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Barnsley 0-1 Birmingham City: Scott Hogan secures win for Blues

Scott Hogan
Scott Hogan's second-half strike proved decisive in Birmingham's victory

Scott Hogan scored the winner as Birmingham saw off struggling Barnsley at Oakwell.

Hogan's goal was his third in three games since joining the club on loan from West Midlands rivals Aston Villa.

The striker fired a fine left-footed effort past Brad Collins after being found in the box by Jude Bellingham in the 76th minute.

Barnsley are now nine points adrift of safety, while Birmingham climb to 14th and seven points off the play-off places.

Match-winner Hogan should have given the visitors the lead in the fifth minute, but he flicked Bellingham's corner over the bar despite being unmarked in the six-yard box.

Barnsley shaded the first half from that point on, with Jordan Williams, Callum Styles and Jacob Brown all drawing good saves from Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp before Conor Chaplin fired narrowly wide just before half-time.

But the hosts struggled to build on that pressure in the second half and failed to create any clear chances to equalise after Hogan had edged Blues ahead.

With relegation rivals Wigan and Charlton securing points on Tuesday, Gerhard Struber's Barnsley face a daunting task to avoid relegation, while Pep Clotet's Birmingham are now unbeaten in six Championship matches and nine in all competitions.

Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It is normal for young players to make mistakes. They have ups and downs in their performances.

"The last game against Sheffield (Wednesday) was very good from us. Today was a down. In the next game I hope for an up.

"It's a very difficult situation for the whole team and for me. We speak always about the same situations. We don't learn."

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet told BBC WM 95.6:

"A win is always very welcome. It was a very difficult game to play because Barnsley were desperate for the points and the conditions were not the best for football. I'm very happy to see that the team can adapt.

"We knew that whoever would score first would have a big chance to win.

"We're very close to our first goal of the season: to stay in the league."

Line-ups

Barnsley

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 40Collins
  • 2Williams
  • 18Sollbauer
  • 6AndersenBooked at 28mins
  • 22OduorSubstituted forLudewigat 27'minutes
  • 20StylesSubstituted forBähreat 45'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 28Simoes InacioSubstituted forThomasat 70'minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 7Brown
  • 11Chaplin

Substitutes

  • 4Dougall
  • 10Bähre
  • 13Walton
  • 14Ludewig
  • 16Thomas
  • 19Schmidt
  • 24Halme

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 3Pedersen
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forHardingat 88'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 34Sunjic
  • 15MonteroSubstituted forBelaat 70'minutes
  • 40Hogan
  • 10JutkiewiczBooked at 68minsSubstituted forDeanat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 7Crowley
  • 11Bela
  • 12Dean
  • 27Trueman
  • 33Keita
  • 44Boyd-Munce
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
12,788

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Brown.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Sollbauer.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Luke Thomas (Barnsley).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Jude Bellingham.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Harlee Dean replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jérémie Bela.

  11. Post update

    Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Thomas.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 1. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jude Bellingham.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jude Bellingham following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley).

  18. Post update

    Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom311611455332259
2Leeds32168847301756
3Fulham31167846321455
4Brentford321661053262754
5Nottm Forest32159843311254
6Preston3114894536950
7Bristol City3114894543250
8Blackburn32138114638847
9Swansea32121193737047
10Cardiff31111374343046
11Millwall31111283837145
12Sheff Wed31128114134744
13Derby311110103841-343
14Birmingham32127134148-743
15Hull32117144347-440
16Reading31109123735239
17QPR32116154756-939
18Middlesbrough32813113442-837
19Charlton3299144145-436
20Huddersfield3198143748-1135
21Stoke31104173947-834
22Wigan3279163148-1730
23Barnsley32510173758-2125
24Luton3173213766-2924
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