Stoke City 1-0 West Brom – Winner Nick Powell ends Baggies undefeated streak on table

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

Nick Powell scored the only goal of the game as Stoke City defeated previously undefeated champions leader West Bromwich Albion.

It seemed to be one of those evenings in the Potteries when Michael O’Neill’s men outsmarted the visitors but couldn’t get through.

Jacob Brown hit the post in the first half, Mario Vrancic hit the crossbar in the second, before Sam Johnstone made two great saves from Sam Surridge in quick succession, the second of them from the penalty spot after the Albion goalkeeper knocked the ball down . rush hour.

But at 79 minutes, the Potters finally created some real magic for their deserved winner one night when Albion boss Valerien Ismael admitted Stoke was the best side they’ve met so far this season.

Tommy Smith clung to a mis-hit pass from Conor Townsend to drive a broken ball into the channel on the right – and Powell ran on to lift a perfectly weighted lob over the stranded Johnstone.

Stoke climbed to third after their best performance of the season in front of their biggest crowd of the season, 22,703, although that was bloated by the rowdy 2,886 traveling Albion fans who made it such an occasion.

The Potters ended up winning in large part thanks to another fantastic performance from Powell, who, at the age of 27, now appears to be a real class act compared to the hopeful teenager who risked Manchester United £3million more than nine years ago.

It was Powell who created Stoke’s first big chance when he put Brown on the base, only to see his teammate keeper Johnstone outsmart but also find the base of the post. Seconds later, fit-again Joe Allen fizzled a right foot follow-up just wide.

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

And while Albion’s Callum Robinson had a powerful left foot volley on goalkeeper Adam Davies, he was also involved in an incident on the other side.

Stoke thought they had scored when Darnell Furlong, trying to reduce the danger to his keeper, shot a low diving header into the corner. But referee Tim Robinson had already whistled for an alleged foul on Robinson, who appeared to have gone down very easily and received a loud, sustained hoot.

Summer signing Vrancic was next to come close after the break when he drove a left foot free kick over Johnstone, which bounced off the crossbar.

From Powell’s low cross in the second half, the Albion keeper then denied Surridge from close range – before an even better chance came.

Semi Ajayi nearly got a shot off the line and in the melee that followed, Surridge was knocked down by Johnstone.

Albion’s keeper ducked to the right to save Surridge’s badly taken penalty with his feet. But it was Stoke who had the last laugh when Powell’s winner stamped their promotional credentials and took them one point from first place to the international break.

Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

“It’s a happy dressing room and we deserved the win, but we may have made it harder than necessary with all the missed opportunities.

“I felt like we handled everything they threw at us. I didn’t feel like we were going to lose a goal. But Nick Powell is resurfacing with that bit of quality.”

“And it was also a great assist from Tommy Smith. He enjoys playing at fullback and really gives us something offensively.”

“We have to make sure the fans come back. Our home form was excellent and sometimes the place was great. We won five and drew one – and the fans are a big part of that.”

West Brom boss Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio WM:

“I don’t know if it was fatigue, but we just weren’t good enough.

Stoke are the best team we’ve played against so far and they deserved to win.

“We made too many mistakes and we have to learn from them.

“Alex Mowatt has a foot injury that we need to check.”

Player of the match

PowellNick Powell

Stoke city

  1. Selection number25player namePowell

  2. Selection number8player nameVrancia

  3. Selection number36player namesouttar

  4. Selection number9player namefletcher

  5. Selection number16player nameWilmot

  6. Selection number4player nameAll

  7. Selection number11player namedoughty

  8. Selection number5player nameChester

  9. Selection number14player nameTymon

  10. Selection number2player nameSmith

  11. Selection number15player nameThompson

  12. Selection number18player namebrown

  13. Selection number1player namedavies

  14. Selection number22player nameSurridge

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Selection number1player nameJohnstone

  2. Selection number7player nameRobinson

  3. Selection number6player nameajayic

  4. Selection number3player nameTownsend

  5. Selection number8player nameLivermore

  6. Selection number27player namemowatt

  7. Selection number5player nameBartley

  8. Selection number2player namefurlong

  9. Selection number10player namePhilips

  10. Selection number20player nameRange

  11. Selection number11player nameDiangana

  12. Selection number18player nameScholarship

  13. Selection number17player nameHugill

  14. Selection number14player nameMolumby

Lineups

Stoke

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1daviesBooked at 75 minutes
  • 16Wilmot
  • 36souttar
  • 5Chester
  • 2Smith
  • 4All
  • 15Thompson
  • 14Tymon
  • 25Powellis replaced bydoughtyBee 86′minutes
  • 8Vranciais replaced byfletcherBee 76′minutes
  • 18brownis replaced bySurridgeBee 57′minutesBooked at 90 minutes

deputies

  • 6bath
  • 9fletcher
  • 11doughty
  • 12Bursik
  • 19stigard
  • 22Surridge
  • 23Thin

West Brom

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 90 minutes
  • 6ajayic
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Townsend
  • 2furlong
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 51 minutes
  • 27mowattis replaced byMolumbyBee 80′minutes
  • 20Range
  • 7Robinson
  • 17Hugillis replaced byPhilipsBee 55′minutes
  • 18Scholarshipis replaced byDianganaBee 57′minutes

deputies

  • 10Philips
  • 11Diangana
  • 14Molumby
  • 16Clarke
  • 21Kipré
  • 22Bryan
  • 25Knob

Referee:
Tim Robinson

Presence:
22,703

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