A well deserved victory for the Blues. Both teams came into the game in the bottom 3, needing a win to at least for Blues carry on the road to survival, whereas for the black cats, a win which would somewhat kick start theirs. Steve a Cotterill has finally earned the respect of the Blues faithful and it’s showed in results because it seems that he has, at last, put a stop to the misery in the club; still a long way to go yet but it is getting there for sure.
The side was back to full strength after the 1-1 draw in the cup to Huddersfield last weekend to earn themselves the replay and have a chance of playing Jose Mourhino’s Manchester United at St Andrews in a few weeks time. Sam Gallagher was back, Boga was too and David Davis was in the middle.
It was the home team Blues who started the game off the better, Jermaine Boga and Chieck N’doye has two early chances which were blocked and missed, Jonathan Grounds also added to that bunch. Early in the first half the visitors Sunderland did have two corners, one conceded by David Stockdale, but they came to nothing. Josh Maja has a good effort missed in the 27th minute, that was a big opportunity for Coleman’s men to take the lead but apart from that, Sunderland didn’t contribute much to the first half it was all Birmingham City.
Blues’ domination was backed up by a goal scored by David Davis, his first one in a while, that saw Blues 1-0 up. Jermaine Boga added to that just before half time with a header from pretty close range, Sunderland down & out and Blues we’re heading to three points.
Sunderland came out for the second knowing it would take a lot to beat Birmingham after their first half performance. Cotterill must have asked for more of the same because that’s exactly what the boys in royal blue delivered for us in the second 45. Pretty much as soon as the second half started, Blues delivered another goal and another one for loan star Sam Gallagher, a left footed shot from the middle of the box, assisted by Davis; a goal and an assist for him. Sunderland had the same amount of shots as the Blues but many less on target which is ultimately what crippled them and stopped them winning this six pointer.
Birmingham continued to dominate, Sunderland we’re trying their upmost to halt Blues in their surge to victory but they couldn’t and the Blues went marching on again. The away team did score a consolation very late on, but it was no where near enough to even draw the game, let alone win it for the black cats, who still sit second bottom of the championship table in a terrible season so far.
RB Colin , CB Roberts , CB Dean , LB Grounds
CDM N’doye , CDM Kieftenbeld
RW Maghoma , CAM Davis , LW Boga
RCB Browning , CB Kone , LCB Clarke-Salter
RM Matthews , CM Cattermole , CM Robson , LM Oviedo
RS Asoro , LS Maja
Possession – Blues: 47% , Sunderland: 52%
Shots – Blues: 14 , Sunderland 14
Shots on target – Blues: 5 , Sunderland: 4
Corners – Blues: 3 , Sunderland: 5
Fouls committed – Blues: 11 , Sunderland: 9