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Birmingham Triumph Over Midlands Rivals Stoke

Submitted by jleigh on Sun, 09/01/2019 - 20:39
St Andrews Stadium



The Blues continue their winning streak at St. Andrews this season, helped by a late comeback goal from 16 years old Jude Bellingham.

The first half consisted of minimal chances from both teams and a goal was needed to liven the game. It remained goalless until the 58th minute, when Liam Lindsay broke the drought with a headed goal from a free-kick crossed in by Tommy Smith. Fifteen minutes later Birmingham City's top scorer Lukas Jutkiewicz claimed his third of the season with a headed goal and St. Andrews was electric. The atmosphere when Birmingham levelled the scoreline hugely helped boost the player's confidence as three minutes later youngster Jude Bellingham Struck for goal from outside of the box and with a lucky deflection it ended up in the back of the net. Birmingham's second led to them slowing down the match and eventually seeing out there third home win out of a possible three this season.

Stoke Stay Bottom

Stoke manager Nathan Jones took the blame after the match for the poor performances recently " we need to do better... I take full responsibility for that". However, as we know football can be cruel and apologies won't keep him in the job for much longer. He will need to start picking up points before the board turns on him and he is fired during his first full season at the Potters. They now sit rock bottom of the Championship table with - 9 goal difference and need to work up some momentum so they don’t become relegation contenders.

Surprisingly Stokes shot-stopper on Saturday was not former England and Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland after he was dropped for Stokes last League game against Leeds United. However, this managerial change didn't seem to help Stoke as replacement Federici struggled as they suffered a 3-0 defeat. Between both keepers they have let in a staggering 15 goals in only 7 matches, meaning on average they are conceding more than 2 goals per game!

Although Stoke have picked up zero points away from home in the league this season, the 12th man still arrived at St. Andrews in the thousands.

Picture of Stoke City Away Fans

Bellingham Bringing Hope For The Future

Youngest ever Birmingham City player Jude Bellingham made his first major impact on Saturday and believes it will be the first of many ‘’ I’m hungry for more’’ , whilst also showing passion towards his boyhood club ‘’ I’ve loved this club since I joined when I was seven’’. Along with his love for the club he also has a great relationship with the manager ‘’ it was just reward for his work’’ were the words of Pep Clotet after his 76th-minute winner. The positive relationship the two share will have a huge impact on Jude. This will make him feel like he belongs in the first team relieving any nerves he will have had when joining the squad at the extremely young age of sixteen, while leading to him playing with more confidence and to his full potential.

What Can Birmingham Expect From This Season?

With hope in youth, the Blues also have Jutkiewicz who has been proving his talent up top and are still undefeated at home, so are blues a team that could push for a top 10 finish this season?

The stats show they are to inconsistent in defence and improvements are needed. In the last 4 games, Birmingham have let in 7 goals, 6 of them coming from two separate (3-0 loses) meaning the other two games combined they only conceded 1, this displays inconsistency. However against Stoke, the defence was tight after conceding one which helped the team to eventually win, so if the defence continues to improve Birmingham could see a top 10 finish this season.


Match Statistics Birmingham Stoke
Possession 40% 60%
Shots 12 7
Shots on Target 4 3
Corners 1 3
Fouls 24 12


After the international break, Birmingham travel to 2nd place Charlton and the Potters await 5th place Bristol City.

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