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Birmingham City 0-3 Derby County

Derby's Matej Vydra celebrates his goal against Birmingham City
Matej Vydra is level with Sheffield United Leon Clarke as the Championship's leading goalscorer in 2017-18 after 27 games

Matej Vydra scored his 16th goal of the season as Derby County gained ground on Championship leaders Wolves with victory at struggling Birmingham City.

Blues made a bright start as defender Jonathan Grounds hit the post early on.

But Johnny Russell put Derby ahead, finishing a fine run into the box with an effort that appeared to deflect off a defender and inside the near post.

Vydra rifled home to make it 2-0, and Andreas Weimann tapped in a late third as Derby moved back up to second.

With Wolves held to a goalless draw at Barnsley, Gary Rowett's Rams reduced the gap to the runaway leaders to 10 points.

The victory was his second at St Andrew's since his surprise sacking by Birmingham last season when the club were seventh in the Championship, outside the play-off places only on goal difference.

The result ended Blues' three-match winning run to leave them second from bottom, one point above Sunderland and two points adrift of safety.

Derby made a sluggish start and Birmingham, spurred on by Jeremie Boga, piled on plenty of first-half pressure and Grounds struck the woodwork with the game's first meaningful effort.

Craig Gardner also forced goalkeeper Scott Carson, who Rowett has said is worthy of an England recall, into a fine save after Russell put the Rams ahead.

Vydra clipped the bar before the break, but went on to add the second with a powerful finish to take his tally of league goals to 15 for the season - as many as Birmingham's entire team have managed in 27 games.

Weimann's final-minute effort ensured the East Midlands club cruised to a sixth league win in their eight-game unbeaten run.

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill:

"It was a major disappointment to come out the back of that game like we have done, with three goals against us. I don't think it was a three-goal game. Those fine margins at the moment are tough for us.

"At the start of the game we were delighted with how we were playing. We had a good pattern to us and a good shape to us, with and without the ball. Then, when you go a goal or two down, the lads start doing things off-the-cuff a little bit.

"You lose your shape even more and then we got ragged in the second half. We haven't seen that for a few weeks now. There are things there we need to work at again. There are a couple of disappointing aspects when you look at their goals."

Derby County manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"Territorially, they put us under some pressure, but certainly not really in terms of quality.

"There weren't lots of chances in that opening exchange. The first moment of real quality was our first goal. We've scored lots of different goals this year but in terms of how we wanted to play at times, that was a good example.

"We felt as though we could drag their press out and we felt as though if we could isolate one or two of their midfielders in front of the back four, we could get at them and create space. We relaxed a little and played some good football."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gardner
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 77mins
  • 19Maghoma
  • 26DavisSubstituted forAdamsat 66'minutes
  • 20BogaSubstituted forJotaat 83'minutes
  • 18Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 14Adams
  • 17Ndoye
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Jota
  • 28Morrison
  • 39Trueman

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 6Keogh
  • 33DaviesBooked at 33mins
  • 3Forsyth
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 34Thorne
  • 7RussellBooked at 73mins
  • 23VydraSubstituted forMartinat 87'minutes
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forWeimannat 78'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 17WinnallSubstituted forNugentat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 19Weimann
  • 26Hanson
  • 28Nugent
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
22,121

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Derby County 3.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Derby County 3. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Nugent.

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Matej Vydra because of an injury.

Delay in match Matej Vydra (Derby County) because of an injury.

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jota replaces Jeremie Boga.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City).

Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Andreas Weimann replaces Tom Lawrence.

Booking

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

Booking

Johnny Russell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jeremie Boga.

Attempt blocked. Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Sam Winnall.

Attempt missed. Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremie Boga.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces David Davis.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Davis with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves27195350203062
2Derby27157544232152
3Cardiff27155740251550
4Aston Villa27138639241547
5Bristol City2713864032847
6Sheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Ipswich27123124039139
13Norwich27107102731-437
14QPR2789103137-633
15Nottm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheff Wed27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull27510123944-525
21Bolton2767142545-2025
22Burton2766152146-2524
23Birmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
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