New Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill made a winning start as his much-changed side beat Championship leaders Cardiff City.Che Adams provided the only goal of the game on 19 minutes with a low, right-foot shot after a superb mazy run.Neil Warnock’s off-colour Cardiff failed to register a shot on target against their fired-up hosts.
And Blues could have won by more, with Adams and Jacques Maghoma both denied in one second-half scramble.Cotterill’s side, beaten 6-1 at Hull in their previous game, climb three places to 19th, while Cardiff will be overtaken at the top if Wolves avoid defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.Bristol City miss chance to go secondRelive Friday’s Championship actionAdams looked lively from the opening stages and could even have earned an early penalty when he was held back by Sean Morrison as he attempted to run into the box.His moment of inspiration came midway through the first half, straight from Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge’s clearance.Picking up the ball wide on the left close to the halfway line, he opted to take on the visiting defence single-handed.He put his head down and ran, slicing his way past four men in red before cutting inside to drill a low, curled right-foot shot which nutmegged Morrison before finding the right corner.Cardiff, although not at their best as they suffered only their second defeat of the season, did carry some threat, surpassing their hosts on the corner count as they lay siege late on.Junior Hoilett also shot just wide in the first half, while a tremendous far-post clearance by home skipper Michael Morrison after the break was a key moment too.But they also had to survive a double let-off when Adams’ shot was blocked before Bruno Manga cleared off the line from Maghoma. It took a brave clearance by Cardiff captain Morrison to thwart Isaac Vassell when he looked set to head home the second goal Cotterill’s side perhaps deserved.Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Sport:”I’m very proud of the players for all they’ve done for me over the past couple of weeks. But what I’ve seen’s no different to what I saw when I was here at the end of last season.”We’ve just worked really hard at all aspects of our game and what we expected Cardiff to throw at us. And we stood up to be counted.”It was a great goal by Che Adams. And we might have deserved another one too.”Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock told BBC Sport Wales:”I am disappointed; I thought we started ever so sluggishly.”You expected Birmingham to come out of the traps with a new manager and I thought they did well for half an hour. But I thought we came into it and second half if we had been like ourselves I thought we could go on and win it.”We were a lot better in the second half so I can’t complain, but we didn’t have enough shots. But it was always going to be tight. It was one of those nights.”Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsBirmingham29Kuszczak5Colin28Morrison4Roberts3Grounds26DavisBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGallagherat 90+6’minutes6KieftenbeldBooked at 62mins14AdamsSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 90+1’minutes17Ndoye19MaghomaSubstituted forGardnerat 90+6’minutes11VassellSubstitutes8Gardner10Jutkiewicz12Dean18Gallagher27Jota39Trueman50GleesonCardiff25Etheridge2Peltier4Morrison5Ecuele Manga3Bennett14Bamba19Mendez-Laing21BrysonBooked at 62minsSubstituted forGunnarssonat 68’minutesSubstituted forat 90+1’minutes8RallsSubstituted forWardat 81’minutes33HoilettSubstituted forFeeneyat 81’minutes10ZohoreSubstitutes7Tomlin9Ward12Feeney16Connolly17Gunnarsson20Damour28MurphyReferee:Geoff EltringhamAttendance:19,059Match StatsHome TeamBirminghamAway TeamCardiffPossessionHome51%Away49%ShotsHome6Away7Shots on TargetHome2Away0CornersHome6Away8FoulsHome14Away17Live TextPosted at Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Cardiff City 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+8′ Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Cardiff City 0.Posted at 90’+7′ Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Maxime Colin.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+6′ Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces Jacques Maghoma.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+6′ Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Gallagher replaces David Davis.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+1′ Substitution, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Che Adams.Posted at 90’+1′ Aron Gunnarsson went off injured after Cardiff City had used all subs.Posted at 90′ Attempt missed. Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.Posted at 90′ Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.Posted at 89′ Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.Posted at 89′ Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jacques Maghoma.Posted at 88′ Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Maxime Colin.Posted at 88′ Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.Posted at 87′ Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 87′ Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).Posted at 86′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 84′ Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.Posted at 83′ Foul by Danny Ward (Cardiff City).Posted at 83′ Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 81′ Substitution, Cardiff City. Liam Feeney replaces David Junior Hoilett.SubstitutionPosted at 81′ Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Joe Ralls.Posted at 77′ Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.Posted at 75′ Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore with a through ball.Posted at 74′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 72′ Delay in match Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) because of an injury.Posted at 70′ Hand ball by David Davis (Birmingham City).Posted at 69′ Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).Posted at 69′ David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 68′ Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Craig Bryson.Posted at 66′ Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).Posted at 66′ Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 64′ Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).Posted at 64′ Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 63′ Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).Posted at 63′ Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.BookingPosted at 62′ Craig Bryson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.BookingPosted at 62′ Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 61′ Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 61′ Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).Posted at 61′ Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Black Country