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West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Stoke City

Charlie Adam's late goal gave Stoke victory at West Brom as they completed their best league season since 1975.

City deservedly led when Albion defender Gareth McAuley turned in Marko Arnautovic's cross.

The Baggies equalised through Stephane Sessegnon's angled finish, but Adam's low strike from distance settled it.

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West Brom 1-2 Stoke: Pepe Mel says future is uncertain

Stoke end ninth on 50 points - their highest in six seasons back in the top flight - while West Brom are 17th, three points above the relegation zone.

Technically, the Baggies were still in danger of being relegated with defeat, but that would have required Norwich to beat Arsenal and somehow pull off a 17-goal swing in goal difference.

Norwich's loss ended any threat to West Brom, but narrowly avoiding the drop is little cause for celebration for a team that finished eighth last season.

Though Pepe Mel, appointed as manager in January following the dismissal of Steve Clarke in December, has kept Albion up, the Spaniard has managed only three league wins and is set for talks with chairman Jeremy Peace over his future.

West Brom's regression over the course of the season is in contrast to the progress made by Stoke in Mark Hughes's first season in charge.

An unpopular choice to replace Tony Pulis for some sections of the City fans, Hughes has overcome a wobble that saw City lie only three points above the relegation zone in January to guide them to their highest finish in nearly 40 years.

A change of style has seen Stoke average more passes per game than in any Premier League season under Pulis and that comfort on the ball saw the visitors control the first half.

Despite Sessegnon hitting the bar early on, West Brom laboured against a City side that stroked the ball around in midfield and threatened through a fluid front three of Arnautovic, Jonathan Walters and vilified Baggies old boy Peter Odemwingie.

Walters twice threatened - once with an angled shot, then with an off-target header when he should have done better - before Stoke took the lead.

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50-point season remarkable - Hughes

After Steven Nzonzi surged through the heart of the home defence, Arnautovic was fed to cross into the box, where McAuley could only run the ball in at the near post past the wrong-footed Ben Foster.

Albion were restricted to ineffective counter-attacks but improved before half-time, showed greater intent after the break and were rewarded with an equaliser.

With Craig Dawson getting forward down the right, the ball was cut back to Sessegnon, who steered it back past Thomas Sorensen, playing in place of the injured Asmir Begovic.

Both teams had chances - Arnautovic and West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu hit the woodwork - but it looked like the game was destined to end level.

That was to discount Adam. The substitute ran unchallenged at the West Brom defence and fired in low from the edge of the area to give Stoke a fifth successive win at The Hawthorns.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel on whether he wants to be in charge next season: "Yes - but only in the knowledge that we have lots of possibilities to compete.

"I am going to listen to the chairman to find out what he wants for the future. Ten players are out of contract and we will need eight or nine players to come in.

"West Brom still have time to decide whether or not they want next season to be one as full of as many problems as this one."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We talked at length at the beginning of the season about what we wanted to achieve.

"Maybe some players thought we were being unrealistic because it was a big ask and at times at the start of the season it was a bit of a struggle.

"But in the second half of the season we've been fantastic in terms of understanding what was required. To get 50 points on the board in the hardest league in world football is a huge achievement for a club such as Stoke."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25DawsonSubstituted forO'Neilat 83'minutes
  • 3Olsson
  • 23McAuley
  • 11Brunt
  • 17Dorrans
  • 7Morrison
  • 18AmalfitanoSubstituted forAnichebeat 63'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 21MulumbuSubstituted forVydraat 90'minutes
  • 38Berahino

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Lugano
  • 16Anichebe
  • 20Vydra
  • 40O'Neil

Stoke

  • 29Sørensen
  • 12Wilson
  • 5Muniesa
  • 17Shawcross
  • 20Cameron
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forEtheringtonat 90'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 9OdemwingieSubstituted forCrouchat 77'minutes
  • 32Ireland
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forAdamat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pieters
  • 8Palacios
  • 16Adam
  • 22Butland
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Etherington
  • 28Wilkinson
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
26,613

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Matthew Etherington replaces Marko Arnautovic.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Youssuf Mulumbu.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 2. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.
Attempt missed. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Morrison.
Offside, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Liam O'Neil replaces Craig Dawson because of an injury.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Saido Berahino.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Jonathan Walters.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Peter Odemwingie.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).
James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.
Offside, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland tries a through ball, but Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Foster.
Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Morgan Amalfitano.
Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Saido Berahino.
Attempt saved. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Dawson with a cross.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Stoke City 1. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Dawson.
Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.
Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).
Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Graham Dorrans tries a through ball, but Stéphane Sessegnon is caught offside.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Foster.
Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.
Attempt blocked. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.
Offside, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters tries a through ball, but Marko Arnautovic is caught offside.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Thomas Sørensen.

Second Half

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Stoke City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Stoke City 1.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.
Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.
Attempt blocked. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.
Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).
Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.
Attempt blocked. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.
Attempt blocked. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.
Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Walters with a headed pass.
Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).
Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

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