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The Hawthorns (ATT 22,909) 28th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Dean

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Shotton breaks Baggies' hearts

Stoke defender scores at the death against West Brom

Last Updated: 28/08/11 5:58pm

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Stoke: Grabbed a last-minute winner to deny West Brom their first point

Stoke: Grabbed a last-minute winner to deny West Brom their first point

Stoke City conjured up yet another important result as they defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Man of the match: Ryan Shotton came on only as a substitute but his smash-and-grab winner just about typifies Stoke this season. Save of the match: Asmir Begovic prevented West Brom from taking the lead when he kept out Shane Long's header from point-blank range in the first half. Moment of the match: The defensive mix-up between West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and centre-back Gabriel Tamas is certainly going to spark laughter and agony in equal measure. Talking points: Stoke are unbeaten this season despite their European exertion. How long can they sustain their run? West Brom have lost all of their league matches so far. What can Roy Hodgson do to restore confidence?

A Ryan Shotton goal from just yards out because of a defensive mix-up between West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and centre-back Gabriel Tamas in the final minute of normal time at The Hawthorns saw Tony Pulis' side continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Despite West Brom looking the better of the two teams in the first 45 minutes, they allowed their visitors to get back into the game in the second period, and manager Roy Hodgson will now have to invent ways on how to get results for the Baggies after the international break.

Until the late goal it looked as if Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's superb save from Shane Long would be the most notable action.

The Bosnia international's reflex first-half stop denied summer signing Long a third goal in three games.

West Brom were the better side in the first half, with captain Chris Brunt's crosses a constant threat, but Stoke weathered the storm and Shotton's late strike settled the match in their favour.

The first decent opportunity fell to West Brom after good play by Somen Tchoyi who retained his place after Peter Odemwingie suffered a recurrence of his ankle problem.

He used his physical strength to hold off the challenge of Ryan Shawcross and his cross was met by Brunt but the Albion skipper sent his header wide.

Paul Scharner escaped the marking of Woodgate to connect with a Brunt free-kick but his powerful header was directed straight at Begovic.

Superb save

A superb save from Begovic prevented West Brom taking the lead after 12 minutes. Tchoyi delivered a testing cross from the left flank and Long's bullet header from six yards drew a fine stop from Begovic.

West Brom were looking the more likely team to break the deadlock and Mulumbu volleyed over from the edge of the box after Woodgate had half-cleared a Nicky Shorey centre.

The home side continued to look more threatening and won a free-kick just outside the Stoke box after Walters fouled Tchoyi.

Brunt's free-kick completely wrong-footed Begovic but flew inches wide.

Stoke created their first worthwhile opening of the game after 49 minutes. Glenn Whelan took a pass from Walters in his stride and his low shot flew just wide.

Chances were at a premium with play becoming scrappier. Tchoyi found himself in space 20 yards out after good play by Shorey with the overlapping Scharner completely unmarked to his right. But Tchoyi went for the spectacular goal himself and curled his shot past the post.

Etherington made way for Danny Pugh a minute later, with Shotton taking over from Jermaine Pennant with 15 minutes remaining.

Excitement

There was a rare moment of excitement when Tchoyi volleyed just wide after Scharner had nodded a cross from Steven Reid invitingly into his path.

It was Tchoyi's last action after a disappointing second-half performance before he was replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune.

West Brom forced three successive corners in a late spell of pressure but could not find a way through - and then came Shotton's decisive intervention.

There appeared little danger when Jonathan Walters pumped a harmless ball into the box but Foster and Tamas allowed Shotton to nip in and score with just seconds remaining of normal time.

The goal earned unbeaten Stoke their first league win of the campaign, after two draws, and means Albion have lost their opening three matches.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsStoke City
0Goals1
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target1
9Shots off Target4
3Blocked Shots0
5Corners1
10Fouls11
4Offsides0
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
75.9Passing Success70.2
22Tackles18
72.7Tackles Success83.3
58.9Possession41.1
48Territorial Advantage52

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