- Afellay sent off in 25 minute
- Adam sent off six minutes later as Stoke down to nine
- Rondon bags first WBA goal right on half time
- West Brom’s first win of the season
West Bromwich Albion beat nine-man Stoke City 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday as the Potters played almost an hour with nine-men.
Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam were both sent off in the first half, leaving the Potters with no chance and a header right on half time from Salomon Rondon proved to be the difference and handed West Brom their first win of the season.
The Baggies now sit in 14th place on four points, while Stoke are 17th on two points and are without a win this season.
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Stoke’s task of getting their first home win was made more difficult after 25 minutes when Afellay was sent off for reacting to a bad challenge from Craig Gardner. Afellay appeared to flick Gardner in the face, but Gardner also appeared to tap Afellay in his face and a yellow card for both would have been sufficient. Instead Gardner was booked and Afellay was shown a straight-red card. Disaster for Stoke.
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It got worse six minutes later as Adam made a tackle on Craig Dawson down the left and referee Michael Oliver showed the Scottish midfielder a red card. Mark Hughes was incensed as Stoke had to play almost an hour with only 9-men.
West Brom immediately brought on Rickie Lambert to get at Stoke’s short-handed side. Just as the Potters looked like they would hold on until half time, in the third-minute of stoppage time Rondon arrived at the back post and headed across goal. 1-0 to the Baggies.
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In the second half Calum McManaman came on for West Brom as they tried to force the issue and some great stops and solid defending from Stoke meant they battled hard but had few opportunities to level things up.