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Birmingham City vs Huddersfield Town. Sky Bet Championship.

St. Andrew's Stadium.

Birmingham City 2

  • G Gardner (27th minute)
  • L Jutkiewicz (90th minute)

Huddersfield Town 1

  • I Mbenza (85th minute)

Birmingham 2-1 Huddersfield: Lukas Jutkiewicz nets late Blues winner against Terriers

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at St Andrew's as Lukas Jutkiewicz scores a late winner for Birmingham after Isaac Mbenza had struck for Huddersfield to cancel out Gary Gardner's early goal

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and Huddersfield

Substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz hit a last-minute winner for Birmingham as they ended their goal drought in a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield at St Andrew's.

Fellow sub Isaac Mbenza looked like he had rescued a point for Huddersfield after equalising in the 85th minute after Gary Gardner ended Birmingham's 322-minute spell without a goal.

Mbenza's stunning 85th-minute free-kick rewarded a dominant second-half performance from Carlos Corberan's side until Jutkiewicz handed Blues a first victory in seven matches.

Scott Hogan and George Friend both went close twice, while Jeremie Bela hit the post for the home side.

Jutkiewicz's winner was Blues' first in open play in 2020-21, with all of their previous goals from set-pieces.

After a slow start to the game by both teams, Blues created four quick chances in as many minutes.

A low free-kick from Ivan Sanchez reached Gardner at the far post, but the midfielder mis-kicked in a crowded box and Huddersfield cleared.

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Seconds later, Hogan drove a couple of feet wide from 25 yards before the striker toe-poked wide when clean through after an error by Christopher Schindler was seized on by Sanchez.

Image: Gary Gardner netted with a header to open the scoring for Birmingham

Blues remained in the ascendancy and Friend cut inside before firing low straight at goalkeeper Ben Hamer at his near post.

Huddersfield produced their first attempt in the 24th minute when Fraizer Campbell's shot on the turn from 25 yards flew narrowly over the bar.

But Blues returned to the attack to deservedly break the deadlock three minutes later.

A free-kick from Bela, this time floated high into the box, was met by a powerful header from Gardner at the far post that looped over Hamer, who had no chance of saving.

Blues continued to threaten and a curling free-kick from Bela hit the base of the post before Friend's follow-up was cleared off the line by his former Wolves team-mate Richard Stearman.

Huddersfield's only other chance of the first period came when Josh Koroma headed wide from a tight angle after goalkeeper Neil Etheridge missed Juninho Bacuna's free-kick.

Huddersfield had the first opportunity of the second half when Koroma seized on a poor headed clearance, cut inside and unleashed a fierce shot that crashed off the bar, with Adama Diakhaby unable to hit the target from the rebound.

Mbenza curled a brilliant free-kick into the top corner to equalise from just outside the box.

But Jutkiewicz, who missed two games after testing positive for Covid-19, secured Blues' win when he tapped home the rebound after fellow substitute Jonathan Leko smacked the bar with an angled drive.

What the managers said...

Birmingham's Aitor Karanka: "One hundred per cent we deserved this win because maybe if you'd seen only the last 30 minutes you'd think I was wrong, but if you'd seen the first half, we could have been winning 2-0 or 3-0. We were comfortable - we scored a goal and we had another two or three clear chances and then in the second half we were defending and organised.

"Even after we conceded the goal, the attitude and mentality was amazing and we came back again, which was really important for us."

Huddersfield's Carlos Corberan: "It was hard to take, especially after the second half we had and we tried our best. I think we needed the second half we had but the team didn't start the game the way we should have done. In the first half we had the ball but we didn't create the chances we should have.

"We didn't deal well with one set-piece and they scored a goal. We knew they would be focusing on counter-attacks and set-pieces - that was the way we expected them to play. But it was hard to take after the second half we played. We will have to analyse how we played in the first half because we played really well but we should have created more chances. We didn't do enough."

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