Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Sobhi assists in Stoke's draw with Hegazi's West Brom

Sobhi assists in Stoke's draw with Hegazi's West Brom

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has declared that his team have made a positive start to the season following their 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Prior to Rodriguez's goal there had been only one shot on target - a dipping, deflected Kurt Zouma shot that Foster was able to tip over the crossbar.

West Brom had been hoping to win their opening three games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1978, but instead are in fourth place with seven points from three games. They are two good sides, who have enjoyed encouraging starts to the season, and it shouldn't just be the so-called "big clubs" on TV each week.

West Brom was content to allow Stoke the majority of the possession but Mark Hughes' side showed few signs of making the most of it, with Geoff Cameron's inexplicably poor strike from a good position inside the penalty area summing up the dearth of first-half attacking quality.

Allan Nyom's cross from the right eluded the Stoke defence, with Zouma and Erik Pieters particularly culpable, and Rodriguez headed in at the far post.

Substitute Peter Crouch punished a defensive mix-up to earn Stoke a 1-1 draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The 36-year-old Crouch was gifted the easiest of chances in the 77th minute when defender Ahmed Hegazi seemed to fail to heed a call from Ben Foster and sliced his clearance nearly out of his goalkeeper's hands.

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