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Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Jonathan Walters replaces Ricardo Fuller. Glenn Whelan decides to take the corner short.
Marc Wilson takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Wilson on for Matthew Etherington.
Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Gardner. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Danny Higginbotham takes the free kick.
Dean Whitehead fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 3-2 Birmingham.Matthew Etherington provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Kenwyne Jones. Danny Higginbotham takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.
Craig Gardner takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Shot by Craig Gardner. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Cameron Jerome scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Stoke 2-2 Birmingham.Stephen Carr provided the assist for the goal.
Cameron Jerome scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Stoke 2-2 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.
Keith Fahey finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Birmingham.
Keith Fahey fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 2-1 Birmingham.Assist by Nikola Zigic.
Glenn Whelan comes on in place of Jermaine Pennant.
Goal scored by Ricardo Fuller from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Birmingham.
Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner.
Stephen Carr takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Ricardo Fuller misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Scott Dann, free kick awarded. Craig Gardner has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Danny Higginbotham gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Keith Fahey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jean Beausejour.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Higginbotham misses to the left of the target.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
Barry Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Direct free kick taken by Rory Delap.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Etherington.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.
Shot from 12 yards from Cameron Jerome. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Matthew Etherington sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Ricardo Fuller. The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Robert Huth produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Header by Robert Huth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant. Rory Delap takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
Robert Huth finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Birmingham.Assist by Ricardo Fuller.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Craig Gardner challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.
Shot by Dean Whitehead. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington.
Kenwyne Jones challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Cameron Jerome misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham by Nikola Zigic. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington.
Effort from 20 yards by Craig Gardner. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball.
Close range header by Kenwyne Jones misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.
The referee penalises Jean Beausejour for handball. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Handball by Jean Beausejour. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, save made by Ben Foster.
The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant, Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Jermaine Pennant, Kenwyne Jones has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Shot by Sebastian Larsson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Ricardo Fuller challenges Scott Dann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.
Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The first half comes to an end.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Pulis demands change after latest refereeing blunder
Tony Pulis has called for the system under which referees are currently assessed to be overhauled in the wake of Saturday's defeat against Sunderland.
Even with a match against Birmingham looming, Pulis' mind was still on events at the Stadium of Light, where the Potters were denied a penalty for a clear handball on the line by Lee Cattermole, and then later had defender Ryan Shawcross sent off by referee Martin Atkinson.
These are just the latest decisions to infuriate Pulis, who believes the smaller Premier League clubs are getting a raw deal from referees.
And he wants to set up a system to ensure the men in black pay a price.
"It cannot be right that these decisions consistently go on without being addressed," Pulis told Sky Sports News.
"Don't kid yourself that this hasn't happened in the first two years that we were in the Premier League. We've had decisions that have been absolutely abysmal but we have kept our grace and just got on with things.
"We know we are not going to get certain decisions that other clubs are going to get. I think that has been made blatantly obvious over the past few games, but there comes a point where you have to stand up and say, 'This is not right'.
"The last thing I want to do is be sat here the day before a game talking about referees but I have to say the treatment this football club has had with respect to the decisions has been appalling."
Now Pulis wants to introduce a system where clubs themselves get to grade referees, and those receiving the worst marks would be `relegated' to the npower Championship.
"Over the weekend I have thought about it and I want to be constructive, so I think we should put in place a system where every Premier League club has a vote at the end of the season on referees, and the bottom three referees should be relegated to the Championship and the top three referees from the Championship should be promoted," he said.
"And you can mark referees at the end of a game."
Ryan Shawcross will miss out against the Blues following his red card at the weekend.
Shawcross was shown two yellow cards in the defeat.
Robert Huth is expected to move into the centre of defence, with either Danny Higginbotham or Andy Wilkinson coming into the side.
With no injuries to report, Pulis is otherwise expected to field an unchanged team.
Meanwhile, Alex McLeish has hailed the form of Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster since his summer move from Manchester United.
McLeish revealed Sir Alex Ferguson told him Foster would be back in the England team by the end of the campaign when completing the #6million switch from Old Trafford.
Foster has been a model of consistency and produced what he described as the best save of his career to deny Carlton Cole during Saturday's 2-2 draw with West Ham at St Andrew's.
McLeish said: "That was a fantastic save, close in, point blank, and his reaction was wonderful. He had agility, the speed with which he got across was fantastic.
"You have to be in tip-top form to be able to move like that and Ben is in top form.
"You can see from that save and the penalty save he made earlier in the season that his form is spectacular.
"I knew we were getting a guy who just needed to play and even Sir Alex said to me when we signed him `he will be in the England team by the end of the season'.
"He is fighting Joe Hart for that position. He is a good `keeper."
McLeish is considering handing a start to Chile winger Jean Beausejour after recovering from his knee problem.
The former Scotland boss said: "He lacks match-fitness but when is he going to get match-fitness? I have to consider him.
"He is the one out-and-out winger we have and we have to change the dynamics of the team to get the service to Cameron Jerome and Nikola Zigic.
"If they are in the team, that's his type of game.
"We will try and get him as much involved in the action as possible over the coming weeks."
McLeish has no fresh injury concerns. Colin Doyle will continue to act as back-up for Foster while Maik Taylor nurses a shoulder injury which caused him to be ruled out of the weekend draw with West Ham.
Potters snap losing streak
Stoke survived another impressive comeback by Birmingham to bring their losing run to an end in a dramatic 3-2 victory at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters, who had been defeated in their last four Barclays Premier League fixtures, took a deserved first-half lead through Robert Huth and looked home and dry when Ricardo Fuller made it 2-0 in the 71st minute.
The Blues, as they had done on Saturday against West Ham, swiftly erased the deficit thanks to Keith Fahey and Cameron Jerome, but Dean Whitehead netted five minutes from time to win the contest.
The much-needed victory lifted Stoke above Birmingham in the table to 15th, with the Blues sliding down to 17th.
It had appeared the three points would be secured in a comfortable manner by the mid-point of the match after an opening period the hosts had dominated.
Stoke were soon on the front foot as their wingers began to impose themselves, Matthew Etherington aiming a cross at Kenwyne Jones' head and the ball falling to Jermaine Pennant, who produced an even better delivery that the Trinidad and Tobago striker nodded wide.
Pennant then floated another delightful ball into the danger zone from the right but Ben Foster was able to claim it.
Potters fans protested for a penalty moments later when Foster collided with Danny Higginbotham as the goalkeeper rushed out to push the ball away, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on and Fuller saw his attempt deflect off target.
The home side continued to send crosses into the Birmingham box, with Jones heading wide again and Foster just managing to keep Huth at bay.
A defensive mix-up for the Blues saw Fuller slipped in, but Foster was alert once more and came out to take the ball off the Jamaican's toe.
The England stopper looked less assured soon after as he flapped near his goal-line at a Rory Delap long throw, although he did appear to have Huth leaning against him.
Whitehead collected a knock-down in the 37th minute and attempted to unleash a shot that hit a defender and went for a throw.
Delap hurled it into the box again but this time Foster confidently fisted it away.
Another Delap throw led to a corner three minutes before the break which Jones rose to meet powerfully, Foster tipping the header over the bar.
But two minutes later Stoke's pressure finally paid off as they took the lead through their skipper Huth.
Fuller's drilled shot from the edge of the box ricocheted off a couple of Birmingham players and Huth was there to lash the ball in off Foster.
It could have got worse for the Blues before the interval but Foster saved a shot from Delap and Fuller got in the way of a Huth header before Clattenburg blew for half-time.
The hosts maintained the tempo after the break as Etherington chipped the ball into the path of Fuller, whose touch let him down with Barry Ferguson looming, and Huth headed a corner wide.
Huth was on hand again to meet Pennant's free-kick but could not get the direction right and then Etherington swung in a dangerous ball which nobody could get on the end of.
Birmingham looked more potent moments later as Jerome cut into the box and hit a low shot which Begovic got down to save, and they went the closest to date when Roger Johnson saw the Bosnian keeper tip his bullet header over.
Suddenly Stoke's lead was looking vulnerable, with Craig Gardner firing a free-kick at Begovic.
Birmingham then almost equalised as a scramble saw Higginbotham hit his own post and Gardner's shot blocked on the line.
Within seconds, though, it was Stoke who had the ball in the net, Fuller twisting and turning before producing a wonderful strike into the top corner.
The points looked safe for Stoke, but only three minutes later Blues substitute Fahey pulled one back after a mistake by Higginbotham.
Alex McLeish's side had come back from 2-0 down in their last game and before Stoke knew what was happening, they had repeated the trick as Jerome glanced Sebastian Larsson's cross past Begovic.
It had taken the Potters only five minutes to throw away a two-goal lead and they looked shell-shocked.
Their opponents smelt blood and Gardner fired one in which Begovic dealt with.
But in the end, it was the hosts who emerged triumphant from the game's crazy climax as Etherington's cross slipped between the legs of Scott Dann and Whitehead pounced, prodding home to seal victory.
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