Sam Morsy features as Barnsley win big at St Andrews
Barnsley crushed 10 man Birmingham 3-0 away from home, with the goals coming from Roberts and a Winnall brace, as Egypt international Sam Morsy played 89 minutes.
Birmingham XI: Kuszczak; Shotton; Morrison; Grounds; Cogley; Kieftenbeld; Tesche; Davis; Cotterill; Donaldson; Jutkiewicz.
Barnsley XI: Davies; MacDonald; Roberts; Yiadom; Bree; Morsy; Hourihane; Williams; Scowen; Winnall; Bradshaw.
Although Birmingham were higher in the table going into the game, it was Barnsley who created all the early chances, namely through Conor Hourihane who saw his shots blocked.
Birmingham grew into the game, and had chances of their own as Lukas Jutkiewicz came close from distance, however it wasn’t meant to be.
Before the first half was over, Barnsley broke the deadlock through Marc Roberts, as Hourihane provided an accurate set piece which was headed home by the domineering centre back.
Lightning almost struck twice minutes later, however this time Roberts couldn’t find the target with his header.
Birmingham tried a similar tactic just before the interval, however their centre back, Morrison, saw his header hit the crossbar.
Hourihane and Morsy seemed to run the game from the centre of the park, and the former almost scored early in the second half however his shot was saved by former Manchester United keeper Kuszczak.
Things went from bad to worse for Birmingham as David Davis saw red for a poor tackle, as the Blues had to play around 20 minutes with 10 men.
The Tykes dominated the game from here, and a Hourihane set piece would provide another goal as Sam Winnall headed one home into the bottom left corner.
In the dying minutes of the game, Barnsley completed a hat trick of goals from Hourihane set pieces as yet again Sam Winnall flicked the ball into the corner to make it a comprehensive 3-0 win.
The result moves Barnsley up to 12th in the table, although they may be overtaken before the day is over if Aston Villa avoid defeat to Leeds. Birmingham are 4th in the table, as their push for a return to the Premier League continues.
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