Birmingham City vs Bristol City LIVE: Blues trail to Diedhiou header

Birmingham City suffered their first home defeat for nine months in a dour Championship encounter at St Andrew’s.

Famara Diedhiou’s 63rd minute goal inflicted Blues’ first home loss since Garry Monk’s first game in charge.

Monk had hoped to have Jota available for this game but the Spaniard remained absent meaning an unchanged team.

It was the visitors who caused the first anxious moment, after nine minutes when a deep throw-in ran through to Tomas Kalas at the back.

The centre half lashed an angled shot which beat Lee Camp but not Lukas Jutkiewicz who cleared off the line.

Blues had a shout for a penalty on the quarter hour when Jacques Maghoma ran 50 yards into the area and tumbled as he tried to go past Adam Webster but his appeals were rejected.

Harlee Dean forced Niki Maenpaa to tip over ten minutes before half time when he directed his free header goalwards.

But the hosts’ best chance of the period came in the 42nd minute when Jutkiewicz headed into the box and the ball broke to Connor Mahoney who could only lift his half volley way too high.

The start of the second half was even more cagey – until Diedhiou scored.

Just over an hour had gone when sub Callum O’Dowda swung in a near post corner where the Senegalese striker stole in front of his marker and headed down into the net.

Jutkiewicz hit the post with seven minutes to go and had a free kick stopped in injury time but it was not to be Blues’ day.

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