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Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Jonathan Walters. Charlie Adam shoots direct from the free kick.
Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Charlie Adam produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Ryan Shawcross. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Marc-Antoine Fortune coming on for James Morrison.
Charlie Adam fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, save by Ben Foster.
Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Dean Whitehead takes the inswinging corner, Marc Wilson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Claudio Yacob challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Marc Wilson. The official flags Kenwyne Jones offside. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Effort on goal by Youssouf Mulumbu from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Cameron Jerome leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Adam. Shane Long replaces Romelu Lukaku.
A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, save by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Kenwyne Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.
Chris Brunt has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Peter Odemwingie coming on for Jerome Thomas.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Marc Wilson takes a shot.
Kenwyne Jones on for Peter Crouch.
Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Chris Brunt shoots direct from the free kick. Centre by Billy Jones, blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, save by Asmir Begovic.
Foul by Matthew Etherington on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross, clearance by Gareth McAuley. Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the area by Chris Brunt goes over the bar.
Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Morrison by Geoff Cameron. Direct free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Header on goal by Peter Crouch from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
James Morrison challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for James Morrison. Marc Wilson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Glenn Whelan leaves the field to be replaced by Dean Whitehead.
Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shotton.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Walters. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Jerome Thomas fouled by Ryan Shotton, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Shotton shown a yellow card. James Morrison takes the free kick. The referee blows for offside. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jonathan Walters.
Unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Claudio Yacob restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.
Youssouf Mulumbu sends in a cross.
Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob. Chris Brunt goes into the referee's book for time wasting. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt. Romelu Lukaku challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Cameron Jerome has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell. Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by James Morrison. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
Corner taken by Glenn Whelan played to the near post, Peter Crouch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Gareth McAuley. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Romelu Lukaku. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, save by Ben Foster.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
Foul by Ryan Shotton on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell produces a cross, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
Claudio Yacob fouled by Geoff Cameron, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Foul by Jerome Thomas on Ryan Shotton, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Foster. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Olsson on Jonathan Walters. Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Whelan from right channel, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Geoff Cameron produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Peter Crouch. Ryan Shotton takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, save by Ben Foster.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Cameron Jerome goes over the bar.
Effort on goal by Chris Brunt from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shotton on Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Stoke wait on Etherington
Stoke are waiting to see whether Matthew Etherington will be fit enough to return to the side for the Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at the Britannia Stadium.
The winger has missed the last two games with a back problem and is again touch and go while striker Cameron Jerome is likely to be on the bench after being forced off with a knock to his knee in last weekend's defeat by Newcastle.
Defender Robert Huth serves the final game of a three-match ban so full-back Marc Wilson will again deputise alongside captain Ryan Shawcross in the centre.
Stoke's only away win this season came at The Hawthorns in December but the Potters will be aware of the strengths of on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 19-year-old has scored 13 goals this season, four in his last three games, and Stoke were one of a number of clubs who contacted Chelsea about him last summer.
It was former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke, now in charge at West Brom, who secured the services of the Belgian, and boss Tony Pulis said: "He's done fantastic.
"He was a good signing and he's certainly got better as the season's gone on. He's taken a bit of time to settle in.
"There were quite a few clubs interested in him. I think Steve's contacts with the people at Chelsea most probably got West Brom the player, which is always nice.
"I spoke to (Chelsea assistant first-team coach) Steve Holland but I think Steve had spoken to the hierarchy and West Brom had got in there nice and early."
Stoke will again be without defender Huth so the task of coping with Lukaku will fall to captain Ryan Shawcross and stand-in centre-back Marc Wilson.
Pulis said: "We've missed Robert anyway but Marc has done really well. He's shown his quality and he's a versatile player. Him and Ryan have got on well together.
"I thought he was outstanding against Newcastle. He certainly uses the ball well. It slows the game down and we kept possession a lot better because of that."
Striker Shane Long remains doubtful for West Brom.
The Republic of Ireland international is still struggling with the ankle injury which kept him out of last weekend's win over Swansea.
Right-back Steven Reid is also doubtful due to a groin problem which also sidelined him for Saturday's 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns. Head coach Clarke has no new injuries to deal with.
Clarke has got his best boffins on the case as the inquest continues into the alarming dip in form which scuppered his team's European dreams.
Albion's bright hopes of fighting for European qualification were badly undermined by a terrible run of results over the new year period.
Having taken the Barclays Premier League by storm over the first half of the campaign to put them within touching distance of the top four, Clarke's side failed to win a game in January to leave European football a highly unlikely prospect.
They currently sit in eighth position on 43 points - just four adrift of fifth-placed Arsenal - but need to overhaul not only the Gunners but also Liverpool and Everton if they are to snatch an unlikely Europa League berth.
Managerial rookie Clarke has always played down the Baggies' European ambitions but admits their traditional new year struggles are still causing him a headache.
"Within the team everybody dropped towards the end of December and in January for some reason," he said. "It's something we're still looking at and assessing to find out why.
"I'm trying to forget about January for now. I've got the medical staff looking at it now to see if they can dig anything up. I've got the fitness coach seeing if he can pick up anything from the data that month, just to see if there's anything we can tie it down to. We'll try to address it next season.
"We'll find out how good all these university graduates are and see if they can find the pattern for me."
Clarke added: "I've already got an ambition for next season and that's to win a game in January!
"It's still something we'll look at because if you look at the season as a whole, that one month is an anomaly. It's a big hole in our season and if we hadn't had that hole, maybe it could have been a better season. We have to address that."
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