Morrison sinks Stoke at the Hawthorns

James Morrison scored early on to hand West Brom a well-deserved 1-0 win over Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

  • West Brom 1 Stoke City 0
  • Morrison strikes early
  • Chadli with the assist
  • Shawcross hits the woodwork

Match Summary

West Brom did the business early on as James Morrison scored the only goal with a neat finish in the sixth minute.

Full Report

West Brom had the ball in the back of the net as early as the fourth minute after Salomon Rondon tapped home on the rebound after Matt Phillips had tested Lee Grant with a shot. But the linesman's flag ruled it out.

The breakthrough would come soon, however, and the Baggies started it on the counterattack from deep in their own half. Nacer Chadli had space to run into on the left flank and picked out the run of James Morrison with a through-ball, and the Scot picked out the bottom corner.

The 11th minute saw Chris Brunt curl a fantastic cross into the box that just evaded the two attackers throwing themselves at it, when any touch would have been enough. It was recycled with a cutback to Rondon, but he side-footed wide.

The 33rd minute saw Morrison almost pick out Chadli with a sweet outside-of-the-boot pass towards, but it was just behind the Belgian. However, it popped up well for Rondon to take over, and his shot stung the palms of Grant.

West Brom almost worked another opening in the 42nd with some neat passing triangles between Morrison and Chadli working the shot for Phillips, but it took a deflection soon after leaving his boot and flew well off-target.

Stoke's aerial potency was on show soon afterwards when they won a corner from which Ryan Shawcross rattled the woodwork with a header, but soon West Brom were leading a counterattack down the other end, which fizzled out with a misplaced pass.

Phil Bardsley went for goal from long range early in the second half with a fizzing effort that had Foster worried, but his effort on the hour mark was testing, and easily gathered. A minute later and Morrison accepted the opportunity to have a go himself, but fired into the crowd.

The biggest reaction from the home crowd, however, came with the introduction of Saido Berahino, the maligned young striker who recently transferred to the Potters. His 58th-minute introduction for Peter Crouch prompted a chorus of boos from the Baggies faithful.

McClean tested Grant once again in the 71st minute with a great effort on his weaker right foot, while Pieters had a rare chance to put Stoke level when he headed wide from Bardsley's cross in the 79th minute.