Stoke beats West Brom 2-0 in Premier League to put more pressure on Irvine

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STOKE, England — Mame Biram Diouf's second-half double gave Stoke a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday to put more pressure on visiting manager Alan Irvine.

Diouf slotted home in the 51st minute before a lucky deflection off the Senegal forward from Marko Arnautovic's shot 15 minutes later took the ball past Ben Foster once again.

West Brom had put in a creditable away performance up to that point without being able to convert it into goals, and came close to scoring between Diouf's two efforts as Gareth McAuley hit the post.

But with the Baggies falling to their seventh loss in nine matches, speculation about Irvine's future is likely to increase.

West Brom is now 16th, just a point clear of the relegation zone. Things look far better for Stoke, which 10th having registered back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

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