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Stoke City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Stoke and West Brom played out a 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium, meaning Mark Hughes's Potters have only scored one goal in five Premier League games.

The Baggies had a strong appeal for a second-half penalty when Youssouf Mulumbu ghosted past Charlie Adam, only for Adam to tread on his heels.

Referee Howard Webb looked to assistant Mike Mullarkey, who waved play on.

Stephane Sessegnon should have won it for the visitors late on, but shot straight at Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic.

The hosts' best chance fell to Adam, whose shot from the halfway line was tipped over by Boaz Myhill, as the game finished goalless - as had their last meeting, in March.

West Brom are now unbeaten in five league games for the first time since April 2011, but Stoke have not won in the league since defeating West Ham in August.

After an opening where neither team's players seemed capable of passing to a player in the same coloured shirt, West Brom gradually started to have the better of the first half.

Sessegnon missed a great chance, beating two Stoke defenders, but his shot was easily gathered by Begovic, who made a fine stop soon after.

Fierce tracking back by Victor Anichebe won the ball back for Sessegnon, and when the Benin attacker played in Morgan Amalfitano, his clumsy first touch left him without enough space to lift the ball over the goalkeeper.

Stoke's best chance of the first half came from a well-rehearsed free-kick. Marko Arnautovic side-footed through to Stephen Ireland, whose pull-back was clipped away for a corner from the edge of the six-yard box.

West Brom's penalty claim came not long after the break as Mulumbu slipped past Adam in the penalty area with a deft change of pace, before the ex-Liverpool midfielder trod on the Congo player's heels.

Although referee Webb did not have a clear view, his assistant ruled there was no infringement.

Stoke used the close call to spur them on as Arnautovic pinged in a low cross at the other end, with Ireland blazing over the bar from close range.

Soon after, Adam tried his luck from halfway, with a rapidly backpedalling Myhill getting back just in time to tip over the bar.

Arnautovic and Ireland continued to link well, with the Austrian just short of prodding home the on-loan midfielder's cross.

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Stoke lack killer touch - Hughes

Sessegnon should have won it in injury time, beating four players, but once again, could only fire straight at Begovic.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "It was well-fought and evenly matched. Our keeper made a number of outstanding saves, most notably at the end, for which we're very grateful. Nil-nil was a fair result for both teams.

"West Brom will question that penalty opportunity but I was saying the same thing at Fulham a couple of weeks back. Perhaps these things even themselves out.

"We're looking for that killer touch up front: we've used different combinations. We're very close - it's a matter of getting our noses in front in a match."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Begovic
  • 28WilkinsonBooked at 73mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 16AdamSubstituted forWilsonat 80'minutes
  • 17Shawcross
  • 4Huth
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forJonesat 57'minutes
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forPalaciosat 90+2'minutes
  • 32Ireland
  • 24Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 8Palacios
  • 9Jones
  • 12Wilson
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Etherington
  • 29Sørensen

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 28Jones
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuley
  • 3Olsson
  • 18AmalfitanoSubstituted forMorrisonat 62'minutes
  • 5Yacob
  • 16AnichebeSubstituted forLongat 75'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 38BerahinoSubstituted forAnelkaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Morrison
  • 9Long
  • 11Brunt
  • 19Daniels
  • 20Vydra
  • 25Dawson
  • 39Anelka
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
25,904

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.
Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Marko Arnautovic.
Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon with a cross.
Attempt saved. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell.
Attempt blocked. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka.
Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).
Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City).
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Wilson replaces Charlie Adam.
Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).
Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City).
Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Shane Long replaces Victor Anichebe.
Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi.
Attempt saved. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City).
Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Boaz Myhill.
Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.
Attempt saved. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam.
Attempt saved. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell.
Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Morgan Amalfitano.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Nicolas Anelka replaces Saido Berahino.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Jonathan Walters.
Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a headed pass following a corner.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Erik Pieters.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).
goal

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8Man Utd8323111
9Hull8323-211
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11Swansea8314110
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14West Ham822408
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16Cardiff8224-58
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