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Brentford 1-2 Birmingham City

Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson
Clayton Donaldson also scored for Birmingham against his former club in the same fixture last season

Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak made a string of fine saves as Birmingham City edged out Brentford at Griffin Park.

Ex-Bees striker Clayton Donaldson put Blues ahead with a penalty after he was fouled by home keeper Daniel Bentley.

Ryan Shotton blocked Lasse Vibe's shot on the line, before Kuszczak denied Vibe, Maxime Colin and Scott Hogan.

Shotton smashed home Donaldson's flick on before Hogan's deft header reduced the arrears, but the striker then had a late effort ruled out for offside.

Brentford are now without a win in four at home, but had plenty of chances to get something from the game.

Colin's shot just after half-time was parried by Kuszczak, who quickly recovered to save from Hogan, and moments later Birmingham doubled their advantage.

But his most impressive save came when Hogan's downward header bounced up and looked destined for the net, only for the former Manchester United goalkeeper to push the ball onto the bar.

Gary Rowett's side stay fourth in the table after back-to-back wins, having picked up a much-needed first away victory in six attempts.

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"If it was a boxing match it would have been stopped, but football matches in the Championship change on small moments. We were a little loose once or twice and got punished for it.

"It was just one of those games in which we didn't take our chances. It's when you don't create them that you need to worry.

"This is a team that are in the top five and we have dominated them. We passed well and created chances so it's very hard to go into the changing room after that."

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett:

"We rode our luck. If luck was a horse I'd have won the Grand National today.

"We've defended last-ditch. Part of that was because we were sloppy and didn't get close enough to them at times, but we've scored two good goals and then had to hang on and be gritty and tough.

"We are not an easy side to beat, but we work incredibly hard and we want to keep improving because if we play like we did today we will struggle to stay in fourth."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1BentleyBooked at 13mins
  • 14EganBooked at 20mins
  • 6Dean
  • 5Bjelland
  • 2Colin
  • 15Woods
  • 8Yennaris
  • 29BarbetSubstituted forMcEachranat 71'minutes
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forKaikaiat 62'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forClarkeat 71'minutes
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 20Clarke
  • 25Kaikai
  • 30Field

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 25Cogley
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisBooked at 80mins
  • 7TescheSubstituted forAdamsat 64'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 11CotterillBooked at 48minsSubstituted forBrownat 64'minutes
  • 15JutkiewiczSubstituted forRobinsonat 83'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 10Fabbrini
  • 14Adams
  • 18Brown
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Stewart
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
10,925

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home22
Away12
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Birmingham City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Birmingham City 2.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt saved. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Offside, Brentford. Andreas Bjelland tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Josh Clarke (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Davis.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Booking

David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Birmingham City 2. Scott Hogan (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Clarke.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Clarke replaces Lasse Vibe.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Yoann Barbet.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Brentford) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross.

Attempt saved. Sullay Kaikai (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Hogan with a cross.

Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Egan.

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces Robert Tesche.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Reece Brown replaces David Cotterill.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 0, Birmingham City 2. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sullay Kaikai replaces Romaine Sawyers.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle18131436142240
2Brighton18115228111738
3Reading1810442519634
4Birmingham188732419531
5Leeds189272120129
6Huddersfield179261921-229
7Sheff Wed188462020028
8Norwich188372930-127
9Derby187561613326
10Fulham186752521425
11Aston Villa1851032118325
12Preston187472321225
13Bristol City187382422224
14Ipswich186661717024
15QPR186571926-723
16Brentford186482421322
17Nottm Forest186483232022
18Barnsley186482929022
19Burton184771924-519
20Blackburn185492027-719
21Wolves184681923-418
22Cardiff1853101830-1218
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1814131843-257
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