Live: West Brom 0 Stoke 1

And that is it, Stoke hold on for their first away win of the season.

90+3
Shawcross blocks a Brunt shot, brave stuff.

90+2
Jones wins a free kick but complains to the referee - he's done well in his lone role today.

90 +1
Four minutes being added on.

90
Long drills a shot in, but Begovic watches the ball go wide of his left post.

89
Stoke winding the clock down now., knocking it about at ease in the West Brom half.

88
Nice work from Mulumbu into the left of the area to force a corner. Dorrans collects on the edge of the box, but hammers the ball over the bar.

87
Brunt hammers a cross over from the left, but Begovic collects under no pressure.

87
Walters tries to play keep-ball in the corner, but can't control it.

85
Odemwingie has a chance to cross from the right, but he hammers it when a deft touch was needed - the ball sails over everyone and out of play.

84
Begovic hooks a clearance off to the left, neither keper has lloked happy with their kicking today.

83
Kightly whips the ball in but Jones is penalised. Stoke content to take their time over everything now.

82
Dorrans forces Begovic into action, the keeper has to go to his right a touch to palm the fierce shot away. A follow-up from Dorrans is bounced in, but Begovic saves again.

81
Yacob is off and Chris Brunt is on.

80
Popov winds up from distance and shoots, but it lacks venom and Begovic is down with ease.

79
Chris Brunt will be on very soon for West Brom, but the ball won't go out of play for the hosts to make the change.

78
Nothing comes of it, then Begovic punts the ball downfield, Olsson can't deal with it and Jones fires the ball straight at Myhill.

77
Shawcross concedes a corner from an Odemwingie cross.

76
Long hits the deck under pressure from Cameron, but no penalty. Tony Pulis reckons it should have been a yellow card for simulation.

75
Against the general run of play, but a really well-taken goal.

74
Olsson gave it away in the corner, Kightly set it up after sprinting in from the right and Whitehead finished it superbly from inside the area.

73
Stoke score through Whitehead!

72
Mulumbu chips a free kick towards Olsson, but again the well-organised Stoke defence clear the danger.

71
Lukaku fails to control a long ball with Odemwingie in space near by, with Steve Clarke throwing his arms in the air in frustration. Tony Pulis looks the happier manager, but only just.

70
Stoke get a corner, but Whelan's effort is too low and easily cleared.

69
Myhill catches and clears to Odemwingie, whose cross from the left is cut out by Shawcross. Momentum with the home side now.

68
Jones gets away from McAuley, but the West Brom defender makes amends with a superb tackle to concede a corner.

67
Stoke have more to think about now, and West Brom are on the front foot, but as yet they have not tested Begovic since the changes Steve Clarke has made.

66
Lukaku would have been the better option for Long, but he fails to see the substitute.

65
Shawcross cannot believe he has had a throw-in given against him, giving the Baggies a chance to get the ball towards Lukaku, but the striker can't get to it and Stoke can clear.

64
Whitehead replaces Adam, who does not look at all happy as he trudges off.

63
Odemwingie and Lukaku replace Gera and Rosenberg. Might this make the difference and us something to shout about?

62
N'Zonzi is spoken to by the referee for backchat, but there's no booking. Fairly typical of a tetchy afternoon at the Hawthorns.

61
Adam finds Walters, but he delays his cross a fraction too long and once again West Brom's defence are equal Stoke's attack.

60
A Jones knock down from a Shawcross free kick is cut out on the edge of the West Brom box.

59
Kightly replaces Etherington, who has had a quiet afternoon, to a few boos from the home fans for his Wolves connections.

57
Whelan snuffs out Long as West Brom give it a go down the right hand side.

56
Popov's backpass forces Myhill to clear, but as in the first half his clearance does not get much distance and flies off to the side.

55
Yacob gets his header in but Begovic claims it with some comfort. Better from the Baggies but still nothing to show for it.

54
Rosenberg has a go at last, tries to curl it in but at least gets a corner.

53
Gera's ball through the middle towards Rosenberg is too far ahead of the Swede, who has failed to make an impact so far.

52
Poor cross from Yacob, which goes over everybody and cleared by Popov.

51
Now Walters has a moan at the referee as a throw-in decision goes against him. It's been that kind of day so far.

50
Mulumbu finds Long on the right, but Shawcross nods the ball away as it floats over. Albion look more urgent so far in this half.

49
Shawcross is booked for the challenge on Long, then Olsson's long range header is easily claimed by Begovic from the free kick.

48
Shotton's long throw is short of finding Huth, then a spot of head-tennis ends upfield with Long writhing on the floor.

47
Dorrans whips in a free kick, but Jones is back there to clear with his head. Popov's follow up is misplaced - it's all a bit reminiscent of the first half.

46
No changes, we are back under way.

Adam Cotton from Thailand happier with the team than some: "Gera and Long were rested midweek due to slight injuries and Steven Reid is really our 1st choice RB just returning from injury. Graham Dorrans is hardly a 'reserve player' either, and Popov starts to give us a bit of hard steel at left back."

John Batham is baffled by Steve Clarke's team selection - "no changes at The Swans when 3-1 down now he makes six; puts out the reserves, inconceivable!" What do you think of it so far? Let me know at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

A scruffy first half, with Reid coming close for the hosts with a long range effort that Begovic had to tip over. Kenwyne Jones saw a header drift agonisingly wide early on.

45
Dorrans robs Adam just as he gets ready to cross.

44
No real flow to this game so far, lacking a good deal of quality. The referee's whistle has been very busy so far.

43
Adam into the book for a tetchy foul in midfield.

41
The second corner comes to nothing, Begovic yet to be truly tested by West Brom apratv from Reid's speculative effort.

40
Good defending from Walters, he has to concede another corner with his head as West Brom pose problems.

39
Adam pushes Dorrans pointlessly to give the hosts a free kick that eases the pressure they were under.

38
Popov and Walters land heavily after a challenge but don't need treatment, although the Stoke man is wincing as he walks away.

37
Better from West Brom as they attack at speed, Reid's low cross cut out by Shawcross.

36
The referee getting is it in the neck from everyone, this time Whelan and Gera have a moan as Stoke get a free kick in defence.

34
Reid tries to catch Begovic out from halfway, the Stoke keeper has to concede a corner.

33
Huth booked for a blatant barge on Long.

32
Stoke earn another corner but West Brom clear as Etherington chips the ball back in.

31
Olsson and Jones tangle in the air, with Stoke getting a free kick as Olsson complains to Mr Friend again.

30
Rosenberg has not featured much, and a quick break for the Swede comes to nothing as Shawcross gets to him before there's any danger to Begovic.

29*
West Brom players and fans screaming for a back-pass as Begovic picks up, but referee Kevin Friend is having none of it.

28
Dorrans flashes a cross-shot across the box, but there are no bue and white shirts to get a touch to the chance.

27
Shawcross blocks a Mulumbu shot as the hosts finally make a decent attack.

26
Stoke waste another free kick as Huth hoofs it over everyone. Huth is still sporting his Movember 'tache, by the way.

24
The six changes to the West Brom side may have resulted in a slightly disjointed performance so far. Keep your thoughts coming in to tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

23
Stoke looking the better side so far, but there's not been much to get excited about yet.

22
Olsson and Jones get a talking-to before the corner, then Yacub hammers it away to ease the pressure.

21
McAuley also limping after tangling with Jones. Adam gets a shot in, which takes a deflection for a Stoke corner.

20
Rosenberg nearly finds Dorrans, but Shawcross cuts the pass out. Dorrans limps away after the challenge.

19
A long Myhill clearance eventually comes all the way back to him as Stoke fail to keep hold of the ball.

18
The game is mostly taking place in midfield and some of the crowd are urging both teams to attack more.

17
Stoke make nothing of the free kick, Shotton losing possession after getting the ball back from his own throw-in.

16
Mulumbu is penalised for tangling with Jones, not much contact and the West Brom man is not happy.

15
A Glenn Whelan free kick comes to nothing as Jones gets flagged for offside.

14
Reid floats a decent cross towards Long, but Shotton confidently heads into his keeper's arms under pressure.

13
Stoke go close, a lovely floated cross from Cameron is met by Jones' head but the ball is inches wide of the right post with Myhill nowhere near it.

11
Shotton is the outlet again as a long crossfield passes heads his way, but the right-back is just short.

10
A better cross from Shotton nearly finds Jones, but he has a couple of home players around him and there's no chance for the big striker.

9
Peter Crouch is on the TV monitors, minus moustache and a couple of his original teeth. Looks like the surgery worked.

8
Reid's long, low pass towards Long skims stright through to Begovic, again under little pressure.

6
Myhill badly skews a clearance into touch off to the right under pressure from Jones, but eventually Shotton wastes the chance, his cross from the right going a long way over the bar.

5
Olsson, McAuley and Reid look confident at the back as they calmly keep the ball away from Jones, who is playing a lonee hand up front for Stoke.

4
Cameron's throw-in towards N'Zonzi is cut out and West Brom win it back.

3
Reid crosses towards Long, and the in-form striker gets a bit of head on it but it is too far out to threaten Begovic.

2
McAuley hoofs a clearance all the way downfield to Begovic, but prior to that the football had been neat and on the floor.

1
Adam charges down a Reid clearance near the touchline as Stoke press early on.

Messrs Clarke and Pulis exchange handshakes and we are off!

But Stoke have a decent record at the Hawthorns and are always a tough nut to crack. The teams are out and we are nearly ready to go.

A win for West Brom will see them leapfrog Chelsea into third place following Steve Clarke's former employers defeat at West Ham. It's their best-ever start to a season.

The teams are back in the warmth of the dressing rooms as kick-off approaches. There are also a few Santa costumes in the stands, only 24 days to go!

Darrin sees the Baggies bouncing back: "3-1 to the Alboin after our minor hiccup at Swansea, Long to score a brace, come on you Baggies". Keep them coming in to me at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

Edd in Durban predicts: "I'm going for 2-1 win for Stoke as they are playing good football at the moment." Our friends at Skybet are offering 11/1 on that result, while the same score for West Brom is on at 15/2. If you fancy a flutter go to www.skybet.com.

Phil in sunny Spain emails in with his prediction: "Would be nice to see jerome come on again as sub seems to do better as impact sub. Going for scoring draw 2-2." Hope it is warmer with Phil than in the UK, and given the Hawthorns' altitude it's even more bracing in the Midlands.

Stoke subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson, Jerome.

West Brom subs: L Daniels (gk), Ridgewell, Morrison, Brunt, Odemwingie, Lukaku, Tamas.

James Hill is also looking for an away win: "I know West Brom have had a great start to the season today but we have hit form now plus we always beat West Brom! Come on Stoke!!" Any Baggies fans out there? What do you think? Let me know at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com, let me know where in the world you are - the further-flung the better!

Tony Pulis has handed Kenwyne Jones his first league start of the season, he's in for Peter Crouch who needed surgery after losing a couple of teeth in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini theo other night.

Steve Clarke has rung the changes from the defeat to Swansea, six in all, with Markus Rosenberg making his debut.

Mark France from Hanley is in a confident mood - "Stoke to win 3/1 always a thorn in West Brom's side, come on the Potters" - but given the teams how do you feel? Let me know at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com

West Brom: Myhill; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Yacob, Mulumbu; Rosenberg, Gera, Dorrans; Long.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron; Walters, Whelan, Adam, N'Zonzi, Etherington; Jones.

Stoke have only picked up four points on the road this term, but they carved out a hard-earned win over Newcastle in midweek so may have a bit of momentum behind them.

West Brom have made an excellent, dare we say unprecedented, start to the season but the defeat to Swansea may give pause for thought. But, the Baggies have been solid at home, only losing to Man City, so can they bounce back against the Potters?

Hello and welcome to our coverage of West Brom v Stoke City from the Hawthorns. I'm Tim Oscroft, please let me know your thoughts, predictions and anything else you want to get off your chest about the game by emailing tim.oscroft@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best on here.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Brom
Swansea v Burnley
17:30
Everton v Arsenal
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  
Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:45
Burnley v Man Utd  
15:00
Man City v Stoke  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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