Stoke City 1-1 Birmingham City: Nick Powell rescues point for Potters


Nick Powell
Nick Powell was on target with Stoke’s second league goal of the season

Nick Powell rescued a point for Stoke City with a late equaliser in a drab home match with Birmingham City.

Powell met Tyrese Campbell’s low cross and his effort deflected off Harlee Dean before trickling over the line.

Dean had put Blues in front with their first attempt on target, leaping highest to power Maxime Colin’s corner into the top corner.

Steven Fletcher came closest to breaking the deadlock for Stoke in the first half when his free-kick struck a post.

The two sides had managed just three goals between them from their opening three league games, but both boasted miserly defences, and predictably, clear chances were few and far between in a cautious match.

Ivan Sanchez fired over the crossbar early on, but that was it for the Blues’ attack before the break as Stoke carried what threat there was.

Lee Gregory wasted a golden chance right on half-time, heading Harry Souttar’s cross over the bar from inches out.

And James Chester also went close to the opener when he met Sam Clucas’ corner, but Lukas Jutkiewicz diverted his goalbound effort over the bar.

Aitor Karanka’s side showed little ambition, with a set-piece always looking their likeliest route to goal, and Harlee Dean’s header looked to have snatched an unlikely win.

But unbeaten Blues had to settle for their third successive league draw as Powell grabbed a scruffy equaliser, with Stoke’s only effort on target.

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 16Davies
  • 12ChesterBooked at 56mins
  • 36Souttar
  • 3FoxBooked at 82mins
  • 14Smith
  • 13Obi
  • 22ClucasBooked at 85mins
  • 35TymonSubstituted forMcCleanat 81′minutes
  • 20Oakley-BootheSubstituted forPowellat 72′minutes
  • 19GregorySubstituted forCampbellat 72′minutes
  • 21Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 6Batth
  • 11McClean
  • 18Brown
  • 25Powell
  • 26Campbell
  • 34Thompson

Birmingham

  • 30Etheridge
  • 2Colin
  • 12Dean
  • 5Friend
  • 3Pedersen
  • 34Sunjic
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 87mins
  • 17Sánchez
  • 23ToralSubstituted forCrowleyat 62′minutes
  • 11BelaSubstituted forRobertsat 72′minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forHoganat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Prieto
  • 4Roberts
  • 7Crowley
  • 9Hogan
  • 20Gardner
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 44Boyd-Munce

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