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Stoke City 0-1 Birmingham City: Che Adams gives Blues late victory

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett was left frustrated by the Potters' third home defeat this season - and his first in four meetings with the club he left in December 2016
Stoke City boss Gary Rowett was left frustrated by the Potters' third home defeat this season - and his first in four meetings with the club he left in December 2016

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett questioned whether referees should have the power to dismiss managers after being sent off in the defeat by his former club Birmingham City.

Che Adams' 81st-minute far-post strike earned Blues victory over their former manager when he poked home at the far post from Lukas Jutkiewicz's hard, low left-wing cross.

But, just four minutes later, at the other end, Adams appeared to keep out Joe Allen's goalbound effort with his right arm - and Rowett was sent off by referee Roger East for protesting against the decision before being escorted down the tunnel.

Rowett claimed that the incident incited the 28,160 crowd at the bet365 Stadium - Stoke's highest attendance in the second tier for 56 years.

"If I've been abusive or sworn at the referee I'm honest enough to say that I've done that but I didn't do that," said Rowett.

"I said to the ref 'That's two handballs. That's two penalties'. He's sent me off. He told me that I've said something completely different. It'll be my word against the referee and of course they're going to take the referee's side of it.

"What we've done is given the officials extra power to brandish a card at the manager in front of a whole stadium. For me, that incites the game more than a manager trying to articulate he doesn't agree."

Stoke almost went ahead before the break when Michael Morrison deflected the ball just past his own goal, Bojan also went close - and Allen had a chance for the home side early in the second half, but blazed over from close range.

Blues wing-back Maxime Colin then smashed against the Stoke crossbar midway through the second half, before Blues went ahead. But just four minutes after the goal, Stoke's players and fans were incensed when Allen tried to stab in after substitute Peter Crouch's 85th-minute header.

Birmingham's ninth game without defeat leapfrogs Blues above Stoke into 14th place in the Championship table, while the Potters drop three places to 17th.

Stoke boss Rowett had not lost in three previous meetings with Birmingham since he left the club in December 2016 - with Derby County. But Monk succeeded where Gianfranco Zola, Lee Carsley and Steve Cotterill all failed.

Birmingham striker Che Adams scored for the fourth time this season
Birmingham striker Che Adams scored for the fourth time this season

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"What a huge three points considering who we're playing, away from home against one of the best squads in the league and very much fancied for promotion.

"The lads deserved it for a real gutsy display for showing such heart. We defended well and, when we had a moment late on, we were clinical with the finish.

"The spirit at this club right now is fantastic. We're harnessing that energy and it was good to send that packed away end home happy."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 23Martina
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 45mins
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Pieters
  • 38Woods
  • 7Ince
  • 27BojanSubstituted forAdamat 71'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forBerahinoat 71'minutes
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Adam
  • 17Shawcross
  • 19Berahino
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 30Edwards
  • 32Federici

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3PedersenBooked at 33minsSubstituted forHardingat 74'minutes
  • 23JotaBooked at 90mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20Gardner
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forMaghomaat 62'minutes
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forRobertsat 87'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 19Maghoma
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
28,160

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Birmingham City 1.

Ryan Woods (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Booking

Jota (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Williams.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Cuco Martina.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts replaces Che Adams because of an injury.

Delay in match Che Adams (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Williams.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Attempt missed. Joe Allen (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Birmingham City 1. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

Foul by Saido Berahino (Stoke City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd138142215725
3West Brom1373331181324
4Leeds1365223111223
5Derby136341714321
6Norwich136341716121
7Blackburn135621616021
8Wigan136251516-120
9Nottm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheff Wed135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham133821412217
15Swansea134541210217
16QPR135261119-817
17Stoke134451719-216
18Bolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham133371020-1012
21Preston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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