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It is a more recent fixture today as we go the Potteries during the 2017-18 season.

Albion were on a decent run and looking to move away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Stoke City, meanwhile, were 18th and desperate to leave the drop zone.

They were three points behind Albion, who also had a superior goal difference, at kick-off.

As tends to be the case when the Seagulls are in town, the home team had identified this as a match they had to win.

It produced one of the best Albion goals and one of the most dramatic finales most of us can recall witnessing in recent years.

Jose Izquierdo later said the fact it was a team effort meant this was the goal of the season, even though his strike against West Ham the previous week won that prize.

By coincidence, the opposing manager in this fixture was the same as in yesterday’s nostalgia match - Paul Lambert, previously in charge of Norwich City.


IT’S A grey afternoon in the Potteries – but Albion are turning up with smiles on their faces for now.

The Seagulls look to add to last week’s win over West Ham by opening a six-point gap over Stoke here this afternoon. The flipside is that the Potters are all fired up to launch their own push for safety.

3pm: Lewis Dunk won the toss and opted to change ends so Albion will defend the Boothen End and attack towards the away end in this first half. They are in their yellow away kit.

3.04pm: Albion could have had a dream start. Gross broke up a Stoke move in their own half, Murray helped the ball on and Izquierdo cut inside before seeing his right-foot curler pushed away from the top corner by the leaping Butland. Good save.

3.12pm: It is not the hoped-for full-house but Stoke fans are getting behind their team. Albion fans were on their feet when March went on a run to the edge of the box but new home man Ndiaye, who wears Badou on his shirt, got back and made a superb recovery tackle, just as March was about to take on Zouma.

3.18pm: Stoke’s first effort of note was from about 25 yards by Choupo-Moting, who dragged a low shot wide.

3.20pm: Murray has had his first chance - a tough one which he lifted over both the oncoming keeper and the bar after a long free-kick into the box had been headed down by Duffy. The ball was bouncing quite high as Murray tried to control his shot.

3.28pm: The first we have really seen from Shaquiri and he was not far away from scoring. It came from a Stoke corner on their left. Schelotto won the first header but sent the ball up rather than away, Bong was then beaten in the air and Shaqiri, back to goal, hooked his left-foot effort over from not far out. Albion’s riposte was a 25-yarder by March from a central area. It bounced in front of Butland, who held it well.

3.31pm: There were “oooohhs” from Albion fans as Propper sent Izquierdo away. He cut inside Bauer easily and flashed a shot maybe a couple of yards over the bar.

The Argus:

3.37pm - GOAL: Same player, same end result, same high quality - but a very different goal to his wonder strike last week. It started when March got on the ball and spread play to the left. Izquierdo cut inside, played a one-two with March, then the same with Stephens, by which time he was inside the box. He cut inside Zouma and passed the ball low inside the post. Butland got a touch but not enough.

3.39pm: And then came the other part of this test. Less than a minute after going ahead, Albion were exposed at the back. Right-back Bauer got in a great ball from the byline, Dunk was caught under the cross and Ndiaye arrived late in the box – but his volley whistled inches wide with Ryan nowhere near it.

3.48pm - HALF-TIME: Albion lead at the interval. They went close to a second very late in the half from a corner forced by Izquierdo, who had come on to the right. Gross delivered an outswinger, Propper made a great run to ahead of the near post and saw his glancing header fly not far wide of the the far top corner.

3.57pm: Just seen about ten replays from all angles of the brilliant, end-to-end goal. From Ryan to Duffy, Stephens, March, Izquierdo, March, Izquierdo, Stephens, Izquierdo.

4.03pm: Berahino has replaced Fletcher for the second half, which is under way. It seemed a popular move among home fans and they saw their team force a very early corner which Murray headed away.

4.15pm: Albion are keeping Murray and Izquierdo upfield as much and chances remain for counter raids with the right composure and delivery from the providers. They almost got it after some patient build-up as Gross’s cross from the left picked out Propper’s late run - but he headed over when well placed.

4.21pm: Gross’s super reverse pass invited Izquierdo into the box and several Albion players then got involved - and I’m not quite sure how none of them produced a telling shot as they over-elaborated. Stoke have sent on Jese for Choupo-Moting.

4.29pm - GOAL: He has looked the biggest threat and Shaquiri has indeed dragged the hosts level. He came in off the right wing, took a pass quite centrally, put it on to his left foot and had room to curl inside the far post. Stoke’s fans are in full cry. Ulloa has replaced Murray.

4.37pm: A decent response from Albion saw Butland hold efforts from Propper and Gross. The first one was the best chance as Ulloa’s lay-off teed him up.

4.39pm: Kayal replaced Gross and Adam is on for Ndiaye.

4.44pm: Izquierdo running at Charlie Adam is a no-contest. The winger was released by a nice pass from Ulloa, cut inside Adam and let fly from just outside the box. The shot was powerful and wobbled a bit in the air and Butland only just managed to push it around the post. Knockaert is on for March.

The Argus:

4.48pm: Ryan saves an Adam spot kick (90). Stoke then hit the post. And Knockaert then cleared off the line. We’ll catch up in a moment!

4.51pm - FULL-TIME: It ends 1-1.

4.53pm: Let’s catch up! The penalty looked soft in the extreme - a Stephens coming together with Jese away from the ball as a Shaqiri cross drifted out of play.

Jese wanted to take the penalty and had a right set-to with Adam. Adam, though, took it and went to his left. Ryan parried but it still looked like he would get the rebound until Dunk slid in with a brilliant last-ditch tackle.

The corner resulting from the penalty was drilled cleverly by Adam to the near post and caught Ryan out - but it came off the upright. Then Diouf thought he had won it with a glancing header - but Knockaert produced a superb headed clearance off the line. Goal-line technology showed the ball was on the line as he nodded it away. And then Albion actually had a little go at winning it at the other end before ref Madley ended the madness.

The Argus:

Stoke: Butland; Bauer, Shawcross, Zouma, Pieters; Allen, Ndiaye (Adam 79), Fletcher (Berahino 46); Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting (Jese 62), Diouf. Subs not used: Grant, Johnson,Cameron, Sobhi.

Albion: Ryan; Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; March (Knockaert 86), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo; Gross (Kayal 79); Murray (Ulloa 71). Subs not used: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Locadia.

Referee: Robert Madley.