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Birmingham 0-1 Fulham: Lee Camp error hands win to visitors

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores Fulham's goal at Brimingham
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic - the Championship's top scorer - has now netted 12 goals this season

Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp's error allowed Aleksandar Mitrovic to score the only goal in Fulham's Championship victory at St Andrew's.

Camp dropped substitute Cyrus Christie's 52nd minute cross and Mitrovic tapped in.

Blues went close to equalising late on but visiting keeper Marek Rodak made a point-blank save to deny Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Fulham could have doubled their lead at the death, however, as substitute Aboubakar Kamara hit the post.

Serbia striker Mitrovic thought he had given the visitors an early lead when he bundled the ball over the line after Camp had spilled an attempt by Bobby Decordova-Reid.

Decordova-Reid then went close himself when he touched the ball inches wide of the post.

Kristian Pedersen, Kerim Mrabti and Fran Villalba were all denied by Rodak in the first half.

Fulham defender Maxime Le Marchand limped off and was replaced by Christie after just 34 minutes following a challenge by Jutkiewicz.

There was some controversy about Fulham's winner as Camp dropped Christie's cross under pressure, while Blues claimed there was a foul on defender on Marc Roberts. But a first victory in three games moves the Cottagers up to sixth in the table.

Birmingham City caretaker head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"We controlled pretty much the whole first half. We knew the game would open in the second half but Fulham were fortunate with the goal. It's a clear foul on Marc Roberts.

"Lee Camp needs to catch the ball but Aleksandar Mitrovic makes a terrible foul on Roberts. He was not even looking at the ball. It's absolutely unbelievable they didn't see that.

"We had enough to end up thinking that we should have had a draw or even win. What's important was that the team always had courage until the end."

Fulham head coach Scott Parker:

"It is a tough place to come and we were coming off a disappointing result last weekend. But the whole week was framed around character, enthusiasm, belief and desire - and we got that.

"We all understand what we are as a team technically and what we can do individually but at times this year that has not been enough - and it won't be enough if we want to be successful this year.

"We have got a clean sheet and a 1-0 win and the most pleasing thing is we showed some real desire to get that result. Give that every week and we will be alright."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4RobertsBooked at 90mins
  • 14Clarke-SalterBooked at 85mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22BellinghamBooked at 45mins
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forGiménezat 64'minutes
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forBelaat 62'minutes
  • 17Villalba RodrigoSubstituted forMonteroat 79'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 11Bela
  • 15Montero
  • 19Maghoma
  • 24Giménez
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 4Odoi
  • 5Mawson
  • 13Ream
  • 20Le MarchandSubstituted forChristieat 35'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forKamaraat 81'minutes
  • 21Reed
  • 8Johansen
  • 24Knockaert
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 45mins
  • 19CavaleiroSubstituted forOnomahat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 22Christie
  • 25Onomah
  • 36De La Torre
  • 47Kamara
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
21,334

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  11. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

  14. Post update

    Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Clarke-Salter.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Booking

    Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.