Overall, a great performance from the Blues involving two screamers, a clean sheet, and most importantly, 3 vital points for Blues in what has now become an exciting promotion race.
Blues were on the front from the first minute of the game. Jota beat Martina down the right-hand side, but the Spaniard was unable to squeeze the ball into the net at such a tight angle.
Five minutes later, Gary Gardner became the first player to go into the book after what looked to be a late lunge on Stoke’s Tom Ince.
Following the booking, The Potters saw a lot of the ball, however, their first real chance of the game fell to ex-West Brom player James McLean. After cutting in on his right foot, he attempted to bend the ball into the far right corner, but the ball went sailing into the Tilton stand, much to the crowd’s delight.
Soon after, Adams went close for Blues. Dean intercepted a dangerous-looking Stoke attack and successfully threaded the ball through to the number 9, but his effort went just wide of the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Six minutes later, the ball was back in the danger zone and Stoke should have taken their chance and took the lead. After capitalising on a Michael Morrison mistake, Berahino drove into the box and managed to shoot at Camp who made the save. The ball still wasn’t safe, and Clucas’ shot seconds later went inches wide of the post.
Just one Blues attack later, the home side were ahead. Jutkiewicz and Allen battled in mid air, Jutkiewicz won the header which fell to Maghoma who had well-deserved moment of brilliance. His shot stunned Jack Butland, putting Blues ahead moments before half time.
In the 53rd minute, Stoke were lucky to still have 11 men on the field of play. A lovely ball over the top by Kieftenbeld found Adams’ feet, but the number nine was stopped in his stride by Martina who collected a yellow card for his actions.
10 minutes later, Stoke nearly found their equalizer. The ball dropped at Allen’s feet but his shot was cleared off the line by captain Michael Morrison. The resulting corner came to nothing.
The last 15 minutes were very tense for the 26000 Bluenoses, but their team Kept Right On and secured the win in the 87th minute. A long kick by Lee Camp found Bogle who neatly turned his man and found the top left corner in style: ex-Blues Keeper, Jack Butland, was left standing still. This was a dream come true for Bogle, his first goal for his boy-hood club. This is the first time Gary Rowett has seen his team lose at St Andrews since leaving his managerial role there back in December 2016 – adding to the delight of the home crowd.
Blues Kept Right On to the end yet again, and now sit just 2 points away from the top-six play-off places. Next up it is Brentford at home on Saturday. Hopefully, Blues can make it three wins in a row.