The new Baggies number one had very little to do throughout the match as Stoke failed to create an opportunity to test him. That may have had an effect as he failed to claim a long ball late on and Shotton nicked the ball from him to win the game.
The full-back was kept busy by the runs made by Pennant down the Stoke right wing but he caused Stoke more problems with his ventures forward. He delivered an excellent cross that led to Mulumbu’s first half chance and created
The experienced Swedish central defender had a tough afternoon against the power of Kenwyne Jones and the pace of Jonathan Walters but he coped well.
Playing at full back rather than further forward Reid had a busy afternoon dealing with the pace and skill of Etherington but he stuck to his task well, and with the support of Morrison he restricted the opportunities for crosses to be played into the box for Jones and Walters.
Playing alongside Olsson the Romanian international worked hard to try and keep Jones and Walters quiet. He looked comfortable in possession and his distribution was neat and tidy throughout. However it was his mistake that gifted Shotton his chance to seal all three points for Stoke.
The Cameroon international was tasked with supporting Long more than any of his other midfielders and he did it well. His pace and skill saw him create early chances for Brunt and Long but neither were able to opening the scoring for the Baggies. He had a great chance in the 77th minute but blasted wide after a Scharner knock down, and he was then replaced by Fortune.
The Congolese midfielder was full of energy throughout the match and was regularly the man to break up Stoke attacks with good anticipation and strong tackling.
The Baggies captain caused problems with his dangerous left foot and accurate delivery. He got on the end of a Tchoyi cross to head wide in the opening minutes and saw a left foot free kick sail wide from an excellent position. He was replaced by Thomas in the 66th minute.
Playing as one of two holding midfielders Scharner blunted Stoke well with his tough tackling and no-nonsense attitude. He showed his eye for a goal as well as he rose to meet a first half free kick but could only head at Begovic who saved easily.
Playing on the right side of an attacking midfield three Morrison caused Stoke problems throughout the match. He made sure he supported Reid in his defensive duties against Etherington and created good opportunities against Wilson and then Huth down the right wing. He was replaced by Dorrans in the 80th minute.
Playing as a lone striker the Irishman worked very hard to create space for his teammates and when he was presented with a sight of goal he made sure he always tested Begovic.
The Bosnian international goalkeeper had a good afternoon for the Potters, he made an easy save from Scharner in the opening minutes and pulled off a fantastic point blank save from Long in the 13th minute as the home side piled on the pressure.
The big defender has started to look more comfortable at right full back but after the departure of Wilson he moved to left back and he looked shaky against the pace of Morrison.
Playing at left full back Wilson was kept busy by the runs of James Morrison and he struggled when Tchoyi also ran at him. The makeshift full back’s afternoon ended in the 38th minute as he pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and was replaced by Andy Wilkinson.
The Stoke captain had a tough first half as Tchoyi and Scharner both got the better of him to create early chances. As the game continued he settled down but the constant threat from the Baggies front two meant he had to be alert and deal with the dangerous positions they got into.
Playing in his third consecutive league game for the Potters and his experience was clear for all to see, he had troubles with the strength of Tchoyi and the pace of Long but was able to read any danger.
The lively winger looked dangerous with every run he made during this game and caused Reid some problems, he created a chance for Pennant in the first half which was not taken. He saw more of the ball in the second half but was kept quiet by Reid, and he was replaced by Pugh in the 68th minute.
The former Liverpool winger had an average game, he struggled to beat Shorey down the left wing and had more defensive duties than he would have liked. His delivery into Jones and Walters were good but he had very few chances to create chances for them. He was replaced by Shotton in the 75th minute.
Alongside Whelan the experienced midfielder battled hard against the five man Baggies midfield but was fighting a losing battle as Mulumbu and Scharner particularly dominated the game.
The central midfielder kept close to Mulumbu but struggled to get into the game that Albion dominated in the centre of the pitch. He had a good chance to open the scoring at the start of the first half but his effort rolled harmlessly wide.
He supported Jones well, they linked together neatly and created good opportunities for each other. He had very little to work with in the first half but came to life in the second half, causing Olsson and Tamas more problems but he still failed to threaten Foster in the Albion goal.
The striker battled hard with Olsson and Tamas but had very little to work with as the Stoke midfield failed to create any real chances for him.
- 13 M. Fülöp
- C. Dawson
- 28 B. Jones
Replaced Morrison in the 80th minute but had little involvement and didn't impact on the game
Replaced Brunt in the 66th minute and his pace and trickery caused more problems for Wilkinson but he was unable to supply any chance of note for his strikers.
- 31 S. Cox
Replaced Tchoyi in the 78th minute as Albion went in search of all three points.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 20 M. Upson
Replaced Wilson in the 38th minute and tried to stay close to Brunt from right back, he handled the Baggies captain well but was kept busier by the lively Thomas when he was introduced.
- 5 D. Collins
Replaced Pennant in the 75th minute, and netted the winner for Pulis' side.
- 8 T. Soares