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Derby County 3-1 Birmingham City: Second-half goals end Blues' unbeaten run

Derby score a second goal against Birmingham
Derby took a 2-1 lead when Lukas Jutkiewicz (left) deflected Harry Wilson's free-kick into the net

Two Derby County goals in three second-half minutes helped end Birmingham City's 11-match unbeaten run in the Championship.

Blues had looked on course for a fifth successive league victory when Lukas Jutkiewicz controlled Che Adams' cross and slotted in past Scott Carson.

But Derby's bright start to the second period was rewarded when substitute Mason Bennett turned in Craig Forsyth's cross from close range.

Harry Wilson's free-kick deflected in off Jutkiewicz to complete the turnaround and Jack Marriott's low finish through the legs of Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp lifted Derby to within two points of the Championship summit.

The Rams exited the Carabao Cup at Chelsea on Wednesday, but victory against Garry Monk's Blues extended their unbeaten run in the second tier to six games.

Jutkiewicz's eighth goal in his past seven appearances gave visitors Birmingham the advantage as they sought a fifth straight league win for the first time since December 2009.

Camp preserved their one-goal lead until the interval, making saves from Wilson and Marriott, before Derby's quickfire double turned the match in the hosts' favour.

Bennett's goal was his first in a league game for the Rams for more than five years, while Liverpool loanee Wilson found the net for the fourth time this season - albeit with a touch of fortune.

Wales international Wilson almost capped an impressive individual display with a fourth Derby goal, but he hit the post with a late set-piece.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard:

"We were too slow on the ball and even though we were in the game, we were moving the ball too slow.

"We needed to be quicker on it and I said that in no uncertain terms and the great thing is the players took it on instantly and they changed it with their urgency in the way they played.

"Birmingham are well organised and if you don't move the ball quickly through those lines, they'll defend all day long against you.

"There are moments when you need to do your job and my job was to get my message across but however much you do that the players are the ones that go out and do it."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk:

"The first half was good, exactly what we wanted. We were very disciplined and good defensively and we were creating good chances.

"In terms of an away performance at a place like this, coming in a goal up is very good.

"But in the second half, not taking anything away from Derby who had a really good second half, I think we beat ourselves, especially in the goals.

"We lacked the usual high standards of concentration that we've had and when the levels are a little bit lower it leads to mistakes and we made mistakes for their goals that were unusual for us.

"We've been on a fantastic run and I don't think this should overshadow the work these players have been doing to prove we can compete and the next step for us is to show that we can respond whenever we face a defeat."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 7Wilson
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 23HolmesSubstituted forJohnsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forBennettat 15'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forJozefzoonat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 5Tomori
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 15Johnson
  • 20Bennett
  • 21Roos
  • 28Nugent
  • 46Malone

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1CampBooked at 51mins
  • 5Colin
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 82mins
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23Jota
  • 20GardnerBooked at 65minsSubstituted forHardingat 74'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Mahoney
  • 9Adams
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
28,114

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 3, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Florian Jozefzoon replaces Jack Marriott.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Bradley Johnson replaces Duane Holmes.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Richard Keogh (Derby County) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mason Bennett (Derby County).

  14. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Curtis Davies.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Wes Harding.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Booking

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Jack Marriott (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.