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Birmingham City 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Blues score twice in the final ten minutes

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz has now scored seven times in four home games for upwardly mobile Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz continued his fantastic scoring form at St Andrew's as Birmingham City earned a fourth straight Championship win at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.

Steven Fletcher had already rattled the post with a venomous 20-yard strike but made no mistake when converting Morgan Fox's header back across the six-yard box for his third goal of the campaign.

However, Blues were back on level terms just before half-time when Bournemouth loanee Connor Mahoney cut in from the left flank to send a fierce effort arrowing beyond Owls keeper Cameron Dawson.

With 10 minutes to play Jutkiewicz pounced to head in Jota's cross, bringing up his seventh goal in four home games, before Che Adams sealed victory late on.

Wednesday arrived in the West Midlands on the back of successive defeats against Middlesbrough and QPR, but were much the better of the two teams in the first period.

Jos Luhukay's side are the only team in the Championship yet to register a clean sheet and their defensive Achilles' heel came back to haunt them once more.

Blues, boosted by their equaliser on the stroke of the interval, piled on the pressure in the second half.

Lutkiewicz and Adams both saw goal-bound efforts deflected wide before each found the net in the final 10 minutes to extend Blues' unbeaten run to 11 games.

Birmingham's latest win moved them to within two points of the play-off pack, four points ahead of the Owls, who are down in 15th.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"To get nine points in three matches this week shows the hard work we have been on. It's not an easy thing to do, so I am very, very pleased with the run of form we are on.

"In the first 25 minutes we were as poor as we have been this season, and we got lucky, [to get the equalising goal] to be honest, it came against the run of play.

"The second half was more like us, we were aggressive, compact, and not making the mistakes we made in the first half.

"Sheffield Wednesday could have been out of sight in the first half, that's how poor we were. But we showed character, belief and a good attitude to come back."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"You have periods where you must control the game and that's only possible when you keep the ball.

"When you're losing the ball too much, it gives your opponent spirit and also chances and that's what happened.

"We must defend better. It's not only today - when you look at last Tuesday (3-0 loss versus QPR) and last Friday (2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough), we have now given goals away in the past three games.

"You cannot do that at this level - every team has strikers who profit from that.

"It's not a question of confidence, it's more the question of making the best decision to clear dangerous moments and we did not.

"When we have 100% focus on making the best decision, then we can win the next game against Norwich City."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12DeanSubstituted forRobertsat 13'minutes
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23Jota
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forLakinat 87'minutes
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forHardingat 71'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9Adams

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 14Bogle
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 6Fox
  • 10Bannan
  • 8PelupessyBooked at 68mins
  • 20Reach
  • 7OnomahSubstituted forPenneyat 72'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 78'minutes
  • 17Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 12Thorniley
  • 18Lucas João
  • 24Baker
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 37Preston
  • 42Penney
  • 43Shaw
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
23,659

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home2
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Che Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Charlie Lakin replaces Gary Gardner.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt saved. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reach with a headed pass.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota with a cross.

Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Steven Fletcher.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt blocked. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Foul by Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Matt Penney replaces Josh Onomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Connor Mahoney.

Booking

Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Attempt saved. Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt missed. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey Pelupessy.

Hand ball by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd159242718929
2Leeds1576226121427
3Middlesbrough15762178927
4Norwich158342017327
5West Brom1574433231025
6Derby157442216625
7Nottm Forest155822216623
8Swansea156541711623
9Birmingham155821914523
10QPR157261519-423
11Bristol City156451815322
12Blackburn155731820-222
13Stoke155551920-120
14Wigan156271822-420
15Sheff Wed155462126-519
16Brentford154652320318
17Aston Villa154652223-118
18Millwall154471923-416
19Bolton154471120-916
20Preston153572429-514
21Rotherham153571121-1014
22Reading153391925-612
23Hull153391221-912
24Ipswich151681125-149
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