Report - Birmingham City 1-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 15/02/2014
A superb strike from Huddersfield Town midfielder Adam Clayton gave The Terriers a satisfying victory over a lacklustre Birmingham City at St. Andrews.Report - Birmingham City 1-2 Huddersfield Town

Fellow midfielder Oliver Norwood fired Town into a early lead before Clayton doubled Town's advantage on the hour mark with The Blues grabbing a consolation with virtually the last kick of the match through Oliver Lee.

Town have one of the worst away records in the Championship whilst Birmingham having one of the worst home record with only two wins on home soil so far this season and the loss to The Terriers condemned The Blues to a 11th straight home defeat.

Town boss Mark Robins was looking for a reaction from his squad after slating his players in the aftermath of a 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in midweek and the win was the perfect tonic but Birmingham did not put up much of a fight.

The home side offered very little in attack and gave the home supporters little to cheer as a shot late in the second half was greeted with ironic cheers. Blues manager Lee Clark slamming his team in the post-match interview accusing his players of not listening to his instructions about marking and closing down certain opposition players.

Birmingham-born James Vaughan failed a late fitness test for The Terriers which meant Danny Ward started in what was the only change from the defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Chris Burke was denied by a smart tackle from Anthony Gerrard as the Scottish winger looked to close in on goal and Danny Ward registered Town's first effort with a long range shot that curled away from goal.

Ward's next contribution resulted in Town taking the lead on 10 minutes. Ward collected Clayton's pass and his lovely chip forward was raced on to by Oliver Norwood and after taking a touch, the midfielder fired the ball into the back of the net.

Nahki Wells was close to doubling the lead for the away side with a close range flick but Blues goalkeeper Darren Randolph managed to juggle the ball and gather at the second attempt.

Birmingham midfielder Tom Adeyemi could not direct his header on target from a smart cross from Chris Burke and then Burke himself tested Alex Smithies with a curling effort that the Town goalkeeper was equal to.

With half time approaching Town were firmly in control with Clayton and Norwood controlling the play in midfield and Danny Ward causing problems up front.

Wells tested Randolph with a snapshot as the ball bobbled into the striker's path and Norwood hit a long range effort all wrong.

Peter Clarke replaced the injured Joel Lynch at the interval for his first appearance since injuring his knee against Birmingham in the home fixture back in October.

The Blues registered the first effort of the second half with on-loan Manchester City midfieler Emyr Huws smashing a shot from the edge of the area straight at Smithies.

On the hour mark Town doubled their lead through a moment of quality from Adam Clayton. Ward's lay-off was picked up by Clayton who skipped past Lee and hit a long range effort that swerved in the air to leave Randolph having no chance of saving it.

Nikola Zigic and Peter Lovenkrands were thrown on for the home side but the away side continued to be the better side. Paul Dixon hit a long range effort over the bar and Ward's effort just missed the target.

Federico Macheda totally miscued his shot from close range after being picked out by Burke but Birmingham did pull once back with the last kick of the game when Oliver Lee fired in a volley from close range from a Zigic knock down.

Sean's Star Man - Danny Ward
Two assists for the winger-turned-striker. By dropping deep Ward caused Birmingham all sorts of problems.

Teams:

Birmingham: Randolph, Caddis, Robinson, Adeyemi (Zigic 59), Packwood, Martin, Burke, Huws, Novak (Lovenkrands 75), Macheda, Brown (Lee 45).
Subs not used: Howard, Doyle, Rusnak, Blackett.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Smith, Gerrard, Lynch (Clarke 45), Hammill, Hogg, Norwood (Southern 87), Clayton, Dixon, Ward, Wells (Scannell 89).
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Paterson, Lolley.

Referee: Darren Deadman
Attendance: 14,112.

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