Vela undoes Stoke in dying minutes to snatch point for West Brom
1st March 2011 - Chad Lazarus
Super-sub Carlos Vela made the closing moments of West Bromwich Albion's game against Stoke City one of the most exciting football games of February last night, though was ultimately denied hero status.
That's because the Mexican striker managed to nab a vital late equaliser against Stoke to his fledgling squad out of the relegation zone, though was unable to seal all three points with an excellent chance.
Vela did well out of a close offside decision to level the game from six yards just five minutes after getting on the pitch, but very nearly snatched a winner in injury time. Luckily for Stoke, a point-blank save from Asmir Begovic would deny him.
A boring first half soon experienced a change of pace after the half when Rory Delap took advantage of patchy West Brom defending to head Stoke in front following a great corner from Jermaine Pennant.
The match-up was not without incident after the game, either. West Brom football manager Roy Hodgson was forced to apologise after Baggies defender Jonas Olsson smashed a picture in the tunnel at the end of the game, following an altercation with Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller after the final whistle.
"I think one of the players had a bit of a fight with a picture and unfortunately won," Hodgson said.
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