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Birmingham City 2-1 Luton Town: Jutkiewicz scores late winner for Blues

Kristian Pedersen scoring for Birmingham City
Kristian Pedersen netted his first goal for Birmingham City since scoring the winner against Brentford on the opening day of the season

Lukas Jutkiewicz's late header gave Birmingham City all three points against Luton Town in the Championship.

Blues opened the scoring with the last kick of the first half when Kristian Pedersen headed in fellow full-back Maxime Colin's cross.

Pedersen was at fault for Luton's equaliser, however, losing possession before substitute Harry Cornick blasted the ball beyond keeper Lee Camp.

But Birmingham retook the lead with eight minutes remaining as Jutkiewicz nodded home a corner.

In the first league meeting between the two sides since December 2006, Blues started the brighter and nearly went in front after two minutes as Luton keeper James Shea denied Jutkiewicz from close range.

Shea did well to deny Jutkiewicz again midway through the first period, keeping out a deflected effort destined for the top corner as the hosts dominated, but he could do nothing about Pedersen's opener.

The Hatters improved after the restart with keeper Camp pushing substitute James Collins's powerful strike onto the post in the 65th minute.

And two minutes later Luton were level, as Izzy Brown pinched the ball from Pedersen before assisting Cornick whose shot sailed in off the crossbar.

But the hosts found a winner as Jutkiewicz, unmarked at the back post, headed in his third goal of the season to keep Birmingham 11th in the Championship table, just one point outside the play-off places, with Luton 18th.

Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"I am very pleased. (This result) is a massive credit to the players. No one will argue that we deserved one more goal.

"We played the way we wanted to play. Now (we've done that) for a lot of our games. We are growing and we are very confident with our football.

"Again we found spaces, we found attacks and we kept putting pressure on their goal. And I'm very happy as well for both goals to come from two set-pieces."

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We're just getting to the stage of the season when just being positive about performances is not enough. I've said that to the players, we have to take points.

"We wanted to stay in it and we did. And then we give a stupid set-piece goal away which was arguably a foul, in the 82nd minute of the game. Sometimes (those) fine margins cost you.

"I believe in the lads, their character is outstanding. There are 18 (players) in that dressing room, everybody's contributing."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 12Dean
  • 4RobertsBooked at 11mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forMaghomaat 87'minutes
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forDavisat 87'minutes
  • 17Villalba Rodrigo
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forGiménezat 77'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 19Maghoma
  • 24Giménez
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman
  • 37Bailey

Luton

  • 36Shea
  • 2CranieBooked at 90mins
  • 6Pearson
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 4TunnicliffeSubstituted forCornickat 66'minutes
  • 22BoltonSubstituted forButterfieldat 87'minutes
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 24Brown
  • 25LuaLuaBooked at 45mins
  • 7McManamanSubstituted forCollinsat 60'minutesBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 11Shinnie
  • 12Sluga
  • 14Cornick
  • 19Collins
  • 26Bree
  • 28Jones
  • 29Butterfield
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
21,799

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home13
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Luton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Luton Town 1.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Fran Villalba (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Giménez.

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

Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt blocked. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Martin Cranie (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Martin Cranie (Luton Town).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.

Attempt saved. Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Daniel Crowley.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Jude Bellingham.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jacob Butterfield replaces Luke Bolton.

Attempt blocked. Sonny Bradley (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaiah Brown with a cross.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ivan Sunjic.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Martin Cranie (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Luton Town 1. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harlee Dean with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke Bolton.

Attempt blocked. Fran Villalba (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fran Villalba with a cross.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Crowley with a cross.

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

Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Álvaro Giménez replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Isaiah Brown with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Isaiah Brown.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Isaiah Brown with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Hand ball by Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Fran Villalba with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by James Collins.

Booking

James Collins (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

goal

As It Stood

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2Preston1474327161125
3Leeds14743178925
4Sheff Wed147341810824
5Fulham146532314923
6Bristol City136522017323
7QPR137242323023
8Charlton146442116522
9Nottm Forest136431712522
10Swansea136431713422
11Birmingham147161416-222
12Hull145452020019
13Brentford135351511418
14Cardiff134631919018
15Millwall144641619-318
16Derby144641620-418
17Blackburn144371721-415
18Luton144282125-414
19Wigan134271017-714
20Huddersfield143471621-513
21Reading133371419-512
22Middlesbrough142661117-612
23Stoke1422101325-128
24Barnsley141581227-158
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