Thursday 04 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Stoke City gained their first away win in the Barclays Premier League, at the 16th time of asking, to leave Tony Mowbray’s West Brom rooted to the bottom of the table after 31 matches, eight points from safety.
Ricardo Fuller opened the scoring in the second minute, capitalising on an error from Shelton Martis to shoot past Scott Carson from 20 yards. Carson denied Glenn Whelan from doubling the lead, but was powerless after the break to stop James Beattie's left-foot shot. Chris Brunt’s long-range strike that hit the crossbar was the closest that West Brom got to a goal.
The victory meant that Tony Pulis's side become the seventh team to do the double over West Brom and the three points moved them up three places to 13th, boosting their hopes of avoiding relegation.
"It is a monkey off our back,” said Pulis about his side’s poor away form, having won four points from 15 matches before the trip to The Hawthorns. “It was a very important game but they all are now.
"We have played well away from home before but not had the results. It was a smashing result but we move on now. We have a lot of work to do. The important thing to do is to keep our feet on the ground."
His side eventually finished 12th in their first season in the Barclays Premier League.
Mowbray vowed his club would not give up. "It leaves us with a mountain to climb, but as I said to the players in the dressing room we have to keep going,” he said. "It was hugely disappointing. We fell short at both ends of the pitch.
"We do concede some very poor goals and we were not good enough to keep them out. The concentration levels were not good enough."
They closed the gap on the teams above them but were unable to lift themselves from the bottom and were relegated.