Crunch time at St. Andrews in a game where it was pretty much do or die! Huddersfield town at home, who were already declared in the play-offs during the week when they defeated near rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1. Blackburn Rovers were the only team that could put us in the bottom three as it would have been after yesterday’s games. They faced Aston Villa at Ewood park, a win for us and we’re pretty much safe but if Blackburn matched our result, it’s all still on.
Harry Redknapp named an unchanged side from which lost to Villa 1-0 last weekend. Huddersfield on the other hand made 10!
Blues were comfortable to begin with, chances here and there; the Terriers couldn’t get into the game. Lukas Jutkiewicz was up front with Che Adams and I guess Harry’s thinking was to make the team more of a goal threat. That mentality was working very early on and it was Adams who isolated the Huddersfield defence and made them commit into a foul which awarded the home side a penalty. Delirium in the packed out stands, a sense of hope. But in the 8th minute the penalty was missed… The fans’ sigh of panic as Coleman saved must have helped the players, as they went on to control the entire first half. You could argue that it would have been a different story if the visitors hadn’t have made the 10 changes they did, but that wasn’t the case and Blues journeyed on.
Che Adams was in the thick of the action and as he was on the ball in the 22nd minute, he tried to slip a pass through to attacking partner Lukas Jutkiewitz but lost the ball. The temper roared out of him as he ventured on to foul the Huddersfield man who’d intercepted the ball from the former Sheffield united man. The referee then controversially sent him off; to the shock of everyone in the ground as it looked like he got the ball. That should hopefully be appealed by Blues.
Near to half time, the 10 man effect actually helped Blues, as Jonathan Grounds with only his 2nd ever home goal gave Blues the lead on 41′. All the home fans in the ground were keeping firm tabs on the game in Lancashire, Blackburn v Villa of course. 1-0 to the boys in royal blue at half time and a real good showing after most of the season of loss after loss after loss. The players came out for the second half, knowing a win would take them to 50 points and make them mathematically safe, providing Blackburn failed to win against Aston Villa. That was not the case though as Blackburn scored with Danny Graham in the 54th minute, so Blues had to get the three points now!
A dry patch hit in the game and that was the time Huddersfield needed to up the anti and make a couple of changes with Aaron Mooy and Sean Scannel coming on to replace Mark Hudson and Harry Bunn. Blues’ pressing paid off once again with a second penalty being awarded, this time a goal could surely seal the deal with there only being 15 minutes remaining. Jaques Maghoma went down, and he wanted to take the penalty but it was Bluenose himself Craig Gardner who stepped up. 2-0 Blues without fail, it was now a party atmosphere!
2-0 full time, a fantastic result in Harry Redknapp’s first home fixture as a Birmingham City manager. Blackburn beat Villa, but with Nottingham Forest falling short in London vs QPR a two-point gap separated Blues from the bottom 3. So we’re no way safe as of yet so it goes down to the final day next Sunday away at Bristol city. Blackburn take on Brentford and Nottingham Forest face Ipswich. We have the advantage after a first home win since February 4th!
Watch our fan cam from the game below!
RB: Nsue , CB: Shotton , CB: Morrison , LB: Grounds
RM: Davis , CM: Kieftenbeld , CM: Gardner , LM: Maghoma
RS: Adams , LS: Jutkiewitz
RB: Smith , CB: Hudson , CB: Cranie , LB: Holmes-Dennis
CDM: Whitehead , CDM: Billing
RW: Lolley , CAM: Payne , LW: Bunn
Possession – Blues: 21.6% , Huddersfield: 78.4%
Shots – Blues: 7 , Huddersfield: 11
Shots on target – Blues: 4 , Huddersfield: 3
Corners – Blues: 1 , Huddersfield: 5
Fouls – Blues: 10 , Huddersfield: 17