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Powell goal ends West Brom unbeaten run

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Nick Powell has now scored six goals in eight games this season – the last four in successive matches

Nick Powell scored the only goal of the game as Stoke City beat previously unbeaten Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion.

It looked like being one of those nights in the Potteries when Michael O’Neill’s men outplayed the visitors but could not find a way through.

Jacob Brown hit post in the first half, then Mario Vrancic hit the bar in the second half, before Sam Johnstone twice made great saves in quick succession from Sam Surridge, the second of them from the penalty spot after the Albion keeper had brought down the Stoke striker.

But on 79 minutes the Potters finally created one piece of real magic for their deserved winner.

Tommy Smith latched on to a mishit pass from Conor Townsend to float a cleverly chipped right-foot ball over the top through the inside-right channel – and Powell ran on to lift a perfectly weighted lob over the marooned Johnstone.

Stoke climb to third on the back of their best performance of the season in front of their biggest crowd of the season, 22,703, although that was swelled by the noisy 2,886 travelling Albion fans who made such an occasion of it.

Jacob Brown's early miss was the first of two Stoke efforts against the woodwork
Jacob Brown’s early miss was the first of two Stoke efforts against the woodwork

The Potters eventually won it largely thanks to another superb performance from Powell, who, at 27, now looks to be a real class act compared to the teenage hopeful who Manchester United risked £3m on over nine years ago.

It was Powell who created Stoke’s first great chance when he put Brown clean through, only to see his team-mate outfox keeper Johnstone but also find the base of the post. Seconds later, fit-again Joe Allen fizzed a right-foot follow-up just wide.

And, although Albion’s Callum Robinson had a powerful left-foot volley straight at home keeper Adam Davies, he was also involved in an incident at the other end.

Stoke thought they had scored when Darnell Furlong, trying to clear the danger back to his keeper, arced a low diving header into the corner. But referee Tim Robinson had already blown his whistle for a supposed foul on Callum Robinson, who appeared to have gone very easily to ground, earning a loud, sustained chorus of booing.

After summer signing Vrancic had floated a left-foot free-kick over Johnstone, from Powell’s low second-half cross, the Albion keeper denied Surridge from close range – and then came an even better chance.

Semi Ajayi cleared a goalbound shot almost from off the line and, in the melee that followed, Surridge was adjudged to have been brought down by Johnstone.

The Albion keeper dived to his right to save Surridge’s poorly struck penalty kick with his feet. But it was Stoke who had the last laugh as Powell’s winner rubberstamped their promotion credentials lifting them within a point of top spot.

Player of the match

PowellNick Powell

Stoke City

  1. Squad number25Player namePowell

  2. Squad number8Player nameVrancic

  3. Squad number36Player nameSouttar

  4. Squad number9Player nameFletcher

  5. Squad number16Player nameWilmot

  6. Squad number4Player nameAllen

  7. Squad number11Player nameDoughty

  8. Squad number5Player nameChester

  9. Squad number14Player nameTymon

  10. Squad number15Player nameThompson

  11. Squad number2Player nameSmith

  12. Squad number18Player nameBrown

  13. Squad number1Player nameDavies

  14. Squad number22Player nameSurridge

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  2. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  3. Squad number6Player nameAjayi

  4. Squad number3Player nameTownsend

  5. Squad number8Player nameLivermore

  6. Squad number27Player nameMowatt

  7. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  8. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  9. Squad number10Player namePhillips

  10. Squad number20Player nameReach

  11. Squad number11Player nameDiangana

  12. Squad number18Player nameGrant

  13. Squad number17Player nameHugill

  14. Squad number14Player nameMolumby

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1DaviesBooked at 75mins
  • 16Wilmot
  • 36Souttar
  • 5Chester
  • 2Smith
  • 4Allen
  • 15Thompson
  • 14Tymon
  • 25PowellSubstituted forDoughtyat 86′minutes
  • 8VrancicSubstituted forFletcherat 76′minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forSurridgeat 57′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 9Fletcher
  • 11Doughty
  • 12Bursik
  • 19Østigard
  • 22Surridge
  • 23Ince

West Brom

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Townsend
  • 2Furlong
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 51mins
  • 27MowattSubstituted forMolumbyat 80′minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 7Robinson
  • 17HugillSubstituted forPhillipsat 55′minutes
  • 18GrantSubstituted forDianganaat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Phillips
  • 11Diangana
  • 14Molumby
  • 16Clarke
  • 21Kipré
  • 22Bryan
  • 25Button

Referee:
Tim Robinson

Attendance:
22,703

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