Match Reports

Albion 1-0 Birmingham City

An image of Andi Weimann celebrating a goal against Birmingham

Albion scored late to earn an important 1-0 victory over Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.

Andi Weimann’s 85th minute goal secured all three Sky Bet Championship points from a feisty West Midlands derby at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies, who remain fifth in the table with 17 fixtures now remaining, travel to Ipswich Town next weekend.

An image of Andi Weimann celebrating a goal against Birmingham

The boss, who took charge even after his wife gave birth to their second child the night before, restored Tom Fellows to his starting XI - and also named Albion’s new additions on the bench.

It was a faced-paced start in a good atmosphere as Jay Stansfield tested Alex Palmer for Blues, before Kyle Bartley nodded wide down the other end.

A quick counter-attack created a good chance midway through the 45 - Fellows and John Swift combining to set-up Jed Wallace, but he could only fire at Neil Etheridge.

Brandon Thomas-Asante saw a couple of long-distance shots blocked in a much quieter end to the opening period, with neither team able to find the first goal ahead of half-time.

An image of Brandon Thomas-Asante shooting against Blues

Albion came out strongly and fostered two opportunities within 10 minutes of the restart. Alex Mowatt glancing a header narrowly off-target and Thomas-Asante smashing a volley agonisingly over.

Corberán turned to his bench around the hour mark and introduced Mikey Johnson & Callum Marshall for their debuts in an attempt to find a winner.

It was Blues, though, who went very close next - Kevin Long glancing a deft poke onto the inside of the post. Mowatt then had to bravely block Keshi Anderson’s powerful effort as the visitors put Albion under pressure.

But the Baggies - after soaking up those Blues attacks - got the goal they craved five minutes from time. Darnell Furlong broke down the right and sent a wonderful cross to substitute Weimann, who finished superbly at the front post.

An image of Andi Weimann celebrating a goal against Birmingham

And that turned out to be the decisive moment - ensuring the Baggies took the points in B71.

Albion: Palmer; Furlong, Kipre (Chalobah 69), Bartley, Townsend; Yokuslu, Mowatt; Wallace (Weimann 69), Swift (Johnston 62), Fellows (Dike 83); Thomas-Asante (Marshall 62).

Substitutes: Griffiths, Pieters, Pipa, Chalobah, Whitwell.

Attendance: 25,235.