World Cup final referee Howard Webb has apologised personally to Albion for the penalty gaffe that cost the Baggies possible victory at Stoke.
Webb said sorry to assistant head coach Kevin Keen outside the dressing room after denying Albion a second-half spot-kick for a foul by Charlie Adam on Youssouf Mulumbu.
The South Yorkshire official, who took charge of the 2010 World Cup final, watched replays of the incident before leaving the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and, after admitting his error, sought out Keen.
Webb told Keen he was upset by the mistake after replays clearly showed Adam clip Mulumbu’s heel to send the Baggies man tumbling in the penalty area. The game ended goalless with Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic making a string of fine saves.
Albion defender Liam Ridgewell said: “I was far away from the penalty appeal but Youssouf’s boot flew off 10 yards from him.
“It’s an interesting one. Someone’s boot doesn’t just come off.
“We should have stuck away one of the other chances, though.
“It’s good that we’re getting in there, first and foremost. But it’s a shame we couldn’t put one away.”
Albion are now unbeaten in five Premier League matches and have yet to lose away from home this season.
But Ridgewell admitted a tinge of disappointment that they failed to turn their superiority into a win at the weekend.
“We played very well and created enough chances to have taken the three points,” he said. “It’s very good for us that it was another clean sheet and we’re going in the right direction because we had a slow start this season.
“Now we’ve gone five games unbeaten. We’re resilient and we know what we’re doing away and we’re the same at home. With a bit of luck we can take that into our home form and pick up points.”
Albion are next in action at Liverpool on Saturday.
“The main thing is that we played well.
“It showed how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed with a draw.
“We’re a very good team and if we keep on playing like we did on Saturday then we’ll pick up more points than we lose.”