West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson claimed goalkeeper Ben Foster could have shown more bravery after gifting Stoke substitute Ryan Shotton a late winner at the Hawthorns.
Foster and Gabriel Tamas were involved in an 89th-minute mix-up which presented Shotton with a tap-in for his first Barclays Premier League goal. Hodgson felt Mike Dean should have disallowed the goal because of Shotton's challenge on Foster but also conceded the goalkeeper might have dealt with the incident better.
"To lose like that is very galling especially having seen the replays. I thought we defended it very, very badly," said Hodgson.
"Foster could have been brave and taken the stud in the chest. But unfortunately he decided to turn away from the stud and, as a result, we conceded a goal. I think the referee could have helped in the situation by giving the free-kick because the player has put his foot high and was leading with his studs.
"The game was heading to 0-0 which for us, a team that never has a clean sheet, would not have been such a disaster but unfortunately that was taken away from us. I saw it as a foul, the ref didn't. That is football."
Albion's woe was compounded by the news striker Peter Odemwingie has suffered a reaction to his ankle problem suffered during pre-season.
Hodgson said: "How serious it is, we don't know. He played last Saturday for 10 minutes against Chelsea, he trained Monday-Tuesday, then we had two days off.
"When we came back in, the ankle injury was plaguing him again. I'll have to wait and see. I thought on Tuesday when I left the training ground that he would be fit at the weekend. But his ankle isn't okay and we will have to wait and see when it will be."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis suggested there was nothing wrong with Shotton's strike as his side registered their first league win of the season.
Pulis said: "If we got a decision go our way, then fine. During this season, we will have a lot go against us. It all evens itself up. If we got away with one, it is bad luck for Roy and good luck for us and Stoke. But I thought it was a goal. I don't think Ryan caught the 'keeper at all. To be honest, I didn't look at the linesman thinking it was going to be a free-kick."
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