Championship
Stoke0West Brom1

Stoke City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Dwight Gayle heads winner for Baggies

Dwight Gayle heads West Brom ahead against Stoke
West Brom striker Dwight Gayle (third from left) is on a season-long loan from Premier League side Newcastle

West Bromwich Albion moved to within four points of a Championship automatic promotion place as they inflicted a third successive defeat on Stoke City.

Dwight Gayle nodded in from close range to notch his 16th goal of the season and put the Baggies ahead midway through the first half.

Jay Rodriguez had an opportunity to double the lead on the stroke of half-time, but skewed his effort wide with Potters keeper Jack Butland out of position.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Stoke winger Tom Ince dragged a shot wide and sent a free-kick over the bar.

West Brom had slipped a place to fifth in the table following Middlesbrough's draw with Leeds in the early kick-off, but the visitors seized the chance to move back above the Teessiders and cut the gap to the top two.

Darren Moore is aiming to lead the Baggies to an immediate return to the Premier League, and Gayle's goals have proved crucial in their bid for promotion.

The on-loan Newcastle striker was on hand to capitalise when an unmarked Ahmed Hegazi cleverly turned the ball back across goal from a free-kick.

Stoke lacked inspiration as they sought to work their way back into the game, and the Potters failed to properly test visiting keeper Sam Johnstone.

Nathan Jones has now lost five of his six games in charge in all competitions following his appointment as boss on 9 January, with his only victory coming at home to leaders Leeds.

City are now 17th, 12 points off the play-offs and looking like they will be resigned to a second year in the Championship following relegation last season.

Stoke manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I'm disappointed we lost because we switched off for one moment and got punished, which is what good sides do to you. But on the whole, there were real positives.

"We moved the ball well and got into good areas. It was just the final ball or a bit of movement."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore told BBC WM:

"I'm delighted to get the goal from a set-play, and then the work off the ball as a group was excellent. Every single player played their part.

"Stoke are a different team to what they were three weeks ago. You can see the clear work Nathan's doing with them, and they'll be difficult opponents for any team to come here and get anything."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30EdwardsBooked at 40mins
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 22Clucas
  • 38WoodsSubstituted forBerahinoat 81'minutes
  • 8Etebo
  • 7InceSubstituted forShawcrossat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forBojanat 67'minutes
  • 10Vokes

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 5Williams
  • 9Afobe
  • 17Shawcross
  • 19Berahino
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 68Holgate
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8Livermore
  • 18Barry
  • 6JohansenBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHarperat 81'minutes
  • 70MurphySubstituted forMonteroat 74'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16GayleBooked at 90minsSubstituted forBartleyat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bartley
  • 12Mears
  • 15Montero
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 23Bond
  • 28Field
  • 34Harper
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
26,828

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Sam Clucas.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Bartley replaces Dwight Gayle.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross replaces Tom Ince.

Booking

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Edwards with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Attempt missed. Jefferson Montero (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Saido Berahino replaces Ryan Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Rekeem Harper replaces Stefan Johansen.

Foul by Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion).

Ryan Woods (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Peter Etebo.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Mason Holgate.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jefferson Montero replaces Jacob Murphy.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Ryan Woods (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces James McClean.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Mason Holgate.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Delay in match Thomas Edwards (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Dwight Gayle is caught offside.

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

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Danny Batth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds31177751351658
2Norwich30169557391857
3Sheff Utd31167853341955
4West Brom30158760382253
5Middlesbrough301312535231251
6Bristol City3014883829950
7Derby3014884235750
8Birmingham311113749391046
9Nottm Forest31111284436845
10Aston Villa31101475649744
11Swansea31128114137444
12Hull31127124340343
13Blackburn311110104247-543
14Preston311010114746140
15QPR30116133845-739
16Sheff Wed30109113445-1139
17Stoke31911113340-738
18Brentford30910114943637
19Wigan3196163246-1433
20Millwall3079143445-1130
21Rotherham31512142949-2027
22Reading31511153244-1226
23Bolton3158182047-2723
24Ipswich3039182351-2818
View full Championship table

Top Stories