The last meeting between the two sides here in 2002 was also goalless at that time but the Potters went on to win 4-0!
Great skills by Bojan who beats two men and attempts to find Ngoy on the left but he can't control it and it drops out for a throw in.
Not sure yet, we'll get an attendance through shortly. They're certainly brave souls coming in the cold and rain.
Muniesa strides over the halfway line to start a counter. It's worked to Bojan and he gets down the right before seeking out Crouch in the box but the cross is a bit too long and the striker cannot make contact. In the end he concedes a free kick chasing the ball with the defender
Bury have a corner and its flicked on where its headed to goal. Hope looks to hook the ball into the goal but puts it wide from close range.
There's the half-time whistle, 0-0 at the break here
The weather is certainly having an impact on proceedings tonight but we're also hoping for some goals in this second half
Stoke's players return from the tunnel ready for the second half. First they'll do a little warm up drill.
Bury get the match back underway with Andrew Tutte. Stoke shooting towards the Boothen End in this second half
Imbula drives forward from deep and past two midfielders before spreading it out wide to Ngoy. He cuts inside and crosses towards Crouch but that one is turned behind for a Stoke corner despite the keeper's best efforts
In comes the corner where Crouch heads it back across goal only for it to be half cleared. It's worked back into the area where Verlinden puts a header back across goal and narrowly wide! Unlucky there the Belgian, almost a first goal of the evening!
Bojan spreads the play out wide to Verlinden and he takes his man on. He cuts onto is left to cross for Crouch where it's headed clear by a defender. Stoke do win a corner though after Imbula keeps play alive
698 tonight's attendance including 164 from Bury
In comes a cross from the Bury right where Hope gets on the end and diverts it torwards the back post area. Haugaard gets on the end of it just about and puts it behind for a corner. Cleared.
Danns get some power onto a left footed drive from the right and Haugaard is forced into a save
Bury corner after Taylor is forced to put the ball behind
Kay brings down Muniesa on the halfway line after the defender had won the ball before heading forward to play a one-two with Bojan
Stoke work the ball to the right wing where Verlinden crosses only for Williams to gather at the second attempt
Bojan then meets a pass down the right and crosses low for Crouch but that one was played several yards in front of him
Stoke are working hard in an attempt to find a breakthrough in the driving rain but have so far been unable to fashion one. Half an hour still to play
Bojan fouled by Mellis and Stoke get a free kick midway into the half. Mellis enters the book as well.
Lecygne flights the free kick into the box where Crouch rises to meet it, but can only divert the ball narrowly wide of goal