Birmingham City 2-1 Nottingham Forest: Late winner for hosts

Birmingham City edged past Nottingham Forest 2-1 at St. Andrew’s in the Championship on Saturday.

Birmingham City got the better of Nottingham Forest 2-1 at home in the Championship on Saturday.

Demarai Gray has the first chance of the game at St. Andrew’s after just seven minutes, but his right-footed shot from outside the box went wide.

Then three minutes later David Cotterill put Birmingham 1-0 ahead when he fired in with his left foot from distance.

Clayton Donaldson would have doubled the hosts’ advantage on 19 minutes had his close-range effort not been saved, before Forest striker Britt Assombalonga had two chances in quick succession.

Gray missed the target twice for Birmingham and Chris Burke came close for the visitors, as it ended 1-0 to the home team at half time.

Birmingham started the second half strongly and had a chance in the opening minutes wasted by Jonathan Grounds, who headed Cotterill’s delivery wide.

Cotterill himself came close, before Henri Lansbury had a chance for Forest. Michael Morrison headed wide for the hosts on 71 minutes

Both Birmingham and Forest both had chances, but it was the visitors who took one of theirs, Assombalonga heading home from close range.

However, Assombalonga turned from hero to villain in the closing minutes of the encounter as he gave away a penalty (and was sent off), which Paul Caddis converted with ease to wrap up a 2-1 win for Birmingham.

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