- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, March 13th 2021
- St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium
James Crawley reports from St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium
Report: Birmingham City 0-3 Bristol City
Saturday, March 13th 2021
Bristol City have stretched their winning away run after goals from Kasey Palmer, Antoine Semenyo and Callum O’Dowda secured the three points over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s Stadium.
Palmer gave City a deserved half-time lead when he unleashed his own counter attack and found the bottom corner with a fine solo goal, followed by a celebration to mark the birth of his second son just days earlier.
That came after Birmingham twice hit the post through Scott Hogan, with the woodwork coming to City’s rescue after Jérémie Bela found space down the right on both occasions.
But City’s pressing then told when Semenyo closed down Neil Etheridge and the ball bounced back off City’s number 18 and into the open net.
O’Dowda then added further daylight moments after coming off the bench, meeting Palmer's pass before rolling the ball past Etheridge for his first goal of the season.
The result means Nigel Pearson is unbeaten on the road as City manager, who sees his side rise to 12th in the Sky Bet Championship table.
It was a good start from City under the Birmingham sunshine – making its appearance after a pre-match downpour – though Famara Diédhiou would have expected better when he lashed a shot off target, before unleashing Semenyo on the overlap but his cutback couldn’t quite pick out Nahki Wells.
It was soon one end of the pitch to the other when Palmer’s through ball was cut out and Birmingham lofted the ball up field where Bela was through on goal. His shot was mis-hit horribly but fell to the arriving Hogan whose effort pinged off the post.
City continued brightly with Semenyo’s pace a cause for concern for the hosts, but it was the home side who went closest once more. Again, it was the Bela-Hogan partnership involved with the former’s cross headed off the post by Hogan before City took the lead.
Possession was won back from a Birmingham throw inside the Robins own half and Palmer was the man alert to claim the ball back. He drove at the Birmingham defence before calmly slotting the ball low past Neil Etheridge.
That was Palmer’s fourth goal of the season, his first since scoring directly from a corner against Swansea City which he nearly replicated here. Semenyo had done well down the left to force the set-piece and Palmer’s delivery was deep towards the far corner but pushed away by Etheridge on this occasion.
But it would be a case of déjà vu for Semenyo who grabbed his second league goal of the season in similar fashion to his first at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago. Birmingham played their way into trouble when City pressed their opponents in the Blues’ own half and Semenyo continued to threaten when the ball was finally passed back to Etheridge. The keeper’s clearance ricocheted off the young striker and into the unguarded net.
Wells was soon replaced by O’Dowda who came off the bench to make his first appearance since Boxing Day’s win over Wycombe Wanderers.
And the Republic of Ireland international made an instant impact, with a first touch to set himself before placing the ball low past the Blues keeper. It was intricate play from City after the substitution as Diédhiou passed to Semenyo, whose timely through ball picked out the advancing O’Dowda who finished the move in style.
The midfielder nearly grabbed as assist moments later too with the Robins in full control. He squared a pass to Palmer but he was denied his second and City’s fourth goal of the day when Etheridge dived low to his left.
Walsh would replace Lansbury with ten minutes to go, while Watkins earned himself a few minutes in the latter stages when he replaced Diédhiou as the Robins saw out the win and a first clean sheet since January.
- Maxime Colin, Alen Halilovic, Iván Sánchez, Scott Hogan
- Palmer (35') , Semenyo (62') , O'Dowda (76')
- Henri Lansbury, Nahki Wells, Famara Diédhiou