City opened this match well and after only 14 minutes Mame Diouf’s instinctive finish put them in the lead. However, in last five minutes of the first half things went terribly wrong for the hosts. In 41st minute Andrew Marriner awarded guests with a penalty and Asmir Begović with a yellow card; Glenn Murray levelled from the spot. Just four minutes later Stoke let in Wilfried Zaha for 2-1 to Palace and a sort of shock for the hosts.
In the second half Stoke worked hard to find a way to an equaliser, but the visitors defended well and saved their lead for very important win. This is their fourth away win in the league since Alan Pardew took over and with this comeback victory they made it 18 points gained this season after they have trailed.
“It was very difficult match for us, it’s never easy to lose like this. We played well for most of the match and I think we did not deserve to lose”, Asmir said after the match.
Before meeting Chelsea on April 4th Asmir will join his compatriots in the Bosnia Herzegovina national team and play Andorra in Euro 2016 qualifiers and Austria in a friendly in Vienna.