the guilty party. The drop ball is given to Stoke! Fletch lucky to still be on the pitch, despite his protestations.
63.45 Souttar gets a free header but somehow it goes wide.
67.30 Hughes’ free kick comes back off the post! Clucas conceded the kick, almost getting red-carded. Subs required!
73.30 Fletcher’s headed goal is ruled out for offside! Thompson on for Clucas, Brown on for Norton. Seems MON was listening to me after all!
76.50 Powell collapses after an appalling tackle, which the ref ignores!! Davies makes a great catch. Vokes on for Fletch.
86.20 Red card for Harry for supposedly bringing down Browne yet replay shows barely any contact!!! Probably not even a foul!!! Free kick beaten away.
88.29 Batth on for Tymon, replacing Souttar.
90+2 Jacob Brown somehow wins the ball, but Vokes hasn’t bothered keeping up with play.
FT 0-0. Wasted.