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Birmingham City 0-1 Middlesbrough

Patrick Bamford runs away in celebration after scoring at Birmingham City
Patrick Bamford has scored seven goals in four games, having scored three in his previous 29 Middlesbrough matches this season

Garry Monk's first game as Birmingham City boss ended in defeat by his former club Middlesbrough at St Andrew's.

The hosts started brightly, with Craig Gardner and Maikel Kieftenbeld forcing saves from Boro keeper Darren Randolph.

But Blues fell behind when Patrick Bamford turned in Adama Traore's inswinging delivery from the left.

Sam Gallagher was unable to convert the hosts' best two chances after the break, firing wide from a tight angle before heading off target late on.

Monk, who won 12 of his 26 games in charge at the Riverside before being sacked in December, was assisted by Pep Clotet after former Blues assistant Lee Carsley left the club earlier on Tuesday.

Blues matched their opponents for much of the game, but their struggles in front of goal continued, as they were unable to add to their league-worst tally of 23 goals this season.

Birmingham have lost six successive games and are two points adrift of safety in 22nd place with 10 games left to play.

Victory for Middlesbrough lifted them back into the play-off places, one point ahead of seventh-placed Bristol City.

Tony Pulis' side have lost only once in their past six matches, helped by Bamford's spectacular run of form, the former Chelsea striker having scored seven goals in his past four appearances.

Birmingham boss Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"I thought it was a tight game, I thought we limited their threats very well, so from a defensive point of we were very, very good.

"When the goal went in I was very pleased with the commitment, the attitude and the passion the players showed today along with a passionate crowd.

"In the second half we really dominated, we dominated the whole second half. We really tried to force the equaliser, it didn't quite happen but I saw a lot of things that I'm very pleased with."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told BBC Tees:

"I thought in the first half we were good, we played some good football at times and got into some really good positions.

"In the second half, for whatever reason, we sat back a bit more and the game became scrappy which didn't suit us.

"It was a tough game today because it was [Garry] Monk's first game, it's a bounce game. When a new manager comes in you usually get a bounce effect.

"It gives all their players a lift, it's a new manager, the players step up to it, the crowd are behind them so it's difficult circumstances but the lads coped really well."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 22Jenkinson
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 82mins
  • 12Dean
  • 5Colin
  • 8Gardner
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 27Jota
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forBogaat 75'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forGallagherat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 15Bramall
  • 17Ndoye
  • 18Gallagher
  • 20Boga
  • 21Lowe
  • 29Kuszczak

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 5ShottonSubstituted forCranieat 71'minutes
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8Clayton
  • 27Besic
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forBakerat 83'minutes
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forAssombalongaat 77'minutes
  • 19Downing

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 14Cranie
  • 20Fry
  • 21Johnson
  • 23Harrison
  • 30Baker
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
18,301

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Middlesbrough 1.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

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

Foul by Martin Cranie (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jeremie Boga with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

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

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

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

Foul by Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Baker replaces Adama Traoré.

Booking

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Britt Assombalonga replaces Patrick Bamford.

Attempt missed. Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jeremie Boga replaces Che Adams.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Martin Cranie replaces Ryan Shotton.

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Gallagher replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

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

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by George Friend.

goal

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