Football - Goalless stalemate at Stoke

Stoke's losing streak came to an end but they had to settle for a goalless draw after failing to break down West Brom at the Britannia Stadium.

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The Potters arrived having lost their last three Barclays Premier League games and seven of their previous nine but had the better of a scrappy first half.

The match improved slightly after the break, but neither team could find a winner, with West Brom's Romelu Lukaku and Stoke's Peter Crouch unable to convert headers and Kenwyne Jones denied in injury-time.

Chris Brunt sent a speculative attempt into the stand before the Northern Irishman broke into the box and hit at Begovic from a promising position.

Ben Foster survived appeals for a handball outside the area when referee Mike Dean determined he had been fouled by Cameron Jerome.

Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, who had been on the receiving end of a high boot from James Morrison at the end of the first half, was substituted for Dean Whitehead at the interval.

Shortly after the restart, the in-form Lukaku - scorer of eight goals in his previous 11 Premier League games - got his head to a Thomas cross, but it bounced through to Begovic.

And within a minute, Crouch nodded the ball onto the roof of Foster's net from a Matthew Etherington delivery.

A series of substitutions failed to yield the breakthrough, but Ryan Shawcross did have sight of goal spoiled by the offside flag.

Jones was in a similar position in the box at the death - though this time onside - as he chested the ball down, but he could not put his shot beyond Foster.

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