Stoke City 2-0 West Brom (28.12.2014) Live Commentary

We have been watching a lacklustre game with only a few moments to stir the crowds. The players surely have higher capabilities, they just needed to motivate themselves to a better performance. The home side were better today. The hosts displayed good teamplay with a lot of passes. The visiting side patiently waited on their own half to take the ball off the opponent and to hit them on the break.
That’s all for today because the game is over.
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) takes a mid-range shot, but the ball sails high over the bar.
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Chris Baird (West Brom) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) trips an opposition player, and Roger East signals a foul. West Brom are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) unleashes a shot, but his effort is not successful at all and the ball flies well wide of the left post.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Glenn Whelan departs the field of play to be replaced by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).
Chris Brunt (West Brom) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) brings an opponent down and Roger East interrupts the game.
Joleon Lescott (West Brom) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the corner kick, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) reads it well and stops the effort.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Silvestre Varela (West Brom). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. West Brom will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
A substitution has been made. Graham Dorrans goes off and Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom) comes on.
Here is a change. Bojan Krkic is going off and Mark Hughes gives the last tactical orders to Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City).
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) produces an effort from the edge of the box, but doesn’t hit the ball properly and sends it yards over the bar.
The free kick from long range. Chris Baird (West Brom) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick for West Brom. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
Chris Baird (West Brom) sees a yellow card from Roger East after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
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The assistant referee raises his flag. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is adjudged offside.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) reacts well near the penalty spot to connect with the resulting corner, but fails to direct his header into the back of the net. The ball floats high over the bar.
The ball goes out-of-play. Stoke City are awarded a corner kick.
Attempted cross from Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) is cleared. Stoke City earn a corner.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Roger East to the guilty Chris Brunt (West Brom).
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) got a great chance inside the box and puts the ball into the back of the net.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) got the ball on the edge of the box and produced a strong shot, but one of his teammates was standing in the wrong place and blocked the effort.
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) unleashes a missile of a shot towards goal, but his good effort is blocked by one of the defenders. The ball goes out-of-play. West Brom have been awarded a corner kick.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) has an opportunity and misses! He takes a rebound inside the box and smashes the ball against the right post.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) runs with the ball towards the keeper and pulls the trigger from close range, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) anticipates his intention and makes an amazing save to thwart the effort that was directed low to the middle of the target.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. James Morrison will be replaced by Silvestre Varela (West Brom).
Substitution. Totally exhausted Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) is leaving the pitch, and Saido Berahino (West Brom) will replace him.
Substitution. Peter Crouch is making his way off the pitch with Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) coming on as his replacement.
Roger East blows the whistle, Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is penalised for a foul. West Brom will take a free kick nearby the side line.
James Morrison (West Brom) passed the ball and slowed down the tempo. His team can continue with combination play.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) is caught offside!
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) meets a cross from Mame Diouf, but he cannot keep his header on target. It goes well wide of the right post.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. West Brom force a corner. They send men into the box.
The game is interrupted as Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) is flagged for offside.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Stoke City will take it.
Half-chance! Graham Dorrans (West Brom) plays a pass into the box, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) reacts well to thwart the attack.
Goal! Mame Diouf (Stoke City) finds himself some space inside the box to get on the end of a pass from Erik Pieters, and he sends the ball low into the middle of the net. 1:0.
He should have done it better. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is afforded space to connect with a Geoff Cameron cross, but his header from the centre of the box flies well wide of the left post.
A cross which was clipped into the penalty area by Erik Pieters (Stoke City) didn’t pose any threat, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see an interesting situation.
Chris Baird (West Brom) takes the free kick from a long way out but the defender manages to get it clear.
Roger East calls for a foul. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
There has not been much to choose between the sides after an absorbing 45 minutes, let’s hope they will do better in the second period. We can’t say that one of the teams enjoyed any superiority over the first half. Pass and move, the home side display some possession football so far. The visitors display patience as they are waiting for the right moment to hit them on the break.
Roger East has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) was close to scoring after he unleashed a powerful shot which went by a whisker wide of the right post.
Fourth official shows 1 min. of added time.
Roger East blows his whistle and it is Mame Diouf (Stoke City) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates as he overhits the effort.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger. Stoke City have a corner.
Chris Baird (West Brom) touched the ball with his hand, and it will be a free kick against his team.
James Morrison (West Brom) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) has a sight of goal, fires from distance to the bottom right corner and forces a good save out of Ben Foster.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) unleashes a shot, but it misses the target well wide of the left-hand post.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) tries his luck and hits a thunderbolt of a shot towards goal from long-range, but his powerful strike goes narrowly wide of the left post.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) with a through ball which couldn’t reach Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) as one of the defending players reacts brilliantly to intercept the effort. If the pass had been produced a little bit earlier, Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) could have got into a promising position.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) sends a poor cross from the corner and Ben Foster (West Brom) has no trouble to gather it.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat. The ball is out-of-play and Stoke City manage to earn a corner.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away.
James Morrison (West Brom) gets into a good scoring opportunity. He creates himself some space and tries his luck from distance, aiming to the middle of the goal. His decent effort is denied by Asmir Begovic (Stoke City).
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared.
The free kick into the penalty area from Chris Baird (West Brom) is averted.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Roger East, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. That’s a free kick to West Brom.
James Morrison (West Brom) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit cross to the back post.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) is disappointed with himself because he got into a good area, but he produces a poor cross.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) with a teasing cross into the area, but Ben Foster intercepts the ball.
This should have been a goal! Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) sends a killer pass into the box, but Peter Crouch can’t trick the opposition’s defence and loses possession.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is the one who was caught offside.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) hammers the ball from far out, but his shot is blocked by an opposition player.
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
What a poor attempt! James Morrison (West Brom) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes into the stands.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the bottom left corner. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) creates a yard of space for himself and tries an efort from the edge of the box, but it is going just wide of the left post.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels low towards the middle of the target, but Asmir Begovic comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) produces an inaccurate low pass into the box that is blocked by the one of the defenders. If this pass had slipped through, the ball would have probably ended inside the net.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) is flagged for offside.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) latches on to a lofted cross on the edge of the box and he directs his weak header towards the bottom left corner. The goalkeeper has enough time to react and makes a save.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
James Morrison (West Brom) sends a chip pass into the box, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) is quickest to intercept the ball.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) sends over a cross, but he can’t find any teammate inside the box. Poor delivery.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) unleashes a shot, but his effort is not successful at all and the ball floats high over the bar.
The first half has started.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Stoke City will have the kick-off.
Roger East will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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