FT Stoke 0 Birmingham 1
Birmingham stretched their astonishing unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to 11 matches as Stoke suffered another dose of the goal-shy blues.
Cameron Jerome’s bundled 50th-minute effort was enough to separate the sides, and enough also to equal the club’s longest stretch without defeat in the top flight going back 101 years to 1908.
Remarkably, on that occasion Birmingham were relegated, but there is surely no chance of that happening this time around to manager Alex McLeish’s side after a run of seven wins and four draws to lift the Blues up to seventh with 32 points.
Appeals for a penalty in the 80th minute as Liam Ridgewell bundled into Lawrence in the area were swiftly waved away by Atkinson.
Pulis threw on another striker two minutes later as Sidibe replaced Lawrence, but the home side could not muster another chance, never mind a game-saving equaliser.