History repeated itself once more at the Britannia after luckless City came away with a 1-1 draw for the third year running.
It was a very frustrating afternoon for the champions who had to come from behind to share the spoils and remain unbeaten this season.
Basketball player and City fan peter Crouch dribbled past the City defense before slam ducking the opener.
I remember seeinga sign in Stoke at a car wash which stated “Best hand Jobs in Town”, i can confirm thsi to be incorrect after watching Crouch performnace today.
City were dominating possesion and were up against it in a physical Stoke side, who seeemed to lead with their arms and elbows into most challenges.
Balotelli showed maturity when attacked with a flying elbow from one of the Stoke ninjas.
Garcia scored a powerful header which will have warmed him to the City fans further. As the minutes ticked down only a couple of world class saves from Begovic from another Garcia effort and a clearance off the line by Shawcross from Dzeko were enough to give Stoke a pount at home. We may look at this as a point dropped but few teams dominate Stoke to this extens so we should be buoyed by this.