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Three of the summer signings got their names on the scoresheet as Birmingham produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. The match was brought to a halt as a number of fans threw tennis balls onto the field before Juninho Bacuna opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Lyle Taylor doubled their advantage in the 46th minute before Onel Hernandez sealed the three points in the 69th minute.

Managers Reaction 

Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “We scored not long after [the protest], but it was the goal that changed the game. Bowyer was full of praise for his three goal-scorers, all January signings, who helped Birmingham earn just their second win in 12 games. Bacuna – one chance, one goal, Taylor – a great finish, and, with Onel, we’ve got good players. We were keeping clean sheets earlier on in the season but, when we were creating chances, we weren’t taking them. Basically what we’ve brought in was what we were lacking.”

Luton’s Nathan Jones: “The tennis balls killed the momentum and then the steward stepped onto the pitch inexplicably [to try to clear the balls]. I am very reluctant to not give Birmingham credit because they must have done something right, but we were really inept in our performance. We can’t affect the protest, but it did seem to kill our momentum. The second goal was disastrous, they just punted, it came off someone’s toe and it was a calamitous goal. We saved our two most inept performances for Birmingham.”

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