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Late Evans winner means Pulis beats Stoke again

West Bromwich Albion
2 - 1
Stoke City

The Hawthorns

2nd January 2016 3pm

Attendance: 23,218

Referee:

Jonny Evans injury time winner at the Hawthorns maintained Tony Pulis` 100% record against his former club Stoke.

Jonathan Walters had cancelled out Stephane Sessegnon`s opener before Geoff Cameron saw red and was given his marching orders for a push on Claudio Yacob.

Evans managed to latch onto the ball after a penalty area scramble and turned the ball into the net for his first Albion goal deep into stoppage time to give West Brom all three points.

The win for Pulis means his impressive record in this fixture now stretches to only one defeat in eleven games.

Stoke had started the brighter of the two sides and dominated possession in the early part of the game, without really creating any chances as West Brom two banks of four stood firm time and time again.

Full back Glen Johnson was Stoke`s most likely to break the deadlock as he enjoyed some pace on the overlap on the right flank and managed to cut inside and smash a left footed effort but Boaz Myhill stood firm to beat the ball away.

Northern Irish centre Half Evans gave Stoke a warning in the first half of things to come as he nearly directed a flick on from a corner in, but he couldn`t direct his sliding effort.

West Brom came out in the second half with more confidence and more attacking threat as they managed to have an amazing eleven shots at Jack Butland`s goal.

Tony Pulis` men managed to catch Mark Hughes men on the counter attack on the hour mark and open the scoring. Erik Pieters tried to break away down the left flank but was intercepted and caught out of position.

Tireless midfielder Darren Fletcher managed to find James Morrison in space, who in turn played a delicious reserve pass to Stephane Sessesgnon, who exploited the space left by Pieters, and he calmly smashed the ball into the roof of the net past Jack Butland.

Hughes immediately freshened things up, with the introduction of Joselu and Jonathan Walters as he looked to get the Potters back on terms.

Many Stoke fans believed that Hughes should have freshened the team up at the start of the game, as he chose an unchanged eleven for the third successive game.

With Stoke under the cosh, it looked like Albion would coast to all three points with Rickie Lambert missed a couple of golden chances to double the lead.

The Potters managed to grab an underserved equaliser as Joselu picked the ball on the left flank and produced a superb cross with the outside of his foot which Jonathan Walters attacked and powered into the back of the net.

Walters header was Stoke`s first headed goal since September, magnifying the Potters change of style under Hughes.

Stoke looked the most likely to produce a winner, as they had a real spring in their step and were playing at a real high tempo, but that would soon come to an end when American international Geoff Cameron was sent off.

The midfielder spread the ball out wide but was caught late by Yacob, and reacted angrily by pushing the Argentine to the floor by his neck. Lee Mason had no other choice but to send off the versatile Potter.

With that, Tony Pulis sent on Saido Berahino and it looked like there would only be one winner from this point.

With time running out, West Brom got a late corner in which they took short, following a bit of penalty area pinball; the ball fell to Jonny Evans who had the easy task of poking home from 4-yards out to give the Baggies their second victory of the week.


Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Sunday January 3 2016
Time: 1:38PM

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