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Birmingham City 2-1 Sheffield United

Jacques Maghoma scores for Birmingham
Jacques Maghoma's winner was his fifth goal of the season for Birmingham

Birmingham City moved within sight of Championship survival as victory over Sheffield United lifted them five points clear of the relegation zone.

Mark Duffy had fired the Blades ahead, capping a break by beating home keeper David Stockdale at his near post.

Marc Roberts levelled for Blues before the interval, hammering in Jacques Maghoma's corner from close range.

And Maghoma slid home the winner from 15 yards to leave Sheffield United three points off a play-off place.

However, the Blades' biggest issue between them and overhauling sixth-placed Millwall after losing at St Andrew's is the fact that there are now four other teams between them in 11th and the Lions.

But for Blues, this victory leaves them with their fate in their own hands after relegation rivals Bolton and Barnsley were beaten by champions Wolves and Leeds respectively.

Victory for the Tykes in their game in hand at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday would cut Birmingham's buffer to three points and send Bolton, who host second-from-bottom Burton next Saturday, into the bottom three.

However, anything less would mean that Garry Monk's side would be safe if they pick up another win at QPR next weekend.

The mood at St Andrew's was certainly positive as Duffy's early strike was answered by the home support with a defiant rendition of Blues' anthem Keep Right On.

Their side responded when Roberts was perfectly placed to net when Lukas Jutkiewicz flicked on Maghoma's corner following a spell of home pressure.

And although the Blades poured forward after Maghoma had slotted home from Che Adams' pass, Birmingham held on with relative ease.

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk:

"It was a huge step forward in our situation but it is definitely not job done although the other results went our way.

"To go a goal behind in the Championship is hard enough. But it was great to see the mentality and belief of the players.

"I was not happy conceding the early goal but the response is exactly what I've been seeking.

"We are definitely a step closer to safety but the only people who are going to get us out of this situation is ourselves."

Sheffield United's boss Chris Wilder:

"The only bright part of the game for me was the start.

"We just didn't play good enough individually all over the pitch. We lost too many balls and made some really poor decisions.

"We didn't deserve to win as Birmingham did enough to take the points and that is all that matters.

"We had a great opportunity to achieve something this season. But we have not come up with big enough moments when we were doing well. That is the difference between us the teams who are in the play-offs."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 45HardingBooked at 16mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Roberts
  • 5Colin
  • 27Jota
  • 26Davis
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forGardnerat 61'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forGallagherat 86'minutes
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forNdoyeat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gardner
  • 17Ndoye
  • 18Gallagher
  • 20Boga
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 29Kuszczak

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'ConnellBooked at 63mins
  • 2Baldock
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forSharpat 59'minutes
  • 20Evans
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffyBooked at 7minsSubstituted forBrooksat 70'minutes
  • 11DonaldsonSubstituted forWilsonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 12Wilson
  • 14Leonard
  • 24Lafferty
  • 26Holmes
  • 31Eastwood
  • 36Brooks
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
23,579

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Sheffield United 1.

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City).

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Jota (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Cheikh Ndoye replaces Che Adams.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. George Baldock (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross.

Hand ball by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Brooks.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Brooks.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Gallagher replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

Attempt saved. Wes Harding (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Offside, Sheffield United. George Baldock tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. James Wilson replaces Clayton Donaldson.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Brooks (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Mark Duffy.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Sheffield United 1. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Che Adams with a through ball.

Foul by Lee Evans (Sheffield United).

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

Lee Evans (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves44308682364698
2Cardiff43268966363086
3Fulham442413776423485
4Aston Villa4424101071403182
5Middlesbrough442191463432072
6Millwall4418151155431269
7Derby4318141162451768
8Brentford4418141261491268
9Preston441716115445967
10Bristol City4417151265551066
11Sheff Utd44199165952766
12Leeds44169195662-657
13Norwich441415154654-857
14Ipswich44168205158-756
15Sheff Wed441314175459-553
16QPR441411195567-1253
17Nottm Forest43147224662-1649
18Hull441115186967248
19Reading441013214866-1843
20Birmingham44127253464-3043
21Bolton44913223670-3440
22Barnsley43814214565-2038
23Burton44911243579-4438
24Sunderland44616224878-3034
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