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Birmingham City 1-2 Huddersfield Town

Adam Clayton celebrates his goal

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.

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."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 4Robinson
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forZigicat 59'minutes
  • 14Packwood
  • 6Martin
  • 7C Burke
  • 36Huws
  • 12NovakSubstituted forLovenkrandsat 75'minutes
  • 9MachedaBooked at 90mins
  • 29BrownSubstituted forLeeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

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

Huddersfield

  • 1SmithiesBooked at 43mins
  • 12Hammill
  • 3DixonBooked at 75mins
  • 33LynchSubstituted forP Clarkeat 45'minutes
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27Smith
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 14mins
  • 6Hogg
  • 11D Ward
  • 21WellsSubstituted forScannellat 89'minutes
  • 4NorwoodBooked at 63minsSubstituted forSouthernat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 5P Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Bennett
  • 16Southern
  • 17Paterson
  • 18Lolley
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
14,112

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2.

Full Time

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

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.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Nahki Wells.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern replaces Oliver Norwood.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

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

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Lee Novak.

Booking

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

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

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

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.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Hand ball by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

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

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Booking

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

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Tom Adeyemi.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3021452467
2Burnley31161232260
3QPR2916851556
4Derby3016771855
5Nottm Forest30141242054
6Reading3013891247
7Brighton3012108746
8Ipswich3111128945
9Wigan2912710543
10Blackburn3011109243
11Leeds3012612442
12Watford3010119741
13Huddersfield3111713-240
14Middlesbrough3191210539
15Bournemouth309912-1336
16Blackpool3181112-1435
17Sheff Wed2971210-133
18Birmingham318914-333
19Bolton3161213-1430
20Doncaster317915-1930
21Millwall3161015-2828
22Charlton285914-1524
23Barnsley2941114-2023
24Yeovil295618-2121
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