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Birmingham City 0-2 Brentford

Ollie Watkins scores for Brentford
Ollie Watkins (number 11) has scored five goals in his past seven appearances for Brentford

Brentford stretched their unbeaten run in the Championship to eight games by beating Birmingham City.

Ollie Watkins netted their opener from the penalty spot after Michael Morrison brought down Neal Maupay in the box, before substitute Maupay got a second.

The Frenchman turned neatly and shot past Tomasz Kuszczak from 15 yards.

The hosts, who lost ex-Brentford full-back Maxime Colin to injury in the first half, remain 21st and two points clear of the relegation zone.

Birmingham midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld hit the post from 30 yards just before half-time but Steve Cotterill's side were undone by two late goals at St Andrew's.

Home goalkeeper Kuszczak had already made three saves from Lasse Vibe before he was finally beaten by the spot-kick from Watkins, who has now scored five goals in his past seven appearances for the Bees.

Blues have found the net only five times in their eight league games at home this season - the lowest total in the Championship.

Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill told BBC WM: "It was always going to be a tough game after the emotions of the Aston Villa game.

"In the first 30 minutes there wasn't a lot in it but at half-time we got in level and weathered a spell of pressure.

"Maikel Kieftenbeld had a fantastic shot, which if it had gone in, would've been a different game for us. I'm then not sure it's a penalty for them as I think Michael Morrison's got a foot on it.

"They kept going until the end and I can't fault their effort. We need that little bit of quality in certain areas to enable other players to relax a little bit."

Brentford boss Dean Smith: "Neal Maupay had gone unrewarded for an awful lot of quality and effort in terms of goals. He's scored all his goals coming off the bench.

"Lasse Vibe got injured (earlier in the season) and Neal was having to put in a real tough shift himself, especially as he's new to the country and the Championship.

"Birmingham were probably a bit fearful of how we've been playing. It needed something. We're eight games unbeaten now and we were playing better football earlier in the season and not winning games."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 5ColinSubstituted forCotterillat 9'minutes
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 73mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisBooked at 54mins
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 77'minutes
  • 27JotaSubstituted forGallagherat 57'minutes
  • 17Ndoye
  • 19Maghoma
  • 14Adams

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 12Dean
  • 18Gallagher
  • 20Boga
  • 23Cotterill
  • 39Trueman

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 22DalsgaardSubstituted forBarbetat 65'minutes
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 20Clarke
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 15WoodsBooked at 31mins
  • 7JozefzoonSubstituted forCanosat 85'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11Watkins
  • 21VibeSubstituted forMaupayat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 9Maupay
  • 10McEachran
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 31Mepham
  • 47Canos
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
19,045

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Brentford 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Josh Clarke.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

  7. Post update

    Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Davis.

  11. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Grounds tries a through ball, but Marc Roberts is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Brentford 2. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Gallagher with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves15102327151232
2Cardiff1594221111031
3Sheff Utd1510052013730
4Bristol City157622415927
5Aston Villa157532113826
6Derby147432115625
7Leeds157262316723
8Middlesbrough156542013723
9Norwich156451418-422
10Preston155641916321
11Ipswich147072322121
12QPR155641918121
13Nottm Forest157082126-521
14Sheff Wed155551918120
15Brentford154742220219
16Fulham154741817119
17Millwall154561716117
18Hull154472726116
19Barnsley144462021-116
20Reading144371417-315
21Birmingham15339823-1512
22Sunderland151772030-1010
23Burton15249931-2210
24Bolton151591128-178
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