Carlos Vela goal gains West Brom a point against Stoke City

Carlos Vela scored a controversial late equaliser, to gain West Bromwich Albion a point at the expense of Stoke City in a dour game at the Britannia Stadium tonight.

Carlos Vela - equalised for West Brom

After a dismal first half, Stoke took the lead in the 53rd minute, when an inswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant  was headed home by Rory Delap.

However, a poor Stoke side were unable to press home their advantage, and were made to pay the price with just a matter of minutes remaining.

A Steven Reid cross found substitute Carlos Vela who turned the ball past Asmir Begovic. First impressions were that the Mexican forward was offside, and replays would confirm that fact, however the goal stood.

And the on-loan Vela almost snatched a winner for Albion in the fourth minute of injury time, not once, but twice.

A wicked strike from Graham Dorrans was parried by Begovic, who made an oustanding stop to deny Vela on the follow up.

Then some 15 seconds later, a clever reverse pass from Dorrans found Vela in the penalty area, but after a good first touch, the usually clinical striker was denied once-more by Begovic, the Bosnian stopper the outstanding player in an otherwise forgettable match.


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