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Derby County 0-3 Birmingham City

Veteran Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson has now scored three Championship goals for Blues this season
Veteran Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson has now scored three Championship goals for Blues this season

Derby County lost further ground on the Championship promotion spots as Birmingham City inflicted their heaviest defeat of the season.

The Rams had the better of the first half, but were frustrated by Gary Rowett's well-organised visitors.

Blues turned the tables after the break when Paul Robinson headed his side in front from Jacques Maghoma's corner.

Stephen Gleeson's cross then sailed in before Maikel Kieftenbeld's volley capped City's first away win in six.

Blues move to within two points of the play-off places, while defeat extends the Rams' winless league run to four games.

Derby boss Paul Clement had questioned his side's promotion credentials after their midweek draw with Reading and his players responded, Bradley Johnson flashing a long-range shot just wide, and Jeff Hendrick going close with a header when teed up by Stephen Warnock's teasing cross.

But they were stifled by a hard-working Birmingham side, well organised by former Rams defender Rowett.

Derby, who have now failed to keep a home clean sheet against Blues in 17 meetings over almost 38 years, started the second half slowly as City pushed forward.

Maghoma had a shot blocked when well-placed, then Jon Toral's curling effort was pushed onto the bar by keeper Lee Grant before Robinson pounced from the resulting corner.

The stunned Rams could not recover, slipping four points adrift of second-placed Hull City as Gleeson and Kieftenbeld took Blues' run to 10 points out of a possible 12 since Boxing Day.

Derby County boss Paul Clement:

"I was very angry and frustrated after the game against Reading but I'm more disappointed today. I'm disappointed we didn't get the reaction and performance we needed.

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Post Match: Clement on Birmingham loss

"We are a good side in a bad period. Confidence is everything - it can go as quickly as it can come back.

"But I've full confidence in the players that we will get through this. I don't think it's abnormal that a team will go through a difficult period in a long season."

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

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Rowett on Derby v Birmingham

"When you look at the week Derby have had, and the two or three-week period they've had, you could sense maybe a little bit of nervousness and vulnerability around the place.

"We were okay first half but we didn't commit to our attacking play enough. I just said to the players at half-time, 'Ccome on, if we are going to do it, we are going to do it properly, so can we get on the front foot and be a bit braver.'

"In that second half, with a bit more drive about us and playing five more yards up the pitch, it made a huge difference."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6KeoghBooked at 69mins
  • 14Shackell
  • 37Warnock
  • 8Hendrick
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forButterfieldat 67'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 23InceSubstituted forMartinat 68'minutes
  • 22BlackmanBooked at 77mins
  • 11RussellSubstituted forCamaraat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 12Baird
  • 17Carson
  • 18Butterfield
  • 20Camara
  • 24Weimann
  • 32Shotton

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8GleesonBooked at 75mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20ToralSubstituted forBuckleyat 88'minutes
  • 26DavisSubstituted forVaughanat 90'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 22Shinnie
  • 23Spector
  • 25Lowry
  • 30Buckley
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
32,895

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 0, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Birmingham City 3.

Lee Grant (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. James Vaughan replaces David Davis because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. William Buckley replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Abdoul Camara (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Abdoul Camara with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 0, Birmingham City 3. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Booking

Nick Blackman (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Nick Blackman (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Booking

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 0, Birmingham City 2. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by David Davis.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Richard Keogh (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough26174537132455
2Hull27165644182653
3Derby271310438211749
4Burnley27139542241848
5Brighton27121143227547
6Sheff Wed27129641301145
7Ipswich2712963732545
8Birmingham2712783428643
9Cardiff27101073329440
10Wolves27107103637-137
11Brentford27106113839-136
12Nottm Forest2781182925435
13Preston2781182424035
14Reading2797113130134
15QPR2781093434034
16Huddersfield2788113637-132
17Leeds2771192732-532
18Blackburn2661192323029
19Fulham27610114347-428
20MK Dons2775152238-1626
21Rotherham2773173247-1524
22Bristol City2759132446-2224
23Charlton2748152153-3220
24Bolton27211142145-2417
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