Premier League: West Brom 0 Stoke City 1
By Football News
A 75th-minute Dean Whitehead goal was enough for Stoke City to record a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
In a game of few chances, the visitors took their opportunity when a mistake from Jonas Olsson fell to Michael Kightly, who set up Whitehead for the winner.
The game started slowly as both teams struggled for rhythm going forward but it was the visitors who threatened first through Kenwyne Jones, who put his effort just wide with Boaz Myhill beaten.
West Brom looked out of sync early but in the 22nd minute they clicked into gear as Markus Rosenberg played a delightful through ball for Graham Dorrans, but Ryan Shawcross was on hand to make a perfect sliding tackle to stop him in his tracks.
The home side were growing frustrated by Stoke's resistance but that almost changed when Steven Reid spotted Asmir Begovic off his line, attempting an audacious 40-yard effort which the goalkeeper just kept out.
After the break, both teams struggled in the final third as Steve Clarke introduced Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie to aid West Brom's search for yet another home win.
Stoke's stubborn defending paid off as they took the lead through Whitehead following a mistake from Olsson, whose failed clearance fell kindly to Kightly 20 yards from goal.
The former Wolves man drove into the box and crossed for the midfielder, who struck the ball first time and smashed it into the top corner to leave Myhill with no chance.
West Brom threw everything at Tony Pulis' side in the last 10 minutes but were unable to find that elusive goal as a great effort from Dorrans was well saved by Begovic.
Stoke held on to extend their unbeaten league run to four matches, lifting them into ninth on the table.