Peter Etebo ended Stoke City’s 390-minute wait for a goal as his spectacular effort defeated Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
The Nigerian international capped another outstanding midfield display with a superb first half effort to earn Nathan Jones his third win as Potters boss.
His effort proved to be the only goal of the game, although City squandered an opportunity to extend their lead on the stroke of half-time as Bojan failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Tom Ince and skipper Ryan Shawcross were both injured in an otherwise positive afternoon as the Potters also extended their impressive run without conceding a goal to more than 500 minutes.
The home side made the brighter start and they went close to forging a breakthrough after just eight minutes when Adam Armstrong crashed a long range shot against the underside of Jack Butland’s bar.
City had squandered a penalty in their defeat to Blackburn at the bet365 Stadium earlier in the season and their spot-kick hoodoo struck again on the stroke of half-time. Afobe had been brought down by Charlie Mulgrew but Bojan only succeeded in drawing a save from Raya.
Shawcross had to be replaced by Ashley Williams early in the second half, while Butland made a smart save to deny livewire winger Armstrong as Rovers searched for an equaliser that fortunately didn’t come.
Jones made his third and final change on the hour as he replaced Bojan with Vokes. As a former Burnley player the Welsh international was booed by the Blackburn fans every time he touched the ball but he came close to silencing the home crowd seven minutes from time, his header was brilliantly saved.Butland made a sprawling save to deny Rovers’ Stoke-born substitute Ben Brereton in added time as City claimed a richly deserved maximum points haul.