Saturday March 16, 2013 Day 30 Finished Britannia Stadium

  1. Premier League - Bore draw for Stoke and West Brom

    Premier League - Bore draw for Stoke and West Brom

    Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion played out a dire 0-0 draw in a forgettable Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' That's it. Neither side did enough to win this and the final whistle is greeted with boos.
    • 90+2' Probably the best chance of the game falls to Kenwyne Jones who controls superbly before shooting straight at Foster!
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Jones appeared to follow through on Cameron there but escapes censure. His foot wasn't raised.
    • 88' Adam blasts another free-kick into the wall.
    • 87' My man of the match today is Gareth McAuley who has defended very well for West Brom.
    • 86' Adam blasts the ball into the wall and Foster makes a great save from Shawcross on the rebound but the flag had gone up.
    • 84' Brunt gives the ball away on the edge of the area and then brings Whitehead down. Stoke have a free-kick in a very dangerous position.
    • 83' Marc-Antoine Fortune has been introduced in place of the ineffectual Morrison.
    • 81' N'Zonzi's cross is sliced well over by Adam.
    • 80' West Brom enjoying a period of sustained possession here, and Odemwingie gets a shot away that Begovic comfortably holds.
    • 78' Marc Wilson gets above Jones to head a corner just wide of the far post.
    • 77' This game has been fairly turgid in truth.
    • 76' Mulumbu takes aim from the edge of the box and fires a shot over the bar.
    • 75' Meanwhile, Lukaku, who had a quiet afternoon, has been replaced by Shane Long.
    • 74' Jerome makes way for Charlie Adam in another Stoke change.
    • 73' Odemwingie's cross is too close to Begovic.
    • 71' Lukaku's cross into the box is gathered by Begovic. The Belgian has been a bit more lively in this half.
    • 70' A pitiful shot from Brunt on his weaker right foot ends up nearer the corner flag.
    • 69' Jones and Walters attempt and exchange but the move breaks down and West Brom come away with the ball.
    • 68' Is this game drifting towards a draw? The two teams have 22 minutes plus stoppage time to change that.
    • 67' Odemwingie shifts the ball and gets a clean strike in on goal.
    • 66' West Brom are making a substitution with Thomas being replaced by Peter Odemwingie.
    • 64' The pressure is starting to increase on West Brom, as Yacob heads out for a corner.
    • 62' Kenwyne Jones is being introduced in place of Crouch.
    • 61' Jones blasts a cross across goal and the ball deflects out for a corner. That ball could have flown anywhere!
    • 60' Whitehead sends Thomas tumbling and the Baggies have a free kick 30 yards out.
    • 58' Etherington catches Mulumbu late and the former West Ham man is the latest to go into the book.
    • 56' Jones concedes a throw carelessly and Stoke regain possession.
    • 55' Both sides are trying to keep hold of the ball better and engineer chances. It's a slight improvement on the first-half.
    • 54' N'Zonzi's first touch just lets him down and West Brom win the goal kick.
    • 52' A dangerous inswinging cross from Thomas is headed out of harms way by Wilson as Lukaku lurks.
    • 51' Morrison beats a Stoke defender and his cross into the box is cleared away for a throw.
    • 50' A forceful back header from Ridgewell is held by Foster. The Baggies keeper has had a strong game.
    • 48' Etherington curls a cross into the box and Foster does well to catch under pressure.
    • 47' Lukaku manages a rare effort on taget in this game as he heads Thomas' cross into the arms of Begovic.
    • 46' Dean Whitehead has been introduced in place of Glenn Whelan
    • 46' We are up and running in the second-half.
    • 45+2' There's the half-time whistle. 0-0 at the break.
    • 45+2' Wilson's low free-kick goes straight into the wall and West Brom clear.
    • 45+1' James Morrison picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Glenn Whelan.
    • 45' There will be two added minutes.
    • 44' Closing in on half-time here. Not been the most inspiring.
    • 42' Shotton is given a yellow card for his third foul on Thomas. He can have few arguements. Totting up process, that.
    • 41' Stoke have enjoyed 58% of the possession so far, but have been unable to convert their dominance into chances.
    • 40' Jerome runs at his man and wins a throw for the Potters.
    • 38' Stoke's period of dominance has ended fior the time being. West Brom have managed to stem the tide.
    • 37' Jerome overruns the ball and it rolls out for a goal kick to West Brom.
    • 36' Lukaku has been well marshalled by Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson so far.
    • 34' Both sides have struggled to muster shots on target. we had Brunt's early on, but that's about it.
    • 33' Mike Dean has shown Brunt a yellow card for time wasting. Early to time waste!
    • 32' STAT: 37% of Stoke’s Premier League goals this season have come from corners or throws.
    • 31' Yacob heads the ball out fora Stoke throw. The pressure is not quite relentless, but Stoke have certainly held the upper hand here.
    • 30' A poor forward pass from Brunt is easily intercepted by Shotton.
    • 28' Walters' shot loops up off Olsson and out for a corner. That wasn't far from going in!
    • 28' Crouch heads the resulting corner out for a goal kick. Stoke are on top here.
    • 27' Good defending from Billy Jones who hacks a Crouch flick out for a corner.
    • 25' Caludio Yacob perhaps fortunate to get away with a foul on N'Zonzi there.
    • 24' Foster commands his area well and catches the free-kick.
    • 23' Liam Ridgewell needlessly pushes Crouch in the back when the striker was going nowhere.
    • 22' Etherington's cross is cleared away by Gareth McAuley.
    • 21' Shotton is penalised fora foul on Thomas. Those two are having quite a battle out there.
    • 20' Jerome feels he should have won a corner for Stoke there, but a goal kick is given.
    • 19' STAT: Stoke have taken 16 points from their seven Barclays Premier League meetings with WBA.
    • 17' Jones is closed down by Peter Crouch and West Brom have a throw deep in their own half. Not much flow to the game at the moment.
    • 16' Thomas is penalised for a foul on Shotton. It's a free-kick to Stoke in their own half.
    • 15' Ben Foster wins a free kick for a foul by Jerome on the edge of the area.
    • 14' Tony Pulis believes Stoke are playing good football but not getting the results they deserve.
    • 12' Billy Jones knocks the ball out for a Stoke throw, and Shotton launches a long throw into the box. After a poor ckearance, the ball falls to Cameron who fires over.
    • 11' Romelu Lukaku has had a quiet start to this game. After a bright West Brom opening, Stoke have taken over somewhat.
    • 10' Cameron's cross is well overhit and drifts out for a Baggies throw.
    • 9' A lack of communication between Shotton and Jerome results in the ball drifting out for a goal kick.
    • 7' Jonas Olsson hacks the ball out of play for a Stoke throw. Jerome is causing some early problems for West Brom.
    • 5' Begovic fails to hold on to Chris Brunt's shot but there was no West Brom player to get on the end of the rebound.
    • 4' FACT: If the Premier League had started on January 1st 2013, Stoke would be bottom of the table with just four points.
    • 3' Cameron Jerome heads over the bar after a promising move from Stoke.
    • 2' Geoff Cameron sweeps the ball away and Stoke clear the early danger.
    • 1' Late tackle by Ryan Shotton after some good skill by Jerome Thomas, and West Brom have a free-kick on the edge of the area.
    • 1' We are off and running at the Britannia Stadium!
    • 14:55 If you want to discuss the game on Twitter, I'll try and be as active as I can. @stewartcoggin
    • 14:50 Stoke manager Tony Pulis on his side’s good record against West Brom: "Our record's brilliant but that was the past. Saturday's another game. It does bring pressure in lots of respects but we'll just keep our fingers crossed that it continues. We spoke about the confidence in the group last week and they should be confident. We're 11th in the Premier League, irrespective of what people are saying.”
    • 14:45 West Brom manager Steve Clarke on on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku: "He is Chelsea's player. He belongs to Chelsea and he will go back there in the summer. I have never thought it would be possible Chelsea would let him come back next season. He came on a season-long loan and we're grateful we got him."
    • 14:40 Stoke sit in 11th place – one of a clutch of teams on 33 points. They’ll need at least a couple more wins to assure themselves Premier League football next season. The Potters are in poor form, with just one win in 10 Premier League games.
    • 14:35 West Brom, on 43 points, have virtually guaranteed themselves Premier League football next season – a dream scenario for Baggies boss Steve Clarke with two months of the season still to run. A European place is by no means out of the question, especially with striker Romelu Lukaku in such fine goalscoring form.
    • 14:30 A contrast in styles at the Britannia today as Stoke host West Brom. The Baggies have won plaudits this season for their free flowing and dynamic style of play. Stoke appear to be playing more directly than last season where they were playing the ball along the ground with more regularity than at present.
    • 14:25 Jerome Thomas is handed his first start in six games in place of the injured Graham Dorrans. Thomas’ introduction is the only change from the 2-1 win over Swansea City last weekend. Stoke manager Tony Pulis also makes one change, as Matthew Etherington returns from injury in place of Andy Wilkinson, who is dropped to the bench.
    • 14:20 STOKE CITY: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron; Jerome, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington; Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly, Wilkinson. /// WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Thomas, Morrison, Brunt; Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Long, Rosenberg, Popov, Fortune, Tamas, Odemwingie.
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of West Bromwich Albion’s trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Probably the best chance of the game falls to Kenwyne Jones who controls superbly before shooting straight at Foster!
    • 78' Marc Wilson gets above Jones to head a corner just wide of the far post.
    • 61' Jones blasts a cross across goal and the ball deflects out for a corner. That ball could have flown anywhere!
    • 52' A dangerous inswinging cross from Thomas is headed out of harms way by Wilson as Lukaku lurks.
    • 47' Lukaku manages a rare effort on taget in this game as he heads Thomas' cross into the arms of Begovic.
    • 28' Walters' shot loops up off Olsson and out for a corner. That wasn't far from going in!
    • 5' Begovic fails to hold on to Chris Brunt's shot but there was no West Brom player to get on the end of the rebound.
    • 14:20 STOKE CITY: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Wilson, Cameron; Jerome, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington; Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly, Wilkinson. /// WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Thomas, Morrison, Brunt; Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Long, Rosenberg, Popov, Fortune, Tamas, Odemwingie.
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