Championship
BirminghamBirmingham City1FulhamFulham4

Birmingham City 1-4 Fulham: Cottagers beat Blues to return to the top of the Championship

Denis Odoi had not scored a league goal for Fulham since hitting the winner in the Championship play-off semi-final win over Derby in May 2018
Denis Odoi had not scored a league goal for Fulham since hitting the winner in the Championship play-off semi-final win over Derby in May 2018

Marco Silva's Fulham beat Birmingham City comfortably at St Andrew's to return to the top of the Championship.

The Cottagers were on their way from the moment defender Denis Odoi headed home Harry Wilson's right-wing corner on 10 minutes.

Aleksandar Mitrovic then drilled home a 44th-minute penalty after Nathaniel Chalobah - their deadline-day signing from Watford - got bundled over in the box by Harlee Dean.

Fulham debutant Chalobah was also involved in Fulham's third with a superb pass for Wilson to run on and score on 54 minutes.

Jean Michael Seri then set up a second for Mitrovic on 83 minutes - the Serb's sixth goal of the season.

His brace takes him to within one goal of Reading's John Swift as Championship top scorer this season.

Blues did pull one back on 87 minutes when second-half substitute Troy Deeney scored his first goal for Blues - at the Tilton End too - from the penalty spot, after he had been dragged back by Odoi.

In stoppage time, Deeney had another header saved and Gary Gardner hit the bar.

But, despite that late rally from Lee Bowyer's men, Deeney's goal was scant consolation for Blues, who had previously only conceded three goals in six games this season, on a night when victory could have lifted them third.

Blues, who drop to 10th after only their second defeat of the season, now go to 23rd-placed Peterborough this Saturday, when Fulham host Reading.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted in all but two of Fulham's seven Championship matches this term
Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted in all but two of Fulham's seven Championship matches this term

Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney told BBC Radio WM:

"Hopefully this is just a bump in the road. This is the best team we're going to play in this league by far. We had chances but they were just a bit better with their quality and calmness in the final third.

"You can turn things round really quickly in the Championship. You haven't got a week to sulk like you have in the Premier League.

"The majority of the fans stayed and that was a huge positive for us. And it was nice to get off the mark. You don't want to be waiting five or six games for your first goal.

"The last game I started was for Watford here against Coventry in January. That's two games now coming off the bench and I'm only going to get better the more I play."

Blues boss Lee Bowyer:

"Troy brings a threat, whether he's going to start or from the bench. He deserved his goal.

"It was a proud moment. He'll go home happy that he's done something that he's wanted to do from a young age."

Fulham boss Marco Silva:

"I know Mitrovic. He's a very important player for us, not just because he scores goals. The way we use him to link our game and to break the pressure and find our midfielders around him.

"He scored from the penalty in the first half and the second goal he scored was really important after 83 minutes, seeing him press the central defender to win the ball.

"I was really pleased to see that, showing to me that he's really involved in the team, not just scoring goals but pressing the opposition and all his work without the ball.

"Nathaniel Chalobah will be a really important player for us. He was a free and is a fantastic signing for us. A fantastic opportunity, the quality he has."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 13Sarkic
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 2Colin
  • 34Sunjic
  • 6Woods
  • 11BelaSubstituted forGardnerat 60'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 7ChongBooked at 48minsSubstituted forAnekeat 75'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9HoganSubstituted forDeeneyat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Friend
  • 15Aneke
  • 18McGree
  • 20Gardner
  • 21Sanderson
  • 27Trueman
  • 36Deeney

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Gazzaniga
  • 4Odoi
  • 16Tosin
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 24SeriBooked at 36mins
  • 6ReedSubstituted forQuinaat 65'minutes
  • 12Chalobah
  • 8WilsonSubstituted forMawsonat 78'minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forCavaleiroat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rodák
  • 7Kebano
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 19Muniz Carvalho
  • 20Quina
  • 26Mawson
  • 33Robinson
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
14,562

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away10
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  4. Post update

    Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz tries a through ball, but Chuks Aneke is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Fulham).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Fulham 4. Troy Deeney (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty Birmingham City. Troy Deeney draws a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Denis Odoi (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Fulham 4. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Alfie Mawson replaces Harry Wilson.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).

  19. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross.

Banner Image Reading Around the BBC - BlueFooter - Blue

Comments

Join the conversation

These comments are now closed.

114 comments

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fulham75111751216
2West Brom7430136715
3Bournemouth7430136715
4Coventry750285315
5Stoke7421108214
6Huddersfield7412139413
7QPR73311510512
8Blackburn7331118312
9Cardiff7322118311
10Birmingham7322107311
11Middlesbrough72328809
12Bristol City72328809
13Luton7232911-29
14Preston7223810-28
15Millwall714279-27
16Derby714246-27
17Barnsley714269-37
18Reading72141317-47
19Sheff Utd7133911-26
20Swansea713348-46
21Hull712449-55
22Blackpool7124511-65
23Peterborough7115717-104
24Nottm Forest7016512-71
View full Championship table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC