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Birmingham City 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Danny Batth
Danny Batth's first goal of the season helped Wolves to a local derby win over Birmingham

Wolves came from behind to beat rivals Birmingham City and end the hosts' unbeaten start in the Championship.

Both sides had first-half chances but Blues led at the break when Che Adams turned in Stephen Gleeson's cross.

Wolves equalised with Joe Mason's curling shot and Danny Batth put Wolves ahead after Matt Doherty was denied.

Blues substitute Jack Storer was sent off for a headbutt on Kortney Hause before Iceland international Jon Dadi Bodvarsson fired in Wolves' third.

While Gary Rowett's side slipped to a first league defeat of 2016-17, Wolves are yet to lose a competitive game since Walter Zenga took charge on the eve of the campaign.

Former Sheffield United forward Adams marked his first home appearance for Birmingham with his first goal for the club, which came shortly after Wolves had lost midfielder Lee Evans to injury.

But a revitalised Wanderers hit back immediately after the interval through Mason and then Bodvarsson, who missed a penalty in Tuesday's home draw with Ipswich, rounded off the visitors' display with an excellent shot past Birmingham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak in the closing stages.

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Storer must learn from red card - Rowett

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "We have to be better at home and how we manage games. The lads did a lot of good things in the first half but we then tailed off.

"We have to make it more difficult for the opposition. We need to show a little more composure as a group. To lose our shape was not good enough."

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Zenga delighted with 'confident' Wolves

Wolves head coach Walter Zenga: "The team played very well. They played with heart and passion and had the confidence to stay in the game.

"The second half was amazing and I am very happy for them as they are working very hard.

"I told them (at half-time) they played well in the first half and not to lose confidence as the chances of scoring were very high."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 23SpectorSubstituted forStorerat 76'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisBooked at 78mins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forTescheat 62'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forStewartat 76'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Tesche
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 20Stewart
  • 38Storer

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 30HauseBooked at 83mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 16Coady
  • 14EvansSubstituted forEdwardsat 22'minutes
  • 19PriceBooked at 41minsSubstituted forOnianguéat 65'minutes
  • 12Wallace
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forSavilleat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Mason

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 7Henry
  • 8Saville
  • 17Costa
  • 20Oniangué
  • 21Lonergan
  • 24Brito Teixeira
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
18,569

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away12
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Mason.

Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Stewart.

George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Cotterill (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Saville replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Robert Tesche.

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Jack Storer (Birmingham City) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jack Storer (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Edwards.

Booking

David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jack Storer replaces Jonathan Spector.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Greg Stewart replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

Foul by Prince Oniangué (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jed Wallace.

Foul by Prince Oniangué (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Prince Oniangué replaces Jack Price.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield431074310
2Brighton42208268
3Wolves42207348
4Fulham42206428
5Norwich32105147
6QPR42027526
7Newcastle42026426
8Brentford42024316
9Barnsley42028806
10Bristol City42024406
11Nottm Forest4202810-26
12Aston Villa41214225
13Birmingham412145-15
14Cardiff412145-15
15Derby412112-15
16Wigan41128714
17Burton41129904
18Ipswich31114404
19Leeds411246-24
20Sheff Wed411225-34
21Reading411248-44
22Rotherham411238-54
23Preston410334-13
24Blackburn4013411-71
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