Birmingham give new boss Cotterill winning start

From BBC - October 13, 2017

New Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill made a winning start as his much-changed side beat Championship leaders Cardiff City.

Che Adams provided the only goal of the game on 19 minutes with a low, right-foot shot after a superb mazy run.

Neil Warnock's off-colour Cardiff failed to register a shot on target against their fired-up hosts.

And Blues could have won by more, with Adams and Jacques Maghoma both denied in one second-half scramble.

Cotterill's side, beaten 6-1 at Hull in their previous game, climb three places to 19th, while Cardiff will be overtaken at the top if Wolves avoid defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Adams looked lively from the opening stages and could even have earned an early penalty when he was held back by Sean Morrison as he attempted to run into the box.

His moment of inspiration came midway through the first half, straight from Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge's clearance.

Picking up the ball wide on the left close to the halfway line, he opted to take on the visiting defence single-handed.

He put his head down and ran, slicing his way past four men in red before cutting inside to drill a low, curled right-foot shot which nutmegged Morrison before finding the right corner.

Cardiff, although not at their best as they suffered only their second defeat of the season, did carry some threat, surpassing their hosts on the corner count as they lay siege late on.

Junior Hoilett also shot just wide in the first half, while a tremendous far-post clearance by home skipper Michael Morrison after the break was a key moment too.


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