Stoke City Paper View

Last updated : 29 December 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

The Independent:

Jerome beats Potters at their own game .....

Birmingham's days continue to be merry and bright. A combination of Cameron Jerome's fourth goal of the season and Joe Hart's saving grace in the face of Stoke's second-half barrage stretched their unbeaten run to 11 games, equalling the club's best in the top flight since 1907-08. Full Report

The Guardian:

Cameron Jerome gives Birmingham City valuable victory over Stoke .....

If Alex McLeish is not named as the manager of the month for December, he should be. The Scot has presided over Birmingham's best run of results since Henry Ford produced his first Model T.  Full Report

The Telegraph:

Stoke City 0 Birmingham City 1 .....

Even if this match will be etched into the Birmingham City record books, it is not one to savour in the memory banks. City extended their unbeaten run to 11 games, a feat they last achieved in the 1907-08 season, but this was no classic. Full Report

The Times:

Alex McLeish gives credit for record run to Joe Hart and positive minds .....

This was arguably the least distinguished of the performances that have transformed Birmingham City from uncertain voyagers into Barclays Premier League middleweights since they last tasted defeat, away to Arsenal on October 17. Full Report