West Brom’s 100% winning start to the season came to an end as a terrible defensive mix-up between Ahmed Hegazi and Ben Foster gifted Stoke a draw at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies were on course to join Manchester United on nine points at the top of the Premier League after Jay Rodriguez headed home his first league goal for the club on his home debut.
But in attempting to clear a seemingly innocuous chipped cross from substitute Ramadan Sobhi, Hegazi and keeper Foster both missed the ball – allowing Peter Crouch to head into an unguarded net.
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.
The game livened up in its final quarter, with Rodriguez looping a header on to the top of the bar and Hegazi having a close-range header tipped over.
But the Egyptian defender’s costly aberration proved to be the encounter’s defining moment and leaves Albion focused on the two points lost as opposed to the one gained.
The draw continues Stoke’s positive response to their opening-game loss at Everton, which has seen them claim four points thanks to a home win over Arsenal and Sunday’s game in the West Midlands.