Premier League - Late Dorrans goal gives WBA win

Sat, 21 Jan 16:53:00 2012

Graham Dorrans's 90th-minute free-kick secured West Bromwich Albion a dramatic 2-1 victory over Stoke City in the Premier League at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke 1 West Brom 2

The Scotland midfielder curled the ball beyond Thomas Sorensen after Stoke looked to have earned a point with Cameron Jerome's 86th-minute header.

James Morrison had given the visitors a deserved lead when his low shot swerved and embarrassed Sorensen in the Potters goal.

Ben Foster also saved a penalty from Jonathan Walters in a dramatic second-half.

Ryan Shotton passed a late fitness test on a bruised foot as Tony Pulis made one change from the side that drew at Liverpool. Wilson Palacios was the man to drop out.

Roy Hodgson made no fewer than four changes from the side which lost 2-1 to Norwich City with Marc-Antoine Fortune handed his first start of the season. Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long both started on the bench, with Jonas Olsson, Gabriel Tamas and Dorrans all returning.

Jerome Thomas registered the first attempt on goal as he ran on to a long ball from Dorrans and evaded Jonathan Woodgate before seeing his shot blocked by Sorensen.

Stoke were posing little threat at the other end, with the impressive Olsson dealing superbly with Rory Delap's long throws into the box.

Olsson and Gareth McAuley were dominating against Walters and Peter Crouch although a mistake from Olsson almost proved costly in the 22nd minute.

The Swedish centre-back misjudged a long ball, allowing Walters to run through on goal, but McAuley got back to make an excellent recovery challenge.

Sorensen then had to be at his best as he made a fantastic fingertip save to push a long-range shot from Morrison on to the bar.

But the Dane was at fault for Morrison's 35th-minute strike. The former Middlesbrough midfielder was allowed to carry the ball a long way before unleashing a low shot that swerved horribly to Sorensen's left. The former Aston Villa goalkeeper could not re-adjust his body as the ball zipped past him.

Stoke's second-half display was a far cry from their first, although West Brom could have extended their lead after the break. Dorrans's strong run down the left resulted in the midfielder crossing for the impressive Fortune, whose shot was blocked by Robert Huth.

A spectacular volley on the edge of the area from Morrison then smacked against the post as the former Middlesbrough man continued his shoot-on-sight policy.

Simon Cox wasted a presentable chance when he latched on to a long ball from the back, only to mis-kick and allow Sorensen to gather.

Walters was proving a thorn in West Brom's side and he headed over a cross from Jermaine Pennant in the 63rd minute.

But he won his side a penalty shortly afterwards when he went down in the area under a challenge from McAuley.

The striker got up to take the spot-kick himself but his effort was beaten away by Foster who dived to his right and made a comfortable save.

Morrison's low shot skimmed inches wide of Sorensen's left-hand post at the other end before an excellent last-ditch challenge from Ryan Shawcross denied Jerome, who had replaced Ryan Shotton in the 78th minute.

And it was the substitute who drew Stoke level after much second-half pressure from the Potters. The lively Pennant swung in a free-kick from the right and Jerome rose to glance a header across goal and past Foster.

After leading for so long, West Brom looked like having to settle for a point but Dorrans had other ideas as he curled in a low free-kick in the last minute. His shot went through a crowd of bodies and eluded Sorensen as West Brom ended a run of three straight Premier League defeats.

This was an enterprising and resilient display from Hodgson's side, who secured their first victory at Stoke since September 1982.

Stewart Coggin / Eurosport

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