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Short corner taken by Jean Beausejour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Curtis Davies. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Burke. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Bell on Morgaro Gomis. Booking for David Bell for unsporting behaviour. Jordon Mutch takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Gary McSheffrey on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
Sammy Clingan takes the inswinging corner, Lukas Jutkiewicz has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Shaun Jeffers is brought on as a substitute for Roy O'Donovan.
The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Stephen Carr. The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Close range headed effort by Steven Caldwell clears the crossbar.
Jordon Mutch has an effort at goal from 35 yards and missed to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Richard Keogh. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Adam Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Keogh. Cyrus Christie restarts play with the free kick.
Header by Adam Rooney from inside the area strikes the post. Keith Fahey scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Birmingham 1-0 Coventry.Assist by Adam Rooney.
Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick. Shot from just outside the box by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the right of the target.
Adam Rooney comes on in place of Chris Wood.
Gary McSheffrey produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Chris Hussey crosses the ball, save by Boaz Myhill.
Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Sammy Clingan, free kick awarded. Martin Cranie takes the direct free kick.
Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save. Jean Beausejour takes the inswinging corner, Chris Wood takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by David Bell, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.
Centre by David Bell.
The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour.
The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Wood clears the bar.
Centre by Stephen Carr, Effort from inside the area by Jean Beausejour misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Steven Caldwell. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Sammy Clingan gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour.
Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Lukas Jutkiewicz results in a free kick. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Hussey.
Centre by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Centre by Cyrus Christie, clearance made by Chris Wood. Short corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line. The ball is delivered by Sammy Clingan, save made by Boaz Myhill.
Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sammy Clingan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Roy O'Donovan on Jordon Mutch. Steven Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jean Beausejour. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, clearance by Richard Keogh.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour played to the near post, clearance by Martin Cranie.
Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, clearance made by Richard Keogh.
Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Roy O'Donovan. Sammy Clingan has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Boaz Myhill. Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan, Foul by David Bell on Morgaro Gomis, free kick awarded. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Richard Keogh by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
Chris Hussey produces a cross.
The official flags Gary McSheffrey offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
Unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Jordon Mutch makes a clearance.
Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, Chris Hussey gets a block in. Keith Fahey takes the inswinging corner, Chris Wood takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Murphy.
Effort from inside the area by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the right of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Wood. Free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.
Steven Caldwell fouled by Lukas Jutkiewicz, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Free kick taken by Chris Hussey.
Short corner worked by Jean Beausejour, The ball is delivered by Stephen Carr.
Sammy Clingan takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance. Richard Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Davies. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz, save by Boaz Myhill.
Cyrus Christie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Jordon Mutch produces a cross, Curtis Davies has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by David Bell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
Wood poised for Blues start
Striker Chris Wood is vying to make his first start for Birmingham in the midlands derby with Coventry.
The 19-year-old came off the bench to make his debut in last weekend's opening defeat to Derby but is pushing Adam Rooney for the lone striker's berth.
Manager Chris Hughton continues to be without strikers Marlon King (knee) and Nikola Zigic (groin).
Fellow frontman Cameron Jerome heel is still sidelined and continues to be linked with a move away from Blues, with Bolton the latest club to be linked with the 24-year-old.
Defender Scott Dann was an unused substitute at Derby but is in contention to play despite Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly stepping up their bids to prize him away from St Andrews.
Coventry boss Andy Thorn will be without striker Freddy Eastwood again.
Eastwood (hamstring) has missed the first two games of the season and continues to be sidelined along with defenders Ben Turner and Jordan Clarke, who are nursing knee problems.
Midfielder Gary Deegan (thigh) is likely to be sidelined once again but Thorn is boosted by the return of skipper Sammy Clingan after he missed the Carling Cup defeat to Bury on Tuesday due to being on international duty with Northern Ireland.
Carl Baker missed the embarrassing loss to the Shakers in midweek and will be out once again as he serves the second of his three-match ban following a red card in the opening-day defeat to Leicester.
Defender Richard Wood (thigh) will also be missing after being forced off at half-time against Bury.
Fahey strike settles midlands derby
Keith Fahey grabbed the only goal of the game to see off midlands neighbours Coventry and hand Birmingham boss Chris Hughton his first points in charge of the npower Championship club.
Hughton, making his competitive bow at St Andrew's, can be credited with the inspired introduction of substitute Adam Rooney which led to the vital breakthrough in an evenly-fought clash.
The summer signing stepped off the bench in the 68th minute and wasted little time making a difference, heading against a post before reacting quickest to tee up the rebound for Fahey to smash home from 10 yards.
The winner came after both sides had wasted a golden opportunity apiece to seize the initiative, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Chris Wood firing off-target when they really should have done better.
Victory gets Birmingham off the mark in what will be a tough quest for an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League, although concern will be growing just 22 miles down the road for a Coventry side who were more than a match for their local rivals but have now lost their opening three matches of the season in all competitions.
Rooney's relegation to the bench in favour of on-loan West Brom striker Wood was Blues' only switch from last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Derby, while skipper Sammy Clingan's return from international duty was Coventry's only change to the side who lost 3-1 at Bury in the Carling Cup in midweek.
Striker Marlon King, who angered Sky Blues fans by controversially switching to Birmingham over the summer, missed out with his troublesome knee problems, while Birmingham's prized centre-back Scott Dann found himself on the bench against his former employers for a second successive weekend.
However, there was a start in Coventry's XI for former Blues winger Gary McSheffrey.
Visiting striker Jutkiewicz should have broken the deadlock in the 17th minute, firing the best chance of the first half wide from 10 yards with his favoured left foot.
At the other end, Wood rose to direct a free header straight at goalkeeper Joe Murphy.
But it was Coventry who probably shaded a finely-balanced opening 45 minutes, McSheffrey's long-range effort forcing a fine parried save from Boaz Myhill.
Blues failed to really get any kind of momentum going in the first half but they certainly livened up after the restart and Wood wasted the clearest of openings in the 51st minute.
Jean Beausejour sent a ball in from the left and the New Zealand international somehow blazed the ball over the crossbar from a great position.
Morgaro Gomis saw his effort tipped around a post by Murphy while Coventry's rearguard produced more than one timely block, with McSheffrey firing wide for the visitors.
Hughton brought on Rooney and the former Inverness man was instrumental in what proved to be the winner for Fahey.
Blues slowed the game down over the remaining 15 minutes and, with Jutkiewicz heading a late Clingan corner over the crossbar, duly walked away with all three points.
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