12 February 2020 02:34
Jude Bellingham chased a lost cause into the corner after 76 minutes and when Barnsley did not match his hunger to get to the ball, the highly-rated 16 year-old was able to cross for Scott Hogan. The former Sheffield United loanees turn and shot was a rare moment of quality on an extremely difficult night to play football, with swirling wind and snowy conditions contributing to a subdued crowd. "It was a tough game and in the end zero points. "In the end the performance was not enough to win the game. "I spoke the last time so much about mistakes and learning from them but in every game we have a blackout.
"It's not so easy for me, for the whole team and for the players who make these mistakes. "The whole team didn't create the offensive performance we needed with movement, forward runs and more precision with the last pass. "We had a lot of good moments in our game on the ball, good positioning but in the end the final pass, the precision for the last pass was not enough to score goals. "I think the opponent made a very good hard-working and organised defensive performance so it was not so easy to make chances but we have the right players for this." When he was asked about a decent first half where Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp was forced into three good saves, he replied, with a shrug: "It was okay. "In the end we had no benefit from our good chances.
Hogan's second-half goal, set up by teenage sensation and star man Jude Bellingham, gave the visitors the three points at Oakwell. The 16-year-old Bellingham harried Jordan Williams and dispossessed the Barnsley full-back before finding Hogan, who turned neatly inside the box and found the top corner with a clinical left-footed strike. Darragh Lenihan opened the scoring as Blackburn scored three times in eight second-half minutes to brush aside sorry Hull 3-0 at Ewood Park. The game looked to be heading for a draw, despite gilt-edged chances for Rovers striker Adam Armstrong and Jackson Irvine's effort that cannoned off the woodwork at the other end. But Tony Mowbray's side turned the game in their favour in clinical fashion in the final 17 minutes.
Lenihan broke the deadlock by turning home his third goal in five games following a 73rd-minute goalmouth scramble. They went for the jugular and Armstrong marked his 150th career league start with a stunning 25-yard strike in the 79th minute before Dominic Samuel pounced on an error from goalkeeper George Long to net his first league goal since November 2017 a minute later. Harold Moukoudi's own-goal 14 minutes from time then assured the points would be shared. But Giggs had to endure a low-quality Sky Bet Championship encounter which suggested neither side are capable of putting together the sort of run required to make the play-off places. Birmingham extended their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to six games with a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at struggling Barnsley. Scott Hogan's second-half goal, set up by teenage sensation and star man Jude Bellingham, gave the visitors the three points at Oakwell. A counter-attack then sparked Barnsley's next chance, Jacob Brown carried the ball from deep in his own half before laying off to Jordan Williams, whose low strike had to be well watched by Lee Camp. Brown weaved his way past a couple defenders before punching his effort low at goal which Camp fumbled but claimed at the second time of asking, preventing Conor Chaplin from having an easy tap-in. Hogan then had his second big chance, the on-loan Aston Villa striker racing onto a Gary Gardner through-ball which left him one-on-one with Brad Collins, but had his low effort repelled by Collins. Chaplin fired a speculative effort at goal just before half-time, which went wide. The second half was lacking any real clear-cut chances and much like the first half it was Barnsley who were controlling the play. However, the visitors made the decisive breakthrough in the 76th minute after Bellingham chased down what seemed a lost cause. The 16-year-old harried Williams and dispossessed the Barnsley full-back before finding Hogan, who turned neatly inside the box and found the top corner with a clinical left-footed strike. Barnsley had little time to respond and struggled to create much in the latter stages, meaning they are now without a win in five league games. Speaking ahead of tonight's match against Barnsley, the Spaniard pointed out that the reason things have started to look better for the Blues is down to the hard work the club has been doing on the training ground: At that time, we started to identify things we needed to be much better at. However, it's no good saying all these things just to then end up crashing back down to earth later in the year by playing down to the competition and going through another slump, starting with tonight's game against a struggling Barnsley side. These are the games that have caught the Blues up at stages this season, such as the two defeats to Wigan Athletic, so we need to make sure that we're at our best. Whilst the team have got themselves a little bit of breathing space from the relegation zone, with the gap at eleven points, we can't afford to get too complacent when it comes to results, because one bad run and all of a sudden we might have to start looking over our shoulders again. Will the Blues be in a 'relegation battle' come the end of the season? The sooner we can get ourselves totally clear of danger, the sooner we can start looking ahead to next season, which as I've said before will be the real test of how well run this club can be and when we'll really get to see what Clotet is made of.