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Burton Albion 2-1 Birmingham City

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport
Lloyd Dyer
Lloyd Dyer, who spent time on loan at Birmingham in 2015, won it for Burton

Lloyd Dyer and Marvin Sordell both scored superb goals as Burton Albion came back to beat Birmingham City and register their first win of 2017-18.

Jacques Maghoma had put Blues ahead against his former side, stabbing home after Lukas Jutkiewicz's knock down.

Sordell's brilliant turn and 20-yard strike then deservedly made it 1-1 early in the second half.

Dyer's smart finish after Lucas Akins' backheel completed the turnaround to give the Brewers victory.

Nigel Clough's side had been rooted to the bottom of the early Championship table following defeats by Cardiff, Hull and Middlesbrough - but they were good value for their victory against Blues.

The Brewers had looked the more threatening in the early stages and Maghoma, who spent three seasons with Burton, put the visitors in front against the run of play.

But two fine second-half goals - a solo effort from Sordell and an eye-catching team goal finished by Dyer - ensured Albion would continue their 100% record in competitive fixtures against Birmingham.

Blues' biggest threat came from big front men Jutkiewicz and Clayton Donaldson, who came close to altering the course of the match when his overhead kick struck the foot of the post with the score 1-1.

Harry Redknapp's Birmingham have now lost two and won just one of their opening four league fixtures.

Burton manager Nigel Clough:

"It's a big moment in the season for us having lost the first three to get us off the mark.

"A point wouldn't have been a bad result actually for us tonight, but to get all three points and to do it by coming from behind with the way we played at the start of the second half will do us the power of good.

"We managed to get on the front foot more after half-time. We changed formation as well but it wasn't really anything to do with that, it was all down to the application of the players."

Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp:

"We were in a great position to win the game at 1-0 up and with no problems, in control. They came out second half and changed system, went 4-4-2 and we lost it.

"Suddenly four or five of them disappeared and we didn't see them in the second half. We didn't win any battles and in the end it wasn't good enough.

"I need to change a lot of them because they are not good enough for Birmingham City. This is a fantastic football club and if it's the last thing I do in football I will give their fans a good team."

Line-ups

Burton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1BywaterBooked at 90mins
  • 15Naylor
  • 5McFadzean
  • 23Buxton
  • 10Akins
  • 8LundSubstituted forVarneyat 80'minutes
  • 7Murphy
  • 19PalmerSubstituted forMcCroryat 70'minutes
  • 11Dyer
  • 17Sordell
  • 36Irvine

Substitutes

  • 12Flanagan
  • 13Ripley
  • 14McCrory
  • 16Varney
  • 22Fox
  • 25Barker
  • 26Sbarra

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Nsue
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Roberts
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisSubstituted forCotterillat 75'minutes
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forGleesonat 82'minutes
  • 17Ndoye
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forVassellat 64'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 11Vassell
  • 23Cotterill
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 40Robinson
  • 50Gleeson
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
4,948

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Booking

    Stephen Bywater (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

  11. Post update

    Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

  14. Post update

    Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson replaces Craig Gardner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Matthew Lund because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Matthew Lund (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff33006069
2Wolves33006249
3Ipswich33007439
4Middlesbrough32013126
5Nottm Forest32016516
6Sunderland31205325
7Leeds31203215
8Hull31117524
9Bristol City31116514
10Norwich31114404
11QPR31113304
12Preston31111104
13Birmingham411234-14
14Reading311134-14
15Derby311123-14
16Fulham30302203
17Barnsley310246-23
18Sheff Utd310213-23
19Burton410338-53
20Bolton302134-12
21Sheff Wed302123-12
22Brentford301257-21
23Millwall301246-21
24Aston Villa301226-41
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