Powell ends West Brom's unbeaten start

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Nick Powell scored a late winner as Stoke ended leaders West Brom's unbeaten start to the Championship season with a narrow 1-0 win.

Powell calmly lofted the ball over goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with 11 minutes to go after a defensive blunder by Conor Townsend.

It looked like the goal was not going to come for the Championship's best home side - unbeaten at the bet365 Stadium so far this season - who put Albion to the sword before claiming maximum points to move into third.

Jacob Brown wasted a glorious chance to put the Potters ahead when he hit the post after nine minutes and Darnell Furlong's comical own goal was chalked off for a foul five minutes before the break.

Mario Vrancic hit the crossbar with a free-kick at the start of the second half before England goalkeeper Johnstone saved a Sam Surridge penalty, before Powell had the final say.

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill said he was delighted with how his team is developing.

"The most important thing for me is where we are as a team and that we keep developing as a team," he said.

"We have shown a lot of positives as a team, how we play and the quality of our play.

"It was a great performance. We knew it would be tough and the key was to try and not get dragged into a war."

Albion boss Valerien Ismael admitted his side had been beaten by the better team.

"I think that tonight it was not good enough to pretend to get more," he said. "We saw a lot of mistakes from our side and I think it is always a sign of tiredness.

"Stoke were the better team tonight and they deserved to win.

"You see the quality in the Championship and we need to raise the quality."

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