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Stoke   3 - 2   Birmingham

Dean Whitehead scores
Whitehead's late finish gave Stoke a much-needed win against Birmingham

By Phil Dawkes

Dean Whitehead poked home a late goal to earn Stoke a first win in five league matches in a see-saw encounter with Birmingham at the Britannia.

Robert Huth hammered the home side ahead before Ricardo Fuller's superb curling finish doubled their advantage.

Keith Fahey's 20-yard strike gave Birmingham hope and Cameron Jerome then headed them level two minutes later.

But Whitehead had the final word after Matthew Etherington's cross deflected into his path.

On the overall balance of play the result was a deserved one, but it was far less comfortable than it should have been for the Potters who controlled much of the match and were seemingly cruising when Fuller put them 2-0 ahead.

Pulis wanted game won earlier

However, for the second game running - following Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to West Ham - Birmingham dragged themselves back into the contest and despite being second best for much of the match will feel they allowed a third successive league draw to slip by.

The visitors had the first effort - with Sebastian Larsson firing over from 35 yards - but other chances in the first half were few and far between.

Former Blues winger Jermaine Pennant was Stoke's most lively player and from his cross early on Kenwyne Jones headed wide.

Minutes later Pennant clipped through for Danny Higginbotham but Birmingham keeper Ben Foster was able to block at his feet and, from Fuller's follow-up, Stephen Carr deflected wide.

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The home side's direct style continued to cause problems for the Blues' defence but they held out well, with Scott Dann clearing off the line from a Rory Delap long throw and Foster tipping over a Jones header from a corner.

However, a minute before half-time, the Potters were rewarded for their persistence when Whitehead teed up Fuller, whose shot deflected into the path of Huth to hammer past Foster.

Huth could have doubled the lead either side of half-time with headers from corners, but the first was blocked by team-mate Fuller on the line and the second flew narrowly wide.

Fuller did make it 2-0 in the 71st minute and it was a sucker punch to the visitors, who for five minutes prior had looked the more likely to score.

Following the breakdown of a Birmingham attack, in which Higginbotham struck a Jerome cross against his own post, Fuller carried the ball into the Birmingham half before cutting in from the right past two challenges to curl in to the far corner of the net.

McLeish 'gutted' with Birmingham defeat to Stoke

That should have been that, but the visitors have shown already this season they are capable of comebacks and within five minutes they were looking good for an unlikely point.

Firstly, after Higginbotham had failed to clear a long ball forward, substitute Fahey was on hand to hammer in from the edge of the area.

Two minutes later, Larsson crossed for Jerome to glance a header in and bring his side level.

With momentum fully in their favour, Birmingham pushed for a winner and but for Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic producing two superb saves from Craig Gardner long-range efforts, they could have found one.

However, the Potters rallied and with five minutes remaining Etherington's cross deflected into the path of Whitehead through Dann's legs and the midfielder was able to poke in past Foster from close range to finally seal the win.


Stoke manager Tony Pulis:

"It was a real cracking game but it should have been over at half-time. We created enough opportunities.

"After we scored the second one, the thing that disappointed me was that we took our foot of the pedal and sat back.

"The last five games, four have been away from home and the other was Manchester United. It's been a real tough run, but you want to get out of a rut and we've done that tonight."

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:

"It was a pitiful third goal and a travesty considering the way we got ourselves back into the game.

"I thought when we got the equaliser there was only going to be one winner because we looked really threatening every time we went forward.

"I'm gutted for the Birmingham fans and the players who battled so hard to get back into the game."

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 3-2 Birmingham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Huth 44
  • Fuller 71
  • Whitehead 85
  • Fahey 74
  • Jerome 76

Stoke

Substitutes

Birmingham

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 26,381
STOKE
BIRMINGHAM

Possession

  • Stoke 48%
  • Birmingham 52%

Attempts on target

  • Stoke 12
  • Birmingham 10

Attempts off target

  • Stoke 7
  • Birmingham 4

Corners

  • Stoke 10
  • Birmingham 4

Fouls

  • Stoke 6
  • Birmingham 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:57 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+4:35 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 90:00+3:04 Short corner taken by Glenn Whelan.
  • 90:00+3:04 Substitution Jonathan Walters is brought on as a substitute for Ricardo Fuller.
  • 90:00+2:03 Marc Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.
  • 90:00+0:13 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
  • 89:28 Substitution Marc Wilson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Etherington.
  • 88:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by Rory Delap. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 87:32 Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Danny Higginbotham takes the free kick.
  • 84:04 Matthew Etherington provided the assist for the goal.
  • 84:04 GOAL - Dean WhiteheadStoke 3 - 2 Birmingham A goal is scored by Dean Whitehead from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 3-2 Birmingham.
  • 83:38 Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
  • 82:42 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.
  • 82:14 Shot by Craig Gardner from 30 yards. Brilliant save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 80:02 Shot by Craig Gardner. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 77:56 The assistant referee signals for offside against Cameron Jerome. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
  • 75:21 Stephen Carr provided the assist for the goal.
  • 75:21 GOAL - Cameron JeromeStoke 2 - 2 Birmingham Cameron Jerome finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Stoke 2-2 Birmingham.
  • Correction - 75:21 Assist on the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.
  • Correction - 73:09 GOAL - Keith FaheyStoke 2 - 1 Birmingham Goal scored by Keith Fahey from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Birmingham.
  • 73:09 Assist by Nikola Zigic.
  • 73:09 GOAL - Keith FaheyStoke 2 - 1 Birmingham Keith Fahey gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Birmingham.
  • 72:19 Substitution Jermaine Pennant goes off and Glenn Whelan comes on.
  • 70:53 GOAL - Ricardo FullerStoke 2 - 0 Birmingham Ricardo Fuller finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Birmingham.
  • 70:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.
  • 70:40 Stephen Carr takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
  • 70:30 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 68:54 Effort from inside the area by Ricardo Fuller misses to the right of the goal.
  • 67:57 Ricardo Fuller concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Dann. Craig Gardner has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 66:07 Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Ricardo Fuller results in a free kick. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
  • 65:36 Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross.
  • 64:06 Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner.
  • 63:06 Shot from 25 yards from Keith Fahey. Blocked by Danny Higginbotham. Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
  • 60:14 Substitution Jean Beausejour leaves the field to be replaced by Keith Fahey.
  • 59:15 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Header by Danny Higginbotham from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 58:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Scott Dann.
  • 57:49 Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Direct free kick taken by Rory Delap.
  • 57:10 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.
  • 56:53 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Gardner.
  • 55:51 Shot by Cameron Jerome from 12 yards. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 55:16 The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington.
  • 51:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Ricardo Fuller. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Robert Huth produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 49:03 Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 48:19 Effort from outside the box by Cameron Jerome goes wide right of the target.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:54 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:41 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
  • 44:58 Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant. Rory Delap takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 43:35 Ricardo Fuller provided the assist for the goal.
  • 43:35 GOAL - Robert HuthStoke 1 - 0 Birmingham Robert Huth gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Birmingham.
  • 43:30+0:25 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 42:49 Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.
  • 41:36 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Gardner.
  • 40:50 Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 38:25 Craig Gardner challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
  • 36:19 Dean Whitehead has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
  • 30:48 Matthew Etherington produces a cross.
  • 29:47 Foul by Kenwyne Jones on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:11 Cameron Jerome produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 25:27 Danny Higginbotham fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:17 A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington.
  • 21:23 Drilled left-footed shot by Craig Gardner. Save by Asmir Begovic.
  • 18:59 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
  • 15:57 Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball.
  • 13:44 Kenwyne Jones has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 12:25 Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 12:02 Effort on goal by Ricardo Fuller from 12 yards. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
  • 11:14 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
  • Correction - 10:04 Handball decision goes against Jean Beausejour. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
  • 10:04 Jean Beausejour is penalised for a handball. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Ben Foster.
  • 9:40 The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
  • 8:01 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 6:23 Shot from just outside the box by Sebastian Larsson goes over the target.
  • 5:53 Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Scott Dann, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 5:20 The official flags Nikola Zigic offside. Abdoulaye Faye takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:30 The official flags Cameron Jerome offside. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Premier League results

9 Nov 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 11 22 25
2 Man Utd 11 11 23
3 Arsenal 11 11 20
4 Man City 11 5 20
5 Newcastle 11 6 17
6 Tottenham 12 -1 16
7 Sunderland 12 -1 16
8 Bolton 11 1 15
9 Liverpool 11 -2 15
10 West Brom 11 -5 15
11 Everton 11 2 14
12 Blackpool 11 -6 14
13 Fulham 11 1 13
14 Aston Villa 11 -4 13
15 Stoke 12 -5 13
16 Blackburn 11 -2 12
17 Birmingham 12 -3 12
18 Wigan 11 -12 10
19 Wolves 11 -7 9
20 West Ham 11 -11 7

see also
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