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Birmingham City 2-0 Barnsley: Jutkiewicz & Gimenez give Blues victory

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Birmingham striker Lukas Jutkiewicz opened the scoring at St Andrew's

Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Alvaro Gimenez gave Birmingham City a comfortable victory over Barnsley.

After a tepid 70 minutes at St Andrew's, Jutkiewicz scored his fourth consecutive home goal for Blues after rising to power home a Wes Harding cross down the right.

Gimenez scored his first goal for Pep Clotet's men soon after, superbly chipping Sami Radlinger in the visitors' net to double the hosts' lead.

It was just reward for Birmingham's domination of the game, in which Barnsley only managed one shot on target.

The match sprang into life on the hour mark, with striker Jutkiewicz almost forcing Radlinger into an error on the edge of his penalty area.

The hosts' continued pressure finally paid off, as the ex-Burnley man headed in from close range to give them a deserved lead.

Spaniard Gimenez, making his second appearance for Blues, doubled the lead after calmly controlling a diagonal ball from Steve Seddon and calmly lobbing the visitors' goalkeeper.

The result gave Birmingham a second win of the season, while Daniel Stendel's Barnsley are seeking their first win since the opening day.

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"I think we had a very good game and I'm very happy for our players because they deserve huge credit for recovering from our last game (defeat to Nottingham Forest).

"We were very strong defensively, and very smart going forward, creating a lot of problems on set plays. We scored two nice goals and one thing I really enjoyed is the fact that we scored one goal and went for the second one. That's a huge step forward for us.

"I think all the fans enjoyed the outcome but also the performance. They saw the real Birmingham out there, we were tough to beat, caused a lot of problems offensively and were very incisive.

"A lot of players made their first appearances today, and we didn't get the time to gel during pre-season. But they played with a lot of confidence and discipline, and you see the team is slowly growing."

Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We are very disappointed, because we played a good away game. Birmingham had few chances, and although we didn't create many chances, we could have won the game.

"Like the last two games, we have played OK, and it's hard for our young team to play here, it's a difficult game, and I'm very frustrated.

"For 70 minutes we played well, and played better in the second half than Birmingham. The goal changed the match so much, and we need to learn so much from this, go on and try to win games.

"We became nervous after the first goal, lost our structure, and it's difficult to turn that around."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 2HardingBooked at 71mins
  • 12Dean
  • 4Roberts
  • 3Pedersen
  • 42Seddon
  • 17Villalba RodrigoSubstituted forGardnerat 74'minutes
  • 34Sunjic
  • 26Davis
  • 24GiménezSubstituted forMonteroat 80'minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forBaileyat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Crowley
  • 8Gardner
  • 13Stockdale
  • 15Montero
  • 20Gardner
  • 21Medina Delgado
  • 37Bailey

Barnsley

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 21Sibbick
  • 5Diaby
  • 6AndersenBooked at 40mins
  • 3Williams
  • 8McGeehan
  • 27Mowatt
  • 16ThomasSubstituted forHalmeat 83'minutes
  • 10BähreSubstituted forWilksat 73'minutes
  • 26ThiamSubstituted forSchmidtat 73'minutes
  • 11Chaplin

Substitutes

  • 15Green
  • 19Schmidt
  • 20Styles
  • 23Pinillos
  • 24Halme
  • 36Wilks
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
20,061

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Barnsley 0.

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Williams.

Attempt saved. Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Odin Bailey replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

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

Offside, Birmingham City. David Davis tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Toby Sibbick.

Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Aapo Halme replaces Luke Thomas because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Schmidt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Foul by Toby Sibbick (Barnsley).

Steve Seddon (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jefferson Montero replaces Álvaro Giménez.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Barnsley 0. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Seddon following a fast break.

Ben Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Giménez with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner replaces Fran Villalba.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Mamadou Thiam.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Mallik Wilks replaces Mike-Steven Bähre.

Booking

Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Birmingham City. Harlee Dean tries a through ball, but Álvaro Giménez is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 0. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Wes Harding with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Fran Villalba (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Harding with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fran Villalba with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Mads Andersen.

Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

Wes Harding (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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4West Brom32105327
5Swansea32105327
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8Birmingham42114407
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14Middlesbrough411245-14
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16QPR311134-14
17Barnsley411236-34
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19Reading31025503
20Cardiff310247-33
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