West Brom 1-0 Stoke City (14.03.2015) Live Commentary

The game produced by the players today wasn’t of the most attractive ones. It seems they haven’t shown us their best. It was a very tight match, with not much between the two teams. Both home and away side attempted to create scoring opportunities mostly with long balls.
There will be no more action today because the referee signals for the end of the match.
Substitution. Saido Berahino (West Brom) did his best and is replaced by Chris Baird (West Brom).
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) takes a mid-range free kick and the effort crashes into the defensive wall.
Michael Oliver shows a yellow card to Boaz Myhill (West Brom) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard. Stoke City are awarded a free kick from mid-range. This position is not for a direct shot, we can expect a cross into the box.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) makes a great solo effort and attempts to surprise the goalkeeper with a long-range shot, aiming towards the bottom left corner. Ben Foster (West Brom) has a clear vision and makes a comfortable save.
We will have 5 min. of added time.
Tony Pulis is forced to make a change. Ideye Brown (West Brom) is unable to continue due to injury, Jonas Olsson (West Brom) comes on.
The game is interrupted now, Ideye Brown (West Brom) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
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Peter Crouch (Stoke City) latches on to a pin-point through ball, but one of the defending players dispossess him. Brilliant defending.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
What a save from Ben Foster (West Brom)! Peter Crouch (Stoke City) jumps high to meet a cross and glances a promising header from close range towards the left post, but the goalkeeper has pulled off a brilliant stop to keep it out.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is the one who was caught offside.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) launches a cross from the corner, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) is alert to thwart the effort.
James Morrison (West Brom) blows a good opportunity as he has a lot of space around him and fires a terrific shot from the edge of the box. The shot is directed towards the top of the net, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) is forced to make a brilliant save! The referee points to the corner flag. West Brom are given a corner.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) connects with a pass but sees a shot from the edge of the box blocked.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) sends a poor cross from the corner and Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) has no trouble to gather it.
James Morrison (West Brom) breaks into the penalty area but his shot is blocked. Corner kick. West Brom will have an opportunity.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the free kick and sends the ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Michael Oliver won’t hear any protests. We will probably witness a lofted pass into the box from a free kick from the side. Let’s see if West Brom are able to benefit from this promising situation.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
It looks like Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) was seeing red according to his tackle. Michael Oliver won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. West Brom win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) once again attempts to send a defence-splitting pass, but the opposition’s defence is alert and intercepts the ball. The assistant referee makes a right call and West Brom will have a corner.
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
Chris Brunt (West Brom) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a low shot in the direction of the right post. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) is alert and denies his effort with a nice save. The main referee points to the corner flag, West Brom will take a corner.
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
Corner kick, taken by Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City), is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Stoke City.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety. Stoke City get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but their effort is stopped by the goalkeeper. It will be a corner kick for Stoke City.
Ben Foster (West Brom) pulls off a fantastic save! Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) attempts to head home after a precise cross into the box. He aims his header towards the top right corner, but the effort is kept out. The ball goes out for a corner. Stoke City can continue in their attacking effort.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) commits a sliding tackle while hitting his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for infringement.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Michael Oliver, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour.
Here is a change. Victor Moses (Stoke City) is going off and Mark Hughes gives the last tactical orders to Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).
Substitution. Ben Foster (West Brom) can’t continue due to injury and Boaz Myhill (West Brom) replaces him.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) blows a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side into the penalty area and sends a bullet header which goes just wide of the right post.
Michael Oliver pulls out a yellow card to show it to Marc Wilson (Stoke City) for a tough tackle.
Ben Foster (West Brom) is able to continue to play.
Ben Foster (West Brom) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
What a close effort by Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City), who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes by a whisker over the crossbar.
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
Mark Hughes makes a switch. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is coming on in place of Erik Pieters at the start of the second period.
After the half-time break we are back again. The players are back out on the pitch, and the second half is underway.
We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many breathtaking situations, but there is still space for improvement in the second half. The game is quite balanced. Both home and away side attempt to create scoring opportunities mostly with long balls.
The match has reached half-time.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players.
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City), was easily averted by one of the defenders.
One of the West Brom players harshly tackled his opponent, and he conceded a foul for that. Stoke City earn a free kick.
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) couldn’t control the ball well and handled it, the referee blows his whistle for a handball.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
A break in play now as Ideye Brown (West Brom) needs to receive treatment.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) clips an invinting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
The free kick is taken by Chris Brunt (West Brom), but the delivery it’s cleared.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) brings his opponent down. Michael Oliver has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to West Brom.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) sends a promising through ball, but the defence is alert and cuts out the pass.
Gooal! No wait, it’s been ruled out for offside. Ideye Brown (West Brom) disagrees, but the assistant referee is sure about his call.
Michael Oliver blows the whistle. Gareth McAuley (West Brom) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) gets the ball and drives a shot from the edge of the area which goes high over the bar.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the left post.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) commits a rough challenge, and Michael Oliver blows the whistle for infringement.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He creates himself some space to latch on to the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball into the stands.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out. The ball goes out-of-play. West Brom have been awarded a corner kick.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) sends an inaccurate cross from the corner kick as he overhits his effort. The ball goes out-of-play.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Stoke City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
A perfect lofted pass from Craig Gardner finds Ideye Brown (West Brom), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header straight into the bottom left corner. His effort was both strong and precise, and Asmir Begovic had no chance of stopping that. 1:0.
Flag up against Jonathan Walters (Stoke City). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) makes a good run inside the box to meet a precise cross. He latches on to it and shoots, but the goalkeeper pulls off an excellent save.
Referee Michael Oliver sees tripping by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Michael Oliver blows the whistle for infingement.
Victor Moses (Stoke City) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) picks up the ball, dribbles to the edge of the penalty area and unleashes a brilliant shot to the bottom right corner, but is thwarted by a great save from Asmir Begovic (Stoke City).
Craig Gardner (West Brom) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) wriggles into space inside the box with excellent ball control, but his effort on goal is well blocked. West Brom get a corner.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) has an effort from distance and sends the ball towards the bottom left corner, but the goalkeeper is equal to it. West Brom will take a corner kick.
The first half of today’s match is starting right now.
The players are out and the match is about to start. West Brom will have the kick-off.
Michael Oliver was nominated as a referee for this game.
You can have a look at the starting XIs of both teams in the details of this match.
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