MATCH REPORT: BIRMINGHAM CITY FC 3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY FC 1

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It was another superb performance from Garry Monk’s Birmingham City as they managed to come back to win 3-1 at St Andrews after initially trailing 1-0.

It was a fast start for The Owls as the ex-Wolves striker, Steven Fletcher, saw his long-range effort hit the post; Lee Camp was beaten.

Just 9 minutes later, Blues centre back, Harlee Dean, was forced to leave the field due to a hip injury. Dean fell awkwardly onto his side, and after attempting to continue made the decision to bring his game to an end. The fan favourite was replaced by Marc Roberts.

After continuing to soak up a tremendous amount of preasure, Blues finally cracked. In the 19th minute, a deep corner from ex-Villa man Barry Bannan was headed across the face of goal by Atdhe Nuhiu and rocketed into the roof of the net by Steven Fletcher. The Owls had got their reward.

10 minutes later, Sheffield were at it again. The ball was floated into the box, deflected off a Sheffield player’s back, and Palmer had an easy chance to poke the ball into the net, but he failed to keep his cool and blasted the ball into row z of the Tilton – a real let-off for Blues.

Just before halftime, Sheffield were punished for not taking their chances. A superb goal from left midfielder Connor Mahoney went against the run of play and sent Blues into the dressing room with the game all even at 1-1. The powerful long-range shot beat the Sheffield Wednesday keeper at his far post and sent the St Andrews crowd wild – an outstanding goal and Mahoney’s first for the Club.

Blues started on the front foot in the 2nd half. In the 54th minute, it became a game of pinball in the 6-yard area, but somehow, the ball could not find its way into the net, and the visitors managed to clear it away.

Blues continued to pile on the pressure, and to the relief of the home crowd, found the net for a second time. A great cross from record-signing Jota reached the head of Lukas Jutkiewicz who, at the back post, powerfully headed the ball into the net in front of a packed-out Tilton stand.

4 minutes later, Blues really broke into their stride. Left back Kristian Pederson wormed his way through a sea of Wednesday players and found the feet of Che Adams who calmly rolled the ball past the keeper to secure a fourth win on the bounce for Blues and leave them 11 games unbeaten.

 

 

 

 

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