Birmingham City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

1 Oct

Stephen Gleeson


Midfielder Stephen Gleeson’s second-half goal was his first of the season

Birmingham stretched their unbeaten run to seven Championship games with a home win over Blackburn.

After spurning two good opportunities, Stephen Gleeson fired Birmingham in front, finding the top corner from David Cotterill’s neat ball.

Cotterill hit the post as the hosts looked for a second, while Blackburn’s best chance saw Tommie Hoban fire over from Craig Conway’s free-kick.

Defeat keeps Blackburn in the bottom three while Birmingham are up to sixth.

Rovers, who have conceded in all 11 of their league games so far, pushed for a late equaliser but goalkeeper Jason Steele – up for a last-gasp corner – could not quite reach Sam Gallagher’s square header.

Birmingham’s Che Adams shot just wide and Jacques Maghoma inadvertently blocked Jonathan Grounds’ far-post header as the hosts edged the first half.

Marvin Emnes’ brilliant shot for Rovers was saved by Adam Legzdins before Gleeson opened the scoring with a neat finish and it could have been 2-0 but Jonathan Spector fired over from close range.

Blackburn, who have now won just two of their past 12 games in all competitions, pushed forward in stoppage time but it was too little, too late.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

“You can play against teams near the bottom who can turn you over. We have to be mindful of these teams.

“We caused them problems but they caused us one or two. Our second half was better.

“We tend to start slowly but get stronger and that is testament to our experience and game management.

“The key moment for me was early in the second half when Adam Legzdins made a fantastic save from Marvin Emnes. It was a crucial save and we went away to score the winner.”

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle:

“It was a hard-fought game. The margins were very fine.

“We could have picked up a point. If we had scored the first goal it could have been different as we had a couple of opportunities to score.

“The disappointment was that we were in possession before they scored the goal. Saying that, it was a wonderful finish from Gleeson.

“From our point of view it was avoidable as there were enough bodies around. It made it difficult because we had to make substitutions because of injuries.”

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Delay in match Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Diego Fabbrini.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces David Davis.

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Rhoys Wiggins replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tommie Hoban.

Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tommie Hoban.

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

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Marvin Emnes because of an injury.

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

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