West Brom 2-1 Stoke City (02.01.2016) 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. It was a very tight match, with not much between the two teams. The tactic of both sides was slow build-up play.
Nothing more will happen today, Lee Mason has blown his whistle and the game is over.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) earns the yellow card.
Rough tackle by Chris Brunt (West Brom). The referee blows his whistle for a foul.
GOAL! Jonny Evans (West Brom) was in the right place at the right time and has an easy position inside the box to score from a rebound.
Wow, what an escape. Craig Dawson (West Brom) has an effort from inside the box but it’s brilliantly blocked.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) volleys the ball towards goal from the edge of the penalty box, but one of the defenders blocks his shot. The ball goes out-of-play. West Brom have been awarded a corner kick.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Callum McManaman (West Brom) will replace Craig Gardner.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) had a chance to score with a mid-range attempt he released after a nice pass. He hit it only to the middle of the goal, but he couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Jack Butland.
We will have 5 min. of added time.
Rickie Lambert (West Brom) is caught offside!
Chris Brunt (West Brom) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
James Morrison (West Brom) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders makes a timely clearance. West Brom get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Here is a change. Claudio Yacob is going off and Tony Pulis gives the last tactical orders to Saido Berahino (West Brom).
Substitution. Xherdan Shaqiri will be replaced by Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City).
The main referee Lee Mason went straight to his pocket and shows Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) a red card. No point in arguing. He has to leave the pitch.
Joselu sends a superb cross into the box, Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) latches on to it and from close range he plants a header that goes inside the left post, leaving Boaz Myhill beaten. He displays his eye for goal, an excellent finish. The score is 1:1.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) serves in a nice cross, but Boaz Myhill (West Brom) punches the ball away.
Caution goes to Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).
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It looks like Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) was seeing red according to his tackle. Lee Mason won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Glen Johnson (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. The ball goes behind for a corner. Stoke City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Joselu (Stoke City) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
Mark Hughes has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) replacing Glenn Whelan.
Joselu (Stoke City) is being forced to leave the pitch in order to receive medical treatment and his team will play with a man short for a few minutes.
Today’s match ends for Bojan Krkic who will be replaced by Joselu (Stoke City).
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) produces an effort from the edge of the box, but doesn’t hit the ball properly and sends it yards over the bar.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) sends his free kick only to the defending players, who clear it out of danger.
Lee Mason couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Erik Pieters (Stoke City) and blew the whistle. West Brom have a free kick.
Goal – 1:0! James Morrison laid the ball off to Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom), who fired from close range into the top of the net, leaving the goalkeeper helpless.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) latches onto a lofted pass on the edge of the penalty box and unleashes a volley towards goal, but it goes high over the crossbar.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) makes an aggressive challenge on his opponent after running into the penalty area at high speed and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
A clumsy foul by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) and Lee Mason blows the whistle.
Good clearance! Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders.
CHANCE! Marko Arnautovic finds Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) with a sweet pass, but he can’t find the target as his effort from inside the box goes just wide of the right post!
The Stoke City players are exchanging some short passes.
Lee Mason blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. James Morrison (West Brom) is said to have used excessive force while attacking.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
The second half has just started.
We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many breathtaking situations, but there is still space for improvement in the second half. It has been a tight contest so far. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
1 additional min. will be played.
Craig Dawson (West Brom) strikes a volley towards goal, but one of the defenders blocks his effort.
Chance! Darren Fletcher (West Brom) comes within inches of scoring after picking up a pass from Stephane Sessegnon, but his shot from inside the box flashes inches wide of the left post.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) takes the free kick which is averted by the opposition defence.
Dangerous play by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City). Lee Mason blows his whistle for a foul. West Brom with a free kick.
Like an avalanche. James Morrison (West Brom) is penalised for his attacking foul. Lee Mason has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
The resulting corner from Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out. The ball is out-of-play. Stoke City win a corner kick.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) rose like a stag to produce a header from the resulting corner, but one of the defending players intercepts the ball and averts the threat. The main referee points to the corner flag, Stoke City will take a corner.
There’s an opportunity for Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) gets his head on the corner, but he sees his header blocked. The referee points to the corner flag. Stoke City are given a corner.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) will take the corner.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball. The ball goes out for a corner. Stoke City can continue in their attacking effort.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) sends a cross into the box that is cleared. The ball is out-of-play. West Brom have been awarded a corner kick.
Lee Mason blows his whistle and it is Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) latches on to a precise lofted cross inside the box, controls the ball and unleashes a fine strike towards the bottom left corner. His dangerous effort is blocked by Boaz Myhill who makes a glorious save!
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender.
Neat passing move from Stoke City in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) makes a rough challenge and Lee Mason blows his whistle for a foul.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal and forces the goalkeeper to make a great save.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) wasted a huge opportunity! The fans already began to celebrate as he unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort. The ball went towards the middle of the goal, but Boaz Myhill (West Brom) made a crucial save!
Jonny Evans (West Brom) meets a fine cross at the edge of the box from the resulting corner kick and shoots. His shot flows just wide of the left post.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the corner.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. The ball goes out-of-play. West Brom are awarded a corner kick.
Jonny Evans (West Brom) takes a header from the resulting free kick. He would need much more accuracy to score, though. The ball goes a few metres wide of the right post.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the ball and sets it for the free kick.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) trips an opposition player, and Lee Mason signals a foul. Free kick. West Brom will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Lee Mason blow the whistle.
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) strikes a powerful volley towards goal, but one of the defenders blocks his attempt.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) receives a low pass just outside the box and unleashes a fine strike towards the underside of the crossbar. Boaz Myhill pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed. Good work from Stoke City as they win a corner.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) was in a good position and inches away from getting on the end of a through ball.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the free kick and attempts to find some of his teammates inside the box, but the ball is intercepted and cleared out of danger.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) makes an unfair challenge by holding his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball. A free kick is given to West Brom.
The match has just begun.
The players are on the pitch and West Brom will have the kick-off.
Lee Mason will referee today’s match.
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