Burton Albion were the bogey team of the Blues last season and they’ve clearly carried on that trend after tonight’s defeat.
The game started off well for the away side, they dug deep and pressed Burton but the home team were bouncing and in return, with some early chances, they also made it a good game. It was mainly the Blues who were the more threatening team with more opportunities, but in the early stages Harry’s men just couldn’t get a firm enough grip on the game to open the scoring.
Birmingham welcomed Lukas Jutkiewitz back into the side after injury, but his chances just could not be converted into goals. Burton had a few attempts on goal but couldn’t force anything out of the blues defence… Whereas Blues, on the half hour mark made the breakthrough with an easy cool finish from Jaques Maghoma; a rebounded goal from close range and that’s how the half ended with blues playing the better football.
In the second half, things must have been said in the dressing room asking for more of the same from Harry Redknapp to Blues, but they didn’t seem continue how they performed in the first half, with the home team coming out the blocks quicker. Burton had a host of chances in the second half, and with some clueless decisions in defence, the brewers scored the equaliser in the 50th minute with Marvin Sordell being the scorer. Matthew Parker was a danger in the middle for the home team, he had a couple of chances in the early parts of the second half when they game was sat at 1-1, Blues fans were quite shocked in the crowd after seeing Blues drop off completely with poor defending and allowing the home team to get a grip on the game and stroll past Birmingham quite easily.
There was a delay in the game because of injury to Blues keeper David Stockdale; delays in play has been a frequent occurrence in the opening few matches for Blues, but this one was quite serious to our first choice goalkeeper!
Once the game continued, Burton themselves continued to pile the pressure on Blues just as they did in the two matches last season… Ex Blues loanee Lloyd Dyer has always been a threat to each team he plays against, but has been an excessive one to Birmingham and that proved again in the 66th minute when he gave the home team the lead to make it 2-1, the goal sufficiently helped by some poor defending by Blues. From then on in the home team pretty much defended their line when the away team bought on Isaac Vassell for his second appearance since signing from Luton Town. He had a couple of chances but nothing concrete to give Blues the chance to take home at most a point.
The game was an overall disappointing one after a late win against Bristol City and a frustrating draw vs Bolton. We go again against Reading next weekend, who have started off the season in average fashion.
RCB Naylor , CB McFadzean , LCB Buxton
RWB Akins , LWB Dyer
RCM Lund , CM Murphy , LCM Palmer
RS Sordell & LS Irvine
RB Nsue , CB Morrison , CB Roberts , LB Grounds
RM Davis , CM Gardner , CM N’doye , LM Maghoma
RS Jutkiewitz & LS Donaldson
Possession – Burton; 52% , Blues; 47%
Shots – Burton; 12 , Blues; 16
Shots on target – Burton; 6 , Blues; 5
Corners – Burton; 4 , Blues; 5
Fouls – Burton; 10 , Blues; 11