Barry Bannan’s 49th-minute penalty provided Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 success over Birmingham to hand his supervisor Garry Monk a winning return to Saint Andrew’s.
Bannan obtained the only goal to earn Wed their first Sky Bet Tournament win since the opening day from the season and end Birmingham’s unbeaten league start under new mind coach Aitor Karanka.
It also gave Monk his 1st victory at St Andrew’s considering that his 16-month stint as Liverpool head coach ended in 06 2019.
Dominant Wed deserved their victory as they bet to claw back ground from a 12-point deduction which has left them grounded to the bottom of the table.
Blues desperately missed the existence of talismanic striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, who had been absent for a Championship game initially in 31 months, after it had been announced he was ill.
Last season’s 15-goal best scorer had been an ever existing for the previous 104 league video games, since a 2-0 home beat to Barnsley on February twenty-four, 2018.
Before the sport, no Wednesday player had have scored in the Championship for 316 mins, since the opening day when Michael jordan Rhodes struck in a 2-0 earn at Cardiff City.
But the Owls went so near to ending that run with 3 excellent chances in a dominant very first half.
A scorching drive from Adam Reach has been superbly tipped over the crossbar simply by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and a styling free kick from Josh Windass smacked off a post.
In between, Blues winger Jeremie Bela’s shot on the turn travelled straight at goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.
But the visitors continuing to pose the greater threat plus Callum Paterson glanced a header just wide from Odubajo’s combination.
Wednesday started the 2nd half in similar vein towards the first and it was not long before they will threatened again.
Bannan, who scored a cracker within the same fixture last season, got Etheridge stretching to palm aside the Scot’s 25-yard curling try.
From the resulting part swung in by the former Aston Villa midfielder, Blues struggled in order to their lines and Adam Clayton conceded a needless penalty when he clearly bundled over Callum Paterson when he was trying to very clear a loose ball.
Bannan despatched the spot kick lower to the left of Etheridge, who suspected right but could not save this, ending a run of 365 minutes without a Wednesday player rating in the Championship.
Doldrums tried to hit back late upon and Scott Hogan produced an unhealthy header directed wide, before Ivan Sanchez’s curling free-kick was deflected over the bar.
House substitute Jonathan Leko’s effort through point-blank range was diverted broad by Joost Van Aken, whilst George Friend and Clayton blazed over the bar.
Because the game became stretched, Wednesday replacement Jack Marriott almost doubled their side’s lead but drilled a good acute angled shot across objective and just wide.
Doldrums had the ball in the internet in the fifth minute of time additional on when Sanchez’s wayward chance diverted in off Hogan, however the striker was offside.
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