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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Stoke City: Baggies beat Potters for third win in a row

Brandon Thomas-Asante’s over the head kick sealed the three points for West Brom

West Brom dropped out of the bottom three of the Championship after beating Stoke to claim their third win in a row.

The Baggies had the best chances in the first half and were rewarded before halftime when Kyle Bartley headed in from a corner kick, his second goal in a week.

Before scoring the only goal of the game at QPR last weekend, Baggies defender Bartley had not scored in over 12 months, since netting in a 3-0 home win over Bristol City in October. of 2021.

Brandon Thomas-Asante sealed Albion’s victory with a spectacular overhead kick that gave Carlos Corberan’s men all three points.

The victory lifts the Baggies out of the relegation zone and into 21st place in the table, above Wigan on goal difference.

As well as securing three straight wins for the first time since August 2021, Albion also recorded a third consecutive clean sheet and have not conceded a goal in 337 minutes of play.

They could also have won by a more convincing margin, with Bartley hitting the crossbar, John Swift missing two chances and Harry Clarke almost scoring an own goal.

West Brom came close to opening the scoring after just 29 seconds when Swift’s low shot from 15 yards was cleared off the line by Clarke after Jed Wallace’s deflected cross fell into his path.

Stoke captain Lewis Baker then watched as a curling effort hit a defender and went flying just before Swift squandered another chance when he fired from Conor Townsend’s backhand.

He then needed a goal-line clearance from Ben Wilmot to keep Stoke level playing field when Clarke’s wayward header beat his own goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

Bartley headed against the crossbar from Swift’s corner before the pair combined again for the first goal, this time the defender headed a header into the roof of the net.

The Baggies doubled their lead five minutes after the break when Thomas-Asante’s acrobatic shot from inside the box flew into the far top corner after Phil Jagielka lobbed a Darnell Furlong cross into the air.

Stoke had their first effort on goal in the 67th minute, but Liam Delap’s low shot was easy for Alex Palmer, who deflected Baker’s 18-yard shot late.

Who is the next one?

Football in the English top two divisions is now stopped for a month due to the World Cup in Qatar.

Stoke, who dropped to 17th in the Championship, have a 28-day break before their next home game against Cardiff City on December 10.

Albion will have to wait two more days before returning to action with a trip to Sunderland on Monday 12 December.

West Brom boss Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio WM:

“I think the best way to achieve a positive result is to be focused. I was looking at a team with a lot of commitment. It’s a good step.

“From the first moment I arrived they have shown a lot of commitment. They are working very hard and competing well. From the first second we were ready to do whatever it took to win the three points.

“We know that the Championship is going to be a very challenging competition. What I want is to have the team mentally ready to face the situation. We will use this period of time (the World Cup break) to continue working with the team. It is a positive opportunity.

Stoke manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Stoke:

“It was disappointing. I changed it to 4-4-2 to try to make us more solid and defend the central areas. We didn’t do well enough.

“We seemed tired, mentally and physically out of rhythm. We didn’t move the ball well enough. They seemed more dangerous.”

“When Nick Powell came out (after 22 minutes) I thought the game changed. Before that we had a good 10-minute spell and locked them in. At the time I thought we looked comfortable. The last 10 minutes of the first half we basically didn’t they were doing no good.

“I know you get flak for trading a winning team, but freshness was in their favor, for me.”

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