Scottish starlet Denny Johnstone pushes claim for Birmingham City first team place

Denny Johnstone made both goals for Birmingham's reserve side in a 2-0 win over Ipswich

Young Birmingham City striker Denny Johnstone did his chances of being called up to the first team squad no end of good tonight in their reserve team clash against Ipswich.

While the young Scot was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet himself he set up both goals in the Blues' 2-0 victory over the Tractor Boys.

The first came from a lovely lofted ball which allowed Reece Brown to get in behind the defence and lash home from 12 yards while the second was an outrageous backheel flick into the path of Viv Solomon-Otabor who struck home from just inside the area.

Johnstone was a constant thorn in the Ipswich side with keeper Sam McDermid saving well from the 20-year-old's volley in the first half after Reece Brown returned the favour playing him in with a lofted pass.

He was only inches away from putting his name on the scoresheet in the second half when a well-worked move down the Blues left saw a drilled Kamal Guthmy cross narrowly evade the onrushing Johnstone's head with the keeper surely beaten.

Johnstone has made two sub appearances in the league for the Blues, as well as scoring three times in nine appearances on loan at Conference side Macclesfield and then once in five appearances at Cheltenham in League Two.

Gavin Gunning and Matt Green both completed an hour in their first games back on the comeback trail from injury while Michael Morrison played the full 90 minutes as he looks for a first team return after two months out. Morrison looked like he had never been away while both Gunning and Green can be pleased with their contributions after long layoffs.


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