Birmingham City produced another shock win as they beat second place Charlton Athletic. Another Jude Bellingham goal won the game for Blues despite a tense last 20 minutes.
No Lyle Taylor was a huge boost fore Blues as he as played a very big part in Charlton’s recent form.
A good start from Blues almost rewarded them. Dan Crowley’s corner found the feet of Marc Roberts who managed to shoot at the Charlton goal, but his effort was blocked by The Addicks defender.
Charlton’s belief started to show midway through the first half. Solly’s pass found Gallagher, he tried to find the top left corner but his shot sailed high over the bar.
5 minutes before the interval, Blues nearly found the break through. A drilled in ball by Marc Roberts found Jutkiewicz who forced a great save out of Phillips. So close for Blues.
The two teams went into the break level. A much improved away performance in the first half by Blues.
7 minutes after the break, Blues broke the deadlock; who else but Jude Bellingham to break it. Mrabti pulled the ball back to the 16 year old who slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. Just the 6th goal The Addicks have conceded all season.
As expected, Blues were going to have their backs to the wall for the remainder of the game, and so they did. Gallagher’s shot was heading into the bottom corner of the goal, but was denied by ‘keeper Lee Camp.
Blues fought to the end and collected all 3 points in South London. A resilient Blues defence was helped by a potent Blues attack to accumulate 13 points in the first seven games of the season. Blues’ best start since 2008, is it time to give Pep the managers job?
By Sam Turner.