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.
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.
West Bromwich Albion
- 1DaviesBooked at 75mins
- 25PowellSubstituted forDoughtyat 86′minutes
- 8VrancicSubstituted forFletcherat 76′minutes
- 18BrownSubstituted forSurridgeat 57′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 1JohnstoneBooked at 90mins
- 8LivermoreBooked at 51mins
- 27MowattSubstituted forMolumbyat 80′minutes
- 17HugillSubstituted forPhillipsat 55′minutes
- 18GrantSubstituted forDianganaat 57′minutes
- Tim Robinson
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Match ends, Stoke Metropolis 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.
Second Half ends, Stoke Metropolis 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.
Sam Surridge (Stoke Metropolis) is proven the yellow card.
Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) is proven the yellow card.
Sam Surridge (Stoke Metropolis).
Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the field is just too excessive following a nook.
Nook, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James Chester.
Foul by Steven Fletcher (Stoke Metropolis).
Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Surridge (Stoke Metropolis).
Conor Townsend (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Stoke Metropolis. Alfie Doughty replaces Nick Powell due to an harm.
Foul by James Chester (Stoke Metropolis).
Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Nook, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Tommy Smith.
Try blocked. Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Grady Diangana.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jayson Molumby replaces Alex Mowatt.
Aim! Stoke Metropolis 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Nick Powell (Stoke Metropolis) proper footed shot from outdoors the field to the underside proper nook. Assisted by Tommy Smith.
Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke Metropolis).