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Stoke boss full of praise as impressive Joe Allen helps net a point

Stoke City 1 West Bromwich Albion 1

By Phil Medlicott

Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels Joe Allen has been the "shining light" in the Potters' troubled season so far.

The midfielder scored his first goal for the Staffordshire outfit with a 73rd-minute strike against West Brom - an effort that looked set to seal Stoke's maiden Premier League win of the season before Salomon Rondon's stoppage-time header ensured the game finished 1-1.

Allen produced a very creditable display against the Baggies and has impressed in general since joining from Liverpool.

And Hughes said of the 26-year-old Wales international: "I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play week in, week out, we are giving him that opportunity, and in every game he plays he has an influence.

"He has been the shining light for us this season - the one who has been really hitting the levels expected of him.

"Maybe some of the guys are still trying to get a level of form up to this point, but we have never had any issue with Joe in terms of his form.

"He has hit the ground running and been excellent since he walked through the door."

Allen played in quite an advanced position on Saturday, and Hughes added: "Joe has so many elements to his play, he has so much energy, and he can play in any number of positions.

"I think he enjoys being further advanced. He has good anticipation of things dropping around the box and that is what showed with his goal.

"In certain games he'll play there and in others we'll need him to do other things."

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