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Stoke v West Brom as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Pranav Soneji

2217: West Brom manager Roy Hodgson reveals an unnamed Baggies player broke a picture in the tunnel after the match and had to apologise for his actions. Meanwhile, the full-time report is on the website so it's time for me to sign off. Thanks for all your texts and tweets (including the one reader who suggested I stick to cricket), be sure to return on Tuesday when Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

2210: Just seen a replay of the final melee and Asmir Begovic has made four quality saves inside the space of a minute. The first is a 20-yard strike from Graham Dorrans, then Vela, then a smart one-handed push from a curling left-footed Somen Tchoyi strike before the final Vela save following a belter of a throughball from the impressive Dorrans.

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TweetCalM on Twitter: "Cmon Roy how long till you start Vela! Give him more than a 10-minute run out and hope for a few more goals!"

2203: A crumb of comfort for West Brom, who move out of the bottom three into 17th place, one point above Wolves with 29. Stoke are in 10th place with 34 points, one more than Everton who have a game in hand. A point of contention for Stoke fans will be whether Vela was offside before he put the equaliser away.

2158: If only the first 83 minutes were as thrilling as the final 11...Carlos Vela bites his shirt and looks to the heavens as he comes to terms with what just happened in the previous 60 seconds. Meanwhile, Jonas Olsson and Ricardo Fuller are involved in a fracas quickly broken up as the players trudge off the pitch.

Full time
94 minutes: Sensational finish at the Britannia as Asmir Begovic twice denies Carlos Vela with his legs; the first when the Bosnian parries a long-range shot into the Mexican's path before rushing off his line to deny the on-loan Arsenal striker when he looked destined to score. Seconds later the full-time whistle sounds.

Yellow card
93 minutes: The spritely Peter Odemwingie is cynically brought down by Robert Huth as he charges towards goal. The German is rightly booked. One last chance for a last-gasp winner for the Baggies...

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From Anon, text 8111: "It seems to be quite a good time for loan strikers in the Premier League. "

89 minutes: And just to add a little more spice to the late drama, there will be four minutes of injury time for either team to grab a winner. Who said this game was dull?

88 minutes: Unbelievable! Super-sub Carlos Vela, on the pitch for just two minutes in place of Jerome Thomas, brings down Steven Reid's cross inside the six-yard box before tapping the ball past the onrushing Asmir Begovic. Stoke defenders are screaming for offside but the assistant's flag refuses to budge. Brilliant finish from the Mexican, who once again comes to the Baggies' rescue.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
87 minutes: GOAL STOKE 1-1 WEST BROM (VELA)

84 minutes: Stoke's three-man wall does a sterling job to block a curling Steven Reid free-kick 25 yards from goal, it's looking increasingly desperate for the visitors right now. Two very dejected - and very cold - Baggies fans heave a sigh in the stands.

82 minutes: Oh dear - my mind has been numbed to such an extent I forgot Matthew Etherington was the first Stoke sub. Meanwhile, Ricardo Fuller becomes Stoke sub number three as the goal-shy Kenwyne Jones is hauled off.

79 minutes: It's hardly show-stopping at the Britannia Stadium this evening - referee Michael Oliver breaks up a potential Baggies attack following a foul on Asmir Begovic, possibly the most noteworthy bit of action in the past five minutes.

77 minutes: Glenn Whelan becomes the second replacement introduced by Stoke boss Tony Pulis, with Jermaine Pennant, who struck the woodwork in the first half, hobbling off holding his right hamstring. Doesn't look particularly serious though.

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From Hackett, Newcastle, text 8111: "I feel sorry for Hodgson, his team at Liverpool was the worst Liverpool team in recent years, and this WBA team would struggle to get promoted in the Championship this season! He got Fulham to Europa League final; he is not a bad manager."

73 minutes: In fact it's a double change for West Brom with Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie coming on for Marc-Antoine Fortune while Somen Tchoyi replaces Yousuff Mulumbu in midfield.

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BBC 5 live summariser Craig Burley: "There are 20 minutes to go, West Brom are sliding down the table - Roy Hodgson has to do something!"

69 minutes: West Brom hit the bar! Steven Reid sends over an excellent cross right on to the head of Marc-Antoine Fortune inside the Stoke box, but the Frenchman's contact isn't as good as it could be and the ball loops over Asmir Begovic and kisses the top of the crossbar before bouncing out of play. Encouraging for the visitors though. Looks like Peter Odemwingie is about to be introduced...

Yellow card
67 minutes: A poor first touch from Ryan Shawcross allows Marc-Antoine Fortune to break free on the half-way line, but the Stoke centre-back rather cynically yanks the big striker back, giving referee Michael Oliver no option but to issue a yellow card, the first shown to a Stoke player this evening.

64 minutes: First change of the match and Stoke introduce Matt Etherington for the largely ineffective John Carew.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live summariser Craig Burley: "You don't have to be working four-hour double shifts on the training ground to be able to defend better than West Brom did for the goal."

59 minutes: Brilliant reaction save from Asmir Begovic, who uses his legs to prevent a deflected Graham Dorrans header from nestling in the back of his net. Steven Reid's right-wing cross finds Scotland international Dorrans unmarked inside the box as his header deflects off centre-back Ryan Shawcross, but the Bosnia keeper somehow adjusts his legs in mid air to parry the ball away.

57 minutes: Paul Scharner, who took a clatter to the back of the head at the start of the match, gets another wallop to the head by the rather large unit that is John Carew. The Austrian is not happy, claiming it wasn't accidental but referee Michael Oliver waves his protestations away.

55 minutes: Stoke are bossing this game now - Carson comes off his line to snuff out a threatening move before Jon Walters hits a venomous 20-yard strike over the bar.

53 minutes: A spritely Jonathan Walters run sees West Brom concede a corner and Jermaine Pennant's delivery finds Rory Delap completely unmarked inside the six-yard box as the Irishman nods the ball past the helpless Scott Carson. Yousuff Mulumbu, who looked as if he should have marked Delap, will be in for a right royal Roy ear-bashing for allowing his man all the time and space to score.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
52 minutes: GOAL STOKE 1-0 WEST BROM (DELAP)

49 minutes: Really impressive pressing from Stoke, forcing the Baggies midfield and defence to force Carson to clear his defensive lines with a hoofed clearance. However, the resulting throw-in sees Rory Delap send his missile straight out of play. Not pretty.

48 minutes: A sliced Scott Carson clearance pretty much sums up the first three minutes of this match.

2103: Stoke boss Tony Pulis chews with vigour as he takes his seat as the second half kicks off. Let's hope for a slightly more entertaining second 45 minutes eh?

2059: So far so good for West Brom, whose defence at times has been as solid as a soggy digestive this season. Their only clean sheet this season came in the second game of the campaign, a 1-0 home win over Sunderland. Stoke fans will be wanting more from striker Kenwyne Jones, who has scored only once in his last 15 appearances.

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From Darren, London, text 8111: "I'm tired of hearing about 'physical' and 'dirty' Stoke, it's getting boring now, especially when the Fair Play league and everyone who watches with an open mind sees a different story. Only lazy journalists and fans who don't actually watch any games (Arsenal) keep rolling it out as an excuse or out of jealousy."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live summariser Craig Burley: "If I told you it wasn't an overly entertaining game, I don't think people would be surprised. West Brom grew into it in terms of passing, it's been pretty even Stevens, hopefully it will get better. A point tonight would be decent for West Brom."

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jimgilch on Twitter: "Dull, dull dull. If there has been a duller half of football this season in the Premiership, luckily for me I missed it."

Half time
46 minutes: To the relief of most of the fans inside the Britannia Stadium, referee Michael Oliver blows for half-timein a pretty dull and dour match. However, a promising defensive display should warm the cockles of Baggies fans, right?

43 minutes: Decent half-chance goes begging for Baggies midfielder Paul Scharner, who finds himself about 12 yards from goal with his right foot cocked ready to slam a volley - only to completely miss-hit the ball and spoon it harmlessly wide for a goal-kick. That was either going to scream into the top corner or crawl embarrassingly wide of the target.

Someone has struck the woodwork
42 minutes: Oooooh! Pennant shaves the top of the crossbar with a curling free-kick from 20 yards, although West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson motions as if he had the ball covered, which probably didn't convince his defence.

Yellow card
41 minutes: Chris Brunt becomes the second West Brom player to find his way into Michael Oliver's book as he shoulder barges Jermaine Pennant on the edge of the visitors' box as the winger contested a header. Cynical and a deserved booking. Meanwhile, the free-kick is just to the right of the edge of the box - and Pennant is lurking, searching for his first goal in a Stoke shirt.

38 minutes: A decent spell of play for the visitors as they pressurise the Stoke defence with a free-kick from the left touchline, but the big men of Stoke aren't too bothered as they clear the ball from danger without any alarms.

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From Callum, Northampton, text 8111: "The most exciting thing about this match so far is the colour of Jerome Thomas' boots!"

32 minutes: Promising from the Baggies as a neat interchange between Jerome Thomas and Marc-Antoine Fortune sees Begovic make his second save in as many minutes low to his right following a 16-yard strike from former Celtic striker Fortune. Samjohnson25 on Twitter says the travelling West Brom fans are bellowing "hooooof!" rather than "Huuuuth" in honour of their perception of Stoke's style of play.

29 minutes: Much better from the visitors as Graham Dorrans collects the ball 15 yards from the edge of the Stoke box before making a strong run past a couple of defenders. The Scot's left-foot cross searches out for Marc-Antoine Fortune inside the six-yard box, but Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is alert to the danger and smothers the ball from the clutches of the French striker.

28 minutes: Stoke's pressing in midfield forces Chris Brunt to pass back to goalkeeper Scott Carson from just inside the opposition's half, which sums up West Brom's progress in this match so far. The word "Huuuuuth!" is bellowed out from the stands at regular intervals.

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From Anon, text 8111: "Would love to see West Brom get something from tonight's game, but Stoke is Albion's bogey team, playing the long ball all evening just isn't West Brom's game plan and yet I fear Stoke will do exactly that for the whole 90 minutes. Roy has got a big ask to keep us up this season I fear."

23 minutes: Pennant's free-kick curls around the right side of the wall but Scott Carson shifts across his goal efficiently before punching the ball out for a throw-in on the right. The first bit of excitement from the home fans.

Yellow card
22 minutes: Kenwyne Jones makes a bullocking run towards the West Brom box, only to be crudely scythed down from behind by Yousuff Mulumbu, who is rightly booked for his challenge. Jermaine Pennant lines up a 30-yard free-kick from goal.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live summariser Craig Burley: "West Brom have got to keep the ball, not just go forward early, because it's coming straight back at them."

20 minutes: Not a classic so far, Ryan Shawcross' weak header at Scott Carson remains the only goalbound effort. West Brom are attempting to press in midfield with their five-man formation, but Stoke are not an easy to boss around in the middle of the park.

13 minutes: Ooof! Danny Pugh takes an almighty clattering from Marc-Antoine Fortune, who pulls the most innocent expression of "what, me?" as referee Michael Oliver orders a free-kick. Pugh's back on his feet in no time, but plenty of other players would take a few seconds longer to recover from that. Apologies for the odd formatting, it should be sorted now.

11 minutes:

Ouch! Paul Scharner takes a knock to the back of his head as he competes for a header. Play is momentarily held up as the Austrian is taken off for treatment but once play resumes, Stoke earn a free-kick 15 yards from West Brom's goal as Jerome Thomas concedes a needless foul.

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From Anon, text 8111: "Why oh why put the 1952 stat up?! You know my Baggies team are generous. I'm holding you personally responsible when stoke score in the first five mins!"

6 minutes:

Left-back Danny Pugh swings over a left-footed corner for Ryan Shawcross, but the big centre-back cannot give the ball the required "ooomph" to trouble Scott Carson, who collects the ball comfortably.

5 minutes: Set-piece time for Stoke as West Brom concede a corner. They haven't been very good at corners this season. Cue very nervous Baggies fans...

3 minutes: Steven Reid, one of Hodgson's four changes this evening, makes a foray down the right, but his attack is snuffed out without too much bother by the Stoke defence. It's a bitty start, no-one doing anything particularly noteworthy so far.

2001: More stats to digest from Infostrada Live : "Stoke and Liverpool are the only teams that have kept a clean sheet against West Brom in all Premier League matches. Stoke (three matches) are one of three clubs to have won all Premier League matches against WBA, together with Liverpool and Chelsea (both nine matches). If Robert Huth scores, he will match last year's top scoring total for a defender in the Premier League. Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen scored seven goals in the 2009-10 season. Huth is on six goals this season as the top-scoring defender." And we're off.

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From Anon, text 8111: "Carson starting, Meite in defence, Odemwingie on the bench. NOT HAPPY."

1958:

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson had a pretty good weekend with his predictions. This is what he thinks about tonight's match: "Hodgson might switch things round if he needs to chase the game but I still cannot see West Brom getting a look in here, because Stoke will be too strong physically for them, 1-0 home win."

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From Jacob, text 81111: "You say 'yet to win a match' but that isn't really fair. Hodgson's first match was Wolves, so he's been in charge for one game, one point, but you're making him sound like he's done awful!"

1952: If you're a fan of stats-based trivia you will love this - which teams is the only one of the 20 clubs not to score a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League match this season? No doubt Tony Pulis knows the answer. However, his Stoke team are notoriously difficult to break down while plenty of column inches have paid tribute to the Potters' physicality.

1949: The word "hoodoo" instantly springs to mind when you consider this stat: West Brom have won only one of their previous 26 league clashes against Stoke since April 1989, they have only won once, a statistic which prompted Hodgson's slightly bizarre Swedish expression at 1933. If your fingers are feeling idle or itching to get involved in some football banter, tweet or text me (via 81111) your views about this, that or the other. Or preferably about tonight's encounter at the Britannia Stadium.

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Dandelacour on Twitter: "West Brom to get bullied tonight, and not just because of the way Stoke play. Expect the fans to play a big part in this game."

1944:Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones returns to partner John Carew in attack, with winger Matthew Etherington fit enough to return to the bench after a back injury. West Brom have Scott Carson back in goal and make three other changes with Marc-Antoine Fortune playing the lone striker role with Peter Odemwingie starting on the bench. Abdoulaye Meite slots into central defence.

1940: The teams, the teams!
Stoke: Begovic, Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Pugh, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Walters, Jones, Carew. Subs: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Collins, Whelan, Fuller, Etherington, Wilkinson.
West Brom: Carson, Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey, Brunt, Scharner, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Thomas, Fortune. Subs: Myhill, Tchoyi, Morrison, Vela, Odemwingie, Tamas, Jara.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

1938: Hmm, I wonder if Roy is familiar with this particular Swedish effort: "Det ante mej, sa han som blev utsparkad" , which of course means "I suspected this might happen, said the one that was kicked out." The former Liverpool, Inter Milan, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland etc boss has yet to win a match since taking over as Baggies boss earlier this month with his team one place off bottom in the Premier League. Add to that the worst defensive record in the top flight, leaking 52 goals and gone a club record 25 Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet, Hodgson faces a monumental effort to keep the Baggies in the Premier League.

1933: We love our traditional Swedish expressions over at BBC Towers, so we are ever so grateful to West Brom manager Roy Hodgson for this particular nugget: "You could have a lot of fun without alcohol but why take the chance?" No, not your average Saturday night out in Dudley but Hodgson's pre-match press conference for his side's Monday night Premier League match-up against Stoke.



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28 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


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As it stood on 28 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 27 36 60
2 Arsenal 27 30 56
3 Man City 28 19 50
4 Tottenham 27 7 47
5 Chelsea 26 24 45
6 Liverpool 28 1 39
7 Bolton 28 1 37
8 Sunderland 28 -2 37
9 Newcastle 28 4 36
10 Stoke 28 -3 34
11 Everton 27 -1 33
12 Aston Villa 28 -12 33
13 Fulham 28 0 32
14 Blackburn 28 -11 32
15 Blackpool 28 -13 32
16 Birmingham 26 -10 30
17 West Brom 28 -17 29
18 Wolves 28 -15 28
19 West Ham 28 -16 28
20 Wigan 28 -22 27

see also
Stoke 1-1 West Brom
28 Feb 11 |  Premier League


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