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Shot by Carlos Alberto Vela. Blocked by Asmir Begovic.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
The referee shows Robert Huth a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Peter Odemwingie for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Walters. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Carlos Alberto Vela finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-1 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Steven Reid.
Jonas Olsson fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Somen Tchoyi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Somen Tchoyi. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Steven Reid.
Carlos Alberto Vela on for Jerome Thomas. Kenwyne Jones goes off and Ricardo Fuller comes on. Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Odemwingie on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Somen Tchoyi by Danny Pugh. Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, Foul by Peter Odemwingie on Asmir Begovic, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. Indirect free kick taken by Abdoulaye Meite.
Unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Somen Tchoyi results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Pennant.
The official flags Matthew Etherington offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Reid.
Somen Tchoyi is brought on as a substitute for Youssouf Mulumbu. Peter Odemwingie on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Foul by Jerome Thomas on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant, Jonathan Walters produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Paul Scharner challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Header on goal by Marc-Antoine Fortune from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Ryan Shawcross goes into the referee's book. Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc-Antoine Fortune. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt, Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.
Robert Huth challenges Marc-Antoine Fortune unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
John Carew goes off and Matthew Etherington comes on. Jerome Thomas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Rory Delap results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from right wing, clearance by Jonathan Walters.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Meite by Kenwyne Jones. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scharner. Steven Reid takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jerome Thomas from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Steven Reid restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Rory Delap finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 1-0 West Brom.Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Jermaine Pennant provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Kenwyne Jones is caught offside. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans. Chris Brunt produces a cross, Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Scharner goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The referee cautions Chris Brunt for unsporting behaviour. Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant shoots direct from the free kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Shorey. Chris Brunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Jermaine Pennant. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Foul by Danny Pugh on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Youssouf Mulumbu manages to make a clearance.
Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Booking for Youssouf Mulumbu for unsporting behaviour. Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Jermaine Pennant produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Scott Carson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Jonas Olsson. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Youssouf Mulumbu is adjudged to have handled the ball. Dean Whitehead takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Scott Carson fouled by Kenwyne Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Danny Pugh fouled by Marc-Antoine Fortune, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Pugh.
Jerome Thomas challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by John Carew results in a free kick. Jonas Olsson takes the indirect free kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Abdoulaye Meite manages to make a clearance. Danny Pugh takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jonas Olsson. Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Pugh, Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Out-of-form Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has been told to forget the softly-softly approach as he looks to end his goal drought.
Jones scored four goals in four successive games, and six overall in his first 14 appearances, following his club record £8million arrival from Sunderland last summer.
But since the middle of November the Trinidad & Tobago star has found the net just once in his last 15 matches, and is currently on an eight-game barren run.
It led to Jones being dropped for the first time this season for Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Arsenal, where he was an unused substitute.
City assistant manager Dave Kemp has hinted at personal issues for Jones' loss of form, but maintains that rather than being molly-coddled, all he needs is a goal.
"Things go on in people's lives, little things that affect them - I don't want to discuss someone's personal stuff too much - but he'll be back buzzing very soon," said Kemp.
"You can do all sorts of things like put an arm around someone, but it's up to Kenwyne. He's a big boy. He just needs a goal - that's the biggest thing. If he can score it will give his confidence a boost. He doesn't need somebody blowing sweet nothings in his ear.
"His own inner belief will take over and we'll see the old Kenwyne back."
Asked whether Jones' personal problems were something he could overcome himself, Kemp added: "I had a big electricity bill the other day that upset me. Things go on in everybody's life, and some affect you more than others.
"But Kenwyne's fine, no problem at all. He'll be back firing on all cylinders very soon. He is a fantastic talent - someone who did very well when he first came here. He is just going through a dip right now.
"There is no doubt his form will return because he is a class player, and he has all the tools to cause teams major problems. We've complete faith he'll be performing at the highest level very soon."
It remains to be seen whether Jones will be restored to the line-up.
City have lost just one of the last 26 league meetings between the two sides stretching back to 1988, and since 1983 are unbeaten in the last 17 at home.
Winger Matthew Etherington is doubtful with a back-related injury, while defender Abdoulaye Faye is poised to miss a fifth successive game with a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson believes his West Brom players need to concentrate on their own game rather than worry about the threat posed by Stoke.
Hodgson has not ignored the danger of Stoke's set-pieces and Rory Delap's long throw-ins but has spent time working out how to hurt Stoke.
A win at Stoke for the first time in 28 years would take West Brom through the 30-point barrier and leave them only two behind Tony Pulis' men.
Hodgson admitted: "Every week, you come up against a team which has a slightly different focus to its play. At the start of the week, you begin to prepare your team around that focus.
"However, although it is a cliche, it is important we do things right as far as we're concerned and that we don't totally change our game to suit the opposition. We must have a game plan of our own and make certain we attack and defend well against all teams," he added on the club website, www.wba.co.uk.
Hodgson also admitted he would like to have a player like Delap at his disposal.
"There have been many players down the years renowned for their long throw-ins but Rory Delap will probably go into the history books as the most successful and difficult long thrower to deal with because of the trajectory and pace of his throw-ins.
"There's also the size and organisation of the Stoke players in your box. That's added another dimension. From free-kicks, you can adjust things, like the height of your defence and, even to the extent that Wolves do, push everyone out to catch your opponents offside.
"From corners, the ball always comes in from certain angles.
"But with Rory's throw-ins, not only do they come in from different angles - anywhere along the 18-yard line or even deeper - but most importantly of all, people can't be offside so you've got to defend it close to your goal."
Albion back-up goalkeeper Scott Carson missed last weekend's 1-1 draw in the Black Country derby with Wolves due to illness but, like midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (hamstring), will be available for the trip up the M6.
Graham Dorrans and Jonas Olsson should also be fit after a slight knock and a bout of illness respectively.
Vela rescues vital point for Baggies
On-loan forward Carlos Vela snatched a controversial equaliser three minutes from time to give West Brom a 1-1 draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Arsenal's Mexico international appeared to have been offside before he converted Steven Reid's cross but there was no flag and the Baggies escaped with a point which lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League's bottom three.
Midfielder Rory Delap's second goal of the season had put the hosts ahead in the 53rd minute in what had been an uninspiring game up to that point.
West Brom seemed to have undone all their hard work in hanging on in the early stages by switching off at a crucial time to allow the 34-year-old to take full advantage.
But in a spirited climax Roy Hodgson's side proved they have the appetite and spirit for a relegation fight and in truth they could have snatched the win as it was Stoke hanging on at the end.
Hodgson is still awaiting his first victory after taking two points from his first two matches since succeeding Roberto Di Matteo.
The criticism of the Italian was that his style was too open - Hodgson inherited the worst defensive record in the top flight - but old habits die hard and there remains plenty of work to be done if the Baggies are to survive with 10 matches remaining.
Hodgson tried to find a solution in the short term by bringing in the likes of Abdoulaye Meite for his first league appearance in nearly a year, setting up his team to cope with the physical battle he anticipated they would come under but the Baggies were keen to get their retaliation in first.
Striker Marc-Antoine Fortune escaped with no more punishment than a free-kick for flooring Danny Pugh with a leading arm but Youssuf Mulumbu gave referee Michael Oliver plenty of warning of his intentions, chasing back 40 yards to chop down Kenwyne Jones after losing possession to the striker, and was duly booked.
Jermaine Pennant forced a decent save from Scott Carson, making his first appearance since January 4, and the winger proved to be Stoke's main threat - Delap's long throw apart - in the first half.
But the closest he came to breaking the deadlock was just before the interval when he curled a free-kick on to the top of the angle of post and crossbar.
West Brom may have the top flight's leakiest defence but they regularly pose a threat in the final third.
Graham Dorrans and Fortune both tested Asmir Begovic with shots from the left and right of the penalty area respectively while Paul Scharner should have at least done the same just before the interval but bobbled a 16-yard volley wide.
There was little quality on show in the first half and after the interval glitches even crept into Delap's reliable delivery, with the midfielder throwing one effort straight out for a goal-kick.
Fortunately his close-range radar was unaffected and it was he who finally rose above the mediocrity - and Dorrans - to head home Pennant's 53rd-minute corner from three yards.
Delap's free header at the near post was symptomatic of the problems West Brom have experienced this season.
The goal finally injected some life into the game, with Chris Brunt (twice) and Stoke's Jon Walters both worrying their opposing goalkeepers with shots from distance.
Begovic was the busier of the two goalkeepers, saving Dorrans' header with his legs after it deflected wickedly off Ryan Shawcross while watching helplessly as Fortune's looping header dropped onto the crossbar and over.
West Brom pressed for an equaliser but often they were guilty of trying too hard, with substitute Somen Tychoyi blazing well over from the edge of the penalty area.
But the visitors had a stroke of luck three minutes from time with their equaliser.
Reid swung in a right-wing cross and substitute Vela poked the ball past Begovic from close range despite appearing to have benefited from coming back from an offside position.
There was still enough time for Begovic to be required to make three crucial saves as West Brom sensed a late shock.
Vela proved you cannot write off West Brom with the chances they create but if they are to achieve top-flight survival it is the other end of the pitch they have to work on.
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