BLUES FAVOUR SUB­STANCE OVER STYLE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

PRETTY and spec­tac­u­lar they may not be but you have to ad­mire Gary Rowett’s Birm­ing­ham.

They wres­tled con­trol back from a free-flow­ing Wed­nes­day af­ter a 25minute storm and thor­oughly de­served this win.

He­roes they had aplenty but striker Clay­ton Don­ald­son was prob­a­bly the pick.

He bat­tled hard and skil­fully through­out the night and fi­nally got his re­ward just when Owls looked like go­ing home with all three points.

Car­los Car­val­hal’s af­ter-match ver­dict was very harsh on the Blues they had a vice-like grip on the Owls for much of the sec­ond half.

Both sides and their man­agers must take great credit for mak­ing changes to earn vic­tory rather than draw the game.

At­dhe Nuhiu’s header could eas­ily have done it for Wed­nes­day but Birm­ing­ham’s win­ner was ma­jes­tic.

Jac­ques Maghoma’s eye and touch pro­vided the open­ing and Lukas Jutkiewicz’s header was per­fec­tion.

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