MATCH REPORT: Blues 2-2 Norwich

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The Blues started the new Championship season with a home game against the Canaries of Norwich. Birmingham after being put in a transfer embargo over the summer, Garry Monk’s side come into the opening game with one new signing in Danish Left back, Kristian Pedersen. Still in need of a goalkeeper, Monk continued to put his trust in Conal Trueman. In terms of Norwich, Daniel Farke has made some additions with Striker Jordan Rhodes coming in from Sheffield Wednesday as the main one.

The game started off with both sides just finding out how they were both going to approach the match. Norwich completely hogged the ball, having most of the possession in the opening exchanges. Birmingham were working on the counter. With Jota, Maghoma, Jutkiewicz and Adams in the attack, Blues had all they needed to hurt the Yellows. It was honours even in terms of shots on goal – six each. Jutkiewicz had a really good chance which he sliced across the face of goal, with Maghoma also having a shot easily caught by keeper Tim Krul.

As the game opened up, Norwich began to stretch the Birmingham defence and they had a couple of chances from corners. One cross from Norwich saw a header of theirs brilliantly saved by Trueman, to keep it goalless. The first half was what was expected, both teams trying to transfer what they’ve been doing during the summer onto the pitch.
As the second half began, the ice broke and Blues grew more and more into the game. It was even in terms of chances as well in the second half, ten chances each. There wasn’t much inspiring play through the middle from Birmingham, everything went through Jota and Maghoma. Che Adams wasn’t heavily involved although Birmingham’s two wide men as previously mentioned were both on form, especially Maghoma. It was that man who opened the scoring with a bullet of a strike to give the Blue Boys the lead.

Birmingham were in the ascendancy although you could always tell Norwich we’re going to make their way into the game and that they did after Oriol Hernandez made a damaging run and the shot was pretty lucky, after a slight deflection. The scores 1-1.

Norwich again slipped away and Blues turned it up after Viv Solomon Otabor was substituted on for Jota. Viv made an instant impact with a goal minutes from time to set Blues up for the three points but in the 94th minute, a second goal from Norwich winger Hernandez settled it and the points were shared.

Not a bad way to start the season, unbeaten. Norwich were patient and played well enough to knick the point.

Team lineups:

Birmingham City:

27. GK. Trueman
3. LB. Pederson
12. LCB. Dean
28. RCB. Morrison
5. RB. Colin
23. RM. Jota
8. RCM. Gardner
4. LCM. Kieftenbeld
19. LM. Maghoma
10. LS. Jutkiewicz
9. RS. Adams

Subs:

Weaver
Roberts
Cogley
Harding
N’Doye
Lubula

Soloman-Otabor

Norwich City:

1. GK. Krul
7. RB. Marshall
31. RCB. Hanley
15. LCB. Klose
3. LB. Husband
27. CDM. Tettey
22. RM. Pukki
19. RCM. Trybull
18. LCM. Stiepermann
25. LM. Hernandez
11. CF. Rhodes

Subs:

Cantwell
Leitner
McGovern
McLean
SrBeny
Thompson
Zimmermann

Match stats:

Possession – Blues 29%  Norwich 71%
Shots – Blues 16  Norwich 16
Shots on goal – Blues 7  Norwich 7
Corners – Blues 4  Norwich 4
Fouls – Blues 15  Norwich 10

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