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Graham Dorrans ended 30 years of frustration in the Potteries to finally blow away their Stoke curse in the howling wind.

Dorrans struck in added time to secure Albion their first win in the Potteries since 1982 and earn them only their third victory in 30 attempts against a team that have proven a constant source of annoyance.

James Morrison’s fluke strike gave the visitors the lead before Ben Foster brilliantly saved Jon Walters’ penalty, only for Cameron Jerome to level four minutes from the end.

But Dorrans completed a memorable raid with a free kick to end a run of three successive defeats for Hodgson, who deserves credit for getting his tactics and team selection spot on.

The first half was an insipid spectacle, with any sort of fluency restricted by a howling wind. Jerome Thomas was denied by Sorensen after five minutes before a wind-assisted clearance from Jonathan Woodgate was misjudged by Gareth McAuley to allow Jon Walters a clear run at goal but the Albion defender recovered to make an excellent saving challenge.

Morrison and Sorensen produced the only moments of true quality in a game crying out for it after 25 minutes. Morrison’s drive was arrowing towards the top corner but Sorensen produced a stunning save to claw it onto the crossbar.

But that impressive work was all forgotten 11 minutes later when he allowed Morrison’s infinitely tamer, albeit wind-assisted, long-distance effort to squirm through his grasp and over the line.

“1-0 to the football team” sniped the travelling supporters, and Morrison could face an FA investigation after an ill-advised gesture to the Stoke fans in the Seddon Stand.

The outstanding Morrison could have increased Albion’s lead early in the second period but this time Sorensen brilliantly tipped his volley onto a post. With the game threatening to slip even further away from the hosts, Tony Pulis, the Stoke manager, only waited until the 52nd minute to make a change with the woeful Woodgate replaced by Jermaine Pennant.

And Pennant’s introduction clearly galvanised Stoke and a steady stream of pressure was rewarded 19 minutes from time when McAuley tripped Walters in the box – only for Ben Foster to beat away Walters’ powerfully struck spot kick.

And though Jerome headed in an equaliser from Jermaine Pennant’s free kick, Dorrans had the last word.

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