Tuesday November 9, 2010 Day 12 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 3 - 2 Birmingham City

  • Huth 44’
  • Fuller 71’
  • Whitehead 85’
  • Fahey 74’
  • Jerome 76’

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  1. Stoke edge five-goal thriller

    Stoke edge five-goal thriller

    Stoke City edged Birmingham City 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League encounter at the Britannia Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+5' PEEEP! PEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEP!!! Told you it would be a cracker!! A dreadful first half was transformed into one of THE games of the season so far.
    • 90+5' Final minute, final seconds....
    • 90+4' The corner is taken short and Johnson is forced to put it out for a throw.
    • 90+3' SUB FOR STOKE: Walters replaces Fuller
    • 90+1' Fahey charges down the left. Ridgewell, Ferguson. Johnson puts it forward but it's cleared. Jones feeds Huth. Throw to Stoke. Delap to Fuller in the corner and he gets a corner. Somehow.
    • 90' Larsson puts a cross from the right straight out for a goal kick.
    • 90' There will be a minimum of five minutes additional time.
    • 89' SUB FOR STOKE: Wilson replaces Etherington
    • 88' Birmingham have a free-kick inside their own half after Delap's foul. Foster launches forward. Stoke clear for a Birmingham throw. But Ridgewell fudges it behind for a goal kick.
    • 87' Zigic fouls Whitehead on halfway. Stoke take their time.
    • 87' Alex McLeish looks stunned on the touchline.
    • 86' It must be all or nothing for Birmingham now....
    • 83' GOAL FOR STOKE!!! Carr fouls Fuller inside the Stoke half. Higginbottom takes. It falls to Fuller inside the box. He crosses, Ferguson sticks out a leg, it goes through Dann's legs to Whitehead who bundles it past Foster into the net. Great scenes!!!
    • 82' CHANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM!! Gardner surges forward again and lets fly from 25 yards out. Begovic palms it over. Corner....cleared.
    • 80' Both sides take a breather as Johnson receives treatment for a knock to the throat.
    • 79' Ten minutes to go and it's all to play for. I love football.
    • 77' What a turn of fortunes. Birmingham are everywhere....and so are Stoke - but not in a good way.
    • 75' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM!!!! They can!!! A delicious cross from Larsson on the right and Jerome glances a header from 12 yards inside the far post. Great comeback. Now for a winner....
    • 74' It's all Birmingham now. Can they come back from 2-0 down again?
    • 73' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM!!! Higginbottom makes a hash of a headed clearance and it falls to Fahey. He takes a touch on his chest then fires a volley into the far corner from 15 yards out. Great strike.
    • 72' SUB FOR STOKE: Whelan replaces Pennant
    • 71' GOAL FOR STOKE!!! WHAT A STRIKE!!! Ricardo Fuller scores a wonderful goal. He battles down the right hand side. Cuts inside Carr and then curls a left-footed effort beyond the dive of Foster.
    • 70' WHAT A CHANCE!!!! Jerome beats the offside trap on the left. He crosses and Higginbottom whacks it agains t his own post. Birmingham have several chances to score but Stoke throw everything in front of it.
    • 69' At the other end. Carr ducks under Begovic's clearance and Fuller races onto it and head past Foster but he's very wide and can't do anything with it.
    • 68' Larsson and Gardner over it. Gardner shoots but it's straight at Begovic.
    • 67' Birmingham have picked up - as they have to - swept wide to Fahey. Carr crosses. Begovic makes a mess. Fahey shoots but it's blocked on the egde of the box. Fuller fouls Dann 30 yards out.
    • 66' Fuller fouls Ridgewell. But the ball forward from Larsson goes out on the left side for a throw.
    • 65' Pennant dances around Ferguson but his cross is terrible and goes out on the full for a goal kick.
    • 63' WHAT A SAVE!!! Johnson gets a great contact on Larsson's corner and Begovic makes a tremendous save.
    • 62' Ridgewell is forward on the left. Collins heads clear. Wide to Larsson. Cleared. FAHEY SHOOTS!!! Deflected wide from 20 yards. Birmingham's first corner.
    • 62' Carr comes forward on the right and his ball for Jerome is wayward and through to Begovic.
    • 60' Gardner to Ridgewell on halfway. Johnson forward. Long to Zigic but Huth wins it. And Stoke get the throw.
    • 60' SUB FOR BIRMINGHAM: Fahey replaces Beausejour
    • 59' The corner is poor to the far post and behind.
    • 59' Etherington over it. 35 yards out. Crossed towards Jones and Dann gets the clearance for a corner.
    • 58' Collins forward...Ferguson fouls Whitehead. Pennant over it. Crosses. Blocked. Challenged by Larsson and Pennant gets the free-kick.
    • 57' Good again from Stoke. Etherington into Whitehead 25 yards out. Backheel to Fuller. Deflected wide for a corner....Etherington takes...cleared.
    • 56' CHANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM!!! Zigic nods it forward. Jerome turns and hits it from 20 yards but it's easy for Begovic down low.
    • 55' Etherington is fed Whitehead. He crosses and neither Jones or Foster go for it and it goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 53' Whitehead wins the throw on halfway on the right...Fuller feeds Pennant. His cross is blocked. Wide to Etherington. Johnson clears, while hobbling.
    • 53' Johnson now looks in trouble for Birmingham...
    • 51' Dann fouls Fuller wide on the left...Pennant is over it...Huth gets a flick on but it's harmlessly over.
    • 50' Birmingham have a throw on the left near the corner flag. Ferguson crosses but it drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 49' Whitehead gets a corner on the right off Gardner. Etherington gets the crowd going before taking it...CHANCE FOR STOKE!!! Huth gets in front of Johnson but heads wide from seven yards.
    • 48' First 'shot' of the half from Birmingham but Jerome's effort from 25 yards is well, well, wide.
    • 47' Birmingham now have a bit of possession. But Higginbottom intercepts. Etherington flicks it into Fuller inside the box but it runs away from him through to Foster.
    • 46' Ridgewell concedes a throw on the right. Delap time...cleared. Pennant charge down the right. Blocked for another throw by the corner flag. Johnson clears. Pennant crosses. Cleared.
    • 46' No changes at the break from either side. And Stoke are back to what they do best. Pressuring the opposition.
    • 46' Stoke get us underway in the second half from right to left.
    • 45+2' HALF TIME: STOKE 1 (Huth 43) - 0 BIRMINGHAM CITY
    • 45+2' ANOTHER STOKE CHANCE!!! Huth rises at the corner and meets it with a thunderous header. It looks to be going in but it hits Fuller's backside on the goal line and Birmingham clear!!
    • 45+2 Pennant moves forward and crosses. It's blocked for a corner. Ridgewell hobbles off after a clash with Jones.
    • 45+1' WHAT A SAVE!!! The ball falls to Delap inside the box on the left after a deep cross into the box. He steps back, shoots right-footed and Foster makes a brilliant save to his left.
    • 43' GOAL FOR STOKE!!!! Collins cross from the left finds Whitehead on the edge of the box. He lays it off to Fuller who shoots. It's blocked by Dann but falls to Huth eight yards out and he smashes it through Foster into the net.
    • 42' Birmingham break through Ridgewell. To Beausejour but he loses out to Huth. Up to Fuller. Who's fouled by Johnson. Free-kick in the centre circle. Faye is over it. Wide to Etherington....
    • 41' CHANCE FOR STOKE!!! Jones heads on target. Fuller looks to deflect it from in front of Foster six yards out but the keeper does enough. Corner. Cleared.
    • 41' Delap has a throw in the left. Johnson flicks it behind for a corner on the Stoke left. Pennant to take.
    • 40' Five minutes to the break and we could do with a goal.
    • 39' Gardner fouls Jones 40 yards out. Central for Stoke. It's a training ground move that really needs to stay there. Whitehead, Etherington and Pennant manage to knock it straight out for a goal kick.
    • 37' Another long throw is cleared. Back with Etherington but Ferguson wins it back and looks to Zigic on the right wing. Faye comes inside. Fuller runs onto the long ball but Johnson cleans up.
    • 36' Beausejour to Ridgewell. And the duo clear their lines. Faye launches it forward. It falls Whitehead from Fuller's flick. Whitehead shoots but Johnson blocks for the throw. Delap to take. Foster punches clear.
    • 35' But he's up and about again. But does go off as Larsson takes the Birmingham throw given back to Stoke as Faye put it out.
    • 34' Zigic goes down after Whitehead's challenge.
    • 33' Etherington wide on the left. Poor cross and Ferguson finds Gardner. Zigic to Beausejour on the left. Ridgewell then looks to Zigic on the far post. That seems to be the plan. It's out for a goal kick.
    • 31' Carr has space on the right. Into Larsson, Ridgewell. But his cross-field ball drifts out on the far side. /// bobby says 'Yahoo really pulling out all the stops again; how many­ Huth's are playing in this game then? You really­ are very poor.' Only the one bobby, only the one. Deep breath.
    • 29' Jerome fires high, wide and not very handsome from 20 yards on the angle from Zigic's clever touch.
    • 26' Delap has a throw from the left now...Ferguson clears. Delap time again. Level with the goal area. Foster palms at it and Dann clears.
    • 25' Carr gets down the right and Collins puts it out for a throw. Higginbottom goes to clear and Zigic catches him. Nothing doing. Quite right.
    • 24' Etherington's cross from the left drifts out for a goal kick. Disappointing.
    • 23' It's all Stoke. I can hear Tony Pulis urging them forward.
    • 21' CHANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM!! Gardner charges forward and shoots from 20 yards which forces Begovic to watch it down to his right.
    • 20' Delap's long throw is repelled. Foster finds Zigic on halfway. Larsson to Beausejour. Back to Ridgewell, Dann, Johnson. Given away. Pennant into Jones. Birmingham break...
    • 20' Delap charges forward. Finds Fuller inside the box and Johnson clears. Meanwhile Pennant has a problem with his right knee.
    • 18' Zigic to Larsson and left to Beausejour. Stoke win it back. Pennant comes forward. Left to Collins. His cross is cleared by Johnson. Higginbottom into the box. Jones down for Fuller. He lashes one from 18 yards but it's blocked!!
    • 17' Fuller runs at the Brimingham defence but Ferguson comes back to clear. Foster puts it out and Delap has his first throw of the night. It's cleared for another. And everyone misses it at the far post and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 16' Etherington on the left. Comes inside. Wide right to Pennant. His cross is fumbled by Foster under pressure from Huth but the big German can't take advantage.
    • 15' Stoke on top. Birmingham aren't able to get out of their half.
    • 14' Pennant takes. Johnson clears. Higginbottom floats in a cross and Dann gets in the way.
    • 12' Etherington takes. Cleared. Penannt flicks the ball back in and Higginbottom chases it. Foster comes out and cleans him up. Fuller's shot is blocked wide. Good work from Foster. Higginbottom takes a knock but wins a corner.
    • 10' Pennant's going to be a busy boy tonight. Dann handballs. Free-kick from Etherington on the right. Dann clears. Back with Faye on halfway. Wide to Etherington on the right. His weak cross is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 9' That was a chance for Stoke. A good chance. Whitehead brings Stoke clear. Wide to Pennant and Foster makes a good, clean catch.
    • 8' CHANCE FOR STOKE!!! Pennant crosses from the right and Jones jumps. The ball bounces narrowly wide from eight yards out.
    • 7' Good move from the Blues. Gardner, Jerome, Ferguson all involved. The ball to the far post is headed back by Zigic but Begovic claims.
    • 6' Larsson has a dig from 25 yards on the half-volley but it doesn't dip enough. Goal kick.
    • 5' Begovic goes long for Jones. Dann clears. Zigic handballs and Faye will take the free-kick midway in the Stoke half. Pennant goes to cross from the right. Cleared and Fuller fouls Ridgewell.
    • 4' The Stoke back four are looking to hit Fuller and Jones early. Birmingham want to play through midfield but aren't able to yet.
    • 3' Zigic flicks it wide left to Beausejou back to Ridgewell but it goes out for a throw in the right-back position. Huth takes. Stoke get a throw on halfway.
    • 2' Bit of head-tennis before Stoke get the ball down. Higginbottom looks long for Jones but Johnson clears. Stoke have a throw on the left. Collins takes. And the ball continues to generate air miles.
    • 1' Stoke get the first throw of the night after Foster's clearance booms up field.
    • 19.45 Birmingham City kick us off from right to left.
    • 19.43 Almost time for the off. The Britannia is beginning to jump - although that might just be to get warm.
    • 19.41 There's another game in the Premier League tonight. Click here for Tottenham Hotspur versus Sunderland.
    • 19.40 Both teams are ready to come out onto the field of play. It's a bit chilly. Any guesses on the amount of glove-wearers?
    • 19.35 Both Alex McLeish and Tony Pulis have set their sides up for 4-4-2. This could be a Tuesday night cracker.
    • 19.32 The Britannia Stadium is a fantastic stadium for atmosphere. Hopefully with Birmingham only being down the road there'll be plenty of Blues' fans voicing their support too.
    • 19.27 STATS: Birmingham enjoyed a slightly better afternoon at St Andrews as they fought out a rip-roaring 2-2 draw with West Ham.
    • 19.26 STATS: Stoke had a nightmare trip to the north-east at the weekend. Not only did they lose Ryan Shawcross to a red card but they also lost to Sunderland.
    • 19.07 Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) - I can see Tony Pulis jumping up and down for joy from here.
    • 19.06 Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Jones, Fuller Subs: Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Gudjohnsen, Wilson, Walters, Sanli, Wilkinson /// Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Dann, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Beausejour, Jerome, Zigic Subs: Subs: Doyle, Bowyer, Phillips, Derbyshire, Fahey, Parnaby, Hleb
    • 19.05 Team news to follow...
    • 19.00 STATS: A victory for Birmingham would enable them to gate-crash the Premier League top 10 at the expense of West Brom.
    • 18.59 STATS: A win for Stoke will see them leap-frog The Blues into 15th place in the table.
    • 18.57 STATS: Birmingham City have won none of their last 10 Premier League away matches but have only failed to score in two of their last 12 Premier League matches on the road.
    • 18.52 STATS: Stoke City have failed to score in their last seven matches against Birmingham in all competitions.
    • 18.45 Welcome to live text commentary of Stoke City versus Birmingham City from the Britannia Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 83' GOAL FOR STOKE!!! Carr fouls Fuller inside the Stoke half. Higginbottom takes. It falls to Fuller inside the box. He crosses, Ferguson sticks out a leg, it goes through Dann's legs to Whitehead who bundles it past Foster into the net. Great scenes!!!
    • 82' CHANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM!! Gardner surges forward again and lets fly from 25 yards out. Begovic palms it over. Corner....cleared.
    • 75' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM!!!! They can!!! A delicious cross from Larsson on the right and Jerome glances a header from 12 yards inside the far post. Great comeback. Now for a winner....
    • 73' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM!!! Higginbottom makes a hash of a headed clearance and it falls to Fahey. He takes a touch on his chest then fires a volley into the far corner from 15 yards out. Great strike.
    • 71' GOAL FOR STOKE!!! WHAT A STRIKE!!! Ricardo Fuller scores a wonderful goal. He battles down the right hand side. Cuts inside Carr and then curls a left-footed effort beyond the dive of Foster.
    • 70' WHAT A CHANCE!!!! Jerome beats the offside trap on the left. He crosses and Higginbottom whacks it agains t his own post. Birmingham have several chances to score but Stoke throw everything in front of it.
    • 68' Larsson and Gardner over it. Gardner shoots but it's straight at Begovic.
    • 63' WHAT A SAVE!!! Johnson gets a great contact on Larsson's corner and Begovic makes a tremendous save.
    • 62' Ridgewell is forward on the left. Collins heads clear. Wide to Larsson. Cleared. FAHEY SHOOTS!!! Deflected wide from 20 yards. Birmingham's first corner.
    • 56' CHANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM!!! Zigic nods it forward. Jerome turns and hits it from 20 yards but it's easy for Begovic down low.
    • 49' Whitehead gets a corner on the right off Gardner. Etherington gets the crowd going before taking it...CHANCE FOR STOKE!!! Huth gets in front of Johnson but heads wide from seven yards.
    • 45+2' ANOTHER STOKE CHANCE!!! Huth rises at the corner and meets it with a thunderous header. It looks to be going in but it hits Fuller's backside on the goal line and Birmingham clear!!
    • 45+1' WHAT A SAVE!!! The ball falls to Delap inside the box on the left after a deep cross into the box. He steps back, shoots right-footed and Foster makes a brilliant save to his left.
    • 43' GOAL FOR STOKE!!!! Collins cross from the left finds Whitehead on the edge of the box. He lays it off to Fuller who shoots. It's blocked by Dann but falls to Huth eight yards out and he smashes it through Foster into the net.
    • 41' CHANCE FOR STOKE!!! Jones heads on target. Fuller looks to deflect it from in front of Foster six yards out but the keeper does enough. Corner. Cleared.
    • 21' CHANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM!! Gardner charges forward and shoots from 20 yards which forces Begovic to watch it down to his right.
    • 18' Zigic to Larsson and left to Beausejour. Stoke win it back. Pennant comes forward. Left to Collins. His cross is cleared by Johnson. Higginbottom into the box. Jones down for Fuller. He lashes one from 18 yards but it's blocked!!
    • 8' CHANCE FOR STOKE!!! Pennant crosses from the right and Jones jumps. The ball bounces narrowly wide from eight yards out.
    • 6' Larsson has a dig from 25 yards on the half-volley but it doesn't dip enough. Goal kick.
    • 19.06 Stoke: Begovic, Huth, Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Jones, Fuller Subs: Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Gudjohnsen, Wilson, Walters, Sanli, Wilkinson /// Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Dann, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Beausejour, Jerome, Zigic Subs: Subs: Doyle, Bowyer, Phillips, Derbyshire, Fahey, Parnaby, Hleb

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • R. Huth Goal
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • D. Higginbotham
      • D. Collins
      • R. Delap
      • D. Whitehead Goal
      • J. Pennant Substitution Out (73′)
      • M. Etherington Substitution Out (90′)
      • K. Jones
      • R. Fuller Goal Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • E. Gudjohnsen
      • J. Walters Substitution In90′
      • G. Whelan Substitution In73′
      • A. Wilkinson
      • M. Wilson Substitution In90′
      • T. Sanli
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • S. Dann
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson
      • C. Gardner
      • S. Larsson
      • J. Beausejour Substitution Out (61′)
      • N. &#381igic
      • C. Jerome Goal

      Subs

      • K. Phillips
      • L. Bowyer
      • S. Parnaby
      • C. Doyle
      • M. Derbyshire
      • K. Fahey Substitution In61′ Goal
      • A. Hleb
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