Birmingham put their problems off their pitch aside as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Scott Hogan opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Przemyslaw Placheta doubled their advantage in the 45th minute. Danny Ward did manage to pull one back in the second half but Huddersfield could not find the equalizer.
Birmingham head coach John Eustace: “Last season we didn’t finish well and we should have been relegated if Derby hadn’t had all the points deducted, so the group has a point to prove and the players we’re bringing in do too. We’ve shown we’re very competitive and hard to play against. Collectively this group wants to play for each other and most importantly they want to make the fans very proud here at Birmingham City. We have started OK but no one’s getting carried away – there’s a hell of a lot of hard work and dark days to come as well. But you could see today the fans really got us through that second half and our job is to get the fans, players, and staff connected again. Hopefully with performances like that, good footballing performance, and a good strong, collective defensive unit in that second half, that’s all going to help.”
Huddersfield head coach Danny Schofield: “There are definitely encouraging signs. It’s a fantastic group of human beings in that dressing room and they showed that last season. The only thing I ask of them is that when they come into the changing room and they look in the mirror, they see the person they want to see and that’s not letting them down. I thought we were pretty dominant in the second half. The attacking play, momentum, and rhythm of the game were with us I think pretty much from the start.”
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