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Stoke City 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Fourth successive goalless draw for Potters

Bojan chance
Bojan had a chance to score in the second half, but Keiren Westwood saved well

Stoke City recorded a fourth successive goalless draw in the Championship as they failed to break down Sheffield Wednesday.

George Boyd had a goal ruled out for offside for Wednesday, while Tom Edwards' curling effort went just wide for Stoke as neither side registered an effort on target before the break.

Keiren Westwood made two fine saves from Bojan and Benik Afobe as Stoke upped the pace early in the second half.

Westwood was again the hero late on as he saved a Bojan effort before Stoke defender Danny Batth managed to head wide in front of an open goal in the dying moments.

The point sees Stoke move above Swansea City into 14th place in the Championship, while Wednesday drop two places to 11th after Bristol City and Nottingham Forest both won and the Owls are now three points off the play-off places.

The result means Stoke are the first team to record four consecutive goalless draws in the top four divisions of English football since Arsenal managed the feat in February 2009.

Nathan Jones' side have scored just four goals in their last 11 matches and have failed to find the net in eight of those games.

But they are unbeaten in their last eight matches having registered seven draws and one win - a 2-0 victory at home to Nottingham Forest on 2 March.

Stoke manager Nathan Jones:

"That it is as good as we have played. We are evolving into a real fluent side. I was delighted with so many aspects of the performance.

"But I'm just a little bit frustrated as that's the fourth 0-0 on the trot and I don't know how that has happened.

"I think the goal was offside, that might have changed the complexion of the game, but if one of our 12 opportunities had gone in, in any way, it would have been a different game."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce:

"The big chance, we think he (Boyd) was onside for the goal. The linesman took an eternity to make it (the decision), and when you look at it, I thought the rule was to benefit the attacker, not the other way.

"So that was a big decision for us. That would have been nice for us to go 1-0 up, but with all the problems we've had, we'll take the draw.

"Considering the problems we had with Rolando (Aarons) missing out, we're playing makeshift at the minute, if the truth be known. It's a point, but it's not particularly what we want."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17Shawcross
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 7InceBooked at 84mins
  • 4Allen
  • 8Etebo
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forVerlindenat 71'minutes
  • 27Bojan
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forDioufat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 5Williams
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 31Verlinden
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15LeesBooked at 45mins
  • 34Hector
  • 2Palmer
  • 20ReachSubstituted forMatiasat 89'minutes
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 43mins
  • 10Bannan
  • 21Boyd
  • 14HooperSubstituted forNuhiuat 69'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forWinnallat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 25Dawson
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
26,398

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thibaud Verlinden.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias replaces Adam Reach.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Thibaud Verlinden (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bojan.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Tom Ince (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Stoke City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Edwards with a through ball.

Thomas Edwards (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Thomas Edwards (Stoke City).

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thibaud Verlinden with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Thibaud Verlinden replaces James McClean.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Gary Hooper.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Benik Afobe.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bojan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39249678483081
2Leeds39237966412576
3Sheff Utd39228966372974
4West Brom392010975502570
5Aston Villa391515970551560
6Derby381611115245759
7Bristol City371610114840858
8Middlesbrough381513104032858
9Nottm Forest391415105445957
10Preston391512125952757
11Sheff Wed391414114851-356
12Hull39159155656054
13Brentford3813111460501050
14Stoke391018113742-548
15Swansea37138164648-247
16Blackburn391211165362-947
17QPR39128194661-1544
18Birmingham391214135552341
19Reading39913174257-1540
20Wigan391010194157-1640
21Millwall38910194358-1537
22Rotherham39715174167-2636
23Bolton3988232864-3632
24Ipswich39315213064-3424
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