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West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Stoke City

By Alan JewellBBC Sport
Jonny Evans scores winnerfor West Brom v Stoke
Jonny Evans' late winner was his first goal for West Brom

Jonny Evans grabbed a stoppage-time winner for West Brom as Stoke suffered just their third defeat in 13 matches.

After a sterile first 60 minutes, Stephane Sessegnon fired the Baggies into the lead with a powerful shot.

Stoke created little in the second half but substitute Jonathan Walters headed them level from a superb Joselu cross.

Almost immediately, the visitors' Geoff Cameron was sent off for striking Claudio Yacob before Evans tapped home after a goalmouth scramble.

Relive how West Brom beat Stoke here

Stoke indiscipline costly again

Geoff Cameron red card
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has suggested they will appeal against Geoff Cameron's red card

Stoke had two men sent off within the first 30 minutes in the reverse fixture in August and needless indiscipline proved costly again at The Hawthorns.

The red card for Cameron, in reaction to a Yacob challenge, came much later in the game - the 82nd minute - but it followed within 60 seconds of substitute Walters heading an undeserved equaliser.

From being in a position where they could have stolen an unlikely three points, Mark Hughes' men were forced back on to the back foot.

The Baggies piled on the pressure, won a 93rd-minute corner and, after the ball pin-balled around the six-yard box, centre-half Evans tapped home his first goal for the club as Stoke appealed for offside in vain.

Pulis the man with Midas touch

'First class' West Brom please Pulis

Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis has now lost only once in 11 matches when managing in this fixture after West Brom won their second game in a row to move further away from the relegation zone.

The home team totally dominated the second half, having 11 shots to Stoke's three, and striker Rickie Lambert blew a great opportunity to put them 2-0 up when he miscontrolled after being put clean through.

Walters punished them almost immediately, but Evans, who along with captain Darren Fletcher performed superbly throughout, was in the right place as Stoke became the final team this season to concede in the Premier League from a corner.

Fletcher, who covered a match-high 11.03km, was key to the opening goal, winning possession and surging forward before finding James Morrison, who set up Sessegnon for his first league strike in over a year.

Pulis' men kept 17 league clean sheets in 2015 and, although they could not do so in their first match of 2016, they looked secure at the back for virtually the whole game and climb to 12th, just three points behind Stoke.

Stoke attacking spark goes missing

Stoke heat map
Stoke's heat map shows how little they threatened the West Brom goal

Stoke named an unchanged team for the third match in succession after wins over Manchester United and Everton but, having scored four at Goodison on Monday, offered little threat at The Hawthorns.

Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri linked up brilliantly at Everton but Evans and Gareth McAuley virtually nullified them, with the Swiss managing one tame shot in the second half.

Walters' goal came from nowhere, created by a rare moment of quality from fellow substitute Joselu, but they are still only four points from fifth-placed Manchester United in 10th and in a good position to climb the table in the second half of the season.

Man of the match - Jonny Evans (West Brom)

Jonny Evans
After grabbing the winner against Newcastle on Monday, Fletcher led by example for West Brom but Evans gets the vote for helping to subdue Stoke and also offering an attacking threat before his winning goal.

Managers' reaction

Hughes not happy with Yacob reaction

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "I don't think it was a high-quality game - we didn't play particularly well and I didn't think West Brom played particularly well.

"Geoff got caught late by the lad Yacob, he's just reacted to it and pushed the guy. We're not too happy with the reaction of the West Brom player. I think he went down really easily with the intention of maybe getting Geoff sent off, which he succeeded in doing.

"We'll look again tomorrow and we'll decide whether or not we appeal. At the moment, having seen it, that is probably what we will do."

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "Stoke have been flying and are a real high-quality team and we are very pleased to win.

"The equaliser would have given them momentum but the lad being sent off means it goes back our way."

The stats you need to know

  • Jonny Evans scored his first Premier League goal since Boxing Day 2012, when he scored for Manchester United against Newcastle
  • Stephane Sessegnon scored his first league goal for the Baggies since netting against Manchester United in October 2014
  • Jonathan Walters scored his first Premier League goal against West Brom since November 2010
  • Walters scored Stoke's first headed goal since September in the Premier League
  • No team has collected more red cards than Stoke City this campaign (four, level with West Ham)

What's next?

West Brom host Bristol City in the third round of the FA Cup next Saturdaybefore a league trip to Chelsea on 13 January, while Stoke are at home to Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday. After an FA Cup trip to Doncaster on 9 January, their next league game is home to Norwich on 13 January.


West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Evans
  • 11BruntBooked at 90mins
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5YacobSubstituted forBerahinoat 85'minutes
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forMcManamanat 90+2'minutes
  • 7Morrison
  • 17Lambert


  • 4Chester
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 16Gamboa
  • 18Berahino
  • 19McManaman
  • 21Lindegaard
  • 44Roberts


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8Johnson
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 3Pieters
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forWaltersat 68'minutes
  • 20CameronBooked at 83mins
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forAdamat 85'minutes
  • 14Afellay
  • 10ArnautovicBooked at 75mins
  • 27BojanSubstituted forJoseluat 64'minutes


  • 11Joselu
  • 12Wilson
  • 15Van Ginkel
  • 16Adam
  • 19Walters
  • 25Crouch
  • 29Haugaard
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Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamStoke
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

  4. Booking

    Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Stoke City 1. Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum McManaman replaces Craig Gardner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Dawson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

  14. Post update

    Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darren Fletcher tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Claudio Yacob.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

  20. Dismissal

    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is shown the red card for violent conduct.