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Whitehead’s winner sees Stoke beat Birmingham

Stoke City 3 Birmingham City 2: Stoke City survived another impressive comeback by Birmingham to bring their losing run to an end in a dramatic game at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters, who had been defeated in their last four 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 it.

The much-needed victory lifted Stoke above Birmingham in the table to 15th, with the Blues sliding down to 17th.

Stoke 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 Ben Foster.

Stoke added to their lead when Fuller twisted and turned before producing a wonderful strike into the top corner.

Blues substitute Fahey pulled one back after a mistake by Higginbotham before Jerome glanced Sebastian Larsson's cross past Begovic for the equaliser.

It was the hosts who emerged triumphant though as Etherington's cross slipped between the legs of Scott Dann and Whitehead pounced to seal victory.

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