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  • March 16, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 26137

Stoke 0-0 West Brom: Potters poor form continues after disappointing home draw

The home side pick up a valuable point, but the pressure mounts on Tony Pulis as his side is only three points off 15th spot

A 0-0 stalemate at the Britannia helped Stoke to climb up the table as it kept its first home clean sheet since November, although there is still pressure mounting on manager Tony Pulis.

The home side has managed only one win in 2013, but displayed a strong defensive performance against West Brom, which had won three of its last four games to help push for a top eight finish before coming into the fixture.

A point for Stoke however has seen it climb up the table on goal difference, but the Potters are locked with four other teams on 33 points. West Brom stays eighth in the league, only two points behind seventh-placed Liverpool.

West Brom started the livelier side as it applied the pressure on the Potters in the opening minutes of the tie, with Chris Brunt forcing Asmir Begovic into an early save after James Morrison put in a through ball for the midfielder.

Despite a rocky start, Jon Walters went on to have the best chance of the first half, with his shot deflecting off Olsson before creeping inches wide of Ben Foster's goal.

The home side made the first substitution of the game, bringing on Dean Whitehead for Greg Whelan at halftime, but it was West Brom who started the second half brightly. Thomas’ cross was directed to Lukaku who headed the ball towards the Stoke goal, but Begovic caught with ease.

Stoke also came close in the early phase of the second half, but Crouch and Etherington saw their chances go to waste after some resilient keeping from Foster.

Clarke’s side looked dominant however, with West Brom repeatedly breaking on the right side of the pitch, with Morrison’s crosses providing a challenge for Stoke to deal with, although Lukaku failed to make use of his opportunities.

Stoke came agonizingly close to the opening goal with 10 minutes to go, as Wilson’s header travelled inches wide of the goal following Whitehead’s corner.

Despite late chances from Adam and Jones, West Brom held firm to gain a very valuable away point.

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