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Bristol City 0-1 Birmingham City

Striker Che Adams had already twice gone close before hitting Blues' matchwinner at Ashton Gate
Striker Che Adams had already twice gone close before hitting Blues' matchwinner at Ashton Gate

Che Adams scored the only goal of the game at Ashton Gate as Harry Redknapp's Birmingham City beat Bristol City to ensure survival in the Championship.

With both Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers winning their games, Blues also had to win to stay up.

But Redknapp's side kept cool to earn their second straight victory.

Blues' goal came on 16 minutes from striker Adams, only playing as last week's red card against Huddersfield Town was overturned.

The lively Adams had already twice gone close in the first six minutes, forcing good saves from Fabian Giefer. But he then muscled his way down the middle to latch onto Lukas Jutkiewicz's ball over the top, before holding off two challenges, then turning to fire low right-footed under Giefer.

Craig Gardner also tested Giefer with a powerful 40-yard shot that had to be tipped over. But, in the end, Adams' seventh goal of the season - and his second this season against Bristol City - got the job done to earn Blues only their fourth league win in 25 Championship games.

Having survived on the last day for the second time in four seasons, Blues climbed a place to stand 19th in the final table, two places and just a point behind Bristol, who had assured their own safety by winning at Brighton week earlier.

Before replacing Gary Rowett with Gianfranco Zola in mid-December, Blues were outside the play-off places only on goal difference, prior to their dramatic nosedive under Zola.

Redknapp, brought in to replace the sacked Zola with less than three weeks of the season left, only had three games to keep Blues up. But, in those three matches his team have equalled the number of league wins they had in Zola's 22 games in charge.

After just 20 days in charge, with former Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill and ex-West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Groves as his backroom team, 70-year-old Redknapp now has to decide whether to remain in charge next season.

Harry Redknapp celebrated his second win in three games in charge as Birmingham City boss
Harry Redknapp celebrated his second win in three games in charge as Birmingham City boss

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson:

"It was a difficult game for us but I'm proud of the players in the way they kept going to the end.

"The big picture for me is the fantastic run we've been on. Those last five or six games have turned around the season.

"It stands the club in great stead moving forward. If we can add one or two players in the summer that will give us a boost."

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp told BBC WM:

"It was a fantastic feeling when the referee put the whistle in his mouth. It was tense. We were hanging in there at the end.

"They hit us with balls into the box and we had to keep winning the first or second ball. We kept getting bodies in the way and dealing with it and the lads were fantastic.

"We knew what was going on around us. They were signing 'you're going down' when Blackburn scored and I knew Forest would win. But we've managed to get the result. The buzz is fantastic when you get a result like that."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Giefer
  • 2LittleSubstituted forTomlinat 59'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 42Wright
  • 3BryanBooked at 63mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 76'minutes
  • 9Abraham
  • 12TaylorSubstituted forDjuricat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Tomlin
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 14Reid
  • 22Djuric
  • 24O'Leary
  • 25Kelly
  • 31Hegeler

Birmingham

  • 29KuszczakBooked at 90mins
  • 2NsueBooked at 90mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Shotton
  • 3GroundsBooked at 55mins
  • 26Davis
  • 12GardnerBooked at 35mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 54minsSubstituted forDonaldsonat 74'minutes
  • 14AdamsBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGleesonat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15JutkiewiczSubstituted forBielikat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Donaldson
  • 20Stewart
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
  • 25Cogley
  • 31Bielik
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
25,404

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Booking

    Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  3. Full Time

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

  4. Booking

    Nsue (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

  7. Booking

    Tomasz Kuszczak (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Davis.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson replaces Che Adams.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Milan Djuric (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda with a cross.

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