Birmingham manager Chris Hughton's first league game in charge of the club ended in defeat at Derby County.

Hughton was given a promising start when Curtis Davies headed in from a Jordon Mutch corner after 19 minutes.

But Jason Shackell headed in a Rams free-kick to level and a powerful Steve Davies shot put Derby in front.

Birmingham claimed a penalty for Shackell's challenge on Adam Rooney before Chris Burke's chipped shot hit the post as an equaliser eluded them.

Despite the efforts of the visitors in a lively game, the result will only heighten the worried mood of Birmingham fans after a summer of upheaval following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

Blues have let several of their star names leave and Hughton took over at the St Andrew's helm following the controversial departure of Alex McLeish.

The visitors escaped an early let-off when Lee Croft sidefooted a Derby chance over, prior to Birmingham taking the initiative and building up some persistent pressure, with Jean Beausejour a particular threat from the right of midfield.

Derby were saved by the crossbar before a Mutch corner was headed in by centre-back Davies.

Rather than build on their promising play though, Hughton's side undid their good work when they let defender Shackell get on the end of a Ben Davies free-kick to nod in an equaliser.

It got worse for Birmingham when Steven Davies struck with a swerving long range shot for what proved the eventual winner.

The home side created plenty of chances as Birmingham pushed for a leveller and Jamie Ward's header came back off the woodwork as they almost extended their lead.

Derby had gone into the season with an air of uncertainty about what they might be able to achieve.

After holding on, despite Rooney's shout for a spot-kick and Burke's effort, Rams fans were given hope of for more than the relegation battle of last season.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Derby

  • 01 Fielding
  • 02 Brayford
  • 06 Shackell
  • 12 Anderson (O'Brien - 35' )
  • 04 Bryson
  • 16 Bailey (Hendrick - 83' )
  • 18 B Davies Booked
  • 22 Croft
  • 26 Kilbane
  • 07 S Davies Booked
  • 10 Ward Booked (Robinson - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 24 O'Brien
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 11 Maguire
  • 21 Robinson

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Carr
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 24 Davies Booked
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Beausejour
  • 12 Mutch
  • 14 Gomis
  • 18 Fahey (Wood - 59' )
  • 17 Rooney

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 03 Murphy
  • 15 Dann
  • 22 Redmond
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 27,210

Match Stats

Shots

7 20

On target

4 8

Corners

4 6

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:56

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ben Davies.

90:00 +3:03

Corner taken by Ben Davies from the left by-line.

90:00 +1:20

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Jordon Mutch takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

90:00 +0:43

The offside flag is raised against Kevin Kilbane. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Morgaro Gomis. Lee Croft restarts play with the free kick.

89:14

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Davies.

88:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on John Brayford. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

86:35

Curtis Davies has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

85:57

Kevin Kilbane is penalised for a handball. Jean Beausejour takes the direct free kick.

84:58

The referee gives a free kick against Steve Davies for handball. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Jeff Hendrick replaces James Bailey.

82:23

Lee Croft takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80:54

Jason Shackell concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Wood. Direct free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.

78:59

Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

77:30 Substitution

Substitution Theo Robinson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Ward.

76:15

Chris Wood takes a shot. Lee Croft gets a block in. Jordon Mutch takes a outswinging corner.

75:42

Steve Davies takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

75:28

Liam Ridgewell produces a cross, clearance made by Kevin Kilbane.

74:45

Steve Davies takes a shot. Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

72:20

Jean Beausejour takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Mark O'Brien.

72:02

Inswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, Craig Bryson makes a clearance.

71:14

Shot from just outside the box by Jamie Ward misses to the right of the goal.

70:46

Chris Wood takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a save.

70:08

Stephen Carr produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:38

Effort from just inside the box by Chris Burke strikes the post.

67:56 Booking

Booking Curtis Davies is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:47

Curtis Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ward. John Brayford restarts play with the free kick.

65:51

Steve Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Free kick taken by Jordon Mutch.

65:42

The ball is delivered by Stephen Carr, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

64:27

The ball is crossed by Lee Croft, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

63:16

Mark O'Brien challenges Adam Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordon Mutch.

62:35

Stephen Carr produces a cross, Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.

62:22

The ball is sent over by Adam Rooney, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

61:15

Jordon Mutch has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

60:55

Lee Croft challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

59:53

Jordon Mutch has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

58:30 Substitution

Substitution Chris Wood on for Keith Fahey.

56:36 Booking

Booking Ben Davies goes into the referee's book.

56:30

Stephen Carr fouled by Ben Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Jean Beausejour restarts play with the free kick.

56:14

The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, clearance made by Jason Shackell.

55:47

The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, Boaz Myhill makes a save.

55:06

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

54:07

Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Lee Croft, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Brayford.

53:23

Ben Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordon Mutch. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.

52:47

Shot on goal by Keith Fahey from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

52:16

Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Lee Croft results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

51:35

Keith Fahey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Croft. Lee Croft restarts play with the free kick.

49:35

Jordon Mutch produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

49:35 Booking

Booking The referee books Steve Davies for unsporting behaviour.

49:24

Steve Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke.

48:54

John Brayford produces a cross.

47:34

Adam Rooney is caught offside. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

46:55

Chris Burke takes a shot. Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

45:26

Unfair challenge on Lee Croft by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. John Brayford restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:38

Liam Ridgewell challenges Steve Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Davies crosses the ball in from the free kick, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

41:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve Davies - Derby 2 - 1 Birmingham Steve Davies scores a goal from just outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Derby 2-1 Birmingham.

39:50 Booking

Booking Jamie Ward goes into the referee's book.

39:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ward on Morgaro Gomis. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.

38:03

Kevin Kilbane delivers the ball.

37:46

Jamie Ward delivers the ball, clearance by Curtis Davies.

36:15

Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on John Brayford. Free kick taken by John Brayford.

35:41

Adam Rooney challenges Mark O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

34:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Bailey by Jordon Mutch. Kevin Kilbane takes the free kick.

34:22 Substitution

Substitution (Derby) makes a substitution, with Mark O'Brien coming on for Russell Anderson.

34:03

The ball is crossed by Ben Davies.

33:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Davies by Chris Burke. Kevin Kilbane takes the direct free kick.

28:44

Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.

27:49

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Adam Rooney has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

27:18

Steve Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

25:39

The assist for the goal came from Ben Davies.

25:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Shackell - Derby 1 - 1 Birmingham Jason Shackell grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Derby 1-1 Birmingham.

25:04

Unfair challenge on John Brayford by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick. Ben Davies crosses the ball in from the free kick,

22:11

Liam Ridgewell fouled by Lee Croft, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.

21:13

Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Jason Shackell gets a block in.

18:11

Assist by Jordon Mutch.

18:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Curtis Davies - Derby 0 - 1 Birmingham Curtis Davies gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Derby 0-1 Birmingham.

17:49

Inswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch,

17:21

Ben Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Jean Beausejour produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Boaz Myhill.

16:40

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, Jordon Mutch takes a shot.

16:15

Inswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.

15:49

Stephen Carr delivers the ball.

14:06

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jean Beausejour.

11:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Davies on Stephen Carr. Jean Beausejour takes the indirect free kick. Effort on goal by Jean Beausejour from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

10:27

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, Close range headed effort by Keith Fahey goes wide of the left-hand upright.

5:31

Adam Rooney is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

2:32

Jamie Ward produces a cross, Boaz Myhill makes a save.

0:40

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the left by-line, Lee Croft produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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