WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Stoke 0 Albion 1

Last updated : 10 February 2019 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

The Baggies' excellent away form continued as Dwight Gayle headed Albion to three points at Stoke. 

Albion were worthy winners in Staffordshire with a number of players impressing against The Potters. 

Here's our ratings: 

Sam Johnstone: A good performance from the keeper who looked assured and used the ball well - even in tight spots. Will be delighted his goal was protected so well by those in front of him. 7/10

Mason Holgate: Kept his disclipline well and his positioning ensured Stoke were forced to attack down another flank. His attack took a back seat but that still didn't stop a lung-bursting run towards the end that Albion fans lapped up. 7/10

Craig Dawson: Brilliant. Vintage Daws. Refused to be bullied by the physical Vokes and relished the battle against the big striker. Didn't give him a sniff all game and played it simple when required. 9/10

Ahmed Hegazi: Like a magnet when the ball was pumped into the box. Headed everything away and another who used the ball better to get Albion going from the back. 8/10

Kieran Gibbs: Had his hands full with Stoke's impressive full-back Edwards but always stuck to his tasks. Like Holgate he was happy to maintain Albion's shape at the back after Gayle's opener. 6/10

Jake Livermore: Lucky to escape a nasty looking challenge before he was on the receiving end of one after the break. More composed on the ball than recent weeks and seemed to enjoy his return to the side. 7/10

Gareth Barry: Was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty when he misjudged a low cross but was faultless after that. His postitioning was excellent to distinguish Stoke's late rally. 7/10

Stefan Johansen: Grew into the game and his quality shone through. Amazing on a wet, windy night at Stoke he seemed to play with a pair of slippers on. Could be a key signing for Albion. 8/10

Jacob Murphy: Showed a few flashed of quality but failed to impress on his league debut for Albion. May be more effective as an impact sub on this showing. 6/10

Dwight Gayle: Was in the right place at the right time to nod in the game's only goal. His goal shouldn't overshadow the effort Gayle put in helping out his team mates in maintaining a clean sheet. 8/10

Jay Rodriguez: Another who worked tirelessly to help out in the Baggies defensive shape. Didn't have too many chance in front of goal, however, he may have done better with a late chance. 7/10

SUBS

Jefferson Montero: Looked a little out of sorts after his introduction and seemed short of confidence. Moore may have to sprinkle some of his magic on Montero to get the best out of him. 5/10

Rekeem Harper: Another impressive cameo from the 18-year-old. Tried to get Albion up the pitch when he had the ball and had the disclipline to get back into a midfield trio when out of possesion. 6/10

Kyle Bartley: Brought on late on when Stoke looked to lump it forward. Hardly touched the ball but did bring some reassurance in helping win three points. 6/10