Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2.
Birmingham City 1-2 Huddersfield Town
A wonderful goal from Adam Clayton helped Huddersfield to victory over Birmingham City.
The Terriers took a deserved lead when Oliver Norwood finished well from Danny Ward's clever lofted pass.
Clayton showed good tenacity before thundering home from 25 yards as the visitors stretched their lead.
Olly Lee volleyed in a last minute consolation from Nikola Zigic's knockdown but Birmingham's winless home run now stands at 11 matches.
Both teams came into the game with a point to prove with Huddersfield having lost five of their last six away games.
They took the lead in just the 10th minute when a neat passing move culminated in Norwood running on to Ward's defence-splitting ball and placing a shot beyond home keeper Darren Randolph.
The home fans, some of whom had protested against the uncertainty surrounding the club off the pitch before the match, had little to cheer about in a first half low on chances and quality.
Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws should have forced visiting keeper Alex Smithies into action 10 minutes into the second half but he hit his curled effort from just outside the area straight at the Town number one.
Town won it with a moment of real quality from former Leeds man Clayton.
He took the ball in midfield, forced his way past Huws and then struck a fearsome dipping strike into the City goal.
Federico Macheda ought to have pulled one back but he miscued entirely from Chris Burke's cross before Lee scored a consolation with virtually the last kick of the game.
Birmingham City boss Lee Clark:
"That was probably our worst performance of the season and that's not taking anything away from Huddersfield, who played well.
"It looks like we have people who fear playing in front of their own supporters. It's outrageous. The fans have not turned on us.
"Their goalkeeper probably had his easiest day in football. You need to have home fans on the edge of their seats, we're not doing that. It's nonsensical.
"We try to convince ourselves about total football but that's not the British way. The fans want to see excitement.
"I put the big man Nikola Zigic on and we still didn't put balls in. Their defence and keeper must have not been able to believe their luck."
Huddersfield boss Mark Robins:
"I thought we controlled the game for long parts and deserved it but it would have been great to have the clean sheet.
"They are great lads, I really enjoy working with the group. They're young and I thought we were good and controlled the game.
"We'd like to be challenging for promotion. Are we there yet? No, not at all.
"We will try and get some run of games and wins against teams around us. They are all tough matches coming up, mid-table or not we want to catch the team above us."
- 24AdeyemiSubstituted forZigicat 59'minutes
- 12NovakSubstituted forLovenkrandsat 75'minutes
- 9MachedaBooked at 90mins
- 29BrownSubstituted forLeeat 45'minutes
- 1SmithiesBooked at 43mins
- 3DixonBooked at 75mins
- 33LynchSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
- 8ClaytonBooked at 14mins
- 21WellsSubstituted forScannellat 89'minutes
- 4NorwoodBooked at 63minsSubstituted forSouthernat 87'minutes
- Darren Deadman
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2.
Goal! Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 2. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.
Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).
Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).
Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dixon.
Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Nahki Wells.
Offside, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.
Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Keith Southern replaces Oliver Norwood.
Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).
Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).
Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Smithies.
Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.
Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.