Dan Burn and Birmingham City were cruelly dumped out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening as Stoke City came away from St Andrew’s with a penalty shoot-out win.
Fulham’s on-loan centre-back played the full 120 minutes as Blues showed great character to push their Barclays Premier League counterparts all the way, despite playing the majority of the tie with 10 men.
Stoke took the lead courtesy of a fine effort from Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi, but Tom Adeyemi equalised for the home side just before the half-hour mark. Birmingham then suffered a blow as Wade Elliott was dismissed for an apparent elbow on Assaidi just before the break, with the Potters taking full advantage as Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic gave them a 3-1 lead.
That was how it remained until the final five minutes, when a brace from substitute Peter Lovenkrands sent the game into extra-time. Kenwyne Jones then put Stoke in front four minutes into the added period, but City showed their resilience once again when Olly Lee netted in the 118th minute to force penalties.
But, for all their efforts, a place in the Quarter-Finals proved a step too far as Mitch Hancox and Callum Reilly missed their spot-kicks, while Stoke scored all of theirs to progress.