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Birmingham City 2-0 Stoke City: Ex-Blues boss Gary Rowett beaten at St Andrew's

Jacques Maghoma's third goal in five matches was his fourth of the season overall for Blues
Jacques Maghoma's third goal in five matches was his fourth of the season overall for Blues

Stoke City were beaten for the first time in 11 games as boss Gary Rowett made an unhappy return to his former club Birmingham City.

Stunning goals from Jacques Maghoma and Omar Bogle - his first for the club - helped Blues do the double over Rowett's Potters, having been the last side to beat Stoke on 20 October.

Maghoma, signed for Blues by Rowett in 2015, put the hosts in front two minutes before the break when the ball broke kindly 25 yards out after Che Adams had made a nuisance of himself and the midfielder scorched home a right-foot shot.

Cardiff City loan man Bogle then made the points safe with three minutes left to move Garry Monk's Blues up into seventh, within two points of the play-off places, while Stoke are now three points further back in 11th.

The attendance of 26,344, boosted by a 2,679 following from Stoke, was comfortably the largest of the season so far at St Andrew's.

Blues might have taken the lead sooner, but for a great save by former Blues goalkeeper Jack Butland to keep out a Lukas Jutkiewicz header at full stretch. And Butland then denied Jutkiewicz again when he tipped over another header from Maghoma's free-kick.

But Butland had no chance when Maghoma struck his fourth goal of the season when the lively Adams forced Ryan Woods into losing possession.

Stoke were sparked into life after the break, particularly introducing Peter Crouch and Benik Afobe just before the hour.

But it was Maghoma who came closest to the game's second goal, forcing another excellent save from the impressive Butland, before boyhood Blues fan Bogle wrapped up victory.

He controlled, turned and curled home a stunning 25-yarder with his left foot, before running 60 yards to celebrate with Monk and the Blues bench.

Stoke have not won at St Andrew's now in 11 visits, while it was a fourth straight Boxing Day defeat in the Championship for Potters boss Rowett.

Birmingham manager Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"It was fantastic from start to finish. A performance to be really proud of. And the atmosphere went through the roof.

"It was aggressive, we scored some good goals and we defended well when we had to. I'm very proud of those players.

"It was a fantastic goal at a crucial time for Omar Bogle. It's not been easy for him. He's taken time to adjust but, in the last month, he's come roaring back and is looking like a who can really help us.

"We had four games in 11 days. That's two hurdles we've overcome (wins over Wigan and Stoke) and we've got two more hurdles to come."

Stoke manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I'm disappointed because we didn't play anywhere near well enough. It started from the first whistle - we took the kick-off, gave it away and they almost scored.

"What you can't do at a place like this, as I well know, is allow the home crowd and team to get a lift.

"It's a tight pitch and it makes it a bit of a physical encounter, which suits Birmingham because they're a very physical side.

"I have to give them a lot of credit because they worked hard, didn't allow us time on the ball and forced us into errors, but we've got to use the ball a lot better."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12DeanBooked at 63mins
  • 5Colin
  • 23Jota
  • 20GardnerBooked at 5minsSubstituted forGardnerat 89'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forBogleat 82'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 7Mahoney
  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 24Scarr
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 23MartinaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 77'minutes
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 26mins
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martins IndiBooked at 74mins
  • 4AllenBooked at 76mins
  • 38WoodsSubstituted forAfobeat 59'minutes
  • 22Clucas
  • 7Ince
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forCrouchat 59'minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 8Etebo
  • 9Afobe
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Campbell
  • 30Edwards
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
26,344

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Stoke City 0.

Offside, Stoke City. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jota.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces Gary Gardner.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Stoke City 0. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Che Adams.

Benik Afobe (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Thomas Edwards replaces Cuco Martina.

Booking

Joe Allen (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

James McClean (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Booking

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Jota (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Che Adams.

Booking

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ashley Williams (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Saido Berahino.

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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