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Birmingham City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Isaac Vassell
Isaac Vassell joined Birmingham City from Luton Town on a four-year deal in August

Birmingham City won their first game since 12 August as Isaac Vassell's late goal proved decisive against Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrew's.

The hosts, under caretaker manager Lee Carsley, sealed a much-needed win when Jacques Maghoma set up Vassell to score from close range.

Adam Reach tested Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who saved his ferocious shot.

Blues could have scored after an hour when Jeremie Boga played Cheikh Ndoye through, but he shot over the bar.

The victory was Carsley's first since taking temporary charge of Blues after Harry Redknapp was sacked on 16 September.

It was Blues' first win since beating Bristol City 2-1 at home in their second league fixture of the season, but they remain in the Championship's bottom three.

Birmingham had scored just five goals in nine league games this season and left it late to settle this one, with Vassell scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Luton Town in August.

The defeat was Wednesday's second in succession after they were defeated 4-2 by city rivals Sheffield United on Sunday.

Birmingham City caretaker manager Lee Carsley:

"It was about the result tonight, there's a lot of positives to take.

"It's important we carry this into the Hull game on Saturday.

"I wouldn't say I enjoyed it. It's been a bit of a weird couple of weeks, generally when you go home you're able to switch off but it's been 24 hours."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"[On Gary Hooper having a goal disallowed] I saw it, in my opinion it's clearly onside. It's very similar to Birmingham's goal, it was also onside because we had one player in line and Hooper is exactly the same. If that goal is valid the story of the game is completely different.

"We have the quality to get out of this situation and Sunday against Leeds is a good game to play.

I don't have any reason to think the opposite [that he does not have the chairman's support]."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Nsue
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 5Colin
  • 26Davis
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forRobertsat 89'minutes
  • 17Ndoye
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forVassellat 61'minutes
  • 20BogaSubstituted forGallagherat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 4Roberts
  • 11Vassell
  • 18Gallagher
  • 23Cotterill
  • 39Trueman
  • 50Gleeson

Sheff Wed

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 2Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 4van Aken
  • 6FoxSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 78'minutes
  • 5Lee
  • 8Butterfield
  • 10Bannan
  • 20Reach
  • 14Hooper
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forRhodesat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 7Rhodes
  • 16Palmer
  • 18Lucas João
  • 25Dawson
  • 33Wallace
  • 36Pudil
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
20,365

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Cheikh Ndoye.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts replaces Craig Gardner.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Offside, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner tries a through ball, but Jacques Maghoma is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joost van Aken.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Gallagher replaces Jeremie Boga.

Attempt blocked. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Morgan Fox.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox with a cross.

Offside, Birmingham City. Cheikh Ndoye tries a through ball, but Isaac Vassell is caught offside.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

Offside, Birmingham City. Maxime Colin tries a through ball, but Jeremie Boga is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Steven Fletcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Isaac Vassell replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Cheikh Ndoye.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Nsue.

Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City).

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jeremie Boga with a through ball.

goal

As It Stood

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