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MetiNews.Com - Birmingham City slipped to their first Championship defeat of the season in a game decided by Barry Bannan's second half penalty
Breaking News ! Birmingham City turned in a drab performance and rightly lost their unbeaten record at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan's 49th minute penalty was all it took to give Garry Monk's men all three points against utterly toothless Blues. Aitor Karanka made three changes to the team which drew at Stoke, with Gary Gardner and Dan Crowley coming in for their first league starts this season - and Scott Hogan back up front. In truth Blues struggled to make any impact as an attacking force in the first half, fashioning just one Jeremie Bela shot on target. Even that tame 14th minute effort was straight at Cameron Dawson. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now There was far more aimed at Neil Etheridge’s goal and Blues had their goalkeeper to thank for tipping over Adam Reach’s rising drive. Etheridge was then grateful to see Josh Windass’ 18th minute free kick smack off his right hand post and elude Kadeem Harris as he closed. Midway through the period Callum Paterson flashed a header from Moses Odubajo’s inswinging cross past the upright. And Wednesday were aggrieved when Windass went one-on-one with Kristian Pedersen through the middle but his the deck after tangling with the Dane. The Owls got the benefit of Graham Scott’s whistle soon after the restart, though, when Paterson came in on Adam Clayton’s blindside and was clipped by the midfielder. The referee pointed to the spot, from where Bannan fired low past Etheridge’s left hand. That came just seconds after the Scot had tested Etheridge with a curling shot from the edge of the area. Blues sent Jonathan Leko and Riley McGree on to liven their attack – and while there was some late pressure Dawson was pretty much untroubled. He should have been beaten with nine minutes to go though when Friend flicked Ivan Sanchez’s free kick wide from ten yards. Leko came even closer in the closing stages when Joost van Aken blocked his touch to Scott Hogan's cross. STARTING FORMATION 4-2-3-1 ETHERIDGE 6.5 Blues needed their goalkeeper early in the game when he produced an excellent save to tip over from Adam Reach. Got close to the penalty - but not close enough. COLIN 6 Tidied up some awkward first half situations really well. Had very little influence going forward though. DEAN 7* It was his neat flicked pass that freed Bela for Blues' only meaningful shot of the first half. Competed well against Callum Paterson. Solid enough.
.5 Vital sliding interception after Windass looked as though Crowley's loose pass had put him clean through. Looked assured for the most part but missed a good late chance. PEDERSEN 5.5 Sent a couple of decent first half crosses into the Wednesday box - without finding a team-mate. Showed some urgency when Blues chase the game but it was all engine and no ingenuinty. GARDNER 5 Back in the starting line-up and looked off the pace for most of the game. Became frustrated and involved with Barry Bannan, which ended in a booking. CLAYTON 5 Felt hard done by on the penalty but in truth caught Paterson, which characterised a lacklustre performance that produced little of quality. SANCHEZ 5.5 His worst performance in a Blues shirt. Some very sloppy touches in the first half and precious little quality into the box. He did improve in the final half hour though.
Daniel Crowley and Barry Bannan
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CROWLEY 5 Rarely anything other than on the fringes of the game and failed to make the most of his first start of the season. Not that the team performance gave him a platform to create anything. BELA 5 Had Blues' only shot on target in the first half, a tame effort straight at the goalkeeper. Got in behind once in the second - when Hogan took his cross off Gardner's head - but overall a guileless display. HOGAN 5.5 Felt for him, he had little support and even less service but he nearly crafted a late equaliser for Leko and had one himself from McGree's flick. Had the ball in the net from an offside position. SUBSTITUTES McGree (for Crowley, 58) Found some good space 5.5 Leko ( for Bela, 67) Looked bright 6 Roberts (for Gardner, 82) N/A Not used: Prieto, Dacres-Cogley, Sunjic, San Jose, OPPOSITION SHEFF WED (3-5-2): Dawson, Luongo, Flint, Van Aken; Odubajo, Banna, Reach, Kachunga (Dele-Bashiru 84), Harris; Windass (Marriott 77), Paterson (Pelupesssy 90+1). Subs: Wildsmith, Penney, Borner, Rhodes GOALS SHEFF WED: Bannan (pen 49) NEXT UP: Norwich City (a), Tuesday, October 20, 7.45pm kick-off
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