• Wrexham take second-half lead at Britannia
  • Arnautovic levels with 10 minutes remaining
  • Stephen Ireland double seals win
  • Stoke into Monday's fourth-round draw

Non-league Wrexham surrendered a second-half lead as Premier League Stoke City progressed in the FA Cup.

The Conference side - 97 places below the Potters in the football pyramid - led through Mark Carrington's header, sending 5,000 travelling fans wild.

But Marko Arnautovic tapped in when substitute Peter Crouch was denied and another replacement - Stephen Ireland - drove in from 18 yards.

Ireland added a third with a powerful finish as Stoke reached round four.

The Potters - a comfortable 11th in the Premier League - look well placed to target a cup run with no obvious threat of relegation from the top flight.

But a repeat of their 2011 run to Wembley looked in jeopardy against a side known for their own FA Cup exploits until Mark Hughes's introduction of Crouch paid dividends as he created two quick-fire goals.

Wrexham celebrate

Mark Carrington gave Wrexham the lead on 73 minutes but they conceded three late goals

Hughes, a three-time FA Cup winner as a player, is Wrexham born and knew all about his opponents' cup pedigree.

The Welsh side claimed the scalps of Arsenal, Ipswich and Middlesbrough in the '90s and although they are now in a seventh straight season outside the Football League, arrived at the Britannia in confident mood, with one defeat in eight.

With an army of their supporters making the 40-mile trip to fill Stoke's South Stand, Kevin Wilkin's side showed energy and discipline to shut down space in a first half devoid of chances.

Their 20-year-old on-loan goalkeeper Jonathan Flatt excelled and in just his fourth senior appearance brilliantly denied Crouch an opener in the second period, tipping a header over the bar.

It was a first serious threat from Stoke, who looked disjointed having made seven changes, and when Dragons' midfielder Wes York curled a 25-yard effort against the crossbar the away contingent sensed an upset.

It appeared to have arrived moments later when Carrington connected with Connor Jennings's right-wing cross to power a header into the bottom corner - but dreams of a first fourth-round appearance since 2000 were short-lived.

Never in doubt

Stoke have met Wrexham 16 times and won on 15 occasions

Crouch muscled space in the box and when Flatt - who now returns to Wolves - saved his effort, Arnautovic could not miss.

Ireland too profited from Crouch's efforts as the tall centre forward executed a perfect knockdown for the midfielder to score with a low drive from 18 yards.

The Irishman's second was more intricate as an exchange of passes around the edge of the area afforded the ex-Manchester City player time to pick his spot and send the 2011 runners-up into Monday's draw.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "At 1-0, I thought we were going out to be perfectly honest. We didn't play anything like we should have done and credit to Wrexham, they were excellent.

"In the end we got away wit it. We made changes at the end to try to get some craft into our play and thankfully Stephen Ireland took the game away from them.

"It's been a tough period for everybody and I think I have 17 or 18 players I can call upon. I was hoping I didn't have to use the likes of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters but felt we needed to in the end."

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin: "I am very proud but there is a lot of disappointment in the dressing room.

"It is a difficult one to take when we have gone as close as we have. We are proud of what we did but it is tinged with a bit of disappointment that we haven't got at least a replay."

Wrexham fans

An estimated 5,000 Wrexham fans made the trip to Stoke

Stoke v Wrexham

Wrexham goalkeeper Jonathan Flatt, 20, had just four senior appearances to his name before kick-off

Mark Carrington scores

Mark Carrington's header was just his second goal in 26 appearances this season

Stephen Ireland scores

Stephen Ireland (centre) came off the bench to find the net twice in the closing stages

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 22 Butland
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 04 Huth
  • 12 Wilson
  • 20 Cameron (Ireland - 76' )
  • 21 Sidwell (Crouch - 62' )
  • 10 Arnautovic
  • 16 Adam
  • 24 Assaidi
  • 18 Diouf (Walters - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Pieters
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 Ireland
  • 19 Walters
  • 25 Crouch
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 34 Shenton

Wrexham

  • 27 Flatt Booked
  • 30 Pearson
  • 04 Smith
  • 05 Hudson
  • 03 Ashton
  • 02 Carrington (Moult - 90' )
  • 08 Harris
  • 26 Hunt
  • 15 Evans Booked (Clarke - 82' )
  • 24 Jennings
  • 16 York (Bishop - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Coughlin
  • 06 Clarke
  • 07 Durrell
  • 09 Moult
  • 10 Bishop
  • 14 Tomassen
  • 18 White
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 19,423

Match Stats

Possession

58 42

Shots

21 7

On target

8 3

Corners

13 5

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 3, Wrexham 1.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Wrexham 1.

90:00 +4:11

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Wrexham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Wrexham 1. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

90:00 +2:42

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:42

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Wrexham).

89:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Louis Moult replaces Mark Carrington.

88:39

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:39

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

88:16

Hand ball by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

87:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Wrexham 1. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

85:50 Booking

Booking Jonathan Flatt (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

82:16

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

81:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Joe Clarke replaces Rob Evans.

81:14

Attempt missed. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

79:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Wrexham 1. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

79:15

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:09

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Johnny Hunt.

77:06

Robert Huth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:06

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Geoff Cameron.

75:15

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

75:15

Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:34 Booking

Booking Rob Evans (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

74:08

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:08

Foul by Rob Evans (Wrexham).

72:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 0, Wrexham 1. Mark Carrington (Wrexham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Jennings with a cross.

71:41

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

71:04

Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:04

Foul by Jay Harris (Wrexham).

70:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Andy Bishop replaces Wes York.

67:17

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

67:06

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonathan Flatt.

66:57

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

65:12

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Blaine Hudson.

64:09

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

63:25

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

63:25

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:54

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

62:22

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jay Harris.

61:44

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Marko Arnautovic.

61:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Steve Sidwell.

60:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

60:39

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

60:31

Wes York (Wrexham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

57:59

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

56:30

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:44

Delay in match Manny Smith (Wrexham) because of an injury.

53:44

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:44

Foul by Rob Evans (Wrexham).

52:57

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

52:57

Rob Evans (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:18

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

51:41

Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:41

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

49:24

Attempt missed. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

46:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:55

Delay in match James Pearson (Wrexham) because of an injury.

45:35

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

45:35

James Pearson (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 0, Wrexham 0.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 0, Wrexham 0.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).

45:00 +0:46

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:21

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

44:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonathan Flatt.

42:37

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

42:37

Mark Carrington (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:21

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

40:21

Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:01

Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:42

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Blaine Hudson.

39:31

Attempt blocked. Robert Huth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:18

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Manny Smith.

39:04

Attempt blocked. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

36:24

Attempt blocked. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

36:02

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

34:18

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

34:18

Mark Carrington (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:22

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

33:22

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:06

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

32:06

Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:02

Attempt saved. Rob Evans (Wrexham) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:00

Hand ball by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

23:56

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Jack Butland.

20:57

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:57

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:57

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

18:14

Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

17:40

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jay Harris.

17:11

Robert Huth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:11

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

14:51

Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:51

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

13:18

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

13:18

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:28

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:28

Foul by Rob Evans (Wrexham).

10:57

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonathan Flatt.

10:45

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

10:14

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Neil Ashton.

9:18

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

9:18

Connor Jennings (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:51

Attempt saved. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:37

Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:52

Attempt missed. Johnny Hunt (Wrexham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

5:18

Johnny Hunt (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:18

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

3:51

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:51

Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke City).

2:07

Attempt blocked. Neil Ashton (Wrexham) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

1:31

Corner, Wrexham. Conceded by Robert Huth.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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