Wednesday 13 December 2017

Walters bags Stoke double

West Brom 0 Stoke 3

Phil Medlicott

Substitute Jon Walters rounded off a memorable week, scoring twice as Stoke recorded their third successive Premier League victory and extended West Brom's winless run to five games.

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.

Walters, who made his Republic of Ireland debut as a second-half substitute in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat against Norway, converted another spot-kick with five minutes of normal time remaining and then bagged his second at the death to make it three wins out of three for the Potters.

Stoke opened the scoring 10 minutes after the restart, Ricardo Fuller picking 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 dived 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.

Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo responded by introducing Simon Cox for James Morrison and after Dean Whitehead sent an effort high over the bar, it was Stoke who won another penalty in the 85th minute.

Whitehead was clattered by 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.

Sunday Independent

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