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Birmingham City 1-2 Burnley

Andre Gray
Andre Gray has six goals in his past nine games for Burnley

Burnley moved to within two points of Championship leaders Middlesbrough with a narrow win against Birmingham City.

George Boyd got the Clarets' opener when he struck from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

Jacques Maghoma equalised after Tom Heaton could only parry on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral's effort.

Boyd's cross allowed Andre Gray to score his 24th of the season for the winner, before Toral was sent off in injury time for a second yellow card.

Sean Dyche's side have stretched their unbeaten run to 19 games as they look for an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Clarets's next game is at home to top-of-the-table Boro on Tuesday night at Turf Moor.

Burnley keeper Heaton produced smart saves from Toral and David Cotterill as they went into the break ahead, while Jonathan Grounds hit the crossbar in the second-half for Blues.

The Clarets created numerous chances themselves as Dave Jones shot wide and Ashley Barnes drilled into the side netting before Gray's side-foot volley secured three points.

Toral was dismissed in the closing moments when his challenge on Lloyd Dyer brought a second booking.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

"It's frustrating because we were fantastic. We were the better team. It was a really strong performance at a difficult point of the season against an excellent Burnley side.

"Jacques Maghoma had his face kicked off in the penalty box after four minutes. It was a blatant penalty but the referee said he didn't see it.

"Probably Burnley are going to be promoted. They manage to get results in games they do not play well in. But that is a skill in itself and you have to take your hat off to them."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"George Boyd was tireless in his work and his quality was outstanding, while the response of the team after they equalised was to be admired.

"There is a great belief among the players and there is certainly energy and desire.

"We are in a good place for a reason. I was very pleased with the way we played."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Legzdins
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 26Davis
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forFabbriniat 79'minutes
  • 20ToralBooked at 90mins
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forLaffertyat 79'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 7Fabbrini
  • 8Gleeson
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 23Spector
  • 25Lafferty
  • 29Kuszczak

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23WardBooked at 37mins
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forDyerat 60'minutes
  • 8MarneyBooked at 84mins
  • 13BartonSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 21BoydBooked at 71mins
  • 30Barnes
  • 7GraySubstituted forTarkowskiat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Jones
  • 15Taylor
  • 16Dyer
  • 17Robinson
  • 18Hennings
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
19,151

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Burnley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Burnley 2.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Lloyd Dyer (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. James Tarkowski replaces Andre Gray.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Marney with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Keane (Burnley).

  12. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Booking

    Dean Marney (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

  18. Post update

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Jacques Maghoma.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough42267959273285
2Burnley422314566343283
3Brighton422215563392481
4Hull4121101058302873
5Derby422013961382373
6Sheff Wed421815961421969
7Cardiff421616105244864
8Ipswich421613134848061
9Birmingham421611154743459
10Preston421415134040057
11QPR421317125248456
12Leeds421315144452-854
13Brentford41158185862-453
14Wolves421314154954-553
15Reading421312174851-351
16Huddersfield421310195659-349
17Bristol City421212184665-1948
18Blackburn421114173942-347
19Nottm Forest421114173643-747
20Fulham421114176372-947
21Rotherham42138215164-1347
22MK Dons42911223560-2538
23Charlton42812223773-3636
24Bolton42414243978-3926
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