A look back at previous encounters against the Blues...
THE POTTERS welcome Birmingham City to the bet365 Stadium this weekend, and in readiness for the visit of the Blues we have taken a look back at encounters from yesteryears.
29th October 2013: Birmingham City 4-4 Stoke City (2-4 penalties)
Back in 2013, Mark Hughes’ men survived a late comeback from the Blues to reach the fifth round of the League Cup on penalties at St Andrew’s.
In a goal filled fixture not short of drama, the Potters took the lead through Oussama Assaidi, which was shortly cancelled out by Tom Adeyemi.
Lee Clark’s charges impressed within the opening 45 minutes, but found themselves reduced to ten men deep into first half injury time when current Potters Under-23 coach Wade Elliott was given his marching orders as he was judged to have raised on elbow on goal scorer Assaidi.
An easy passage into the next stage of the competition looked likely as the second half wore on. Peter Crouch netted shortly following the interval, before Marco Arnautovic put the Potters in command of the game, but it wasn’t over just yet.
Step up Peter Lovenkrands. With five minutes remaining on the clock, the Dane pulled a goal back for the home side and deep into stoppage time, poked home Demarai Gray’s parried strike beyond Thomas Sorensen to complete the comeback.
Substitute Kenwyne Jones put the Potters ahead once again in extra time, but youngster Olly Lee ensured the game was taken to penalties with his first goal for the club.
Blues missed their first two spot-kicks in the shootout, while the visitors scored each effort from 12 yards to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition where Manchester United laid in wait.
9th November 2010: Stoke City 3-2 Birmingham City
Dean Whitehead’s late strike ensured the Potters moved clear of the Premier League relegation zone, and secured a first win in five matches for Tony Pulis’ side.
On the overall balance of play, the result proved to be a deserved one but the home side really had to fight hard for all three points after seemingly cruising with a 2-0 advantage.
Robert Huth fired home to put the Potters ahead, before Ricardo Fuller’s stunning curling strike doubled their lead – which was a sucker punch for the visitors who began to control the game five minutes prior to the second.
Moments later, and the Blues were rewarded for their efforts. Danny Higginbotham failed to clear a long ball over the backline, and second half substitute Keith Fahey was on hand to strike beyond Asmir Begovic from the edge of the area.
Just two minutes later, and it looked like the home side had fallen short of securing their first home win in a month. Cameron Jerome, who would sign for the Potters the following summer, nodded home an inch perfect cross from Seb Larsson.
But with five minutes left, Whitehead poked home Etherington’s cross from close range to finally secure all three points for the home side.
10th January 1997: Stoke City 1-0 Birmingham City
You would have to go back to 1997 to find the Potters’ most recent victory over Blues in the second tier, and it wasn’t exactly something of a classic at the Victoria Ground.
Ray Wallace netted the only goal of the encounter for Lou Macari’s mean within the opening 20 minutes in front of a crowd just shy of 11,000 supporters.
In a season where the Potters finished mid-table, the side still managed to enjoy some memorable moments – including some impressive home form, with their victory over the Blues marking five wins in a row in North Staffordshire.
Tickets in home areas are still available for Saturday’s game. Starting at £25 for adults and £8 for Under 11s, tickets can be purchased from the bet365 Stadium Ticket Office, online at scfcdirect.com or by calling (01782) 367599.