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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Stoke City

Ahmed Hegazi (right) and Ben Foster (centre) fail to clear
Peter Crouch (left) has scored twice for Stoke this season

West Brom's 100% winning start to the season came to an end as a terrible defensive mix-up between Ahmed Hegazi and Ben Foster gifted Stoke a draw at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies were on course to join Manchester United on nine points at the top of the Premier League after Jay Rodriguez headed home his first league goal for the club on his home debut.

But in attempting to clear a seemingly innocuous chipped cross from substitute Ramadan Sobhi, Hegazi and keeper Foster both missed the ball - allowing Peter Crouch to head into an unguarded net.

Prior to Rodriguez's goal there had been only one shot on target - a dipping, deflected Kurt Zouma shot that Foster was able to tip over the crossbar.

The game livened up in its final quarter, with Rodriguez looping a header on to the top of the bar and Hegazi having a close-range header tipped over.

But the Egyptian defender's costly aberration proved to be the encounter's defining moment and leaves Albion focused on the two points lost as opposed to the one gained.

The draw continues Stoke's positive response to their opening-game loss at Everton, which has seen them claim four points thanks to a home win over Arsenal and Sunday's game in the West Midlands.

Hegazi blots his copybook

Ahmed Hegazi (centre)
Ahmed Hegazi is on a season-long loan from Fiorentina

The first 257 minutes of Hegazi's West Brom career suggested that Tony Pulis had pulled off a masterstroke in acquiring the Egypt international on loan from Italian side Fiorentina.

He scored on his debut against Bournemouth to get Albion's season off to a winning start and then contributed to the clean sheet that followed in another victory at Burnley.

He came close to adding to his burgeoning reputation with a header that would have made it 2-0 and sealed another hard-fought victory.

Instead, some of his good work has been undone by his first real error in a Baggies shirt.

However, Albion were always vulnerable to such a mistake as a result of their lack of a cutting edge in attack.

When fit, Rodriguez has scored goals on a regular basis and his predatory finish suggests he will do so again at his new club, but he is noticeably lacking in able support.

Central striker Salomon Rondon spent much of the game isolated, while James Morrison and Matt Phillips failed to provide an attacking threat from midfield.

It is no surprise that Pulis is reportedly to be weighing up a move for Watford forward Troy Deeney before the transfer window closes.

Salomon Rondon touches
Salomon Rondon had only four touches in the box and was an isolated figure for much of the game

Stoke rely on fortune and fight

Fortuitous it may have been, but Stoke's leveller was reward for a display that saw them match their hosts for work-rate and resilience.

Their forward line of Jese, Xherdan Shaqiri and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting carried the greater threat through their movement and pace but too often they were guilty of over-playing in the final third.

Choupo-Moting was adamant he should have had a first-half penalty but was denied by a referee who spotted him hooking his trailing foot around the static leg of Chris Brunt.

In the end they were left to rely on West Brom's generosity and a well-placed Crouch, who ensured that the Potters avoided defeat after going behind - the first time they had done so in the Premier League since November 2016.

Man of the match - Darren Fletcher (Stoke)

Darren Fletcher
Neat and tidy, Fletcher was an impressive, calming presence in midfield against his former side. His passing accuracy of 92.3% was the highest in the match

'West Brom were the better team' - what they said

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "I think we had the best chances. You look at the money that Stoke have invested and they are a good side. We wanted Kurt Zouma but couldn't afford that loan fee.

"That's eight or nine games I have managed against Stoke and I am unbeaten. The game here, we were the better team. It's been a great start to the season."

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One mistake cost the Baggies - Tony Pulis

On deals before the transfer window "The chairman has just come in and we are hoping we can bring the players in we need. We have specific areas, and specific players."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We have gone behind against the run of play and showed good character to come back. We were the team that was pushing to the end. It wasn't a high quality game - a poor game, I have to admit. But you have to stick with it. I was pleased we were able to show that mentality.

"The conditions took the edge off both sides. Warm day, long grass, no water on the pitch. At the end we will take the point. In my view we should have had a penalty for a handball but the referee disagrees."

Hughes also hinted at a few new faces before the transfer window closed adding: "The group could have maybe do with one or two to add to the quality we have. We will try."

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Mark Hughes 'grateful' for a point for the Potters

Crouch ahead of the rest - the stats you need to know

  • This was West Brom's first Premier League draw at The Hawthorns since October 2016 (1-1 against Tottenham)
  • Tony Pulis is yet to lose a Premier League game against former side Stoke (W5 D2)
  • Jay Rodriguez netted his first Premier League goal for West Brom and his second in all competitions, having scored against Accrington in the EFL Cup in midweek
  • Rodriguez has scored three Premier League goals against Stoke - against no side has he scored more (also three against Newcastle)
  • Only six players have scored more Premier League goals as a substitute than Peter Crouch (13)
  • It was Crouch's 51st headed Premier League goal, more than any other player. In 2017 alone, only Fernando Llorente (6) has scored more headers than Crouch (4) in the Premier League
  • Mark Hughes avoided defeat in a Premier League game at The Hawthorns for only the third time (W1 D2 L8)

What next?

After the international break, West Brom travel to Brighton for a 15:00 BST kick-off on Saturday, 9 September.

Stoke are at home against early leaders Manchester United on the same day, (17:30).

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 11Brunt
  • 18Barry
  • 8Livermore
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forMcCleanat 74'minutes
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forYacobat 70'minutes
  • 19RodriguezBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBurkeat 88'minutes
  • 9RondónBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 17Burke
  • 22Chadli
  • 28Field
  • 49Wilson

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 6Zouma
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 20CameronSubstituted forSobhiat 69'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 4AllenBooked at 88mins
  • 3PietersBooked at 33mins
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 11JeséSubstituted forCrouchat 62'minutes
  • 10Choupo-Moting

Substitutes

  • 8Johnson
  • 9Berahino
  • 16Adam
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Sobhi
  • 33Grant
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
22,704

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 1.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Burke with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Oliver Burke replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Booking

Joe Allen (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nyom.

Attempt blocked. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Booking

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Foul by Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City).

James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 1. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramadan Sobhi.

Attempt missed. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Darren Fletcher.

Attempt missed. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Matt Phillips.

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) hits the bar with a header from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Claudio Yacob replaces James Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Geoff Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Allen.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd3300100109
2Liverpool32108357
3Huddersfield32104047
4Man City32105237
5West Brom32103127
6Chelsea32016426
7Watford31205325
8Southampton31203215
9Tottenham31114314
10Burnley31114404
11Stoke31112204
12Everton311123-14
13Swansea311124-24
14Newcastle31023303
15Leicester310256-13
16Arsenal310248-43
17Brighton301204-41
18Bournemouth300315-40
19Crystal Palace300306-60
20West Ham3003210-80
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