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Birmingham City 1-0 Fulham

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz has netted 10 league goals for Birmingham this season

Lukas Jutkiewicz's goal against 10-man Fulham gave Gianfranco Zola his first win since becoming Birmingham boss.

Zola had not won in 10 matches in all competitions since replacing Gary Rowett on 14 December.

The Blues took advantage after Ryan Fredericks was sent off for a reckless tackle on Craig Gardner, as Jutkiewicz converted Cheick Keita's cross.

Floyd Ayite had a late chance to salvage a point for Fulham in injury time, but the Togo forward fired wide.

Birmingham had previously picked up just three points from a possible 24 in the Championship under Zola, and the Italian also saw his side exit the FA Cup following a third-round replay against Newcastle.

They should have gone ahead on 19 minutes, but Jutkiewicz saw his header crash against the bar from four yards out.

Fulham rarely troubled home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, with Chris Martin and Lucas Piazon directing headed efforts narrowly off target after the break.

Defeat at St Andrew's dents the west London club's play-off bid, with Slavisa Jokanovic's side dropping to 10th in the table, six points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

City, meanwhile, had fallen out of the promotion picture during Zola's winless start and are now three points behind the Whites in 12th.

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First win eases the doubt - Zola

Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola told BBC WM: "The team played with everything today. There was a lot of passion and I'm so proud and delighted with their performance.

"I thought we looked dangerous going forward and had a good balance in defence. We had some moments in which they but us under pressure, but that's normal against a good team like Fulham.

"When you work hard and the results don't come you start doubting yourself, so it was very important to get the win. But this is just the beginning and we can only get better so we need to keep going."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic: "It was disappointing but generally we didn't produce our best play. Birmingham were more solid and the sending off of Fredericks killed us.

"I prefer not to make any comment on the sending off but the result was a big setback. Following our recent games we thought we could take the points, but we had problems with their long balls.

"We tried to find a solution after the sending off but I cannot complain about my team as they pushed hard."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Nsue
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 33KeitaBooked at 46mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 65mins
  • 8GleesonBooked at 51mins
  • 26DavisSubstituted forTescheat 83'minutes
  • 12Gardner
  • 15Jutkiewicz
  • 48SinclairSubstituted forAdamsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 7Tesche
  • 14Adams
  • 20Stewart
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
  • 25Cogley
  • 31Bielik

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksBooked at 68mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 30R SessegnonSubstituted forMaloneat 60'minutes
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 79mins
  • 14Johansen
  • 24AlukoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forCyriacat 78'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forAyitéat 60'minutes
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 3Malone
  • 4Odoi
  • 8Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 11Ayité
  • 15Madl
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
17,426

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 0.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Cyriac (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a cross.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Scott Malone (Fulham).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Robert Tesche.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

Cheick Keita (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Robert Tesche replaces David Davis.

Offside, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Sone Aluko.

Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross.

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

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Fulham 0. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cheick Keita.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Che Adams.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Davis.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cheick Keita.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton28186444212360
3Reading3017584439556
4Leeds29173941281354
5Huddersfield2816483531452
6Sheff Wed2914783428649
7Norwich29144114840846
8Derby2913793022846
9Barnsley30136114844445
10Fulham291110846331343
11Preston30119103837142
12Birmingham301010103239-740
13Brentford28106123735236
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15Nottm Forest30106144248-636
16Ipswich3099123139-836
17Cardiff30106143444-1036
18Wolves2998123840-235
19QPR3097142942-1334
20Bristol City2994163841-331
21Burton3087153041-1131
22Blackburn2977153446-1228
23Wigan2867152433-925
24Rotherham3044222764-3716
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