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West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Stoke City

James Morrison
James Morrison has netted three goals in his last five Premier League games

James Morrison's early goal was enough to ensure West Brom beat Stoke at The Hawthorns to consolidate their place in the top 10.

The Baggies started brightly, with Salomon Rondon netting inside four minutes only to be flagged offside.

Just two minutes later, Morrison latched onto Nacer Chadli's pass and tapped it past Lee Grant.

Saido Berahino, who moved from the Baggies to Stoke in January, was booed when he came on in the 58th minute.

West Brom withstood a late attack from the visitors to keep their second clean sheet in 12 games and stay in eighth place.

The result means that Stoke slip from ninth to 11th in the table, seven points behind the Baggies.

Argentine Claudio Yacob was missing for West Brom after being taken to hospital with suspected appendicitis.

Baggies dictate pace amid home comforts

Only the top four have scored more Premier League goals at home than West Brom this season

West Brom have lost just one of their past six league games and their confidence was evident in the speed with which they started as Livermore's fine pass set up Rondon's offside effort.

Stoke struggled to keep up with the home side in the first half, with Morrison and Chadli combining well to first set up the goal and then outpace the Potters' defence.

It was the visitors' finishing that will trouble them the most, with their strong second-half start going unrewarded as Erik Pieters fluffed a simple header from six yards out.

Stoke had conceded in the 90th minute on the past two occasions the two sides had met and came close again here, but Joe Allen's excellent late block denied Livermore, who was Albion's only permanent signing in the transfer window.

No love lost between the two clubs

Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino moved to Stoke for £12m in January after seven years with West Brom

The boos for Berahino began before the match as he warmed up with his team-mates and continued as he pulled on a Stoke shirt for the first time against his old side.

His £12m move in January after seven years with the Baggies left the fans unimpressed, but the striker hardly saw any of the ball after he was introduced midway through the second half.

His one significant touch in the area, under pressure from the West Brom defence, saw him slip over the ball and allow his former team to counter-attack, which drew wry cheers from the crowd.

Stoke's main attack came from Allen, who was sprightly, but the visitors were unable to make the breakthrough in a tense final 10 minutes.

There was no handshake between the managers as the game ended, with Tony Pulis walking straight down the tunnel while an unimpressed Mark Hughes stayed on the sidelines.

Berahino, however, received an arm around the shoulders from his former team-mate Rondon.

Man of the match - Jake Livermore (West Brom)

Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore, making his full debut for the Baggies, worked well with James Morrison and Nacer Chadli. The trio set the pace of the game, outrunning Stoke's defence in the first half.

Morrison equals season's best - match stats

  • West Brom have enjoyed six wins in their last seven home Premier League games (L1).
  • Since Tony Pulis took over at The Hawthorns on 10 January 2015, the Baggies have registered 13 1-0 wins in the top-flight - the most of any team in this period.
  • Stoke have lost four of their last five top-flight away games, with their only win in this run coming at Sunderland last month.
  • James Morrison has netted three goals in his last five Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 29.
  • Morrison has now netted five league goals this season, equalling his best season tally in the Premier League (five in 11-12 and 12-13).
  • Midfielder Morrison now has 28 Premier League goals for West Brom, a haul only Peter Odemwingie (30) can better.
  • Nacer Chadli registered his first goal involvement in his last 14 Premier League games, after scoring four and assisting two in his first five this season.

Managers on the game... and the lack of a handshake!

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We're pleased. If you look at Stoke, they have a smashing squad of players. They've got a strong squad so it's a good result for us today.

"The supporters have really stuck with us and got behind us and can see what we're trying to do. These things take time to get right and it really annoys me when people change managers quickly.

"You get labelled for things you've done at other clubs, but I have always tried to get the best out of my players at all the clubs I've been at.

On not shaking hands with Hughes: "I shook hands with Eddie [Niedzwiecki, Stoke coach] and Mark was walking away towards their supporters so that was that."

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Pulis has 'no problem' with Hughes

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We've played a lot better than today. We've been on a decent run and have been playing well but for whatever reason it wasn't good enough

"I was disappointed in the referee to be perfectly honest. West Brom were winning so they weren't going to rush to get the ball back into play so he allowed himself to be messed around in that regard."

On not shaking hands with Pulis: "I was there. If he came over I would have shook it. He didn't shake my hand at the start of the game either. I was the guest of the club, surely."

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'Poor first-half' frustrates Hughes

What next?

West Brom are away at West Ham on Saturday 11 February (15:00 GMT), while Stoke host Crystal Palace on the same day, also at 15:00.

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1FosterBooked at 66mins
  • 2Nyom
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 11Brunt
  • 24Fletcher
  • 8Livermore
  • 10PhillipsBooked at 60minsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 87'minutes
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forFieldat 89'minutes
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forMcCleanat 66'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 3Olsson
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 12Wilson
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 45Leko
  • 47Field

Stoke

  • 33Grant
  • 2Bardsley
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins IndiBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 6Whelan
  • 16AdamSubstituted forDioufat 58'minutes
  • 14AfellaySubstituted forNgoyat 69'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 10ArnautovicBooked at 30mins
  • 25CrouchSubstituted forBerahinoat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 9Berahino
  • 12Bony
  • 18Diouf
  • 21Imbula
  • 24Given
  • 45Ngoy
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
23,921

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 0.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Julien Ngoy (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Phil Bardsley.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

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

Booking

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces James Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Matt Phillips.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Phil Bardsley with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

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

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

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lee Grant.

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.

Hand ball by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Julien Ngoy replaces Ibrahim Afellay.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Nyom tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Nacer Chadli.

Offside, Stoke City. Joe Allen tries a through ball, but Ibrahim Afellay is caught offside.

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.

Attempt saved. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

Booking

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Charlie Adam.

goal

As It Stood

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2Tottenham24148246163050
3Arsenal24145552282447
4Liverpool24137452302246
5Man City23144547281946
6Man Utd23119333211242
7Everton24117640271340
8West Brom2410683229336
9West Ham2494113241-931
10Watford2486102940-1130
11Stoke247892936-729
12Burnley2492132635-929
13Southampton2476112431-727
14Bournemouth2475123547-1226
15Middlesbrough2449111927-821
16Leicester2356122438-1421
17Swansea2363142852-2421
18Hull2455142247-2520
19Crystal Palace2454153245-1319
20Sunderland2454152442-1819
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