Nick Powell’s late goal earned the potters a draw and stripped Blues of a victory. A close match but who performed best in this clash?
Neil Etheridge 6.5
Etheridge had very little to do all game until the 86th minute when stoke equalised, a large deflection made it very hard for the keeper to save it and would be harsh to mark him down.
Maxime Colin 5.5
On too many occasions Harlee Dean had to cover Colin on the right hand side as he was very rarely in position.
Harlee Dean 8*
A true captain’s performance from Dean, covered Colin on multiple occasions down the right hand side, was dominant in the air and finished his performance off with a brilliant bullet header.
George Friend 7
Friend had another solid display at centre-half, didn’t make any noticeable mistakes and kept stoke at bay for most the game.
Kristian Pedersen 4.5
Pedersen is quickly becoming a prominent weak link in this new look Blues side. The Dane gave away many fouls in dangerous positions and has to take responsibility for the Stoke equaliser.
Adam Clayton 5.5
Another player that seems a little out of his depth in the blues team, another relatively poor performance from Clayton. No massive errors but struggled to put passes together and looked uncomfortable on the ball.
Ivan Sunjic 8
Sunjic has been very impressive this season and the trend continued today. The Holding midfielder was everywhere on the pitch and didn’t stop running. By far the hardest worker in this Blues Squad. Karanka seems to have found the best of Sunjic.
Jeremie Bela 6
An uninspiring outing from Bela who simply doesn’t work hard enough.
Ivan Sánchez 7.5
the Spanish winger has constantly shown his immense quality for Blues. Sánchez’s quick and nimble feet make him a handful for defenders and he also possesses a wonderful cross.
Jon Toral 7
It was a difficult game for Toral to create any chances however he did seem the most likely to do so. A genius dummy from Toral nearly played Juke in early on in the game but Juke couldn’t capitalise on the chance.
Lukas Jutkiewicz 6.5
It has to be questioned whether Juke is still the man to lead this Birmingham team. There’s no doubt he’s amazing in the air and at holding the ball up but with the new way of playing Juke is seeming to really struggle.
*= man of the match