Report: Blues 1-2 Norwich City

HALF-TIME: Blues 0-0 Norwich City

The Blues showed their intention from the start in the second half and Grant Hanley had to block Alfie Chang’s shot from inside the D. However, it was another touch from Norwich defender Omobamidele that played a key role in the first game.

Bacuna’s sweeping delivery down the left, after Jordan Graham enticed him to lead the channel, was deflected into Hogan’s path. Although, still with work to do, the number nine kept his composure and effectively cushioned the ball past Tim Krul from close range.

Shortly after, Troy Deeney just needed to slow down his effort a bit as it went over the crossbar as Birmingham looked to strike again. And an already vibrant B9 crowd received another boost when Hannibal came on for his debut, a nuance more than 24 hours after signing for the Club.

But there was an unwelcome twist shortly after the hour when Dean Smith’s charges leveled. Initially, Ruddy was perfectly successful in parrying a vicious free-kick from Marcelino Nunez, although there was little he could do to prevent what followed, as Omobamidele tackled the rush. goal that followed.

Now, with their tails up, Norwich really should have gone ahead. First Sargent failed to convert a deflected cross, then substitute Teemu Pukki cut wide from inside the box.

As night fell, temperatures on the pitch rose and when Trusty and Krul both jumped for a spiraling delivery from Williams, the Blues man was judged for fouling the opposing goalkeeper and then was warned as Omobamidele opposed the 50-50 challenge.

Deeney then put his body into the heat of the battle, bravely launching himself past a stinging attempt from Nunez and the fighting spirit was infectious, with George Hall’s tenacity helping the hosts go from defending from a corner to winning fast as lightning.

From that set piece, Marc Roberts beat his marker to the head and Krul had to thank Pukki for clearing the effort. Then, in the third of seven extra minutes, the Finland international showed his worth at the other end. He slipped Hernandez and the former Blues stole the points with a low shot.

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