West Brom’s hopes of a playoff spot look all but over as Stoke City produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Jake Livermore, unfortunately, put the ball into his own net in the 16th minute before Jacob Brown doubled their advantage in the 59th minute. Callum Robinson pulled one back in the 73rd minute before Lewis Baker sealed the three points in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
West Brom’s Steve Bruce: “It encapsulates my first eight weeks here, that’s for sure, and it’s a frustration for us all. The first two goals we gave away are something I never saw coming because we are usually rock-solid in that department. In the first half, we passed the ball slowly and never really had any penetration at all in the forward areas. It’s another frustrating afternoon and it’s, unfortunately, happening too often and it’s why we are where we are. You have to have the ability to go again in the Championship because that’s what it demands. It looked like we didn’t look right from kick-off. It’s the level of how we go up and down so quickly, that’s the real frustrating part for me.”
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “I’m delighted. It was a good response. I was disappointed with Tuesday and today was a good reaction from the players. We knew what we would face here today and we dealt with it extremely well. We played some terrific football at times and deserved to be ahead. One-nil wasn’t a fair reflection on the first half, I thought we should have scored more. The second goal gives us a cushion but our reaction when it went to 2-1 was the most pleasing aspect for me because we showed a good mentality and created two great chances. Thankfully we took one to take the pressure off.”
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