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West Brom 1-2 Stoke: Match Report

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11 May 2014 16:01:00

West Brom 1-2 Stoke: Match Report

West Brom 1-2 Stoke: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Adam wins it late for Stoke

Charlie Adam's sweet 87th-minute strike ensured Mark Hughes' Stoke ended their Barclays Premier League season on a high with a 2-1 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.


Substitute Adam, an 80th-minute replacement for Jon Walters, lashed a left-footed shot from the edge of the box which beat Ben Foster and grabbed a deserved victory for the visitors.


It was a sad end to the season for the Baggies and in particular boss Pepe Mel, who is due to meet chairman Jeremy Peace next week in a bid to thrash out his future.


Stephane Sessegnon's 56th-minute effort had looked likely to earn Mel's men a point after Stoke had gone ahead through Gareth McAuley's 22nd-minute own goal.


For all the irrelevance of the game barring the impossibility of a 17-goal swing involving doomed Norwich at Carrow Road, both sides - and their supporters - had done their best to make it a memorable one.


Stoke might have been missing winger Oussama Assaidi due to a knee injury but they dominated the first half with a brand of slick, passing football few could have imagined at the same stage last season.


The Baggies had the first chance when Graham Dorrans' corner from the right was headed down by Craig Dawson and Sessegnon pounced at close range only to see his effort ricochet off Steven Nzonzi and strike the underside of the bar.


James Morrison almost found Saido Berahino in front of goal then Sessegnon had a shot deflected but after a frantic first few minutes the visitors seized control of the game.


Walters flashed a shot across the face of goal which was brilliantly saved by Foster, then Geoff Cameron dug out a deep cross from the right which Walters headed inches wide.


Stoke grabbed the lead in fortuitous fashion in the 22nd minute when Nzonzi fed Marko Arnautovic on the left and his attempted cross hit McAuley and deflected into the net past a helpless Foster.


If there was a degree of luck about the visitors' opener it was more than deserved on the basis of their dominance of play in the first half-hour.


A frustrated McAuley was given a stern ticking-off by referee Lee Probert for hacking down Peter Odemwingie on the halfway line then Morrison did his best to drag the Baggies out of their end-of-season torpor with a shot that strung Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen's hands on the stroke of half-time.


Mel's men made a brighter start to the second period but they were almost hampered by the exploits of Foster, who came close to hurling the ball into his own net after gathering from Odemwingie on 50 minutes.


The Baggies grabbed the equaliser they just about deserved in the 56th minute when Dawson raced into space on the right and sent in a cross which Sessegnon met with a sweet shot past Sorensen and into the net.


Arnautovic responded almost immediately with a shot from the Stoke left which flashed inches past Foster's left-hand post, but the Baggies largely retained control and could have gone ahead with two chances in as many minutes.


First Sessegnon headed a Dawson shot straight at Sorensen then Youssouf Mulumbu worked into space on the right side of the Stoke box and unleashed a fierce drive which crashed back off Sorensen's right upright.


Baggies substitute Victor Anichebe blazed over the bar before Adam drifted across the retreating West Brom rearguard before hitting a low shot across Foster and into the corner of the net for the winner.



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