MATCH REPORT: Sheffield Wed 1-3 Birmingham City

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A rare away win for Blues as their surge up the table and out of danger, as for Wednesday, well a bitter pill to swallow – Blues have now done the double over them after beating them by a goal to nil at home earlier in the season. Sam Gallagher was back in the side, Jota keeps his place ahead of Maghoma and Boga was back in. David Davis has been one of the better performers as of late and his excelled form continued in this game.

Sheffield Wednesday haven’t had the best of seasons and that’s clear to see as of before this game they sat just a place above Birmingham who had sprung from bottom, up four positions to 20th in the matter of a few games. The game started looking like a bleak & dull one for the home side, it was Birmingham on the front foot, Jota the man charging the attack each time. It didn’t take Cotterill’s side long to make the breakthrough as the man I spoke about previously David Davis scores the opener on eight minutes, a defensive mix up in the box and probably the easiest goal he will ever score. After that it carried on to be Blues in the ascendancy, Jota and Boga the two Blues wide men creating all the chances, and in his second consecutive start, Chieck N’doye made a few himself. It was literally all Blues play, more than domination. Jota was the next man to score as Blues doubled their lead on the twenty minute mark.

As the half drew to a close, tempers of the home players were high. It was a tense game as Wednesday knew a victory could pull them further away from the relegation zone. Marco Matias was shown a red card for violent conduct, so that was Sheffield Wednesday down to ten men late in the first 45; and to add to their pain Birmingham made it three with a brace by Jota, his first game with two goals for the club, he’s really beginning to come good now… Half time 0-3 Blues!

As the second half begun, Blues were three clear goals ahead all they needed to do was defend anything the owls threw at them which they did until Lucas Joao won a free kick which he scored from, was there a glimmer of hope for the home team? Not really as Wednesday’s defender Daniel Pudil was shown a second yellow for a bad foul as Jos Luhukay’s men were sent down to nine men and the win for Blues was all but sealed. Also late on there was what looked like a serious injury to Jonathan Grounds, he was took off on a stretcher. Cotterill’s boys went on to secure just there second set of points away from home, that’s 10 all season, but as their surge up the table continues and their championship status for next season looks more and more secured as the weeks go on. Have Blues found the right man in Steve Cotterill?

Team lineups:

Sheffield Wednesday:
GK Wildsmith
RCB Federico Vernancio , CB Loovens , LCB Pudil
RWB Palmer , RCM Butterfield , CM Pelupessy , LCM Reach , LWB Fox
RS Matias , LS Nuhiu

Subs:
Hunt
Joao
Jones
Dawson
Boyd
Wallace
Thorniley

Birmingham City:
GK Stockdale
RB Colin , CB Dean , CB Roberts , LB Grounds
RCDM N’doye , LCDM Kieftenbeld
RW Jota , CAM Davis , LW Boga
CF Gallagher

Subs:
Trueman
Jutkiewitz
Gardner
Bramall
Morrison
Lowe
Adams

Match stats:
Possession – SW: 42% , Blues: 57%
Shots – SW: 12 , Blues: 18
Shots on target – SW: 2 , Blues: 8
Corners – SW: 5 , Blues: 3
Fouls committed – SW: 8 , Blues: 10
Yellow cards – SW: 1 , Blues: 3
Red cards – SW: 2 , Blues: 0

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