A wonderful goal from Adam Clayton helped Huddersfield to victory over Birmingham City.

The Terriers took a deserved lead when Oliver Norwood finished well from Danny Ward's clever lofted pass.

Clayton showed good tenacity before thundering home from 25 yards as the visitors stretched their lead.

Olly Lee volleyed in a last minute consolation from Nikola Zigic's knockdown but Birmingham's winless home run now stands at 11 matches.

Both teams came into the game with a point to prove with Huddersfield having lost five of their last six away games.

They took the lead in just the 10th minute when a neat passing move culminated in Norwood running on to Ward's defence-splitting ball and placing a shot beyond home keeper Darren Randolph.

A happy anniversary

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins took over on 14 February last year. He has now guided the team to 20 wins in his 52 games in charge.

The home fans, some of whom had protested against the uncertainty surrounding the club off the pitch before the match, had little to cheer about in a first half low on chances and quality.

Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws should have forced visiting keeper Alex Smithies into action 10 minutes into the second half but he hit his curled effort from just outside the area straight at the Town number one.

Town won it with a moment of real quality from former Leeds man Clayton.

He took the ball in midfield, forced his way past Huws and then struck a fearsome dipping strike into the City goal.

Federico Macheda ought to have pulled one back but he miscued entirely from Chris Burke's cross before Lee scored a consolation with virtually the last kick of the game.

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark:

"That was probably our worst performance of the season and that's not taking anything away from Huddersfield, who played well.

"It looks like we have people who fear playing in front of their own supporters. It's outrageous. The fans have not turned on us.

"Their goalkeeper probably had his easiest day in football. You need to have home fans on the edge of their seats, we're not doing that. It's nonsensical.

"We try to convince ourselves about total football but that's not the British way. The fans want to see excitement.

"I put the big man Nikola Zigic on and we still didn't put balls in. Their defence and keeper must have not been able to believe their luck."

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins:

"I thought we controlled the game for long parts and deserved it but it would have been great to have the clean sheet.

"They are great lads, I really enjoy working with the group. They're young and I thought we were good and controlled the game.

"We'd like to be challenging for promotion. Are we there yet? No, not at all.

"We will try and get some run of games and wins against teams around us. They are all tough matches coming up, mid-table or not we want to catch the team above us."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 04 Robinson
  • 24 Adeyemi (Zigic - 59' )
  • 14 Packwood
  • 06 Martin
  • 07 Burke
  • 36 Huws
  • 12 Novak (Lovenkrands - 75' )
  • 09 Macheda Booked
  • 29 Brown (Lee - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Howard
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 13 Doyle
  • 19 Zigic
  • 20 Lee
  • 35 Rusnak
  • 37 Blackett

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies Booked
  • 12 Hammill
  • 03 Dixon Booked
  • 33 Lynch (Clarke - 45' )
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 27 Smith
  • 08 Clayton Booked
  • 06 Hogg
  • 11 Ward
  • 21 Wells (Scannell - 89' )
  • 04 Norwood Booked (Southern - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 05 Clarke
  • 07 Scannell
  • 13 Bennett
  • 16 Southern
  • 17 Paterson
  • 18 Lolley
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 14,112

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

6 6

Corners

1 3

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2.

90:00 +5:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2.

90:00 +4:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

90:00 +4:15

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:10 Booking

Booking Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +4:08

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

90:00 +2:29

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +2:29

Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

89:33

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

88:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Nahki Wells.

86:49

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

86:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern replaces Oliver Norwood.

85:36

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

85:36

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:37

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

81:37

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:45

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Smithies.

78:45

Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

75:15

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:15

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

74:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Lee Novak.

74:20 Booking

Booking Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:16

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

74:16

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:39

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

73:09

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

69:35

Hand ball by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

68:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:27

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

68:27

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:00

Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

64:52

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

64:52

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:34

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

62:10 Booking

Booking Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:48

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

61:48

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Huddersfield Town 2. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

58:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Tom Adeyemi.

54:35

Attempt saved. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

52:49

Offside, Birmingham City. Oliver Lee tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

52:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:04

Delay in match Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Peter Clarke replaces Joel Lynch.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Oliver Lee replaces Reece Brown.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +0:53

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

45:00 +0:04

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +0:04

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:56

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

42:22 Booking

Booking Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

41:45

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:45

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

39:46

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

39:10

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

37:45

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

34:19

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:45

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

33:45

Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:17

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

29:34

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

29:34

Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:03

Attempt blocked. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:36

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

28:36

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:07

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

24:43

Offside, Birmingham City. Will Packwood tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

23:48

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Tom Smith tries a through ball, but Oliver Norwood is caught offside.

23:21

Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:21

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

20:56

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:56

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

20:02

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

20:02

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:22

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:22

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

15:21

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a headed pass.

14:05

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but Oliver Norwood is caught offside.

13:18 Booking

Booking Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:15

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

13:15

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

6:44

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

3:58

Attempt missed. Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross following a corner.

3:27

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

2:44

Offside, Birmingham City. Reece Brown tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

2:00

Offside, Birmingham City. Federico Macheda tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

1:38

Offside, Birmingham City. Will Packwood tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

0:54

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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