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Birmingham City 1-0 Bristol City

Che Adams
Che Adams' third goal for Birmingham earned victory over Bristol City

Che Adams netted a late winner as Birmingham City beat Bristol City to move into the Championship's top six.

The visitors failed to clear a corner and substitute Adams turned in from close range to earn a first win in four league games for Gary Rowett's Blues.

Earlier, home striker Clayton Donaldson had hit the post with a low shot and Bristol City's Lee Tomlin sent a free-kick against the crossbar.

Blues' Jonathan Spector was sent off for a tackle on Tomlin late on.

The visitors had been much improved after the interval but their defeat at St Andrew's stretched their winless league run to three games.

Donaldson scored a hat-trick in last season's corresponding fixture but his effort against the upright was the closest he came to ending a personal goal drought which stretches back to 17 September.

Adams, who joined Blues from Sheffield United in August, was on a similar scoreless run but popped up to score his third goal for the club with nine minutes remaining.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett: "We navigated the difficult periods and finished winning the game.

"Sometimes you can win without playing well in the Championship. You saw Burnley do it last season where you are resolute, keep clean sheets, nick games and don't play well. That is a skill in itself.

"This season we have been much better playing at home. The clean sheet was important and I'm delighted with our home form which includes wins over Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday and now Bristol City."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson: "I'm disappointed to come away from the game without any points.

"The games at Championship level are always on a fine balance. I was disappointed with the goal and the mistakes which led up to that goal,

"I cannot be too critical of my side because I thought we were fantastic in the second half. Away from home we took the game to a good side and peppered the final third with runners and quality. It was just that finish and beating the man of the match, Tomasz Kuszczak."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 23SpectorBooked at 90mins
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 77mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillBooked at 59minsSubstituted forStewartat 80'minutes
  • 8GleesonSubstituted forMaghomaat 70'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 26Davis
  • 15Jutkiewicz
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forAdamsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 14Adams
  • 18Brown
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Stewart
  • 25Cogley

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2LittleSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 89'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 3Bryan
  • 21PackBooked at 88mins
  • 6O'NeilSubstituted forWilbrahamat 83'minutes
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 14Reid
  • 10Tomlin
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 7Smith
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 13Golbourne
  • 16Engvall
  • 17Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 29Lucic
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
18,586

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home17
Away20
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Bristol City 0.

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tammy Abraham.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Greg Stewart (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Greg Stewart.

Dismissal

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) is shown the red card.

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Mark Little.

Booking

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Greg Stewart (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Davis.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Gary O'Neil.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Korey Smith replaces Jamie Paterson.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Bristol City 0. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Morrison following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Greg Stewart replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bobby Reid following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Bristol City).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton17105226101635
3Reading179442318531
4Huddersfield179261921-229
5Birmingham177732218428
6Norwich178362929027
7Leeds168261917226
8Fulham176742419525
9Sheff Wed177461820-225
10Bristol City177372320324
11Preston177372220224
12Derby176561513223
13QPR176561923-423
14Brentford176472319422
15Barnsley176472724322
16Aston Villa1741031817122
17Ipswich175661417-321
18Nottm Forest175482730-319
19Wolves174671921-218
20Burton174671823-518
21Cardiff175391727-1018
22Blackburn174491927-816
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1714121741-247
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