Report and highlights from the Sky Guess Championship conflict at St Andrew’s

Odin Bailey’s first senior aim earned Birmingham a dramatic 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at St Andrew’s on Friday evening to finish a three-match dropping streak.

Rampant in entrance of aim from the primary whistle, the Blues took the lead when Fran Villalba swept dwelling his first aim for the membership (33), however they might have been out of sight by the break have been it not for the impressed efficiency of Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

A pulsating encounter all through, there was nice drama within the closing three minutes as Dani Ayala bundled Britt Assombalonga’s cross dwelling on the far submit (87).

However Pep Clotet’s males restored their lead inside 120 seconds when 19-year-old Bailey headed Dan Crowley’s deep cross over the road to go away the struggling guests trying to find their first away win of the season.

How the Blues prolonged Boro’s woes on the street

Given their current run of defeats, it was solely pure for the Blues to return out all weapons blazing with a view to avenge them and inside three minutes, Villalba had pressured Randolph into an impressive response cease after assembly Maxime Colin’s cross.

It was the primary of a string of saves for the stopper in opposition to his former employers, together with two the place he needed to tip over goal-bound clearances from his personal team-mates: Ryan Shotton and Dael Fry.

Full-back Colin was vigorous on the fitting flank and supplied the help for the opening aim, discovering the vigorous Villalba with a low cross that the ex-Valencia midfielder powerfully swept into the underside proper nook.

The strain continued to construct and Randolph was virtually left red-faced on the stroke of half-time when he went near dropping Harlee Dean’s looping header, with Kristian Pedersen heading onto the underside of the bar quickly after.

Woodgate’s males did enhance after the break and known as Lee Camp into motion with round 20 minutes to play, when Paddy McNair’s cross was palmed away from the six-yard field, however it was in comparable circumstances that they equalised late on.

Defender Harlee Dean was caught in possession by Britt Assombalonga, who dinked a cross to the far submit, permitting Ayala to bundle dwelling and, seemingly, go away the hosts to rue missed possibilities.

However Bailey – who has been on the membership since becoming a member of as an U7 – reacted quickest to nod Crowley’s cross previous Randolph on the far submit to safe the victory for Birmingham.

Man of the match – Ivan Sunjic

The Croatian midfielder was proper on the coronary heart of the motion at St Andrew’s, not least as a result of his expertise and defensive means allowed 16-year-old Jude Bellingham the licence to roam ahead.

Sunjic – solely 22 himself – checked out ease in opposition to Boro, with maybe his most necessary intervention coming inside the ultimate 10 minutes when he beautifully slid in to dispossess Assombalonga on the sting of the realm to stop the ahead extending the streak that has seen him rating 4 objectives in 4 video games in opposition to the Blues throughout his time on Teesside.

What the managers mentioned…

Birmingham boss Pep Clotet: “As we speak I suppose we managed to hitch a efficiency with a end in the way in which that we need to. As I mentioned earlier than the sport, our performances have been superb recently and right this moment is one other good efficiency.

“It is essential for us to place that efficiency that we had in away video games – although we weren’t getting the outcomes – in entrance of our followers. I suppose our followers have been immense and helped us by means of the sport as a result of we struggled in sure durations. I’m so comfortable as a result of all the pieces was joined.”

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate: “We did not play effectively in any respect. They deserved to be successful, even at couple at half-time, however Randolph was distinctive. Second half we bought again into the sport – do not ask me how we get again into it, however that is the Championship for you.

“I’m frustrated that we conceded that last goal, really frustrated. Listen, we’ve got a break now and then we move onto the next game.”

Is Jonathan Woodgate underneath strain?

Sky Sports activities reporter Caroline Barker quizzed the Middlesbrough boss after the full-time whistle and that is how he responded throughout a fiery trade…

“I was underneath strain as quickly as I took the job. I put strain on myself – that’ll be no totally different. I get on with it. I’m the kind of individual that may take the strain – that goes with out query. I roll my sleeves up, take a look at myself at first earlier than I take a look at my gamers, put it like that.

“I do not need to be down the underside finish of the desk; these gamers are higher than that in that altering room and so they know that themselves. I hope they’re hurting as a lot as me as a result of it hurts once you get beat like that.

“I would not be stood in entrance of you if I did [doubt myself]. I’ll be again into work and I’ll be grafting. I’ll roll my sleeves up and I hope the gamers are going to observe me. I’ve solely had the job 11 video games. There was a plan put into course of, so I do not suppose anybody’s hitting the alarm buttons but.

“In the event you take a look at final season, Preston had 5 factors after 10 video games. You go on a run on this league and it will possibly take you ahead. It is not the way you begin – I mentioned this yesterday in my press convention – it is the way you end. You end sturdy.”

What’s subsequent?

The second worldwide break of the season means there isn’t any Sky Guess Championship motion subsequent weekend, with groups again in motion on the weekend of October 19/20. Each side are in motion on the Saturday: Birmingham journey to Elland Highway to face Leeds, with Middlesbrough welcoming West Brom to the Riverside Stadium.

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