Blues picked up a big three points at St Andrew’s thanks to goals from Scott Hogan and Kristian Pedersen against Forest.
Goals from Scott Hogan and Kristian Pedersen gave Birmingham City a vital home win over Nottingham Forest.
Hogan equalised in the first half, Pedersen pounced in the second rendering which resulted in Tiago Silva’s opener beig meaningless.
It was a battling performance and a huge three points on a day when frustration bubbled just under the surface.
No chance with the goal but otherwise this was a very good display from the veteran. It’s not an exaggeration to say his penalty save turned the game.
Kept very busy defensively so had precious little opportunity to get forward. He stuck to his task manfully though and played a big part in a brave display.
Comfortably the captain’s best performance of the season on a day when he could easily have been left out for Marc Roberts. A towering aerial performance with a key block on the line.
Stood shoulder to shoulder with his captain and made some crucial blocks. So good when exposed one-on-one with runners.
On the spot to apply the perfect finish to a stressful week in which he had been linked with a Premier league move. Got caught out of position defensively a couple of times – but we are being picky. Lolley didn’t score and you can’t say that often.
Showed such maturity and responsibility playing on the left. When Blues needed a lift in the first half often it was the teenager who tried to provide it. So lucky to have him.
You could tell he was feeling this one – David Davis’ departure has given him the chance to stake a claim. Not a blemish-free display but one that oozed desire.
Some of his work with the ball really is of high quality. But there were times when he looked as though he wasn’t quite up to the speed of the Championship. Others when he looked like he could dictate play.
Another enterprising effort from a player who has turned out to be an absolute steal. Had a hand in both goals and his defensive understanding is improving too. Always seems to provide end product.
He will be thrilled to star his Blues career in the perfect way. It was so refreshing to see someone making the runs in behind that Hogan made. His work-rate was right where it needed to be.
Led the line well and clearly revelled in having someone up alongside him. He might be almost as happy setting up a strike partner as scoring himself.
SUNJIC (for McEachran, 60) 6
MAGHOMA (for Bellingham, 79) 5
Wasted a couple of openings
ROBERTS (for Hogan, 84) N/A
Not used: Trueman, Harding, Montero, Concannon.
Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Watson, Yates; Lolley, Silva (Walker 78), Ameobi (Diakhaby 61); Grabban Subs: Smith, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Semedo, Dawson
BLUES: Hogan (42), Pedersen (74)
THE REF: Jeremy Simpson
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