West Brom 1-1 Stoke City: Spoils split at Hawthorns

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  • Rodriguez opens scoring
  • Crouch gifted equalizer
  • Baggies still unbeaten
  • Stoke moves to 1-1-1

West Brom is no longer perfect but remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw against Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Sunday

It took until the hour mark for West Brom to get a shot on target, but Jay Rodriguez made it count for the Baggies lone goal.

Stoke needed miscommunication between West Brom backstop Ben Foster and center back Ahmed Hegazi to level it late through Peter Crouch.

Stoke rises ninth with four points, while West Brom remains in the Top Four with seven.

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A pair of early corners came West Brom’s way, but James Morrison grounded the second wide of the goal.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was felled in the box by a clever Chris Brunt to not avail, and Bruno Martins Indi came close to hooking a loose ball in for an opener in the 10th minute.

Kurt Zouma dribbled to 22 yards out before lashing a deflected shot that Ben Foster did well to tip over the bar.

A dangerous swooping 38th minute free kick from Chris Brunt went through the hands of Jack Butland thanks to some back post contact and was called a foul.

 

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Rodriguez finally snapped a goal into the proceedings at the hour mark, a diving back post header making it 1-0.

Stoke capitalized on a massive error to make it 1-1, with Crouch nabbing his 199th career goal off an Ahmed Hegazi error.

Choupo-Moting saw a back post effort blocked by Allan Nyom in the 87th minute as the Potters looked for a winner.