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Birmingham City 2-1 Bristol City

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport at St Andrew's
Jacques Maghoma
Jacques Maghoma had not scored since December before Saturday

Jacques Maghoma's superb second-half strike gave Birmingham City victory over Bristol City at St Andrew's.

The Robins went ahead inside two minutes, Bobby Reid bundling home after Famara Diedhiou rattled the bar.

Both sides wasted numerous chances before Craig Gardner's sweetly struck equaliser from 18 yards.

Maghoma completed Blues' comeback after the break, and they held on despite Maikel Kieftenbeld's red card for a foul on Callum O'Dowda.

Birmingham had looked relatively comfortable prior to the sending-off, for a lunging tackle with which Kieftenbeld appeared to win the ball, but Reid nearly levelled when his shot hit the post.

The Bristol City Academy product should also have scored before Maghoma's well-taken winner, dragging wide when unmarked in the area.

Having been outpassed and outplayed for long periods of the first half, Harry Redknapp's side were much improved after the break in registering a first league win of the campaign.

But they will be hoping a second-half injury for the impressive Che Adams, who limped off with an apparent hamstring problem, is not serious.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp:

"It was a great result, achieved with courage, guts and effort. The crowd also kept us going after Bristol City's opening goal.

"You do not want to be one down in a minute but we came back strongly. They were the better team in the first half and we had to hang in and get to half-time.

On Maikel Kieftenbeld's sending-off: "It was a diabolical decision. I thought it was a yellow card. It was certainly not a red. It was terrible."

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson:

"Our strikers looked dangerous and we had some chances even in the last few minutes when Reid hit the post.

"My disappointment was that I thought we had cracked it for five or 10 minutes but then we became a little sloppy. It should not have happened.

"Parts of our first half was scintillating. But I hate losing. I do not want to drain the confidence of the players because there was so much to celebrate but they have got to learn fast."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Nsue
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Roberts
  • 3GroundsSubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes
  • 26DavisSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 45'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 17Ndoye
  • 8Gardner
  • 19Maghoma
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forCotterillat 60'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Tesche
  • 23Cotterill
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 40Robinson
  • 45Harding
  • 50Gleeson

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Pisano
  • 5WrightBooked at 65mins
  • 31Hegeler
  • 3Bryan
  • 8BrownhillSubstituted forEliassonat 68'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 21PackBooked at 90mins
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 67'minutes
  • 14Reid
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 6Baker
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 19Eliasson
  • 23Magnusson
  • 28O'Neil
  • 29Lucic
  • 33Hinds
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
21,269

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home18
Away25
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Bristol City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Bristol City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jens Hegeler (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eros Pisano (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  13. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. David Cotterill tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Bobby Reid (Bristol City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

  18. Post update

    Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eros Pisano.

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