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The Hawthorns (ATT 24,739) 1st December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

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Dean Whitehead's goal gives Stoke first away win of season over West Brom

Last Updated: 01/12/12 8:14pm

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Dean Whitehead nipped in to seal Stoke's first away win of the season.

Dean Whitehead nipped in to seal Stoke's first away win of the season.

A goal from Dean Whitehead was enough to give Stoke City their first away win of the season with a 1-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Tony Pulis' second-half substitutions paid off, with Michael Kightly finding fellow replacement Whitehead following a mistake by defender Jonas Olsson in the 75th minute of a disjointed encounter.

Stoke held on for their first win on the road since 2nd January, while West Brom slipped to their second consecutive defeat.

Asmir Begovic had tipped over a long-range Stephen Reid effort in the first half, while Graeme Dorrans forced the Stoke keeper into action with a fierce shot late in the game.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Ryan Shawcross looked a cut above the rest, turning in a classy and composed performance where others looked tetchy. On this evidence he deserves another call-up when the next England squad selection rolls around.
  • Goal of the match: Only one, on a day when it looked like there may have been none at all. Whitehead did superbly under pressure to direct Kightly's cross past Myhill for the winner, his first goal since January 2011.
  • Save of the match: Asmir Begovic's save to deny Dorrans was not spectacular, but after a quiet day he showed his alertness to drop to his right to beat the fierce effort away. On a day when chances were at a premium, it proved crucial.
  • Talking point: Steve Clarke made six changes to the side that started the defeat to Swansea in midweek, yet it did not have the desired impact. West Brom looked a pale shadow of the side that had stormed into third place a few weeks ago, although it's not quite time to go back to drawing board just yet.

Albion drew a blank at home for the first time this season and seldom looked like finding a way through the Stoke back four in which skipper Ryan Shawcross was outstanding.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke made six changes from the side beaten at Swansea in midweek and handed a debut to Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg.

Kenwyne Jones came close to breaking the deadlock in the 14th minute after a quiet opening to the game. The Trinidad & Tobago international got on the end of a cross from Geoff Cameron and directed his header back across goal and only inches wide of the post.

Robert Huth blocked a fierce drive from Mulumbu after Dorrans had found him in space but neither goalkeeper had a save to make in the opening half-hour. Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic had to back-pedal to parry a speculative dipping 40-yard attempt from Steven Reid over the bar.

Pulis replaced Matthew Etherington with former Wolves winger Kightly after 59 minutes, then Clarke brought on forward players Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie for the ineffective Rosenberg and Gera.

McAuley produced a superb tackle inside the Baggies box to halt Jones in full flight. But after 75 minutes Stoke broke the deadlock after a rare mistake by Olsson.

The centre-back tried to keep the ball in play when challenging Jones but only succeeded in finding Kightly. He ran unopposed into the Albion area and his low cross was turned home by Whitehead.

Begovic parried a Dorrans drive but Stoke held out with relative ease for the three points.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsStoke City
0Goals1
01st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target2
4Shots off Target2
6Blocked Shots1
5Corners5
9Fouls15
4Offsides2
0Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
82.3Passing Success70
17Tackles22
76.5Tackles Success77.3
57.2Possession42.8
52.2Territorial Advantage47.8
452Total Passes333
29Total Crosses24
162Lost Balls177
56Recoveries64
55.31st Half Poss.44.7
60.22nd Half Poss.39.8

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4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29

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