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Birmingham City 0-1 Bristol City: Diedhiou goal earns win for Robins

Famara Diedhiou
Famara Diedhiou's goal was his fifth of the season for Bristol City

Famara Diedhiou scored the only goal of the game as Bristol City became the first side to win a league game at Birmingham City since March.

Striker Diedhiou - who served a six-game ban last season after being found guilty of spitting during a game against Birmingham in April - headed home a second-half corner by sub Callum O'Dowda to break the deadlock at St Andrew's.

The Robins had gone close early on when centre-back Tomas Kalas had a shot blocked on the line.

Lukas Jutkiewicz had Birmingham's best effort, but his header from Connor Mahoney's free-kick struck the post.

Blues remain ninth despite the defeat, their first in 16 Championship games at home, with the visitors moving to 13th following their fifth away victory of the campaign.

They had the best early opportunity when Kalas had an effort blocked on the line.

Jacques Maghoma responded for Birmingham with a surging run into the box, but the referee waved away penalty appeals after he went down under a challenge.

Robins keeper Niki Maenpaa saved from Che Adams moments before Diedhiou found the net and he was there again in the final moments to keep out Kristian Pedersen's free-kick.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"I said before the game that is the type of game that will be decided by margins and unfortunately it was for us today.

"In terms of the margins of the actual game, their one goes in, our one hits the post.

"In terms of decisions, quite a few penalty decisions went against us today and we finished on the wrong end of the result."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a big achievement [to win at Birmingham] - they've got it going and they're a tough team to beat. But now we're a point behind them, we're looking up.

"It was a dogged performance, a victory that was very hard fought and deserved.

"We've worked hard this week on getting across people in the box and delighted for Famara to get the winner after what was a difficult start to the season due to Birmingham's complaints, we feel unjustly, in the spitting incident."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinBooked at 76mins
  • 28MorrisonSubstituted forRobertsat 67'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 12DeanBooked at 49mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7Mahoney
  • 20Gardner
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forHardingat 79'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9AdamsBooked at 79mins
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 2Pisano
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 17KellyBooked at 30mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forWatkinsat 80'minutes
  • 20Paterson
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9DiedhiouBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 6Baker
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 15Watkins
  • 24O'Leary
  • 28Morrell
  • 32Hunt
  • 40Eisa
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
20,961

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Bristol City 1.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Adam Webster (Bristol City).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Webster (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

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

Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marley Watkins replaces Andreas Weimann.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Booking

Che Adams (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Che Adams (Birmingham City) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Booking

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lloyd Kelly.

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts replaces Michael Morrison.

Delay in match Marlon Pack (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Offside, Birmingham City. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Connor Mahoney is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Bristol City 1. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

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As It Stood

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1Norwich21134438241443
2Leeds21126335181742
3Sheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby2111463124737
5West Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham217953025530
10Stoke217952725230
11Blackburn217952731-430
12Swansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14QPR218492531-628
15Preston216783235-325
16Wigan2174102329-625
17Sheff Wed216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull2156102130-921
20Rotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich2118121737-2011
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