Troy Deeney ended Birmingham’s nearly 10-hour goal drought in one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Championship. The Blues had dropped down to 19th in the table after failing to score in their last six games. Troy Deeney scored with a neat finish to end the drought two minutes after the second half began. Michael Obafemi drew the visitor’s level in the 77th minute but it was Birmingham who had the final say in proceedings. Riley McGree scored a nice goal in the 82nd minute to earn the Blues a vital three points.

Managers Reaction

Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “I know what it’s like to play for your boyhood club and for him to be captain, I knew it would mean a lot to [Deeney]. He’s a leader, a winner, a fighter, so I felt it was the right decision.” he added. “There’s been pressure on him. You want to show everyone how good you are. He’s been excellent in training and deserved to be captain. I know it means the world to him and it might give him – and us – that extra edge, him being captain.”

Swansea’s Russell Martin: “It’s been an emotional and physically tough week for the guys. I think it was one game too many for some of the players. We are nowhere near the finished article and I said that after two great results. But I give the lads the benefit of the doubt. I’m proud of what they have done this week and I just think they were really, really tired.”

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