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Stat attack: Albion rule Britannia!

22 October 2013

Facts and figures show Baggies beginning to like Stoke trips

ANOTHER week and another match without defeat for Albion, after Steve Clarke's made it five matches unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League and six in all competitions - including the 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

Stoke have lost only six of their last 30 home games in the top flight and the visitors the Baggies will have been pleased to have prevented them from scoring.

But it was a draw that so nearly was an away win, with Stoke's best performers according to WhoScored.com's statistical rating system centre-backs Robert Huth (7.45) and Ryan Shawcross (7.64), left-back Erik Pieters (7.43) and Man of the Match Asmir Begovic (8.33). 

The Bosnia and Herzogovina international was on form to make five saves, and but for such a good performance in the Potters goal, Albion certainly would have come away with all three points.

Despite Stoke's good home record, the ground is becoming something of a favourite for visiting Baggies teams, who have not lost there since 2008. 

This time, it was only noteworthy performances from the home team's back line and goalkeeper that kept Albion's unstoppable front four from scoring.

Stéphane Sessegnon was again impressive, his rating of 7.58 the highest he has achieved since moving to The Hawthorns in the summer. 

With four shots, two key passes and five successful dribbles, he was a constant terror to the hosts’ defence, finding pockets of space as he does so well between defensive and midfield lines, before turning and running at goal with pace and vigour.

The Benin international was unfortunate to find Begovic in fine form, denied by him on three occasions. 

His second goal in the blue-and-white shirt continues to elude him - but he is by no means at fault for that - and if he continues in the manner he has been playing recently, more goals will certainly come.

At the back, the visitors were rarely tested to any great extent, with Claudio Yacob and Youssouf Mulumbu clearing up in front of the defence and the back five behind them looking confident without the ball and composed in possession as the team kept their fourth clean sheet of the season.

*WhoScored.com is a unique website and one of the fastest growing in the sports industry, specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @alitweedale on Twitter.

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