Birmingham City fought to the end as they saw off a Boro side looking for a victory as their previous game resulted in a one one draw against Preston North End.
Blues got off to a great start. Maxime Colin’s cross found Fran Villalba who’s volley got saved by a flying Darren Randolph. A huge let off for Middlesbrough.
Ten minutes after, Fran Villaba’s cross found a towering Marc Roberts who’s header got tipped over by Darren Randolph, the Boro keeper was keeping them in the game.
Finally, Blues found the long awaited breakthrough. Maxime Colin’s cross found Villalba, he then coolly sweeped the ball past the Boro goalkeeper. Blues finally had what they had deserved.
That wrapped up the first half. An entertaining half that lead to many chances for Blues. A poor half for Middlesbrough as Blues limited them to very few chances.
Blues hit the ground running in the second half. Fran Villalba picked the ball up just inside the 18-yard box, the Spaniard tried to bend one into the far corner but his effort went just wide of the post.
Middlesbrough had to up their game. Lewis Wing and Ashely Fletcher came on to boost their attacking options. Nerve-racking moments for Blues.
However, despite all their efforts Boro could not stop Blues’ counter attack. This time it was Gary Gardner hitting the inside of the post. Surely Blues would live to regret these chances.
Blues did concede in the 87th minute. A ball into the box put Lee Camp in no man’s land and it was a simple tap in for Daniel Ayala. A chorus of Keep right on echoed around the ground as the fans were eagar to lift the boys in blue.
An instant response from Blues lead to a goal, by one of Blues’ own, Odin Bailey. A ball into the back post by Dan Crowley found the Blues academy product who could not miss from close range. A great piece of teamwork by Blues.