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Birmingham City 2-3 West Bromwich Albion: Charlie Austin scores twice in Baggies win

West Bromwich Albion striker Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin has scored in each of his past five appearances for West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion substitute Charlie Austin came off the bench to stun Birmingham City with two goals in eight minutes to win the West Midlands derby.

Leeds' spectacular collapse at home to Cardiff, drawing 3-3 having led 3-0 at Elland Road, meant victory in Saturday's early kick-off was enough for the Baggies to forge a two-point lead at the top of the Championship.

Albion looked to be heading for a first defeat in 12 games after headed goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Harlee Dean at the start of each half, either side of the visitors' first equaliser from Grady Diangana.

But Austin superbly levelled again in the 73rd minute, just three minutes after coming on, when he flicked up Jake Livermore's short pass before firing a right-footed half-volley from 20 yards past home goalkeeper Connal Trueman.

Eight minutes later, Austin won it for Albion when he peeled away at the far post to meet Darnell Furlong's right-wing cross with a textbook header.

Austin's quickfire double took his personal goal tally to six in his past five appearances after a faltering start to his Albion career.

Meanwhile, it is now just one win in eight games for Pep Clotet's Blues, who have not won at home now in four matches.

Clotet made three changes to his starting line-up from Wednesday's home loss to QPR, bringing in Geraldo Bajrami for his full Championship debut, along with Jutkiewicz and midfielder David Davis.

Those alterations brought instant rewards when Blues went in front after three minutes. Two Albion defenders went out to close down Maxime Colin wide on the right, but neither challenged, and the Blues right-back threaded his cross between them for the recalled Jutkiewicz to outjump and Nathan Ferguson head home.

West Bromwich Albion celebrate Grady Diangana's equaliser at Birmingham City
Grady Diangana, who equalised early on for West Bromwich Albion, went off injured before half-time at St Andrew's

Albion were level within seven minutes after Blues failed to clear the second of two Matheus Pereira corners in quick succession, Matt Phillips drilled across the face of goal and Diangana, on loan from West Ham, instinctively stuck out a foot to guide the ball into the roof of the net.

The loss of Diangana with what looked like a hamstring injury disrupted Albion and hardworking Blues might have been back in front two minutes before the break when Jude Bellingham picked out roving left-back Kristian Pedersen's run into the box, but goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was alert enough to deny him.

Blues made an even faster start to the second half at St Andrew's, netting within two minutes of the resumption.

Dean got above Conor Townsend to meet Bellingham's left-wing corner and, although the pace of his header from 12 yards out should not have been enough to trouble Johnstone, his view was blinded by the mistimed jump in front of him by Ferguson.

The way City were playing, their lead was certainly justified. But they also led in both last season's two fixtures with Albion and did not win, twice leading at The Hawthorns in March only to lose 3-2.

And again, the Baggies had a sting in the tail thanks to Austin's late double which secured an eighth away win of the season for Slaven Bilic's side.

Austin's first goal 'pure class', says Bilic

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet told BBC Sport:

"It was a fantastic derby. Losing it is hard, but there are so many positives that we take from the game.

"We had 16 shots and six on target. They had three and scored three goals. Austin came on for them and had that cutting edge.

"But I saw a Birmingham side who played for the shirt and bounced back from Wednesday. We may not have got the points, but we have made huge steps forward."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport:

"Charlie Austin's first goal was pure class. His second goal was class, too. His movement, the way he got rid of the defender. It's great to have that kind of player.

"It was a proper derby, lots of effort, lots of tackles, and we had a bit more quality. But we conceded from two set-pieces. We can't be happy with that.

"In derbies, it can be hard to stay calm, but we did that and it comes from the belief and confidence we have got from recent games."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5Colin
  • 43Bajrami
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11BelaSubstituted forMonteroat 84'minutes
  • 34SunjicBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMcEachranat 84'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forGardnerat 74'minutes
  • 24Giménez
  • 10JutkiewiczBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 2Harding
  • 15Montero
  • 16McEachran
  • 17Villalba Rodrigo
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Gardner

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 36Ferguson
  • 5Bartley
  • 6Ajayi
  • 14TownsendSubstituted forFurlongat 61'minutes
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 57mins
  • 19Sawyers
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forAustinat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 40'minutes
  • 4Robson-Kanu

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 15Austin
  • 18Barry
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
20,796

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, West Bromwich Albion 3.

Booking

Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jefferson Montero with a cross.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Romaine Sawyers tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Geraldo Bajrami with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt missed. Geraldo Bajrami (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 Nathan Ferguson.

Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

Geraldo Bajrami (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Josh McEachran replaces Ivan Sunjic.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jefferson Montero replaces Jérémie Bela.

Attempt missed. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Harlee Dean.

Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, West Bromwich Albion 3. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darnell Furlong with a cross.

Hand ball by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City).

Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jérémie Bela following a set piece situation.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner replaces Jude Bellingham.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, West Bromwich Albion 2. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Austin replaces Matt Phillips.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom22147145232249
2Leeds22145335132247
3Preston2211473527837
4Brentford22113833171636
5Sheff Wed22106633201336
6Fulham2210573324935
7Bristol City229853432235
8Nottm Forest219752721634
9Blackburn2210483028234
10Swansea229762927234
11Millwall228952828033
12Cardiff228863432232
13QPR229493542-731
14Hull228683431330
15Birmingham2284102431-728
16Derby226882128-726
17Charlton2266102830-224
18Reading2165102527-223
19Huddersfield2257102434-1022
20Middlesbrough224991931-1221
21Luton2262142846-1820
22Stoke2253142435-1118
23Wigan2246122035-1518
24Barnsley2237122945-1616
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