Blackburn Rovers 2 Birmingham City 0 – Blues undone at Ewood ParkLeave a comment
March 9, 2016 by Made In Brum
By Luke Turner
Birmingham City’s recent poor away form continued last night as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
Two quick fire first half goals from Tony Watt and Danny Graham secured the three points for Rovers, and the result leaves Blues without an away goal in any of their last four outings.
Paul Lambert’s side took the lead after 20 minutes when Watt pounced on a defensive error from Michael Morrison and fired past Kuszczak from close range.
Minutes later Jon Toral played in Clayton Donaldson through on goal. The striker went down under pressure from Ben Marshall but play was waved on by the referee when only a penalty and red card looked inevitable.
Rovers went straight back up the other end as a long hoof from ‘keeper Jason Steele spilt the Blues defence before Graham rounded Paul Robinson and slotted home for the second.
Diego Fabbrini was brought on by Gary Rowett at half time in an attempt to improve Blues’ fortunes going forward.
The change left Blues short at the back and the home side almost added a third on the counter. It took a mixture of Kuszczak’s face and chest to prevent Graham from getting his second after the forward won the footrace with Robinson.
Blues almost grabbed one back when Jonathan Grounds saw his initial shot blocked before firing the rebound straight back off the post.
It was then Fabbrini’s turn to try his luck. A neat bit of skill gave the Italian some space to strike a shot which looked to be heading into the far corner but Steele was equal to it as he palmed away.
Ultimately, though, the damage was done in those three first half minutes and Blues simply weren’t good enough.
Next up is the small matter of a trip to Molineux to face Wolves where Blues will be looking to bounce back and put to bed this dismal run of away results.