Blues v Sheffield Wednesday is always a good matchup and this one was no different. We needed a big result, the blues fans were crying out for something and after the draw at Derby on Saturday, it was set up for a win against Wednesday.
Blues started with Lukas Jutkiewitz up front, who scored the goal against Derby at the weekend, for some power and height up top. Talented wingers in Maghoma & Boga coming in from out wide. Sheffield Wednesday looked comfortable on the ball but didn’t create anything in the early stages and the home team had the better chances.
Blues marched on and were certainly in the game more than Carlos Carvahal’s side, who only had one main chance when Steven Fletcher tried his luck from just outside the box. Sheffield Wednesday moved the ball around nicely, they were hogging possession but that didn’tstop Blues from winning it back. From then on, blues tried to up the anti because they knew they were the better side but nothing happened. Jermaine Boga looked good on the ball but didn’t like to cross it in for Jutkiewicz, so the service was just not there but we still created chances mainly from corners; we had a few in the first half. You could sense the chances were coming and that this game was there for the taking but one team just had to take their chances.
It was a dull first half, nothing really happened to have an influence on the match and you’d hope the second half was going to be better because the first half against Preston was much better than this, but if it was anything like that, you’d have wanted it to be goalless at half time. Considering Wednesday have got to the play offs consecutively in the last three seasons, you’d have thought they would be playing better, but as said the game was there for the taking and Blues knew that.
Virtually at the beginning of the second 45 Adam Reach attempted a long-range effort but Kusczcak was equal to it and pulled off a fascinating stop. That was about all Sheffield Wednesday threw at Birmingham, he was tested a couple of other times but dealt with the shots and kept Blues in the game well. Isaac Vassell and Sam Gallagher we’re ready and raring to go off the bench, and they are good players to have when Lukas Jutkiewicz got tired plus there wasn’t much going on attacking wise from the home side.
N’doye & Gardner seemed to be running the show in the middle, each time we see Cheick I see a steady improvement but Gardner was doing what he does best by pressing defensively and attacking wise and it worked a treat because the attackers could then feed off that. The surface wasn’t the best because of the weather but that worked the N’doye’s advantage when the Wednesday defence made a hash of a pass and the strong midfielder was through but put the ball over from what was thought to have been a clear-cut chance. Both defences looked fairly solid, apart from the wet surface which was why no team could get a grip on the game.
Blues continued to be the better side and that showed when Lee Carsley made the decision to substitute Isaac Vassell on and he made the quickest impact possible from a substitute. The away defence seemed to start to show cracks and even though Boga, Maghoma and Vassell were caught offside a couple of times, it did not stop the former Luton man striking for his first Blues goal in the 76th minute. A through ball straight through the middle of the Wednesday back four from Maghoma which Vassell latched onto to finesse past the keeper to send the home fans into total delirium. A lot of the time once Blues score, they take the pressure off and sit back and that can cause issues which is what happened against Preston in the last home game, but not this time, Blues kept the pressure on the visitors to secure a second win of the season to completely lift the Blues from five points to eight.
A huge victory which was wholly deserved, onwards and upwards as far as the Blues are concerned but for Sheffield Wednesday, well they’ve got to pick it up and be better if they are the match anywhere they’ve been in the past few seasons. Tonight was simply not good enough from their perspective and I’m sure their fans will agree especially after the steel city derby defeat. Next up for Blues is a trip to the KCOM to face Hull City where after four points from the first two games of Carsley’s caretaking reign could bring another positive result. Next home game, high flying bluebirds, Cardiff City.
RB Nsue , CB Morrison , CB Dean , LB Colin
RCM Davis , CM N’doye , LCM Gardner
RW Maghoma , ST Jutkiewitz , LW Boga
RB Hunt , CB Lees , CB van Aken , LB Fox
RM Lee , CM Butterfield , CM Bannan , LM Reach
RS Hooper , LS Fletcher
Possession – Blues; 37% , SW; 62%
Shots – Blues; 9 , SW; 17
Shots on target – Blues; 3 , SW; 3
Corners – Blues; 4 , SW; 10
Fouls – Blues; 6 , SW; 11