Stoke Metropolis 1-0 West Brom – Nick Powell winner ends table-topping Baggies’ unbeaten run

Nick Powell has now scored six objectives in eight video games this season – the final 4 in successive matches

Nick Powell scored the one purpose of the sport as Stoke Metropolis beat beforehand unbeaten Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion.

It appeared like being a type of nights within the Potteries when Michael O’Neill’s males outplayed the guests however couldn’t discover a means by.

Jacob Brown hit publish within the first half, then Mario Vrancic hit the bar within the second half, earlier than Sam Johnstone twice made nice saves in fast succession from Sam Surridge, the second of them from the penalty spot after the Albion keeper had introduced down the Stoke striker.

However on 79 minutes the Potters lastly created one piece of actual magic for his or her deserved winner.

Tommy Smith latched on to a mishit move from Conor Townsend to drift a cleverly chipped right-foot ball excessive by the inside-right channel – and Powell ran on to carry a superbly weighted lob over the marooned Johnstone.

Stoke climb to 3rd on the again of their finest efficiency of the season in entrance of their greatest crowd of the season, 22,703, though that was swelled by the noisy 2,886 travelling Albion followers who made such an event of it.

Jacob Brown's early miss was the first of two Stoke efforts against the woodwork
Jacob Brown’s early miss was the primary of two Stoke efforts in opposition to the woodwork

The Potters finally gained it largely thanks to a different excellent efficiency from Powell, who, at 27, now seems to be an actual class act in comparison with the teenage hopeful who Manchester United risked £3m on over 9 years in the past.

It was Powell who created Stoke’s first nice probability when he put Brown clear by, solely to see his team-mate outfox keeper Johnstone but additionally discover the bottom of the publish. Seconds later, fit-again Joe Allen fizzed a right-foot follow-up simply large.

And, though Albion’s Callum Robinson had a robust left-foot volley straight at dwelling keeper Adam Davies, he was additionally concerned in an incident on the different finish.

Stoke thought that they had scored when Darnell Furlong, attempting to clear the hazard again to his keeper, arced a low diving header into the nook. However referee Tim Robinson had already blown his whistle for a supposed foul on Callum Robinson, who appeared to have gone very simply to floor, incomes a loud, sustained refrain of booing.

After summer season signing Vrancic had floated a left-foot free-kick over Johnstone, from Powell’s low second-half cross, the Albion keeper denied Surridge from shut vary – after which got here a good higher probability.

Semi Ajayi cleared a goalbound shot virtually from off the road and, within the melee that adopted, Surridge was adjudged to have been introduced down by Johnstone.

The Albion keeper dived to his proper to avoid wasting Surridge’s poorly struck penalty kick along with his ft. Nevertheless it was Stoke who had the final giggle as Powell’s winner rubberstamped their promotion credentials lifting them inside a degree of high spot.

Participant of the match

PowellNick Powell

Stoke Metropolis

  1. Squad quantity25Participant identifyPowell

  2. Squad quantity8Participant identifyVrancic

  3. Squad quantity36Participant identifySouttar

  4. Squad quantity9Participant identifyFletcher

  5. Squad quantity16Participant identifyWilmot

  6. Squad quantity4Participant identifyAllen

  7. Squad quantity11Participant identifyDoughty

  8. Squad quantity5Participant identifyChester

  9. Squad quantity14Participant identifyTymon

  10. Squad quantity2Participant identifySmith

  11. Squad quantity15Participant identifyThompson

  12. Squad quantity18Participant identifyBrown

  13. Squad quantity1Participant identifyDavies

  14. Squad quantity22Participant identifySurridge

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad quantity1Participant identifyJohnstone

  2. Squad quantity7Participant identifyRobinson

  3. Squad quantity6Participant identifyAjayi

  4. Squad quantity3Participant identifyTownsend

  5. Squad quantity8Participant identifyLivermore

  6. Squad quantity27Participant identifyMowatt

  7. Squad quantity5Participant identifyBartley

  8. Squad quantity2Participant identifyFurlong

  9. Squad quantity10Participant identifyPhillips

  10. Squad quantity20Participant identifyAttain

  11. Squad quantity11Participant identifyDiangana

  12. Squad quantity18Participant identifyGrant

  13. Squad quantity17Participant identifyHugill

  14. Squad quantity14Participant identifyMolumby

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1DaviesBooked at 75mins
  • 16Wilmot
  • 36Souttar
  • 5Chester
  • 2Smith
  • 4Allen
  • 15Thompson
  • 14Tymon
  • 25PowellSubstituted forDoughtyat 86′minutes
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forFletcherat 76′minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forSurridgeat 57′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 9Fletcher
  • 11Doughty
  • 12Bursik
  • 19Østigard
  • 22Surridge
  • 23Ince

West Brom

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Townsend
  • 2Furlong
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 51mins
  • 27MowattSubstituted forMolumbyat 80′minutes
  • 20Attain
  • 7Robinson
  • 17HugillSubstituted forPhillipsat 55′minutes
  • 18GrantSubstituted forDianganaat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Phillips
  • 11Diangana
  • 14Molumby
  • 16Clarke
  • 21Kipré
  • 22Bryan
  • 25Button

Referee:
Tim Robinson

Attendance:
22,703

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