Blues in play-off paradise after two-goal win at Brentford

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September 30, 2015 by Shane Ireland

Brentford 0 Birmingham City 2

Written by: Luke Turner

Birmingham City bounced back to end a four game winless run as they defeated Brentford 2-0 at Griffin Park.

A goal from skipper Michael Morrison followed by a Clayton Donaldson strike against his former club heaped misery on newly-appointed Brentford boss Lee Carsley.

The win lifts Blues into fifth position while Brentford sit in 19th, just one point above the relegation zone.

Blues boss Gary Rowett made two changes from the side beaten at home to Rotherham United at the weekend with Paul Robinson and David Davis coming in to replace Jonathan Spector and Jon Toral.

The first half was evenly matched with both sides enjoying spells of possession but failing to create any clear cut chances.

Blues had the first effort at goal but David Cotterill dragged his strike from the edge of the area wide of the post.

Brentford striker Marco Djuricin then forced Tomasz Kuszczak into a low save after some neat build up play from the Bee’s.

It was then the turn of Cotterill again as he met Stephen Gleeson’s cross at the far post, only to be denied by the palms of David Button in the Brentford goal.

After the break, it was Brentford who started the brighter and Kuszczak was again called into action as he denied Lasse Vibe, beating the ball away from danger.

Blues weathered that storm and began to take control before they eventually took the lead. A corner kick from Cotterill was met by the head of Morrison and the skipper powered home to score his first goal in a Blues shirt.

Carsley’s men found it difficult to create as the Blues rearguard stood firm. However as 90 minutes approached, Brentford thought they had equalised when Alan Judge cannoned a shot which, unfortunately for the and luckily for Blues, hit the top of the crossbar and went over.

The points were sealed with almost the last kick of the game as Donaldson raced through on goal before cooly slotting the ball past Button to ensure the victory.

Up next for Blues is a tricky trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United whilst Brentford travel to pre season promotion favourites Derby County.

Blues boss Gary Rowett:

“We knew Brentford would have lot of possession but we are quite happy with teams doing that and we kept our shape and asserted control in second half.

“Gradually we grew into the game and had far more clear cut chances than them. We have some clever players in there who know the game and as it went on our fitness levels got better and better and we attacked well and thoroughly deserved our two goals.

“We could have expected Brentford to bounce back for their new manager but we quelled that and took our chances when we needed to.

“We kept our shape and discipline and in the end I thought we were quite comfortable winners.”

Brentford manager Lee Carsley:

“We did okay in the first half but didn’t really carry much threat. There’s a lack of confidence and that’s the hardest thing in football.

“We have players here who are new to the English game and we need to give them a bit of time.

“I would rather lose 2-0 trying to get something out of the game, so if Alan Judge’s shot goes in off the bar then it’s a different story. I was disappointed that we went a little ragged after they scored but we have some good players here and they will go on to have a great season.”

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