Sat 31 Oct 15
at 14:30 PM
Report: Blues 0 Wolves 2
Blues fell to a disappointing derby defeat to West Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in today’s lunchtime showdown at St. Andrew’s.
The visitors took full advantage of a defensive mistake to edge in front early on and having survived some intense pressure made the game safe through sub Sheyi Ojo’s late strike.
Gary Rowett’s side enjoyed the better of possession and kept hammering on the door but couldn’t find a way through a resolute Wolves defence.
The Blues boss made just one change to his side with David Davis recalled against his former club and Jonathan Spector dropping to the bench.
Blues made a positive start to proceedings, penning the visitors back inside their own half during the opening exchanges.
But it was Wolves that created the first dangerous moment. Conor Coady advanced to the edge of the area, initially losing possession before quickly regaining the ball but a brave Paul Robinson block diverted the former Huddersfield Town midfielder’s effort wide of the target.
Visiting debutant Mike Williamson then headed over from a far post cross before Kenny Jackett’s side took a 12th minute lead after David Edwards took full advantage of a mix-up in Blues’ backline to steer the ball into the net from eight yards.
Coady’s left-wing cross deflected off the back of Maghoma and looped up into the air. Robinson then misjudged the bounce of the spinning ball, missing his attempted header, and although Tomasz Kuszczak initially blocked Benik Afobe’s shot, the ball rebounded into the path of Edwards who rolled it into an empty net.
Nathan Bryne curled an effort narrowly over Kuszczak’s crossbar and the home keeper was called into action to field James Henry’s low shot from the edge of the area that which arrowing towards the bottom corner.
A busy Maghoma was doing his best to spark Blues into life and one slaloming run towards the box won his side a free-kick after he was tripped by Coady, but Caddis’ low shot from 20 yards struck the wall.
It did at least prove the catalyst for a brighter spell for the hosts, Maikel Kieftenbeld lifting a shot a few yards over the bar when the ball dropped to him 25 yards out.
The Dutchman then laid a lovely ball through to a determined Davis but the midfielder’s whipped cross evaded everyone inside the visitors’ penalty area.
The former Molineux man was clearly keyed up for the game against his ex-employees and he then teed up Demarai Gray on the left side of the area but the winger’s curling shot was deflected wide.
Blues maintained the pressure at the start of the second-half, winning two early corners that came to nothing and Maghoma bringing a save out of Emiliano Martinez with a low goal-bound shot from 20 yards.
Paul Caddis then cut in from the right and his curling cross was met by Clayton Donaldson but the striker’s glancing header veered wide of the far post.
Rowett made his first change on 58 minutes with David Cotterill replacing Kieftenbeld and the winger was straight into the action to take a free-kick wide on the left after Donaldson had been fouled by Kevin McDonald.
Unfortunately Cotterill’s set-piece was blocked by the ball but the sub was in the thick of the action soon afterwards as he embarked on a dangerous run into the penalty area but just couldn’t create the opening for a shot.
Kuszczak had been largely a spectator up to that point in the second period but the Blues keeper was alert enough from a Wolves’ breakaway as he sprung to his left to palm away McDonald’s side-footed shot after Bryne had cut the ball back from the byline.
Jon Toral and Nicolai Brock-Madsen were also introduced as Blues looked to unlock the visitors’ combative defence.
Cotterill drilled in another free-kick from distance that skidded just wide of the target whilst at the other end Kuszczak came out smartly to block James Henry’s close-range shot.
But from the resultant corner Wolves did double their lead, Sheyi Ojo cutting in from the left before calmly stroking his shot into the corner of the net to seal victory with only six minutes remaining.
Blues get a quick chance to bounce back from today’s defeat as they host Blackburn Rovers here on Tuesday evening.