Blues fall to Rams defeat

Birmingham's bid for immediate promotion made a slow start as they fell to a 2-1 opening-day Championship defeat against Derby at Pride Park.

Last Updated: 06/08/11 at 17:45

Davies: Grabbed the winner for Derby

Davies: Grabbed the winner for Derby

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Chris Hughton's men had gone in front through defender Curtis Davies' header at Pride Park but were quickly pegged back by Jason Shackell's equaliser.

Nigel Clough's side then capitalised on their momentum as Steve Davies fired them in front before the break and the hosts held on for three points against an unfamiliar Birmingham side who created plenty of chances but are clearly yet to really gel.

Hughton's side are bidding for a quick return to the top flight this season but have been weakened by a player exodus this summer which has seen the likes of Craig Gardner, Sebastian Larsson, Barry Ferguson, Roger Johnson and Ben Foster all leave.

Five of the visitors' starting XI were new faces with former Inverness striker Adam Rooney on his own up front. Derby had plenty of new recruits involved too, among them Frankie Fielding, in goal, as well as Jamie Ward, Shackell, Kevin Kilbane and Craig Bryson.

Derby started well and after Lee Croft came close in the first minute, settled into the game nicely.

Birmingham had a bit more going forward, though, and at the other end Keith Fahey headed wide wastefully from Chris Burke's cross while Jordon Mutch rattled the bar with a header from Jean Beausejour's cross.

The opening goal came in the 19th minute through Davies, as the former Aston Villa centre-half leapt to head home from Mutch's corner.

Seven minutes later the Rams were level, however, as Shackell headed Ben Davies' free-kick past new Blues goalkeeper Boaz Myhill in the 26th minute.

Rooney headed wide in the 28th minute and Beausejour was denied by Fielding as City pressed but it was Derby who snatched the half-time lead.

It came courtesy of striker Steve Davies, who was gifted time on the ball before unleashing a shot which caught out Myhill and left the keeper beaten from 20 yards.

Fahey and Burke had half-chances for Birmingham early in the second half but Derby twice came close to extending their lead through Ward and Steve Davies, the former hitting the bar with a header.

Mutch twice fired wide with speculative efforts for the visitors. Rooney had a header saved and Hughton's side were denied a penalty shout when the striker claimed to have been pushed by Shackell.

Birmingham should have equalised when Burke's excellent foray forward saw him hit the post with a chip but from the rebound, right-back Stephen Carr failed to keep his shot on target.

Ward had another chance for Derby as the lively tempo continued and Birmingham substitute Chris Wood added a physical presence up front, but could not help force an equaliser.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 18 October 2014
15:00
Birm'ham 0-1 Bolton Report
B'mouth 1-0 Charlton Report
Brighton 1-2 M'boro  
Fulham 1-0 Norwich Report
Huddsf'ld 4-2 Blackpool Report
Ipswich 1-1 Blackburn Report
Millwall 3-3 Wolves Report
Reading 0-3 Derby  
Sheff Wed 0-3 Watford Report
Wigan 0-0 Brentford Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Watford 12 11 24
2 Derby 12 12 23
3 M'boro 12 9 23
4 Norwich 12 10 21
5 N Forest 12 9 21
6 Ipswich 12 6 20
7 Wolves 12 3 20
8 Charlton 12 3 19
9 B'mouth 12 3 18
10 Brentford 12 -1 18
11 Sheff Wed 12 0 17
12 Cardiff 12 0 16
13 Blackburn 12 -2 16
14 Leeds 12 -3 15
15 Rotherham 12 -3 15
16 Reading 12 -5 15
17 Huddsf'ld 12 -6 15
18 Millwall 12 -3 13
19 Wigan 12 -2 11
20 Brighton 12 -3 11
21 Birm'ham 12 -7 11
22 Fulham 12 -9 10
23 Bolton 12 -12 8
24 Blackpool 12 -10 6

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Sir Alex Ferguson insists correct process was followed in appointment of David Moyes

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed suggestions that he hand-picked David Moyes as his successor at Manchester United.

Birmingham approach MK Dons over manager Karl Robinson

Birmingham have asked MK Dons for permission to speak to manager Karl Robinson, according to Sky sources.

Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

Sir Alex Ferguson insists the correct processes were followed prior to the appointment of David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

Are There Any Happy Fans Out There?

It seems as if Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton are the only content supporters right now. We have more doom and gloom for you. Who wants good news, eh..?

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property