Stoke City moved into the top half of the Premier League table after a feeble goalless draw against West Bromwich Albion at Britannia Stadium.

The Potters have won just one Premier League game since the new year and lacked attacking inspiration against the eighth-placed visitors.

They could have snatched victory in injury-time but substitute Kenwyne Jones prodded straight at Ben Foster.

Analysis

"Right at the end Stoke could have won it through Kenwyne Jones. Is it a point gained for Stoke? I guess it is as they limp towards the safety line. But it's not the victory they craved and another blank for them. I'm sure West Brom will view it as a good point."

Romelu Lukaku headed Albion's best chance over the bar in the second half.

Stoke entered 2013 on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run which left them just four points adrift of the top six.

But the draw against Albion was only their fifth point in 10 top-flight matches since the turn of the year.

Tony Pulis has faced criticism from a section of the club's support in recent weeks, but the home fans appreciated their team's endeavour against the Baggies, if not their final product.

Stoke are the Premier League's second lowest scorers, with just 27 goals in their 30 matches.

Trinidad and Tobago striker Jones has scored only three times in the top-flight this season and showed a lack of conviction when he pounced on a high ball in front of the Albion goal.

Pulis admits to fan discontent

Pulis's side shaded possession in a competitive first half but were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities to test Foster on the visiting goalkeeper's return to his first professional club.

Potters forward Jon Walters, making his 81st consecutive top-flight appearance, came closest to breaking the deadlock before the interval when his long-range shot looped off Albion defender Jonas Olsson before dropping wide of Foster's right-hand upright.

While failing to stretch the recently recalled England goalkeeper, Stoke managed to protect their own goalkeeper with Albion restricted to just one effort at home stopper Asmir Begovic.

Baggies captain Chris Brunt latched onto a throughball from James Morrison inside the opening five minutes but shot straight at Begovic who fumbled before gathering the ball at the second attempt.

Did you know?

Albion beat home side Stoke at the Victoria Ground on the first weekend of Football League fixtures in September 1888. Joe Wilson and George Woodhall netted as the visitors registered the first clean sheet in the Football League.

Albion have enjoyed a productive first season under the stewardship of head coach Steve Clarke and would have moved within four points of fifth-placed Arsenal had they forced a winner against the Potters.

Belgium striker Lukaku has been in inspired form for the Baggies in recent weeks, having scored four goals in his past three matches, and somehow failed to net his 14th goal of the season shortly after the hour.

Albion right-back Billy Jones stayed onside to collect Brunt's deflected free-kick before sweeping a cross into the danger-zone which cannoned off a startled Lukaku and went over the crossbar.

Stoke striker Jones' late miss secured the draw and meant his team failed to score for a 13th league match - more than any other top-flight team.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:

"It was a very honest, committed game with very few chances. Probably the best opportunity was Kenwyne Jones' chance right at the end.

Europa spot beyond us - Clarke

"The greatest thing about today was the crowd turned up and were great. There has been a bit of discontent around the place but they were fabulous from the first minute to the last minute."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke:

"It's a point we're happy with. It's a difficult place to come, we defended well and they didn't have many chances either.

"The positives for us are that we have got a clean sheet and a hard-earned point away from home."

"We have been in the top half of the table all season and we want to stay there. Qualifying for the Europa League is almost beyond us and to get there we would have to go above a number of good teams. That will be difficult."

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

5 5

Corners

7 1

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:11

Shot by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

90:00 +1:54

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

90:00 +1:32

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

90:00 +0:59

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) on Gareth McAuley (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +0:16

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

89:48

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

89:44

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

87:59

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom) on Jonathan Walters (Stoke). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) from right channel (20 yards), hit wall.

87:35

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

87:02

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

85:00

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Brom) on Dean Whitehead (Stoke). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) from right channel (20 yards), hit wall. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution West Brom substitution: James Morrison replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune (tactical).

83:39

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

82:59

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom) on Charlie Adam (Stoke). Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam (Stoke) from left channel, save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

82:30

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

81:38

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

81:29

Shot by Charlie Adam (Stoke) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.

80:54

Shot by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

79:35

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

78:40

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) to centre, header by Marc Wilson (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

77:25

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Brom) on Charlie Adam (Stoke). Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Wilson (Stoke) from right channel, resulting in open play. Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

76:44

Defending throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

76:13

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

75:52

Shot by Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

75:09 Substitution

Substitution West Brom substitution: Romelu Lukaku replaced by Shane Long (tactical).

74:38 Substitution

Substitution Stoke substitution: Cameron Jerome replaced by Charlie Adam (tactical).

73:59

Cross by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom), save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

73:30

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) on Gareth McAuley (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Gareth McAuley (West Brom) from own half, passed.

72:32

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

70:13

Shot by Chris Brunt (West Brom) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

68:04

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

67:41

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

67:20

Shot by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

66:43

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

66:16 Substitution

Substitution West Brom substitution: Jerome Thomas replaced by Peter Odemwingie (tactical).

65:00

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) to centre, header by Marc Wilson (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), resulting in open play.

63:38

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

62:48 Substitution

Substitution Stoke substitution: Peter Crouch replaced by Kenwyne Jones (tactical).

62:32

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

60:17

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) on Jerome Thomas (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Chris Brunt (West Brom) from right channel (20 yards), hit wall. Cross by Billy Jones (West Brom), blocked by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Chris Brunt (West Brom) to far post, save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

58:10

Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

58:10 Booking

Booking Matthew Etherington (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.

57:59

Foul by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) on Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom).

57:21

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

56:55

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), clearance by Gareth McAuley (West Brom). Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), clearance by Gareth McAuley (West Brom).

56:31

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

55:20

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

54:43

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

54:11

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

53:25

Shot by Chris Brunt (West Brom) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

53:10

Attacking throw-in by Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom).

52:59

Cross by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom), clearance by Marc Wilson (Stoke).

52:30

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

51:55

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

51:08

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

50:45

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), clearance by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

50:02

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

49:29

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke) on James Morrison (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom) from own half, passed.

48:37

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

48:20

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

47:24

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), header by Peter Crouch (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

47:20

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

46:57

Header by Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

46:25

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

45:32

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Stoke substitution: Glenn Whelan replaced by Dean Whitehead (tactical).

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:52

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

45:00 +0:52

Free kick taken right-footed by Marc Wilson (Stoke) from left channel (25 yards), hit wall.

45:00 +0:52 Booking

Booking James Morrison (West Brom) booked for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by James Morrison (West Brom) on Glenn Whelan (Stoke).

44:58

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom) on Jonathan Walters (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Shotton (Stoke) from right wing, resulting in open play.

44:36

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

43:47

Jonathan Walters (Stoke) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

43:01

Free kick taken right-footed by James Morrison (West Brom) from left wing, resulting in open play. Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Asmir Begovic (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play.

43:01 Booking

Booking Ryan Shotton (Stoke) booked for unsporting behaviour.

42:37

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Stoke) on Jerome Thomas (West Brom).

41:41

Cross by Jonathan Walters (Stoke), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

40:02

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

39:02

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

38:32

Foul by Steven Nzonzi (Stoke) on Claudio Yacob (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Claudio Yacob (West Brom) from right channel, passed.

37:53

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

37:17

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

36:42

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) on Billy Jones (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Gareth McAuley (West Brom) from own half, passed.

36:03

Cross by Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

35:18

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

34:41

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

33:15

Free kick taken left-footed by Chris Brunt (West Brom) from right channel, resulting in open play. Foul by Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) on Ryan Shawcross (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Asmir Begovic (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play.

33:15 Booking

Booking Chris Brunt (West Brom) booked for time wasting.

32:28

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke) on Claudio Yacob (West Brom).

31:51

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

31:31

Weak shot by Cameron Jerome (Stoke) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

30:52

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) to near post, clearance by Gareth McAuley (West Brom).

28:21

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Glenn Whelan, clearance by Liam Ridgewell. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by James Morrison. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.

28:12

Goal kick taken short by Ben Foster (West Brom).

27:05

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) to near post, header by Peter Crouch (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

26:05

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke) on Gareth McAuley (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

25:28

Romelu Lukaku (West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Marc Wilson (Stoke) from own half, passed.

24:22

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

23:14

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom) on Peter Crouch (Stoke). Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) from right by-line, save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

23:10

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

22:58

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), clearance by Gareth McAuley (West Brom).

22:11

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Stoke) on Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

21:49

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

20:25

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

20:05

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

19:29

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

19:16

Cross by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom), clearance by Steven Nzonzi (Stoke).

17:56

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke) on Claudio Yacob (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

17:33

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

16:48

Foul by Jerome Thomas (West Brom) on Ryan Shotton (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Asmir Begovic (Stoke) from own half, resulting in open play.

16:06

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Stoke) on Ben Foster (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

14:54

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Brom) on Jonathan Walters (Stoke). Free kick crossed right-footed by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) from right channel, clearance by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

14:01

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke) on Jonas Olsson (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Jonas Olsson (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

13:39

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

13:27

Goal kick taken short by Ben Foster (West Brom).

13:14

Shot by Geoff Cameron (Stoke) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.

12:47

Attacking throw-in by Geoff Cameron (Stoke).

11:53

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

11:10

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

10:12

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

9:11

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom) on Peter Crouch (Stoke). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Shotton (Stoke) from right wing, passed. Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

8:57

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

7:15

Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

5:37

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan (Stoke) to far post, save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

4:52

Shot by Chris Brunt (West Brom) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

4:26

Defending throw-in by Ryan Shotton (Stoke).

4:09

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

3:32

Cross by Matthew Etherington (Stoke), header by Cameron Jerome (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

2:57

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

2:24

Goal kick taken long by Asmir Begovic (Stoke).

2:11

Shot by Chris Brunt (West Brom) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.

1:01

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Stoke) on Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Brunt (West Brom) from left by-line, passed.

0:37

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

0:17

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

0:00

The match gets underway.

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