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Birmingham City 0-2 Yeovil Town

James Hayter
James Hayter

James Hayter scored twice in seven first-half minutes as Yeovil moved within four points of safety with a win at Birmingham.

Hayter made the most of a Hayden Mullins error to prod the Glovers ahead in the 12th minute.

The striker added a second, taking his tally to six in four matches, when he headed in Joe Ralls's cross.

Lee Novak hit the bar for the hosts and Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech blocked a header from Brian Howard.

The win was just Yeovil's fifth victory in 25 league matches this season.

Mullins gave them a helping hand when his failed attempt to head back to Darren Randolph allowed Hayter, 34, a simple finish.

Randloph pulled off impressive saves from Ralls and Moore but was beaten again when Hayter glanced in.

Novak's header came back off the bar as Birmingham looked for a way back before Stech's close-range save from Howard ended the home side's hopes.

Birmingham assistant manager Terry McDermott:

"To say we are disappointed is an understatement.

"We actually played quite well in the first half when we created a lot of chances.

"The second half became more difficult. When you park 10 men behind the ball it is difficult to break. We should have dealt with the two goals and we paid the penalty."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

"We are still battling and the boys showed a great spirit. That spirit will keep us in the hunt for a big part of the season. I was very proud of the boys' effort and performance.

"James Hayter has been a super striker for a long time.

"When he gets himself in those positions he is a very good finisher. He doesn't panic and he took his goals extremely well."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 20Lee
  • 8Mullins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Burke
  • 29BrownSubstituted forElliottat 68'minutes
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forFergusonat 61'minutes
  • 10HowardSubstituted forShinnieat 79'minutes
  • 12Novak

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 14Packwood
  • 15Elliott
  • 17Reilly
  • 22Shinnie
  • 27Ferguson
  • 33Gray

Yeovil

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Stech
  • 2Ayling
  • 6BakayogoSubstituted forMcAllisterat 37'minutesSubstituted forLanzoniat 53'minutes
  • 31Lundstram
  • 5Webster
  • 15Duffy
  • 23Grant
  • 4Edwards
  • 13Moore
  • 9HayterSubstituted forDawsonat 78'minutes
  • 19RallsBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 3McAllister
  • 7Dawson
  • 8Upson
  • 10Foley
  • 18Lanzoni
  • 24Dunn
  • 29Morgan
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
13,605

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home24
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Yeovil Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Yeovil Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

  6. Post update

    Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matteo Lanzoni (Yeovil Town).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matteo Lanzoni.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Yeovil Town. Kieffer Moore tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by John Lundstram.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester26183547272057
2QPR26157431161552
3Burnley26149339201951
4Derby26145750341647
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading2611873930941
7Brighton2610973023739
8Blackburn2610793232037
9Middlesbrough269984133836
10Ipswich269983731636
11Wigan2510692826236
12Leeds26105113535035
13Huddersfield2697103531434
14Blackpool2688102533-832
15Watford2571083631531
16Bournemouth2687113245-1331
17Birmingham2678113032-229
18Bolton26610103142-1128
19Sheff Wed2551193233-126
20Millwall2667132750-2325
21Charlton2559112231-924
22Doncaster2666142243-2124
23Yeovil2555152138-1720
24Barnsley2548132342-1920
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