Match Reports

Stoke 2-2 Albion

An image of Jed Wallace and Mikey Johnston high-fiving at Stoke

Albion drew 2-2 at Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Baggies held a two-goal lead following efforts by Mikey Johnston and Jed Wallace - but Million Manhoef and Andre Vidigal strikes salvaged the hosts a point.

Carlos Corberán’s men, who are now unbeaten in nine matches, return to action when face Rotherham at The Hawthorns this Wednesday.

An image of Mikey Johnston scoring against Stoke

The boss made three changes from the starting XI versus Watford, bringing in Cedric Kipre, Jed Wallace and Grady Diangana.

Stoke began strongly and threatened a few times early on - Palmer saving Sead Haksabanovic’s effort and a Million Manhoef speculative volley.

Brandon Thomas-Asante saw two efforts blocked down the other end, although in the main Stoke were the team continuing to bombard Albion, Manhoef having a finish well-stopped when through on goal, and Haksabanovic shooting narrowly wide soon after.

Midway through the half, though, the Baggies opened the scoring. Wonderful play eventually enabled Johnston and Grady Diangana to play a one-two, with the on-loan Celtic winger netting emphatically.

An image of Albion's squad celebrating a goal together at Stoke

City did have opportunities ahead of the break, Enda Stevens flashing off-target and Ryan Mmaee trickling just past the post, however the visitors held firm and kept their advantage come half-time.

An image of Grady Diangana on the ball at Stoke

That lead was then doubled shortly into the second period. Thomas-Asante superbly evaded two Stoke defenders and sent in a cross, which deflected to Wallace - and he made no mistake.

An image of Albion players celebrating Jed Wallace's goal at Stoke

The home side pulled a goal back 20 minutes from the end, Manhoef converting inside the area and setting up a tough end.

And they completed the comeback after Albion had given away a penalty. Substitute Vidigal’s initial spot-kick was saved, yet he was there to smash in the rebound and ensure the spoils were shared.

Albion: Palmer; Furlong, Bartley, Kipre, Townsend; Wallace (Phillips 80), Yokuslu (M’Vila 70), Mowatt (Weimann 87), Johnston (Reach 70); Diangana, Thomas-Asante (Fellows 87).

Substitutes: Griffiths, Ajayi, Chalobah, Swift.