West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at The Hawthorns

Date: 01/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: K Friend Att: 24,739

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Dean Whitehead 75

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  • Last Updated: December 1 2012, 20:17 GMT

Stoke boss Tony Pulis insists he has "not turned into a genius" despite seeing his substitutes play the key role for the second time in four days in the single goal win at West Brom.

Pulis enjoys welcome break

Pulis brought on Cameron Jerome against Newcastle in midweek and he set up a goal for Jonathan Walters before scoring the winner in a 2-1 success.

The Potters manager then introduced Michael Kightly and Dean Whitehead against the Baggies and the pair combined for the latter to score a 75th minute goal.

It sealed Stoke's first away victory in 17 league games since January when they triumphed at Blackburn and they have taken 13 points from the last five games.

Pulis said: "We've been fortunate with the substitutes during the last two games.

"We changed it on Wednesday and Cameron (Jerome) came on and made one and scored a great goal for us.

"Then that has happened today with the guys combining for the goal. Sometimes that happens for you.

"I've not turned into a genius. It's just the little bit of luck you need."

Pulis was delighted for Stoke to finally pick up three points on their travels.

He said: "Obviously the the monkey is off our back.

"We've had four draws away from home this season and we could easily have won a couple of those games and it hasn't just fallen for us.

"It is always nice to get the first win and I'm really pleased."

Stoke are unbeaten at The Hawthorns since 2003 and lost only two of the last 30 encounters with Albion.

Pulis said: "I haven't got a clue why Stoke do so well at West Brom. I've been here for 10 years and think I only lost once when Gary Megson was manager.

"It might have been my first year and we had Karl Henry sent off that day.

"Apart from last year, when they beat us at the Britannia Stadium, we seem to have it over on them."

Striker Peter Crouch is to have a brace inserted in his mouth after having two teeth knocked out during the win over Newcastle which meant he was replaced by Kenwyne Jones today.

Pulis said: "Peter has seen the specialist in London and he has told him he needs to go back down there early next week and have some work done on it.

"Hopefully he will have a brace in place that will protect him.

"I think they are more concerned about him getting another knock in his mouth and causing more damage."

Pulis added: "The kid wanted to play. He wanted to be involved and he was here today.

"He typifies what the football club is all about. He has grown into what we are and was keen to play. The specialist and club doctor wouldn't allow it."

Albion have now lost their last two games and slipped from third to fifth in the process.

But Baggies head coach Steve Clarke refused to blame defender Jonas Olsson for the goal even though it was his clearance which fell to Kightly before he crossed for Whitehead to break the deadlock.

Clarke said: "To be honest it was the kind of game we thought it might be. The two teams cancelled each other out.

"It was a game of few few chances. We spoke before and said it was probably a game of one chance.

"We said the same at half-time and unfortunately for us the chance fell to Stoke.

"Jonas made the decision to take the ball out to the touchline. For me, it's a defender's decision.

"He is on the pitch, he has to make that call, he made the right call.

"He made a good challenge on Jones. Unfortunately when the ball went down the line it went to Kightly.

"How critical do you want to be of players? That's not correct. It was not a mistake."

Clarke made six changes from the side beaten at Swansea in midweek but he claimed: "If anyone said that's why we lost the game, they would be wrong.

"The changes were made at the end of difficult week with two long away trips to the north east and south Wales.

"The boys who played in the two away games put in a lot of effort and I thought it was right time to freshen team up."

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