MX23RW : Monday, December 17 08:15:02
Oct 21, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at ​Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion
2-0
BirminghamBirmingham City
Akins (32'), Ward (62')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Defeat for Gary Rowett on Burton Albion return

Birmingham City miss out on the chance to move within a point of the automatic promotion zone in the Championship, as they slip to a 2-0 defeat to rivals Burton Albion.

Burton Albion have pulled off another big home scalp by beating Midlands rivals Birmingham City 2-0 at the Pirelli Stadium this evening.

The Brewers move five points clear of the Championship relegation zone as a result of their fourth victory since promotion to this level, while their opponents missed out on the chance to move up to third.

It was City who headed into the fixture as favourites, aiming to maintain a run of just one defeat in their last nine outings, but they came unstuck to a goal in either half on Gary Rowett's return to his former club.

Birmingham started the brighter, too, getting in behind their opponents on a couple of occasions but being denied by some last-ditch defending at the back.

Jamie Ward squandered a good chance to blast Albion ahead 20 minutes in after being picked out by Lloyd Dyer, but it was roles reversed soon after as the former turned provider to set the winger up for Burton's opener.

Dyer finished into the far corner, and Chris O'Grady had a good chance to make it two prior to the break as he failed to get the better of Adam Legzdins from 10 yards out.

Legzdins also had to be alert to deny Ward as the hosts kept up their pressure, while Lucas Akins was wayward with his attempt in a positive start to the second period for Nigel Clough's men.

Burton did have a second on the hour when Ward got on the end of a long ball and finished past Legzdins, putting his side well on course for just a second win in their last eight.

Michael Morrison headed wide unmarked from close range in City's best chance to pull one back, but in the end it was the two Birmingham-born players who made the telling difference on the night.

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Gary Rowett of Birmingham City looks on during the pre season friendly match between Nuneaton Town and Birmingham City at the James Parnell Stadium on July 14, 2015
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