As it happened: Stoke City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion in the Championship
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Thanks for joining me!

That's all we have time for this evening on VAVEL.

Thanks for following my coverage of the EFL Championship game between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. 

The Potters deservedly take all three points and climb to third while ending West Brom's unbeaten start.

See you next time!

21:5323 days ago

Match highlights

Check out the highlights from tonight's game over on the Sky Sports website.

21:4623 days ago

Surridge's penalty miss

Here's the moment Stoke missed the chance to go ahead when Johnstone saved Surridge's spot-kick. 

Luckily for the hosts, it didn't matter in the end.


21:4323 days ago

Full-time: Stoke City 1-0 West Brom

Stoke City have ended West Brom's unbeaten start!

The Potters maintain their unbeaten home record and take all three points thanks to Nick Powell's goal.

It's a deserved victory for Michael O'Neill's men, who climb to third place.

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90+5 bookings for Surridge and Johnstone

Sam Surridge and Sam Johnstone both receive a yellow card. 

Surridge stops Johnstone from getting the ball forward, and the Baggies keeper reacts in a frustrated manner.

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Five minutes added

Five minutes left for West Brom to find an equaliser.
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89' James Chester clears the danger

Darnell Furlong's long throw looks like it may reach Kyle Bartley, but James Chester is able to put it behind for a corner. 
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86' Stoke substitution

Stoke's third and final change sees Alife Doughty replace goalscorer Nick Powell, who just received treatment. 

It appears to be a precaution.

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81' West Brom substitution

West Brom made a change after the goal, which saw Jayson Molumby replace Alex Mowatt.
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More on the goal

West Brom's Conor Townsend gave possession away. Tommy Smith played the ball to Nick Powell, who lifted it over the onrushing Sam Johnstone. 

Cracking finish as Stoke finally take the lead.

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79' GOAL! Stoke take the lead!

Nick Powell puts Stoke City ahead!
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76' Stoke substitution

A change for Stoke sees Steven Fletcher replace Mario Vrancic.
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74' Adam Davies booked

Stoke goalkeeper Adam Davies gets booked for handling the ball outside of his area.
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71' Stoke penalty saved!

Sam Surridge takes the penalty and is denied by Sam Johnstone!

Not Stoke's night at all so far.

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70' Penalty for Stoke!

Stoke win a penalty after Sam Johnstone fouls Sam Surridge inside the box!
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68' Chance for West Brom

Darnell Furlong's long throw causes Stoke problems again. The ball eventually comes to Jake Livermore, who puts his effort wide.
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66' Big chance for Stoke!

Josh Tymon sends in an excellent low cross and finds Sam Surridge, who can't beat Sam Johnstone from close range. Huge chance!
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64' West Brom corner

Darnell Furlong launches a long throw into the Stoke box. It's cleared as far as Adam Reach, whose effort is deflected and behind for a corner.
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59' Vrancic tests Johnstone

Mario Vrancic hits a free-kick from a difficult angle, but Sam Johnstone is able to make the save.
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57' Stoke substitution

Stoke's first change sees Sam Surridge replace Jacob Brown, who missed that glaring chance in the first half. 

Brown receives a hug from his manager Michael O'Neill.

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57' West Brom substitution

West Brom's second change sees Grady Diangana replace Karlan Grant.
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55' West Brom substitution

West Brom's first change sees Matt Phillips replace Jordan Hugill. 

Quiet night for Hugill, who never really managed to get into the game.

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51' Livermore booked

West Brom skipper Jake Livermore receives the first booking of the night for a foul on Mario Vrancic.
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50' Vrancic hits the crossbar!

Stoke win a free-kick in a dangerous position. Mario Vrancic takes it and hits the crossbar! 

He's claiming Johnstone got a touch and wants a corner, but the decision is a goal-kick.

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46' We're back underway!

Stoke get us back underway for the second half!
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Stoke's disallowed goal


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Jacob Brown's first-half chance


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Half-time: Stoke City 0-0 West Brom

No added time in the first half, and the sides go in level. 

Stoke have been the better side, hitting the post and having a goal ruled out. 

Still all to play for in the second half.

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43' Chance for Stoke

Mario Vrancic plays the ball out to the left-hand side and finds Josh Tymon. Tymon's low cross reaches Nick Powell, whose effort is comfortable for Sam Johnstone.
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40' Stoke goal disallowed!

Wow! Darnell Furlong heads past his own goalkeeper, but it's ruled out for a foul in the build-up by Mario Vrancic on Callum Robinson.

Stoke won't be happy with that decision.

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38' Game has settled down

"It's just gone into a bit of a lull the last five to 10 minutes," says Sky Sports' Don Goodman. 

He's not wrong.

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Good contest so far

It's a good contest so far at the bet365 Stadium. Stoke have seen more of the ball and came close when Jacob Brown hit the post.

There's still nothing to separate the sides, however.

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20' Chance for West Brom

Callum Robinson gets a shot away after seeing two blocked in quick succession, but Adam Davies holds onto the ball.
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16' Chance for Stoke

Jordan Thompson plays the ball into the box and finds Josh Tymon, but Baggies 'keeper Sam Johnstone is out and makes the save.
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9' Joe Allen fires wide

The ball comes to Stoke midfielder Joe Allen on the edge of the box, but the Welshman fires his shot just wide.
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9' Jacob Brown hits the post!

Stoke come agonisingly close to taking the lead. Jacob Brown hits the post after being put through on goal by Nick Powell!
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6' West Brom corner

West Brom win a corner as Adam Reach's low cross is put behind by Ben Wilmot. 

The attack came from Nick Powell cheaply losing possession for the hosts.

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3' Callum Robinson tries his luck

West Brom forward Callum Robinson has the first effort of the evening, but he's unable to get it on target from outside the box.
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1' We're underway!

West Brom get us underway at the bet365 Stadium!
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The teams are out!

Stoke and West Brom make their way back out onto the bet365 pitch. 

Kick-off moments away!

19:3623 days ago

10 minutes until-kick off

We're now just 10 minutes away from kick-off!

West Brom have the best away record in Championship, while only Coventry have a better home record than Stoke. 

Who will come out on top tonight? You'll find out here on VAVEL!

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How to watch

Tonight's game is available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. 

However, if you want to follow live text updates, right here on VAVEL is the place for you!

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3-4-3 formation for West Brom

West Brom will line up with a 3-4-3 formation.

They are unchanged from Tuesday's 4-0 win at Cardiff City.

Matt Clarke returns to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Stoke playing a 3-4-2-1 formation

Stoke will line up with a 3-4-2-1 formation for the second game running. 

O'Neill has made two changes to the side that drew at Preston North End on Tuesday. 

James Chester and Joe Allen come in for Leo Ostigard and Romaine Sawyers, who's on loan from the Baggies and therefore ineligible.

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West Brom starting line-up


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Stoke City starting line-up


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Tonight's venue


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Valerien Ismael pre-match comments

Here's what West Brom manager Valerien Ismael said in his pre-match press conference. 

On club-record unbeaten start: "Yes I am proud. It shows the hard work all the staff have put in with the players from day one.

"We have had to implement a new way to play and it’s the result of hard work. It’s not enough. We need to continue to carry on.

"We need to win with consistency if we are to stay where we are. We need to perform well. We cannot afford to be average otherwise someone will come and take our spot.

"It’s all about maintaining our performance level, our mentality, and our desire to continue to move forward."

On facing Stoke: "It’s another tough away game for us. It’s another way to play from the Cardiff game. We need to adapt again.

"I think it will be a team that is possession-based, has very good players and a lot of experience in the side. But it will be the same it will be all about us.

"We need to show our intensity, we need to press and we need to play and combine well. I think it will be the game where we see the three pillars from our way to play. I think in that game we will need to be complete."

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Michael O'Neill pre-match comments

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill spoke to the club's media ahead on Thursday. Here's what he said.

“It’ll be a tough game, we’re going into the game against a very strong team which has come down, kept their squad together and added one or two players to that as well," said O'Neill.

“These are the games where you’re always going to measure yourself. We were disappointed with Fulham but we moved on quickly because at the end of the day it’s only three points, it’s the same three points you get against Blackpool or whatever team you’re playing on that day.

“We have to be ready to play in this game, it’s our third game in six days which is demanding physically.

“The most important thing is we get the level of performance that we’ve consistently got this season.”

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West Brom looking to keep unbeaten league record intact

West Brom and Bournemouth are the only two sides in the Championship that are still unbeaten after their opening 10 games.

The Baggies are top of the league and above the second-placed Cherries on goal difference - with both winning six and drawing four so far.

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Stoke looking to maintain their unbeaten home record

Stoke are unbeaten in their five home games this season, winning four and drawing one.

Their form at the bet365 Stadium sees them go into Friday night's game sat fifth in the table.

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Who will be the referee and his assistants?

Referee: Tim Robinson

Assistants: Nigel Lugg and Paul Hodskinson

Fourth Official: John Busby

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The match will take place at the Bet365 Stadium

Friday night's game will take place at Stoke's Bet365 Stadium, which has a capacity of 30,089. 

The Potters are unbeaten on home soil so far this season, but West Brom won 2-0 on their last visit in 2019.

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Welcome to's coverage of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion!

My name is Dale Winfield, and I'll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-match build-up, team news, and live updates throughout the game!