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Stoke City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Salomon Rondon
Salomon Rondon's goal was his third of the season

Salomon Rondon's injury-time equaliser earned West Brom a point at Stoke to deny the Potters their first league win of the season.

Stoke took the lead through Joe Allen when he poked home after West Brom's Jonny Evans nodded the ball down.

But Rondon headed a corner beyond keeper Lee Grant to thwart Stoke, who still move off the foot of the table.

In Tony Pulis' 1,000th game as a manager, his West Brom side created few chances before Rondon rescued them.

Erik Pieters had a penalty claim denied for Stoke in the second half, while Grant saved superbly from a header from the Baggies' James McClean.

Substitute Peter Crouch had gone close for the hosts before Allen's goal, but the dramatic finish means more frustration for boss Mark Hughes, whose side were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Hull in injury time on Wednesday.

Stoke improved but still frustrated

Having just one point before kick-off and languishing at the foot of the table, it was hardly surprising Stoke looked tentative to begin with.

West Brom are a side who appear content to sit back away from home, and a lack of concerted threat from Stoke in the final third of the pitch added to the hosts' worries.

But Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke's main creative forces, gradually asserted themselves as the game wore on.

The replacement of the mostly ineffective Wilfried Bony by Crouch went down well with the home fans, and brought greater urgency from Stoke, culminating in Allen's prodded finish from the six-yard line.

The Potters were much improved on their display in last week's 4-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, making Rondon's dramatic leveller from substitute Jonathan Leko's corner all the more galling.

West Brom dig in

West Brom's display in their manager's landmark game bore many of the hallmarks the Welshman, 58, has instilled in his sides in 24 years of management.

Stoke v West Brom
The possession stats for the match show West Brom will be pleased to have taken a point with much less of the ball

Defensive discipline, tenacity and the willingness to take what few chances fall their way are all traits of Pulis teams, and resulted here in what will be a satisfying point.

Crouch's arrival threatened to shake Evans' solid partnership with Gareth McAuley, but the way West Brom responded to that and Allen's goal will have delighted their boss.

Illness meant he did not have Saido Berahino to throw on from the bench, so Rondon's third goal of the season means Pulis can look forward to game 1,001 from a solid, mid-table position.

Man of the match - Craig Dawson (West Brom)

Craig Dawson
Dawson (right) coped well with Stoke's Marko Arnautovic and made a brilliant clearance from under his own crossbar to deny Glen Johnson

The facts you need to know

  • The Potters have won just one of their past 13 Premier League games (D4 L8).
  • Joe Allen's goal was his first away from Anfield in the Premier League since May 2014 (3-3 v Crystal Palace).
  • Five of West Brom's past eight away goals in the Premier League have been scored by Salomon Rondon.
  • Tony Pulis' record after 1,000 games as a manager is W361 D301 L338.
  • Pulis is unbeaten in his five Premier League games against former employers Stoke (W4 D1).

What the managers said

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We feel deflated but it was a good performance from us.

Draw feels like a defeat - Hughes

"We're trying to be progressive and we fully deserved the three points. We got one and we have to take it.

"I was encouraged by the performance and we asked questions of them. It's another point on the board. We didn't do too much wrong. I can't complain about our play, they put everything into it.

"Points are like gold dust, so we've got something for our efforts."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "That was a deserved point. We conceded a scrappy goal but the reaction of the players was absolutely first class. In the last 20 minutes we really pressed and we got the point we deserved.

Pulis relieved after late Baggies equaliser

"I'm pleased because if we had lost I'd have been disappointed. We haven't got the array of talent like they have but the work-rate they put in was fantastic.

"We've got a fit group who never give up. We had to respond from going a goal down. I was so pleased with the attitude."

What's next?

West Brom play the bottom-of-the-table side for the second week in a row when they visit Sunderland on Saturday, 1 October at 15:00 BST. And Hughes will be the manager revisiting old haunts when Stoke play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, 2 October at 12:00 BST.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 33Grant
  • 8Johnson
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 26mins
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Pieters
  • 20Cameron
  • 6WhelanBooked at 16mins
  • 4AllenSubstituted forAdamat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forDioufat 88'minutes
  • 12BonySubstituted forCrouchat 61'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic


  • 2Bardsley
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 21Imbula
  • 24Given
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan

West Brom

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Foster
  • 25DawsonBooked at 60mins
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Evans
  • 2NyomBooked at 70mins
  • 5YacobBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 78'minutes
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forLekoat 88'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 22ChadliBooked at 37mins
  • 14McCleanSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 77'minutes
  • 9Rondón


  • 3Olsson
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Morrison
  • 8Gardner
  • 13Myhill
  • 45Leko
  • 47Field
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamWest Brom
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marko Arnautovic.

  4. Booking

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  6. Post update

    James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  8. Post update

    Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Leko with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Bruno Martins Indi.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jonathan Leko replaces Matt Phillips.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Joe Allen.

  14. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nacer Chadli.

  17. Post update

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Claudio Yacob.


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