Birmingham City faced frustration as they succumbed to a late 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

The game, marked by a scarcity of clear-cut chances for both teams, saw an 85th-minute winner from Andi Weimann securing the victory for The Baggies.

Despite a valiant effort, Blues found themselves move up the table to 19th in the Championship, just one point away from 16th place with a game in hand. The defeat was particularly disheartening as it followed an otherwise decent performance, leaving the players and fans alike feeling that they deserved at least a point from the match.

New signings Paik Seung-Ho and Alex Pritchard made their debuts for Birmingham City, while January acquisition Andre Dozzell earned his first start for the team. The team’s defensive standout, Kevin Long, impressed with a solid performance in both defense and a near miss for a goal in the second half.

However, the game took an unfortunate turn in the final moments when Juninho Bacuna reported alleged racist abuse from the home stand. This incident marred what had been an incident-free afternoon, with players from both sides, as well as matchday stewards, becoming involved in the aftermath. Blues’ manager, Tony Mowbray, confirmed Bacuna’s report, marking the second time this season the player had reported such abuse.

The unsavory incident casted a shadow over the match, echoing last Sunday’s disgraceful episode during the Black Country Derby against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the same stadium, where crowd trouble erupted during the 80th minute after Wolves got the 2nd goal.

This was the 2nd racist incident aimed towards Bacuna, which came from some fans during the Huddersfield game earlier in the season, as well as racial abuse aimed by Indonesian football fans online. Both Birmingham and WBA has since made statements condemning the incident and the investigation into it by FA, EFL and West Midlands Police has begun. As well there was reports of some small Baggies fans hurling verbal abuse and spitting towards blues’ disabled supporters.

Despite the disappointing result, Birmingham City has shown improvement under the management of Tony Mowbray, surpassing the performance during the tenure of former manager Wayne Rooney. This match marks the second consecutive game without scoring for Blues, following the FA Cup encounter against Leicester City. The lack of clinical finishing in crucial moments has become a concern, emphasizing the need for Birmingham to convert chances to avoid future setbacks.

Looking ahead, Birmingham City must put the recent defeat behind them as they prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. The opponents, who suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat against relegation candidates Huddersfield Town, present an opportunity for Blues to rebound, secure three points, and climb further up the Championship table.