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Birmingham City 0-2 Huddersfield Town

Joe Lolley
Joe Lolley also scored in this fixture last season

Huddersfield moved out of the Championship relegation places with a fine win at Birmingham as David Wagner picked up his first victory in charge.

Birmingham started the day in sixth place but the visitors went ahead after 31 seconds when Joe Lolley buried Sean Scannell's cross.

The Blues came close to an equaliser when on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral had an effort saved by Jed Steer.

Huddersfield sealed it when Nahki Wells converted another Scannell cross.

The Terriers had not won in six games but are now up to 19th place in the Championship, while Gary Rowett's side have slipped to seventh - just outside the play-offs.

After Lolley had given Huddersfield a dream start with his first goal since April, the home side struggled to offer any attacking threat apart from a long-range shot from Demarai Gray.

Birmingham's lone forward Nicolai Brock-Madsen failed to connect with a low David Davis cross before Wells wrapped up the win after more good work from Scannell.

The Blues have now won just one of their last six league games at home.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

"They have been told to report on Monday. I am not going to enjoy the weekend and I see no reason why they should.

"We look a little short of confidence and ruthlessness in the way we defend and take chances.

"At the moment you can say the lack of resources is the reason for recent performances but all clubs are feeling the pressure.

"For us we are showing the lack of quality in the depth of our squad. We always knew that was going to be an issue but we have to dig in and kick on.

"We are having a little bit of blip and lacking a little lack of confidence. We have to crack on with what we have got."

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner:

"It was the perfect performance. We started as we finished the previous game and this is a good sign.

"To be honest, I expected a good game. We are very happy and proud about our performance and the result.

"I am pleased with the performance of the squad and we made a perfect start with such a quick goal.

"I am sure this squad has quality to enjoy a good position by the end of the season. The win is another step in the right direction."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Eardley
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 35mins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 60'minutes
  • 20Toral
  • 44Brock-MadsenSubstituted forMaghomaat 60'minutes
  • 7GraySubstituted forShinnieat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Maghoma
  • 22Shinnie
  • 25Lowry
  • 31Caddis
  • 45Halford

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 2Smith
  • 5HudsonBooked at 32mins
  • 14Cranie
  • 25Chilwell
  • 4WhiteheadSubstituted forDempseyat 73'minutes
  • 16Huws
  • 7Scannell
  • 8Paterson
  • 18LolleySubstituted forCarayolat 62'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 21WellsSubstituted forMillerat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hogg
  • 10Carayol
  • 11Miller
  • 15Wallace
  • 17Bunn
  • 22Dempsey
  • 26Allinson
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
15,931

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Huddersfield Town 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Mustapha Carayol tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

  6. Post update

    Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

  9. Post update

    Jed Steer (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ishmael Miller replaces Nahki Wells.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Post update

    Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

  15. Post update

    Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol.

  18. Post update

    Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Martin Cranie.