MATCH REPORT: Birmingham City 2 Stoke 1

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A superb response from Pep Clotet’s men saw Blues come from one down to defeat bottom of the league Stoke 2-1.

After a dreadful away performance against a tough Swansea side, some fans felt it was imperative that Blues got a result from today’s game. An opener by Lindsay got cancelled out by a Lukas Jutkiewicz equaliser. The game was won by 16 year old Blues player, Jude Bellingham.

The first half was not one to be admired. Both teams failed to register a clear shot on target. The only real chance that Blues had was a Fran Villalba free kick, which went sailing over the crossbar.

Both teams went into the break level, very few chances fell to the teams.

The second half began and Blues were on the back foot. Tom Ince made his way in to the box, shot at Camp’s near post, but the 35 year old was there to save Blues.

Soon after, Stoke were in again. The ball rebounded off the post to Joe Allan, he looked certain to score, but could only find the side netting. A huge let off for Blues.

Unsurprisingly, Blues fell behind in the fifty eighth minute. The Potters won a free kick just inside their own half, the ball went straight through every body in the box, apart from Lindsay who was there to tap home – much to the relief of Nathan Jones.

However, just 15 minutes later and Blues were level. A superb piece of link up play between Davis and Crowley found the ball travel to Maxime Colin on the right hand side. Colin crossed the ball to the back post an Lukas Jutkiewicz was there again to score his third goal of the season.

After doing next to nothing for 70 minutes, Blues found themselves score 2 goals in quick succession. Bellingham found himself driving towards the Stoke defence, decided to shoot and his tame effort – which took a huge deflection – crept past Adam Federici, the St Andrews faithful were sent into pandemonium.

Despite the Stoke pressure, Blues held on and recorded their second win at St Andrews this season.

What a turnaround by Blues. Having looked down and out after Stoke scored, they pulled together and completed the ultimate comeback. The Blues fans can only hope that this form can continue and they can grab all three points against an unbeaten Charlton side at the Valley.

KRO

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