August 10, 2013
Burn brings Blues the win
Birmingham claimed their first win of the season against newly-promoted Yeovil with a 1-0 victory at Huish Park.
The only goal of the game came from Dan Burn - on loan at Yeovil last season and their hero in May's Wembley League One play-off final - who scrambled home from a corner early in the second half.
The Glovers were dealt a blow inside six minutes when goalkeeper Marek Stech was forced off with an injured hand, to be replaced by goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart.
However, it was Yeovil with the first shot on target, Paddy Madden stinging Darren Randolph's gloves from distance.
Randolph was again called into action after 20 minutes, parrying defender Byron Webster's arrowed volley before reacting immediately to Madden's header.
Blues did not test the stand-in keeper until the half-hour mark when Andrew Shinnie's attempt was well stopped.
Gary Johnson's men enjoyed the best of the first half, not allowing the visitors any rest in possession, with the midlands club reduced to half-chances and two bookings for cynical challenges.
Birmingham were sent out early after the break with the words of manager Lee Clark ringing in their ears, and it had its desired effect in the opening moments of the second half. Shane Ferguson's corner was met by Burn, now on-loan at Blues from Fulham but whose Wembley goal in May sent Yeovil into the Championship.
Birmingham then kept the ball well to quieten the home crowd, and Burn sent a second effort curling wide.
The Glovers talisman last year was League One top goalscorer Madden, and in front of the watching Ireland coach Marco Tardelli, it was the Dubliner who had the first glimpse of an equaliser, nodding a Sam Foley cross comfortably into the hands of Randolph.
The opportunity sparked the Somerset men into action and Webster's thundered header drew some athleticism from the City stopper, tipping the chance onto the crossbar.
Like at Millwall in the previous week, last term's top-scorer was withdrawn for Michael Ngoo, and the Liverpool loanee was immediately in the action, forcing a foul from Burn. From the resulting free-kick, Sam Hoskins failed to take advantage.
Johnson's men were typically dogged and organised but they could not prevent Shinnie wriggling his way in behind and bringing a save out of Stewart.
Yeovil won their first-ever Championship game at the New Den last week with a goal in the 88th minute, and the green and whites almost drew level fromthe same man - Ed Upson curling his free-kick just wide of the far post - but Birmingham held strong to take all three points.
|Yeovil Town||Birmingham City|
|Daniel Burn (48')|
|Yeovil Town||Birmingham City|
|1 Marek Stech||1 Darren Randolph|
|18 Alan Tate||8 Hayden Mullins|
|6 Daniel Seaborne||4 Paul Robinson|
|5 Byron Webster||6 Daniel Burn|
|2 Luke Ayling||15 Wade Elliott|
|7 Kevin Dawson||2 Neal Eardley|
|10 Sam Foley||22 Andrew Shinnie|
|8 Edward Upson||24 Tom Adeyemi|
|4 Joe Edwards||27 Shane Ferguson|
|9 James Hayter||25 Matthew Green|
|17 Patrick Madden||12 Lee Novak|
|12 Gareth Stewart||Colin Doyle 13|
|3 Jamie McAllister||Kyle Bartley 5|
|23 Joel Grant||Chris Burke 7|
|21 Liam Davis||Oliver Lee 20|
|20 Billy Clifford||Scott Allan 26|
|11 Michael Ngoo||Callum Reilly 17|
|14 Sam Hoskins||Koby Arthur 16|
|Gareth Stewart for Marek Stech (8)||Callum Reilly for Matthew Green (72)|
|Sam Hoskins for Sam Foley (67)|
|Michael Ngoo for Patrick Madden (67)|
|Sam Foley (53)||Shane Ferguson (34)|
|Edward Upson (55)||Neal Eardley (26)|
|Paul Robinson (60)|
|Wade Elliott (65)|
|· Squads: Yeovil Town | Birmingham City|