Birmingham 2-1 Sunderland – Match Report

Jack Clarke scores again, but Tony Mowbray’s Blues’ came from behind to take all 3 points after a poor second-half display from The Black Cats.

A huge story coming out of the game was Trai Hume being substituted towards the end of the game, and it looked as though Beale may have gave him the cold shoulder as he left the pitch.

Sunderland have now dropped down to 10th in the league, and are now 4 points from the play-offs after multiple results went against them.

Jack Clarke gave Sunderland the lead half way through the first-half, after pouncing onto a mistake by Andre Dozzell.

He ran through on goal, opened his body up and finished past John Ruddy brilliantly.

Sunderland went into half-time looking really comfortable, but in the second-half they just couldn’t deal with Birmingham, and Tony Mowbray’s side came from behind and tore Sunderland apart.

Jordon James equalised on the hour mark, after some good blocks, including one off the line by Trai Home, the ball found it’s way to James, who managed to eventually finish.

Mason Burstow thought he’d given Sunderland the lead again when he got on the end of a Jack Clarke free-kick, but he made his move too early, and the goal was disallowed for offside.

Birmingham scored the winner with 10 minutes remaining, as the ball took a lucky deflection off Luke O’Nien, and Koji Miyoshi was there to bounce and got their ahead of Anthony Patterson to prod the ball home.

Sunderland really struggled in the second-half, and Birmingham deserved all 3 points.

The Blues have now moved up to 15th in the league, but are still just 6 points away from the bottom 3.