August 18, 2013 by bluenosebible
Written by: Oliver Osborn (The Bluenose Bible)
A second half winner by Andrew Crofts was enough to gain Oscar Garcia his first three points in charge of Brighton and heap more misery on the St. Andrews faithful who witnessed a second successive home defeat of the new season.
Darren Randolph showed his quality between the sticks to prevent Brighton taking the lead while the Seagulls were on top as the Irishmen made a fine low save to deny Ulloa’s header after a quarter of an hour and then a rushed out bravely at the Spanish striker’s feet in a one-on-one minutes later.
Blues failed to create many chances in the first half, however, as wing backs Neal Eardley and Shane Ferguson weren’t pushing forward enough to add width to their attacks and the midfielders didn’t gamble on making late runs into the box when Lee Clark’s side had the ball in a threatening area.
After the half time break the home side made up for their lack of chances with two long range efforts hitting the bar within the first five minutes.
Shinnie then became creator with a header to Lee Novak whose left foot effort, which was quite similar to Shinne’s shot on goal, also couldn’t find the net and cannoned against the bar and out for a goal kick.
The home fans began to back the side to encourage an opener while the Blues were on top, but they were unable to make their early second half dominance count.
On the hour mark former Blues midfielder Kemy Agustien had a great chance to put Brighton in front after being played through on goal, but Randolph made a good save to deny the Dutchman from scoring his first goal in English football.
Agustien was involved in the play again when Brighton eventually opened the scoring with 15 minutes to go. He played a through ball to Andrew Crofts, who made a good run to join in with the play before hitting home his first goal of the season.
It is now just one home win in six for Lee Clark’s side, including the end of last season, and with Ipswich Town the next visitors to St. Andrews it will be difficult for the Blues to end this run of poor home form.
Birmingham manager Lee Clark
“It is frustrating and I cannot keep saying we deserved better from the game.
“If we keep giving away disappointing goals like we did against Brighton it has to be frustrating.
“The players have already seen the goal on the footage because I was so angry and disappointed because it was so poor. We needed to talk about it as soon as possible.
“They had five players in the move who were never pressed and the deep midfield runner had a free run to score. You cannot do that at this level because you get punished.
“I am gutted for the fans because the support they have given the squad is unbelievable and all I want is to give them some positive results.”
Brighton boss Oscar Garcia
“I am a pleased with the win but I am a person who does not look just at the result. I want to watch the overall performance.
“We knew that our performances in the other games have been good but we have not been accurate in front of goal. At this level the most important thing is the points. We want to build a successful team but it will take time.
“I want to dedicate the win to all the fans of Brighton, especially those who travelled to the game.”
Man of the match: Matthew Upson