As most stated on Saturday, it was imperative that Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City won against newly promoted Barnsley; that is exactly what they did.
Blues grew into the game at a slow pace. The first half was frustrating for both the fans and players, however, the second half can be admired as Alvaro Giminez and Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the goals to give Blues all 3 points.
A strong start from Blues almost rewarded them with a goal. A low driven ball by Wes Harding, who replaced an absent Maxime Colin, went straight across the box, but no one was there to tap the ball home; Barnsley cleared.
Blues started to cause problems down Barnsley’s right. A long throw by Marc Roberts, who is from Barnsley, found the head of Kristian Pedersen whose tame effort found the hands of Sami Radlinger.
In the 35th minute, summer signing, Fran Villalba, came close. Jutkiewicz layed the ball off to the Spaniard, who took his shot but was denied by an acrobatic save by Radlinger.
Blues went into the break level, but they looked like the team that would find the cutting edge in the second half.
The beginning of the first half was contrasted with the start of the second. McGeehan whipped in a low ball and forced Harlee Dean to make a last-ditch clearance to deny Barnsley a goal – superb defending by the skipper.
In the 67th minute, the ball broke for Jutkiewicz who looked to be clean through on goal, but Radlinger beat the talisman to the ball and cleared the danger.
Finally, the pressure payed off, and Blues made the break through. Alvaro Giminez won the ball on the edge of the 18 hard box, played the ball to Villalba who found Wes Harding. Harding crossed a delightful ball to Jutkiewicz at the back post who glanced the ball into the top left corner.
8 minutes later, Blues doubled their lead. A fantastic cross-field ball from Seddon found Alvaro Giminez, who cooly took the ball down on his chest and lobbed it over the ‘keeper-a great finish from the Spaniard.
The game finished 2-0 and Blues deserved nothing less. Despite a deflating first half, the players regrouped and showed Barnsley what the Championship is all about. Blues will now travel to Wales on Sunday and look forward to a 12 o’clock kick off against Swansea at The Liberty Stadium.