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Brentford 0-2 Birmingham City

Michael Morrison heads Birmingham's opening goal at Brentford
Michael Morrison headed Birmingham in front at Griffin Park

Birmingham City moved into the Championship top six with a first win in four league games to increase the pressure on struggling Brentford.

Michael Morrison headed in a second-half corner before Clayton Donaldson grabbed a second goal in injury time.

Brentford, who sacked head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen on Monday. were beaten on home soil at Griffin Park for the second time in four days

Alan Judge struck the bar late on with Brentford's best chance of the game.

New Brentford boss Lee Carsley was unable to prevent the Bees suffering a defeat against one of his former clubs.

The former Republic of Ireland international was handed the job until the end of the season when Dutchman Dijkhuizen left Griffin Park after just nine games in charge.

Carsley's side started positively and Marco Djuricin should have tested Tomasz Kuszczak in the Birmingham goal twice before half-time only to shoot wide from inside the area and have a shot from a Jake Bidwell cross well saved.

David Cotterill had the visitors' best chance of the half but his header was saved by David Button before

Centre-back Morrison did put Birmingham ahead after the break, rising at the back post to head in Cotterill's corner.

Judge struck the woodwork from the edge of the box as a helpless Kuszczak watched on, while at the other end Blues substitute Jacques Maghoma shot over from close range.

But Donaldson finally doubled the lead in stoppage time against his former club, racing on to Stephen Gleeson's long ball and lofting it over an onrushing Button.

Brentford boss Lee Carsley:

"We did okay in the first half but didn't really carry much threat. There's a lack of confidence and that's the hardest thing in football.

"We have players here who are new to the English game and we need to give them a bit of time.

"I would rather lose 2-0 trying to get something out of the game, so if Alan Judge's shot goes in off the bar then it's a different story. I was disappointed that we went a little ragged after they scored but we have some good players here and they will go on to have a great season."

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett:

"We knew Brentford would have lot of possession but we are quite happy with teams doing that and we kept our shape and asserted control in second half.

"Gradually we grew into the game and had far more clear cut chances than them. We have some clever players in there who know the game and as it went on our fitness levels got better and better and we attacked well and thoroughly deserved our two goals.

"We could have expected Brentford to bounce back for their new manager but we quelled that and took our chances when we needed to.

"We kept our shape and discipline and in the end I thought we were quite comfortable winners."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormackBooked at 75mins
  • 6DeanBooked at 78mins
  • 22O'Connell
  • 3Bidwell
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forGogiaat 88'minutes
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forCanosat 69'minutes
  • 21Vibe
  • 8Djuricin
  • 18Judge

Substitutes

  • 16Bonham
  • 24Gogia
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Barbet
  • 35Udumaga
  • 36Clarke
  • 47Canos

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31CaddisBooked at 80mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 11Cotterill
  • 26DavisSubstituted forMaghomaat 67'minutes
  • 7Gray
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 18Brown
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Toral
  • 23Spector
  • 44Brock-Madsen
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
9,528

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 0, Birmingham City 2. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergi Canos with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Akaki Gogia.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Akaki Gogia (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Akaki Gogia replaces Ryan Woods.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

  13. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

  14. Booking

    Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

  17. Booking

    Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson following a set piece situation.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton9630137621
2Middlesbrough96211751220
3Reading9432147715
4Hull9432127515
5Birmingham94321410415
6Cardiff94321310315
7Burnley94321210215
8Ipswich94321515015
9Derby9351107314
10Wolves93331211112
11Nottm Forest933399012
12Sheff Wed93331213-112
13QPR93331417-312
14Fulham93241514111
15Leeds9252911-211
16Huddersfield92431011-110
17Charlton9234912-39
18Blackburn9153101008
19Brentford92251217-58
20Rotherham92251117-68
21Bolton9153612-68
22Preston9144610-47
23MK Dons9216813-57
24Bristol City91351119-86
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