Total delirium continues to flow through the Blue half of the city tonight, as Blues extended their unbeaten run to nine games, the best in the Championship. In the form table, we are fourth, and are finally playing like a team who deserves to be in that position. A late Che Adams winner assured that all three points were snatched from Rowett, who ended up being sent off after Stoke were denied a penalty. It wasn’t hand ball! These are my player ratings for today’s brilliant win.
GK: Lee Camp
A solid performance from Camp, who’s recent performances have placed him within the top five keepers in the Championship, so far. Arguably Camp wasn’t tested to his full abilities, however pulled off a magnificent save after Bojan’s 20-yard effort was brilliantly saved. 7/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
It’s tempting to copy and paste Colin’s individual match-report, it seems that he never puts in a bad shift. Another brilliant performance from the Frenchman today, whose flying effort ricocheted off the crossbar close to seventy minutes, and pocketed Irishman James McClean throughout the entirety of his time on the pitch 8/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
A definite contender for Man of the Match, Harlee is a player who stands out on the backline every single game, as he completed a couple of great tackles, and dominance in the air. Alongside Morrison, the duo didn’t allow the prominent Stoke attackers many chances throughout the game. 8/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
The masked man showed why he deserves to start today alongside Dean, and was solid throughout the majority of the game, despite a couple of mistakes at the back, which luckily didn’t cost us a goal. 7/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
Unfortunately, Pedersen was unable to replicate his perfect performance against Rotherham before the International break, as Tom Ince proved to be an extremely tough challenge for the Dane, including when he nearly sliced the ball past Camp into his own net, later on in the second half. Was replaced by Wes Harding for the last quarter of an hour, yet Pedersen is continuing to improve, showing why he’s currently in the whoscored.com team of the season, after 13 games. 6.5/10.
LM: Conor Mahoney
The youngster on-loan from Bournemouth finally gained his chance to depict his talent and skill today, yet the outcome was a quiet performance. Mahoney played an hour before being taken off for Maghoma, as his only real output was a shot testing Jack Butland. 6/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
This man is brilliant. An incredibly solid performance in the middle of the park today from Gary, who put in a fantastic shift against a tough Stoke team, who arguably should’ve taken at least a point. My man of the match today, as he consistently broke up Stoke’s counter attacks and displayed almost-perfect passing. 8.5/10. MOTM
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
Like Gary, a great performance from a solid midfielder today in the centre. It was unlikely that players like Jota would be able to display their flair and talent today, due to the nature of Stoke’s rough tactics, but for the Dutchman this was perfect. Like always, he was committed to the majority of his tackles, and was consistently attempting to win the ball from the opposition. 8/10.
As previously mentioned, the Spaniard was unable to display his talent in which we have seen in previous games, like Rotherham. Jota consistently back-tracked when dispossessed and was extremely hard working today. 7/10.
ST: Che Adams
Despite bagging the winner, it was another frustrating performance from Adams today. It was evident that he worked a lot harder than he has in the majority of games this season, as he made a couple of darting runs created by Jota. 6.5/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Another great performance from the inform target-man today, despite not bagging a goal. It was his ariel ability and strength which made him stand out today, showing why he’s rated the best player in the league, according to whoscored.com. 7.5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Jacques Maghoma
Finally dropped after a string of poor performances, Maghoma was brought on after the hour mark, as Conor Mahoney failed to produce much down the left-flank. Like his compatriot, Maghoma was unable to create much against a tough Stoke team. Who do you think should start against Reading on Tuesday? 6/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Wes Harding
Happy birthday, Wes. The youngster was brought on for Pedersen for the last twenty, and was instructed to play in an unfamiliar position of left back, yet the new task didn’t seem to challenge him much, as he slotted in well. 6.5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Marc Roberts
Was brought on for Adams in the 87th minute, and it’s unfair to judge his eight minutes on the pitch. N/A.
By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.