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West Brom 0-1 Stoke: Tyrese Campbell winner sees Potters stun out-of-form Albion

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Tyrese Campbell (second left) scored his fifth goal in his past 10 appearances

Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion squandered the chance to go four points clear at the top as relegation-threatened Stoke City held on for victory at The Hawthorns.

The Potters pulled off the best win so far of new manager Michael O'Neill's brief reign after Tyrese Campbell's early goal lifted the lowly Potters four points above the bottom three.

Hampered by the early loss of on-loan creative influence Grady Diangana, the Baggies were blunted by a disciplined defensive display from the visitors.

Albion simply did not create enough good chances and, when they did threaten, too many shots were off target and England international goalkeeper Jack Butland was in commanding form.

Despite losing Campbell on 26 minutes with a hamstring injury, his fifth goal in nine league games was enough for the Potters to continue this season's record of winning when the 20-year-old scores.

Slaven Bilic's side ought to have done better with a string of chances, going closest when Matheus Pereira fired a free shot across the face and wide in first-half injury time. But, by then, Stoke were already visibly growing in confidence following their ninth-minute goal after Nick Powell fed Tom Ince, who squared for Campbell - son of former Albion, Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell - to find the bottom corner from 12 yards.

And Stoke might even have won by more, as substitute Lee Gregory should have done better with a softly hit angled shot from 10 yards - and Bruno Martins Indi made home keeper Sam Johnstone go full length to save.

Albion's third defeat of the season leaves them still just a point clear of second-placed Leeds - and only five clear of the chasing pack now, when at one time the top two looked like they were threatening to run away.

For Stoke the victory was an astonishing transformation from the performance put in by the then managerless Potters against Albion in November in a game the Baggies comfortably won 2-0.

But it says everything about their improvement under O'Neill that they have now won as many league matches as the Baggies since then - six in 13 games.

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport:

"This is no time to panic. A mini-crisis, yes. Hard times, yes. But we knew it was going to be no easy ride. We are still top of the league. We have to embrace the challenge and show the right character.

"We were nervy in the first half. There wasn't enough bravery. In the second half we improved but the quality wasn't there

"We had 16 shots but only four on target. You have to take more advantage of the sort of possession we had. But it's hard to create when teams are defending so deep, and left us having to rely on crosses.

"Grady Diangana's injury is another hamstring. The same leg. We will have to wait and see how he responds."

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Sport:

"It's a massive three points for us. We knew we'd have to defend a lot of balls coming into our box. But we coped with it well.

"Albion are a big physical team but we competed well in the middle of the pitch. Joe Allen and Sam Clucas were great for us and our two wide players had good games too.

"And in the end it was us who had the best chance of the second half.

"Tyrese Campbell took his goal well. He was a threat down the middle for us. But credit for Tom Ince for setting him up. Tyrese felt his hamstring go tight and he had to come off. But getting him off as quick as we did may help him."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 26Hegazi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 45mins
  • 14TownsendSubstituted forBruntat 75'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 8Livermore
  • 10Phillips
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forZohoreat 4'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forAustinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ajayi
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 9Zohore
  • 11Brunt
  • 15Austin
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 14SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 6Batth
  • 5LindsayBooked at 28mins
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 4AllenBooked at 45mins
  • 22Clucas
  • 7InceSubstituted forCollinsat 87'minutes
  • 25PowellSubstituted forCousinsat 72'minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 26CampbellSubstituted forGregoryat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 16Davies
  • 19Gregory
  • 24Cousins
  • 28Ngoy
  • 34Thompson
  • 37Collins
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
23,199

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Booking

Tommy Smith (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Lee Gregory (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Nathan Collins replaces Tom Ince.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James McClean.

Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

Jordan Cousins (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Austin replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Conor Townsend.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

Offside, Stoke City. James McClean tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Jordan Cousins replaces Nick Powell.

Attempt saved. Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean.

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom281411350311953
2Leeds28157643241952
3Fulham28146842301248
4Brentford28145944212347
5Nottm Forest27138638271147
6Swansea2812973431345
7Millwall28111163632444
8Bristol City2812884240244
9Preston2812793934543
10Sheff Wed28126103931842
11Blackburn28117104035540
12Hull28116114036439
13Cardiff2891273941-239
14QPR28115124651-538
15Derby2891092936-737
16Reading27106113431336
17Middlesbrough28810102835-734
18Birmingham2896133445-1133
19Charlton2878133741-429
20Huddersfield2878133144-1329
21Stoke2884163442-828
22Barnsley2859143551-1624
23Wigan2858152543-1823
24Luton2863193461-2721
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