Birmingham scored two goals in a three-minute second-half spell to secure one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Middlesborough was looking for a fourth straight win but was stunned by the two early second-half goals. Marc Roberts scored in the 53rd minute before Scott Hogan doubled their lead four minutes later as they secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The defeat meant that Middlesbrough could not re-enter the playoff places.

Managers Reaction

Middlesbrough’s Neil Warnock: “I will still be disappointed when I get home tonight. I will still be horrible to be with sat next to my missus. I don’t think it changes too much how many games I have had, but I don’t think I will forget nights like tonight when I do call it a day, when I am fishing and managers are being put through the mill. Because I have done 1600 games you have to get over difficult results otherwise it drives you daft. I don’t know how I have done that many games to be honest.”

Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “It was a good away, solid performance. Very professional. We deserved to win the game.” he added. “We could have taken control of the ball in the final third better and we would have more. That opening goal was the pivotal point of the game. I thought the keeper would get there but Roberts got there and I was pleased it went in. We were solid, all three center-halves looked comfortable whatever they threw at us.”.

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