Belfast Telegraph

Stoke run continues

Stoke netted three times in the second half to defeat West Brom 3-0 and extend their winning run in the Barclays Premier League.

Matthew Etherington's penalty put the visitors 1-0 up in the 55th minute after referee Chris Foy adjudged Scott Carson to have fouled Kenwyne Jones.

Substitute Jon Walters converted another spot-kick with five minutes of normal time remaining and then bagged his second in time added on as the Potters secured their third successive victory.

After a low-key start Albion upped the tempo slightly with Giles Barnes sending in a series of crosses from the right flank around the half-hour mark. One fell to Jerome Thomas, who struck the ball against a Stoke shirt, while another was just inches away from being met by James Morrison's head.

The Baggies began the second period brightly, with Thomas sending in a cross that bounced off Peter Odemwingie's knees and James Morrison just beaten to a delivery by Barnes.

But 10 minutes after the restart, it was the Potters who opened the scoring. Ricardo Fuller picked up the ball after Albion failed to clear a cross and laid it to Jones, who initially appeared to have let it slip past him but got a touch just as Carson was diving at his feet.

Although contact looked to be minimal, the Trinidad and Tobago frontman went down in the box and Foy awarded the penalty which Etherington then calmly dispatched into the bottom corner.

Odemwingie thought he had been fouled having fallen in the box under the attentions of Robert Huth, but it was Stoke who won another penalty in the 85th minute. Dean Whitehead was clattered by Simon Cox as he ran on to a Tuncay pass and Walters - on moments earlier for Etherington - converted the spot-kick.

Walters was not finished there either, receiving the ball from Jones' flick in stoppage time and having one shot blocked before beating Carson to wrap up a comprehensive win.


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