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Birmingham City 4-1 Huddersfield Town: Blues thump the Terriers at St Andrew's

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrew's| Blues thump four goals past the Terriers | Brandon Khela makes history by becoming the first British South Asian ever to play league foootball for Birmingham

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Watch highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham and Huddersfield.

Birmingham put a terrible September behind them by starting October with a commanding 4-1 victory over Huddersfield.

After a positive start to the season, John Eustace's men collected just two of 15 points last month, scoring only two goals and losing three times.

However, they were never in danger against the Terriers and produced a convincing display thanks to a double from Siriki Dembele and further goals from Koji Miyoshi and Jordan James.

Blues offered a statement of intent after just 30 seconds when Krystian Bielik swung a 20-yard shot wide of the upright.

The hosts did not have to wait long for a breakthrough and it was handed to them by Huddersfield goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

The impressive Ivan Sunjic rolled a third-minute pass into Dembele's feet and the winger moved infield and sent a well-struck drive straight at Nicholls, who could only parry the ball into the corner of his net.

Blues goalkeeper John Ruddy did better with a dipping long-ranger from Delano Burgzorg three minutes later, which he tipped over the crossbar.

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The hosts' lead was doubled in the 23rd minute. Dembele escaped Ben Jackson down the left and his low cross reached Cody Drameh on the opposite side.

The Leeds loanee curled an inviting pass to the back post where Miyoshi slid in and directed the ball into the roof of the net.

Town's Ben Wiles tested Ruddy from just outside the area shortly afterwards, but Juninho Bacuna should have made it 3-0 on the half-hour but could only lift Jay Stansfield's right-wing centre into Nicholls' grateful arms.

Huddersfield boss Darren Moore made three changes at the break and urged his team to press further up the pitch and to an extent it worked, with the home team's attacks more limited.

They did, however, start to open up the visitors as the second period wore on and just before the hour Manny Longelo released Dembele down the left and he worked his way into the penalty area to find Miyoshi, whose low shot was hacked away to safety by Tom Lees.

The third goal came in the 64th minute when Bacuna instigated an attack with a cutting pass that put Miyoshi running at the last defender. The Japan international squared for Dembele as he steamed up in support and curled a first-time shot low to Nicholls' left.

The Terriers responded well as Tom Edwards hooked over from close range, Jack Rodoni's drive was deflected wide and Josh Koroma just failed to add a meaningful touch to Matty Pearson's knock-down.

Michal Helik grabbed a consolation two minutes into added time when he rammed home Sorba Thomas's left-wing cross from close in.

Birmingham would have the last word, though, when James lashed in a piledriver from 25 yards in the fifth minute of stoppage time to restore the three-goal advantage.

Khela's debut a 'terrific moment' for English football

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Punjabi teenager Brandon Khela makes history with Birmingham City and becomes the first British South Asian ever to play in the Football League for the club.

The match also saw a historic appearance for Birmingham City midfielder Brandon Khela, who became the first British South Asian ever to play league football for the club.

Punjabi youngster Khela, who is just 18 and was a regular with the U23s last season, came on as a second-half substitute in a resounding victory for Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Sky Sports News' Dev Trehan:

"This is a terrific moment for English football and one that has been coming for a little while, with Brandon first earning a place on Birmingham City's bench under former manager Lee Bowyer for a Championship clash away at Stoke almost 18 months ago.

"Brandon has made excellent progress since then, with people in and around Birmingham City telling me that the teenager made a very positive impression on manager John Eustace during pre-season, reporting back in excellent condition and top form.

"Blues fans love nothing more than seeing one of their own step up and make the first-team grade, and Brandon has played in every single age-group side at Birmingham City, culminating in a Cup debut in August, and now, this historic league debut for the club.

Brandon Khela (left) and his younger brother Reiss Khela with Sky Sports News' Dev Trehan at an event to celebrate Vaisakhi at Wembley Stadium earlier this year
Image: Brandon Khela (left) and his younger brother Reiss Khela with Sky Sports News' Dev Trehan at an event to celebrate Vaisakhi at Wembley Stadium earlier this year

"British South Asians, and Sikh-Punjabis in particular are absolutely buzzing about this news, which is a testament to the graft put in by Brandon, his family, and all of the coaches, teachers and mentors that have supported him along the way.

"Football has miserably failed to address the lack of representation of South Asians at the elite level of the game, with less than half a per cent of the total professional player pool hailing from the community. Brandon and Birmingham City might just have offered hope to millions across the world, who have felt locked out of the Beautiful Game for decades."

The managers

Khela came on as a late substitute for Bacuna, who was the target of an incident of alleged racist abuse at St Andrews.

Birmingham's John Eustace:

"I believe that Bacuna was racially abused by one of our fans which is obviously disgusting.

"It's not something that we expect in society, let alone football. Birmingham is very proud of how diverse we are as a club and a city and there is certainly nowhere near any room for that at all.

"It's very disappointing. They have reported it, it's bang out of order."

Huddersfield's Darren Moore:

"It's a shame that it's going to cloud the game tonight, because from Birmingham's point of view it's a good three points for them, but the incident is going to overshadow it.

"The referee stopped the game, called both managers over, said there was an incident in the corner from a home spectator directed at the home player and though the home player didn't want to report it, our player Tom Edwards heard it. Both players heard it clearly and it's gone on report.

"They've got video evidence and we will let the footballing authorities, referee and match officials get to the conclusion with it.

"It's not something we condone in the game, but it's still there and we show our support."

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