Charlie Adam’s lone goal was enough to see Stoke past Norwich in a static game at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Tony Pulis names an unchanged side after his side won against QPR last week. Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome led the line, but Norwich chose to make several changes. Ryan Bennett started in place of Turner while Whittaker and Tettey come in for Javier Garrido and Elliot Bennett.
Stoke had only managed 6 wins at home this season but started strongly, with early possession and a corner testing the Norwich defence.
Norwich began to control the ball but they couldn’t bring their possession to mean anything. Stoke were limited to chances from set pieces, and Steven N'Zonzi was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after a dangerous challenge on Kamara in the 25th minute.
The half continued in a very tepid fashion and there were no real chances on goal and certainly no saves that had to be made. Both teams went in at half time knowing they had to improve.
Stoke took the game by the scruff of the neck when the second half resumed and scored immediately, with only their second goal in five home games. Crouch headed on to Charlie Adam, who took the ball away from a defender before putting it past the keeper to make it 1-0.
Despite the goal, the game returned to its state of scrappy play and neither side really saw many chances in front of goal. Crouch could have made something of a rebound after N'Zonzi’s shot, but his miss was forgiven after the offside flag was raised.
Stoke will be happy with back-to-back wins for the first time this year, while Norwich remain 4 points above the relegation zone.