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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old October 3rd, 2007, 11:39 Thread Starter
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Season 07/08

West Brom vs Stoke

WBA Team News:

The Baggies expect to be able to field an unchanged side that beat QPR 5-1 on Saturday. There had been injury doubts over Zoltan Gera and Kevin Phillips but both are expected to be fit for the clash. Stoke fans will be looking out for former Potter, Carl Hoefkens who left the club at the start of this season for West Brom.

Player to watch: Kevin Phillips
The striker scored two goals in the 5-1 rout of QPR at the Hawthorns last Saturday and the Potters' defence will need to be on their guard.

Stoke City Team News:
The injury situation at the Brit still looks bleak even though Mamady Sidibe has resumed training after injury kept him out of the Leicester trip on Saturday, but it is still not clear if he will play. Rory Delap is definitely out as he struggles back from a groin injury which could leave the door open for John Eustace to make his first league start of the season after impressing at the Walkers Stadium. Vincent Pericard could be on the bench after being released from prison - 'subject to Home Office approval'.

Player to watch: John Eustace
Serious injury kept Eustace off the football pitch for 18 months but being clear fit has found it hard to break back into the starting eleven, so, if he allowed to start, should relish this rare opportunity to impress in midfield.

Match Facts & Stats
The Potters did the double over Tony Mowbray's men last season, winning 1-0 at the Brit, followed by 3-1 at the Hawthorns.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old October 4th, 2007, 12:09 Thread Starter
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West Bromwich Albion 1 Stoke City 1

Leon Barnett repaid a slice of his £3million transfer fee as he rescued a point for West Bromwich Albion against their bogey side Stoke City at The Hawthorns.

Central defender Barnett, snapped up from Luton Town during the summer, capped a stirring fightback with a 73rd minute strike.

Albion had been trailing from the 27th minute after Ryan Shawcross's third goal of the season had given a rugged Stoke side, who are unbeaten in five games, the lead.

Stoke have won 14 of the last 22 league meetings between the sides with Albion having just one victory to their name during that sequence of results.

Stoke had looked set to make it win number 15 when on-loan Manchester United central defender Shawcross celebrated his 20th birthday 24 hours early.

But Albion refused to buckle and were rewarded when Barnett reacted fastest in a goalmouth scramble to bundle home a left wing free-kick from Filipe Teixeira to score his second goal for the club.

Albion may have surrendered their 100 per cent home record but a share of the spoils was the least they deserved after dominating the game for long spells.

Albion must have wondered how they went into half-time trailing because, apart from a shot from John Eustace and the goal from Shawcross, Stoke rarely threatened.

Robert Koren ran the show for Albion setting up a chance for Ishmael Miller that was saved by Steve Simonsen who also denied Teixeira with a smart stop.

But Albion found Stoke a tough nut to crack and were made to pay in the 27th minute.

Stoke were a constant threat in the air and it was no surprise that was the way they made their breakthrough.

When Liam Lawrence lifted in a left-wing cross after collecting a misplaced shot by Dominic Matteo, Shawcross rose at the far post to beat Dean Kiely with a powerful header.

Despite the shock of falling behind, Albion continued to press but Koren was frustrated by Simonsen while Miller flashed a shot across the face of goal.

It could have been a costly miss as Stoke then created only their second real opening 10 minutes into the second half when Mamady Sidibe's header from Lawrence's cross was goalbound only to be turned off the line by Koren.

That let-off galvanised Albion and Barnett earned them their reward.

They could have gone on to win the game but Simonsen pulled off a spectacular save from Sherjill MacDonald and James Morrison fired just over the bar.

Miller then wasted a golden chance two minutes from time. He only had Simonsen to beat but blasted his shot straight at the legs of the former Everton keeper.

Kiely - Hoefkens (Gera), Albrechtsen, Barnett, Robinson - Morrison, Greening, Teixeira (MacDonald), Koren - Miller, Beattie (Brunt)
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old October 4th, 2007, 12:28
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Still seems that you have a problem with dominating teams but not making them pay.

I have some mixed feeling towards you Baggies, your fans were very courteous in defeat back in May, it's just a shame the same couldn't be said about some of your whinging players.

Expect you to battle it out with Watford and Charlton, and you'll need to stop dropping points like this game, because those 2 look very strong, and I'm sure you don't want the play offs again

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I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!

Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old October 4th, 2007, 13:40 Thread Starter
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Derby played similar back in May and won we will not win all the games of course, just glad that our guys tried hard and came back with an equliser -you cant really blame any of them, it was the same physically strong Stoke team that beat us last season.

I am more concerned about two away games now, Southampton & Colchester
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old October 4th, 2007, 13:43 Thread Starter
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Mowbray contented with Albion display

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray praised the battling qualities of Stoke after they drew 1-1 at the Hawthorns last night.

Albion defender Leon Barnett's late goal cancelled out a first-half effort from on loan Manchester United trainee Ryan Shawcross who will celebrate his 20th birthday tomorrow.

The Baggies dominated for lengthy spells but Stoke goalkeeper Steve Simonsen was only tested in the final quarter.

Mowbray said: "I was delighted with the display, full of determination, character, quality, endeavour. I enjoyed watching it is probably the best way for me to describe it.

"As a coach at times it can be frustrating standing there and watching your team but I enjoyed us passing and trying to create against a very stubborn team tonight.

"That is what football is. I would say it was a contrast of styles tonight but they were very dangerous on the break and I've got a total respect for their striking partnership. They are a real handful for anyone in this division.

"I am delighted with application and, if Ishmael Miller scores in the last minute and we win 2-1, everyone says it was a richly deserved victory.

"But at the same time you've got to give a team credit for defending as resoundingly as they did. They had a lot of men behind the ball, put in a lot of blocks and threw their body in front of things.

"It takes you a long way if you've got that determination not to lose a football match so a lot of credit to them. I think there is probably not a more physically determined team in the league than Stoke and yet we stood up to that no problem."
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Really ejoying the Watford vs West Brom battle at the top of the table!
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