Match Reports

Birmingham City 2-0 Albion

Grady Diangana in action for Albion v Birmingham City at St. Andrew's

Albion suffered defeat against Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s on Friday night.

Goals from Hannibal Mejbri and Krystian Bielik either side of half-time ensured Blues took all three points away from the Sky Bet Championship clash in the West Midlands.

In a show of solidarity with those affected by the tragic events in Turkey and Syria, Okay Yokuslu led out the Baggies ahead of kick-off.

It was a combative start from the home side, who could’ve been ahead earlier than they were when Auston Trusty diverted a free header over the post from a corner kick in the opening three minutes.

But Blues would take the advantage before the ten-minute mark. Referee James Linnington awarded City a free-kick a few yards outside the box, and following some thought, Mejbri was able to curl the ball around the wall and past David Button to put the hosts in front.

Further chances went the way of John Eustace’s side, Tahith Chong had a couple of efforts - one of which was saved by Button - and Juninho Bacuna volleyed over the bar from distance.

The Baggies, largely due the approach from Blues, struggled to forge any openings during the first 45.

Dike almost capitalised on a poor back pass to goal from defender Kevin Long - which deflected wide after the United States international collided with home keeper John Ruddy.

But Marc Albrighton came closest to finding the net and almost finished off Albion’s best move of the half, shooting from the right side of the box following neat play down the other flank. But a deflection ensured the recent addition’s effort went wide, and that the hosts went in ahead at the interval.

Like the first 45, it was an effective start to proceedings by the hosts after the interval and they soon doubled their advantage when Bielik beat Button to a dangerous delivery to head in the second goal of the game.

Boss Carlos Corberán used all of his available substitutes in a bid to revive the game, but other than John Swift’s deflected strike - which was parried by Ruddy - the Baggies failed to test City’s defensive resolve on the night, as they left St. Andrew’s empty-handed.

Albion: Button; Furlong, O’Shea, Pieters, Townsend (Reach 68); Molumby, Yokuslu (Chalobah 55); Albrighton (Swift 55), Wallace, Diangana (Thomas-Asante 55); Dike (Grant 68).

Substitutes: Griffiths, Ajayi.

Attendance: 17,781 (2,244 away)