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Birmingham City 1-3 Brentford

Gianfranco Zola
Zola has claimed just one point in four games since replacing Gary Rowett as Blues boss

Birmingham's poor form under new boss Gianfranco Zola continued as Brentford came from a goal down to beat them.

Lukas Jutkiewicz took advantage of poor defending to poke the Blues in front.

The Bees came to life after the break as Scott Hogan fired home from inside the box before then missing a penalty after being brought down in the box.

David Davis then deflected a Ryan Woods free-kick past his own keeper and substitute Nico Yennaris fired in a third for the hosts from 25 yards.

Since taking charge of the West Midlands club, Zola has claimed just one point from his four matches in charge.

Blues should have taken the lead early on when David Cotterill fired over when through on goal and Che Adams then shot wide from 10 yards for the hosts.

They finally went in front as a stumble by Bees defender Harlee Dean allowed Jutkiewicz the chance to fire the ball in off keeper Daniel Bentley.

Brentford levelled when Hogan fired in from Romaine Sawyer's deep cross and he should have made it 2-1 when given the chance to score from the spot.

But poor defending by Birmingham allowed Woods' free-kick to hit Davis and Andreas Bjelland on its way in and the Bees scored a third late on when the hosts failed to close down Yennaris.

Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola:

"This game is the most disappointing since I took over.

"We made mistakes and that is the consequence of what happens. If you do not control the tempo of the game the opposition will take over.

"That was the big problem and the disappointment for me was not to have control in the second half.

"I thought the first half was excellent when we produced some good football and scored a very good goal. But it is this fragility we need to improve."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"I told the players at half-time that although we were a goal down I didn't want to just get back into the game - I wanted them to win the match.

"We felt that if we could put pressure on them there would be an atmosphere here at Birmingham - they've had a change of manager and the team is in transition - and if we could get the crowd on their backs it would certainly help us.

"This occurred and the players operated with a lot of belief and deserved the three points."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 23Spector
  • 28Morrison
  • 5ShottonBooked at 57mins
  • 3Grounds
  • 7TescheBooked at 32minsSubstituted forStewartat 76'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 83'minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 62'minutes
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 8Gleeson
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 20Stewart
  • 25Cogley

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 14EganBooked at 67mins
  • 6Dean
  • 5BjellandBooked at 16mins
  • 2Colin
  • 15Woods
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forYennarisat 67'minutes
  • 29Barbet
  • 19Sawyers
  • 21VibeSubstituted forKerschbaumerat 83'minutes
  • 9HoganSubstituted forHofmannat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 8Yennaris
  • 11Hofmann
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 20Clarke
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
18,030

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Brentford 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Brentford 3.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Greg Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Scott Hogan.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Stewart with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Brentford 3. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Andreas Bjelland.

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Stewart with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Attempt blocked. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Konstantin Kerschbaumer replaces Lasse Vibe.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Greg Stewart replaces Robert Tesche.

John Egan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Own Goal by David Davis, Birmingham City. Birmingham City 1, Brentford 2.

Attempt missed. Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross following a set piece situation.

Lasse Vibe (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nico Yennaris replaces Josh McEachran.

Booking

John Egan (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Josh McEachran.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Egan.

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Foul by John Egan (Brentford).

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

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Penalty saved! Scott Hogan (Brentford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Brentford. Lasse Vibe draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle25171748202852
3Reading2414463632446
4Huddersfield2514473028246
5Leeds25143834241045
6Sheff Wed2512672824442
7Derby2511772418640
8Barnsley2511594337638
9Norwich25114104137437
10Fulham2499641301136
11Preston2510693332136
12Aston Villa2581162624235
13Birmingham259883035-535
14Brentford2596103231133
15Ipswich2587102529-431
16Wolves2578103234-229
17QPR2585122436-1229
18Bristol City2583143335-227
19Cardiff2476112738-1127
20Nottm Forest2575133745-826
21Burton2567122634-825
22Blackburn2566132940-1124
23Wigan2547142031-1119
24Rotherham2534182555-3013
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