West Brom 2-1 Stoke City: Evans’ late goal seals win
- Evans nets winner in stoppage time
- Cameron sent off
- Baggies three points behind Potters
West Bromwich Albion beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Hawthrons on Saturday as a stoppage time winner from Jonny Evans lead Tony Pulis to victory over his old team.
The Baggies went ahead through Stephane Sessegnon’s blast but Stoke equalized through Jonathan Walters with 10 minutes to go. However a red card for Geoff Cameron and Evans’ late goal swung the game in West Brom’s favor and handed them all three points.
With the win West Brom move onto 26 points for the season and are just three behind the Potters.
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The first big chance of the game fell to West Brom as a corner from the left was flicked on by Gareth McAuely and Evans slid in at the back post but couldn’t steer his lunging effort on target.
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That chance sparked Stoke into life with Glen Johnson bursting forward from right back and smashing a shot towards goal that Boaz Myhill beat away. Stoke had another good chance as Xherdan Shaqiri picked out Marko Arnauotivc but the Austrian’s shot was saved by Myhill down low, then USMNT man Cameron had a header blocked.
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West Brom took the lead on the hour mark as Darren Fletcher found James Morrison and his pinpoint pass picked out Sessegnon in the box who hammered home his first goal of the season into the roof of the net. 1-0 to the Baggies.
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Stoke pushed hard for the equalizer late on and it arrived with 10 minutes to go. Joselu’s marvelous cross from the right was headed home by Walters to make it 1-1, although Walters did appear to be offside in the build up to the goal as he nodded the ball wide to Joselu.
A pivotal moment then arrived as Cameron was shown a straight red card for appearing to catch Claudio Yacob in the back of the head with a flailing arm but there was little contact and Stoke felt extremely hard done by.
They were to feel even worse in stoppage time as a goalmouth scramble saw the ball drop to Evans and he slotted home the winner to give Pulis a win against his old team.