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Birmingham City 0-2 Norwich City

Josh Murphy's clinching strike at St Andrew's was his eighth goal of the season
Josh Murphy's clinching strike at St Andrew's was his eighth goal of the season

Norwich City scored a goal in each half to keep bottom club Birmingham City rooted to the foot of the Championship.

Alex Pritchard got the opener from a clever set-piece, angling into the top corner when James Maddison touched a low free-kick to the right.

Pritchard's reverse pass then sent Josh Murphy through to finish on 71 minutes, rounding home keeper David Stockdale to shoot home right-footed.

Steve Cotterill's disappointing Blues managed just two shots on target.

They have now won just twice in 13 matches under Cotterill, who received a public vote of confidence from the Blues board prior to Saturday's 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Injury-hit Birmingham, severely handicapped by their lack of strikers, have scored just five goals since Cotterill took charge. And Lukas Jutkiewicz, drafted back into the side in place of the suspended Sam Gallagher, failed to make much impression.

Their best chance came when defender Jonathan Grounds went on a run, finishing with a curling shot towards the far top corner which forced Angus Gunn to make a fingertip save.

Having picked up just two points out of a possible 21 from their last seven games, they remain three adrift of safety.

Norwich, who were without Birmingham old boy Cameron Jerome, climb to 15th after their first away win in two months - and only their second win in 10 matches. And it needed two outstanding late saves from Stockdale to prevent an even heavier defeat.

Alex Pritchard's 33rd-minute strike was his first goal of the season after missing the first four months with an ankle injury
Alex Pritchard's 33rd-minute strike was his first goal of the season after missing the first four months with an ankle injury

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC WM:

"The first 33 minutes did not feel like a step back but then we conceded a goal. The first goal was always going to be key. They probably knew that as well.

"We've made two mistakes for the goals. But I don't want to persecute individuals. People do make mistakes and we're getting burnt for everything at this moment in time.

"Everyone knows the problem. We've lost Isaac Vassell, Che Adams and now also Sam Gallagher, who'd just scored two in two. If anything had happened to Lukas Jutkiewicz, I don't know where we'd have been for a centre-forward. We wouldn't have had one."

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"Our last home game (against Brentford) was really awful and we needed a reaction. To get a first clean sheet in 11 games was important. We created lots of chances and it was a totally deserved win.

"This is the toughest period of the season and it is good to have more options. Josh Murphy was back in the squad with a really solid performance and a beautiful goal.

"And Alex Pritchard is special. He can always create something. It was a brilliant goal and a brilliant assist."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gardner
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 45mins
  • 27JotaSubstituted forMaghomaat 45'minutes
  • 17NdoyeSubstituted forDavisat 45'minutes
  • 20Boga
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Nsue
  • 4Roberts
  • 15Bramall
  • 19Maghoma
  • 26Davis
  • 39Trueman
  • 50Gleeson

Norwich

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Pinto
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 52mins
  • 15Klose
  • 26Lewis
  • 27Tettey
  • 19Trybull
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forWildschutat 85'minutes
  • 23MaddisonSubstituted forReedat 80'minutes
  • 11MurphyBooked at 79mins
  • 9OliveiraSubstituted forWatkinsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Husband
  • 4Reed
  • 8Vrancic
  • 12Watkins
  • 17Wildschut
  • 31Hanley
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
19,967

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Norwich City 2.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Harrison Reed (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Harlee Dean.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Yanic Wildschut replaces Alex Pritchard.

Attempt missed. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Reed.

Attempt saved. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Harrison Reed replaces James Maddison.

Booking

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

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

Marley Watkins (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marley Watkins replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Norwich City 2. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a through ball.

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

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

Attempt missed. Tom Trybull (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ivo Pinto.

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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7Middlesbrough2411583223938
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14Sheff Wed247983029130
15Norwich2486102430-630
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