BRADFORD CITY 1 (Dieng 38)
STOKE CITY 0 (Banks sent off 75)
TIMOTHEE DIENG'S first half effort was enough to ensure Stoke City suffered a 1-0 defeat to Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium.
The League One side's French midfielder steered home Reece Webb-Foster's 38th minute free-kick to hand the Bantams all three points in the opening Checkatrade Trophy Northern Section Group C match.
The Potters had a number of chances to get on the scoresheet themselves - particularly in the first half - but a combination of misplaced finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Rouven Sattelmaier prevented them from doing so.
Glyn Hodges had the benefit of including Marc Muniesa and Charlie Adam in his youthful line-up and the latter was involved in creating goalscoring opportunities throughout.
He saw several long range efforts beaten away by Sattelmaier, who was also on hand to thwart Julien Ngoy when the Belgian striker had done remarkably well to wriggle through the defence early on.
The Bantams’ German stopper later impressed when pushing a Thibaud Verlinden effort destined for the top corner around the post, thus allowing his side to take full advantage of their set-piece chance when it came along just before the break.
Further chances for Adam and Oliver Shenton followed after the interval, whilst Ngoy was also centimetres from connecting to a Muniesa cutback when it had looked odds-on that he'd convert an equaliser.
Captain Lewis Banks was dismissed for a second bookable offence fifteen minutes from time but the Potters continued to ask questions of their more experienced counterparts, albeit unsuccessfully.
STOKE CITY: Isted; Renee-Pringle (T Edwards 87), Banks (c), L Edwards, Muniesa, Taylor; Shenton, Lecygne; Adam, Verlinden; Ngoy. Subs: Deczki, Sweeney, Molina, Greenidge.