Premier League - Whittingham spot kick earns point for Cardiff against Stoke

Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff City 1 (Whittingham pen 51) Stoke City 1 (Arnautovic pen 45+3)

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Cardiff celebrate their equaliser against Stoke (Reuters)

Peter Whittingham’s second half spot kick rescued a point for Cardiff against a resolute Stoke City side at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Whittingham slotted home in the 51st minute after Frazier Campbell was tripped by Stephen Nzonzi having just got a toe to the ball before the Frenchman.

The equaliser came after Howard Webb pointed to the spot at the end of the first half when Peter Odemwingie was adjudged to have been tripped by Kim.

Birthday boy Marko Arnautovic stepped up to drill the ball down the middle and give Stoke the half-time lead.

Asmir Begovic and David Marshall were both called in to action to keep the scores level approaching the midway point, producing fantastic flying saves from an Odemwingie drive and a Whittingham curling free kick.

The second half saw Cardiff equalise from the spot before having a Juan Cala goal disallowed for offside as he nodded home from close range.

The visitors went closest to winning the game in extra time when Oussamma Assaidi forced a great save from Marshall low to his right before Jonathan Walters cracked the cross bar with a curling shot from the edge of the area.

The result leaves takes Cardiff above Fulham and into 18th on goal difference having both amassed 30 points. Stoke stay in tenth and are two points behind Newcastle.

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KEY MOMENTS

6’ – EARLY CHANCE – Shawcross can’t cut out Daehli’s slide rule pass to Mutch in the box who takes a shot first time which Begovic saves well at his feet.

29’ – GREAT SAVE! – Ireland breaks through the middle and lays in Odemwingie on his right who strikes it first time but Marshall flings himself across the goal to palm the ball away.

43’ – FINGERTIPS – Begovic flies across his goal to get a fingertip on a lovely curling free kick from Whittingham.

45+3 – PENALTY CONTROVERSY – Odemwingie fell over after some contact with Kim. It looked soft but the ref pointed to the spot allowing Arnautovic to step up and drill it down the middle.

51’ – ANOTHER PENALTY – Campbell gets his toe to the ball before Nzonzi who’s outstretched leg trips the striker. Whittingham steps up and coolly slots home.

56’ – DISALLOWED GOAL! – Juan Cala thinks he has put Cardiff in front when he nods home the rebound from a Caulker shot but the linesman had his flag up.

90’ – KEEPS THEM IN IT! – David Marshall with another brilliant save as Assaidi strikes low and hard one-on-one but the Scot stayed tall and saved well.

90+1 – CROSSBAR – This time Marshall couldn’t get near it when Jonathan Walters bent a shot towards the top corner but it grazed the crossbar.

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KEY STATS

The penalty awarded against Cardiff today was the first for or against them this season in the Premier League.

This is the third time in a row a top-flight match between Cardiff and Stoke has ended in a draw.

Stoke have won just one of their last fifteen away matches in the Premier League, leaving their total this season at two away wins.

The Potters have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last ten away matches.

Marko Arnautovic scored on his birthday meaning Cardiff have not kept a clean sheet in their last five Premier League home games.

TALKING POINT

Is a point enough for Cardiff at this stage? Cardiff are in big trouble at the bottom of the league and need to pick up wins in their home games especially against sides with poor away records like Stoke. Having gone behind Solskjaer will be pleased they got back to win a point but in all honesty, they needed all three.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Peter Whittingham – He not only stepped up to net the equaliser from the spot but was Cardiff’s creative spark all afternoon and a thorn in the side of Stoke’s midfielders with his elusive running and clever passing.

PLAYER RATINGS

CARDIFF CITY – Marshall 8; Theophile-Catherine 7, Caulker 7, Cala 7, Fabio 7; Medel 8, Whittingham 9, Kim 7, Mutch 7, Dæhli 7; Campbell 7. Subs – Jones 6, Zaha 6, John 6.

STOKE CITY – Begovic 8; Cameron 7, Shawcross 7, Wilson 7, Pieters 6; Arnautovic 8, Nzonzi 6, Ireland 8, Whelan 7, Odemwingie 7; Crouch 7. Subs – Muniesa 7, Walters 6, Assaidi 7.

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