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Stoke City hold Manchester City to a goalless Draw 

Hosts Stoke City were clearly the better side but failed to convert their chances as their match with Manchester City ended in a scoreless draw.

Pellegrini made as many as six changes to his lineup and it really showed as City were lacking the attacking fluidity they are usually associated with and appeared cluelees for most of the match especailly in the final third. Stoke, though, deserve full credit for doing their job, but it was hardly an advert for the game the way in which both sides approach the match.

It was a dull first-half at Britannia stadium as Stoke City and Manchester City were not willing to give an inch to the other.

City had their first chance to break the deadlock after just seven minutes when Alvaro Negredo almost struck from a dodgy backpass to Asmir Begovic.

Five minutes later Jonathan Walters had a magnificent chance to give hosts the lead, but his headed attempt was off target much to the dismay of fans at the Britannia.

Kenwyne Jones then found himself with just the keeper to beat ten minutes before the break, but was unable to get beyond a resilient Joe Hart in the City goal.

Alexander Kolarov had the last chnace of the first half with an ambitious 30 yard freekick that went pver the bar.

Stoke improved a lot in the second half and put City under the cosh, still that elusive goal did not arrive.

Kenwyne Jones had a chance in the 55th minute after jumping higher than his City marker but missed an open goal and sent it over the crossbar.

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In the 69th minute, less than two minutes after entering the match, new Stoke signing Marko Arnautovic nearly put Stoke in the lead when he sent a low cross in front of Hart that hit the upright. Jones’s followed up but smashed the ball well over the bar.

In the final minutes Stoke’s Robert Huth took an accidental knee to the head and was feared a severe injury as he was not able to move while lying on the ground. After a couple minutes Huth walked off the pitch and returned to play, despite looking quite dazed to help Stoke keep a clean sheet which they eventually achieved.

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