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Neil Johnston

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    The answer is no.

    West Brom have their first league win of the season. 

    Highly controversial as Stoke finish with nine men.

    Thanks for your company

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Free-kick to Stoke 30 yards out after Rickie Lambert is booked for a foul.

    They can't can they?

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    It's all a little flat as the fourth official indicates four minutes of added time. 

    Stoke have battled well but this is a poor reflection on West Brom's attacking force. 

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Mark Hughes can have no complaints with how his nine men have restricted West Brom to a handful of chances.

    The Baggies have been far too casual this half. 

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Play is held up for a few moments as referee Michael Oliver goes over to speak to Mark Hughes. I don't think these two will be exchanging Christmas cards this year.

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Stoke are not giving up on this. 

    The Baggies have failed to press home their advantage against the nine-man Potters and the hosts test Boaz Myhill through Marko Arnautovic.


    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Huge roar from the home fans as Stoke win a rare corner shortly after Baggies substitute Cristian Gamboa is cautioned for a foul on Marco van Ginkel.


    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Xherdan Shaqiri's home debut is over. Stoke's club record signing is replaced by Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic.

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Cristian Gamboa immediately wins his side a free-kick after being hauled down by Erik Pieters, the Stoke defender shown a yellow card.


    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Changes for both teams.

    Stoke's Glen Johnson looks like he has taken a knock and is replaced by Marc Wilson.

    Meanwhile, Tony Pulis makes his third and final change for West Brom with Cristian Gamboa on for James McClean.

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Tony Pulis

    This is a bit odd.

    West Brom are playing at almost walking pace, inviting Stoke's nine men to come at them. 

    The hosts aren't biting. 

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Darren Fletcher is next to try his luck for West Brom but his deflected shot trickles wide of the target with the keeper rooted to his line.

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes is still agitated. He's waving his arms and pointing to his watch.

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Stoke's nine men are putting up a fight. West Brom are being restricted to a few half-chances but you sense the visitors will up the tempo and take advantage in the closing stages.

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    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Substitute Callum McManaman is already causing chaos down the wing. Stoke are penned inside their own half. The crowd is quiet apart from the 2,000 travelling Baggies fans.

  16. CLOSE!

    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    A huge chance for West Brom.

    Delicious by James Morrison as he whips in a wonderful cross to tee up Salomon Rondon but the striker heads over with just the keeper to beat. 


    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    The Baggies have made their second change. Callum McManaman is on for Craig Gardner.

  18. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Jeers around the ground ring out for referee Michael Oliver. Nine-man Stoke are back under way. Can they achieve mission impossible?

    Stoke v West Brom
  19. How West Brom scored...

    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    A great pass from Rickie Lambert unlocked Stoke's defence as Salomon Rondon headed home.  


    Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    If looks could kill...

    Mark Hughes marches towards the dressing room and the Stoke boss does not look happy.

    Stoke are down to nine men and are trailing. Surely they can't come back from this?

    Mark Hughes
  21. GOAL - Stoke 0-1 West Brom

    Salomon Rondon

    Stoke's nine men fail to hold out before half-time as Salomon Rondon heads West Brom ahead from close range following a cross from the right by substitute Rickie Lambert.

    Solomon Rondon
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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    You have to say West Brom have yet to really trouble the nine men of Stoke. New Baggies signing Salomon Rondon heads another chance tamely wide. 

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Just a few more minutes for Stoke to hold out until half-time.

    You get the feeling Mark Hughes is going to vent his anger at Michael Oliver. The Stoke boss has not calmed down. He looks livid.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    John Hartson

    Former Wales striker on Final Score

    Charlie Adam
    Quote Message: Initially Charlie Adam tries to get his foot out of the way, but then he seems to take a stamp. I think that's why he's been sent off."
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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Rickie Lambert does not need much time to get in the thick of the action. He tests Jack Butland with a stinging shot. The Stoke keeper deals with it by tipping the ball over the bar.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Home fans have turned their frustration on referee Michael Oliver.

    "You're not fit to referee" they chant.

    The Baggies have made an early change. Striker Rickie Lambert is on for Claudio Yacob.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Mark Hughes

    Incredible scenes at the Britannia. 

    Mark Hughes is not hiding his fury on the touchline after seeing two of his player sent off in the space of a few minutes.

    There's still another 55 minutes left. West Brom must surely fancy their first Premier League win in five games.

  28. RED CARD

    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Stoke are self destructing. Charlie Adam is shown a straight red for a foul on Craig Dawson. The Potters are down to nine men.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    John Hartson

    Former Wales striker on Final Score

    "There's nothing in it. Afellay taps him in the face. You can't raise your hands, but come on, it's so soft."  

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Stunned silence at the Britannia Stadium.

    Ibrahim Afellay puts his hand on Craig Gardner's face after being brought down by the West Brom man. Gardner gets a yellow but the Potters must play more than an hour with 10 men.

  31. RED CARD

    Stoke 0-0 West Brom


    High drama.

    Stoke are down to 10 men. Ibrahim Afellay is shown the red card after reacting to a challenge by Craig Gardner.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    I'd be lying if I said this is a cracker. It's not. Baggies captain Darren Fletcher is hobbling after a heavy challenge from Charlie Adam which goes unpunished.

    Rondon Whelan
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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    You wonder if Stoke will be made to pay for not taking advantage of all this possession. Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill has made two comfortable saves, with the visiting defence coping pretty well with everything that has been thrown at them. 

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Stoke win a free-kick 35 yards out. Charlie Adam fancies this. The midfielder takes a hard look at the West Brom net before firing...tamely at the keeper.

    Nothing to trouble Boaz Myhill there.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    First save and Mame Biram Diouf heads straight at Boaz Myhill following a cross from the right by Charlie Adam.

    Tony Pulis does not look happy. The West Brom boss has a stern look and his arms are crossed as he stands by the opposition dugout.

    Tony Pulis
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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Wow. Stoke have had 79% possession in the opening exchanges. Long afternoon ahead for West Brom? 

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Quote Message: Not only has Mark Hughes managed to transition Stoke's playing style, he has kept them winning and changed the whole culture of the club." from Former West Brom striker Jason Roberts Final Score
    Former West Brom striker Jason RobertsFinal Score
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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    Stoke have adopted a shoot-on-sight policy. 

    This time Charlie Adam lets fly from distance - and the ball flies over the bar. 

    West Brom just haven't got going.

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    Stoke 0-0 West Brom


    Lively start by the hosts. Craig Dawson concedes the game's first corner as Mame Biram Diouf is about to pull the trigger 10 yards out following Charlie Adam's terrific ball forward. 

    Then Xherdan Shaqiri tries to bend one into the corner from the edge of the area.

  40. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 0-0 West Brom

    And off we go. 

  41. Countdown to kick-off

    Tony Pulis

    Here's Tony Pulis. The West Brom boss applauds all four sides of the ground on his first return to the Britannia Stadium since leaving Stoke two years ago. Potters fans respond with a standing ovation for their former manager.

  42. Countdown to kick-off

    There's a full house at the Britannia. There are more than 2,000 Baggies fans in the away end. A huge red and white Stoke flag is making its way around the home sections.

  43. 'I loved the people of Stoke'

    Stoke City fans
  44. Countdown to kick-off

    Will it be eight in two hours? The teams are in the tunnel...

    Stoke graphic
  45. How Stoke have evolved under Hughes

    BBC Sport statistician Chris Collinson: "As Stoke established themselves in the Premier League under previous manager Tony Pulis, they developed a reputation for playing a style of football that relied on long balls and set-pieces.

    "But looking at how the Potters performed last season, this reputation is no longer accurate. Under new boss Mark Hughes, they did not look to get the ball up the pitch as quickly as possible, and they score fewer goals from set-pieces.

    "While they have kept the aggression fostered under Pulis, they are now also much more comfortable in possession, pass the ball more accurately and run at opposition defences more often.

    "Most importantly for opposing teams, they now pose much more of a threat in open play than they did under Pulis."

    Stoke graphic
  46. Countdown to kick-off

    West Brom start the game bottom of the Premier League. They don't want to be going into the international break propping up the table.

  47. The MOTD commentator's view

    John Roder

    Match of the Day commentator

    One of Mark Hughes' many achievements since taking over from Tony Pulis at Stoke City is changing the general perception of the club.

    However, the current Stoke boss would surely be the first to pay tribute to his predecessor for establishing them in the top division.

    I was at Selhurst Park when Pulis, as Crystal Palace manager, first came up against the Potters. The Stoke fans gave him a magnificent reception, and I'm sure that will be the same again this Saturday.

    Xherdan Shaqiri has already made a big impression at Stoke. Salomon Rondon is poised to do likewise with West Brom as both these teams look for their first league win of the season.

  48. Predict the result

    Think you can guess the outcome of Stoke against West Brom? Have a go at our predictor game and you'll get a video message from one of the Match of the Day pundits at the end of the weekend rating your performance.  

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  49. Back on familiar ground

    Tony Pulis

    He was in charge of Stoke for 464 matches in two spells between 2002 and 2013. But Tony Pulis will experience the away dressing room at the Britannia Stadium for the first time. Pulis is back for the first time since his exit 27 months ago

  50. No Walters for Stoke

    Stoke City  forward  Jon Walters, who does not make the 18, after saying he is dissatisfied with the Premier League club's latest contract offer.

    The Potters rejected a £1.5m bid from fellow top-flight club Norwich City for the Republic of Ireland international.

    After scoring at Luton to help Stoke reach the League Cup third round, Walters, 31, said the offer was not acceptable.

    "In my eyes, if they valued me, it would be there but it's not," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

  51. No Berahino for West Brom

    Will West Brom striker Saido Berahinostill be at the club after Tuesday's transfer deadline?

  52. Team news

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes makes one change to the side that drew 1-1 at Norwich City on 22 August - midfielder Charlie Adam back in for Marko Arnautovic.

    West Bromwich Albion recall Joleon Lescott, who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, to their defence. Craig Gardner returns to the midfielder with Callum McManaman making way. Striker Saido Berahino is not in the 18.

    Stoke City XI: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, van Ginkel; Shaqiri, Adam, Afellay; Diouf.

    West Brom XI: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, McClean, Rondon.

    Stoke City team
    West Bromwich Albion
  53. Emotional return for Pulis

    Tony Pulis

    When Tony Pulis first took charge of Stoke City in 2002 they were in League One playing the likes of Grimsby Town and Wimbledon.

    By the end of his second spell in charge in May 2013, Pulis had taken the Potters to the Premier League, the Europa League and reached the FA Cup final.

    No wonder Stoke fans are ready to give the 57-year-old West Bromwich Albion boss a standing ovation on his first Britannia Stadium return.