Oct 29, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​St Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City
StokeStoke City
Adeyemi (28'), Lovenkrands (85', 90'), Lee (118')
Elliot (45')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Assaidi (10'), Crouch (55'), Arnautovic (70'), Jones (94')
Arnautovic (45'), Shea (87'), Wilson (111')
Stoke win 4-2 on penalties

Mark Hughes frustrated by Stoke City naivety

Hughes frustrated by Stoke naivety
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Mark Hughes describes his Stoke side as being 'unbelievably naive' after they twice surrendered the lead in their penalty-shootout win over Birmingham in the League Cup.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has described his side as 'unbelievably naive' after it took the lottery of penalties for them to overcome Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup last 16.

Marko Arnautovic's second goal in as many games put the Potters 3-1 up with 20 minutes remaining, but Peter Lovenkrands came off the bench to net twice for the Blues and force extra time.

Kenwyne Jones restored Stoke's lead four minutes into the additional 30, only for Olly Lee to equalise for the hosts at St Andrew's and take the contest to a shootout, which Hughes's side eventually won 4-2.

The Welshman applauded their Championship opponents for their persistence, but was frustrated that his side surrendered their lead on more than one occasion.

"Credit to Birmingham, I thought they were magnificent," Hughes told reporters. "They kept on going and they were a credit to their manager and their club. With them being down to 10 men we got into a position where we are 3-1 to the good with 20 minutes to go, we should see the game out quite comfortably.

"But for whatever reason - maybe we lost a little bit of focus and ally that to the attitude and endeavour of Birmingham - we allowed them back into the game. I'm sure the neutral thought it was a fantastic game, from my point of view it was awful.

"You think the game's done and dusted and it should be, we need to be able to see out games in those circumstances quite comfortably. We showed an unbelievable amount of naivety in terms of what was required to put the match to bed."

Stoke are one-time League Cup winners, having lifted the trophy in 1972.

Oussama Assaidi of Stoke City scores their first goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match against Birmingham City on October 29, 2013
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