Report: Blues Win Again
02 August 2014 15:00
Attendance: 4,444 (110)
Birmingham finished their pre-season with another win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle although they had to worry for a few minutes in the second half after the ball was cleared from the line.
The first significant moment of the game was the first goal. Lee Novak, laid off by Gray, dispatched the ball into the top corner 1-0 (8'). Inverness' Graeme Shinne struck back though, he found space in the box but dragged wide.
Novak kept up the early promise with another strike, saved by Dean Brill from 12 yards. Inverness then made a substitution bringing on trialist Lewis Hornet for David Raven (19').
Gray maintained his good preseason form with a bright shot forcing a save from the keeper, from 25 yards out. It was Graeme Shinnie again for Inverness, his shot was saved by Randolph (36').
Blues then found a second goal. Demarai Gray scored after Novak came wide for Gray to smash home 2 - 0 (38'). The score remained the same at the half time break.
After a quiet start to the second half Lee Clark made four changes. Donaldon, Cotterill, Robinson and Duffy all came on. Thomas, Gray, Novak and Gunning came off.
Before the game developed Clark made two more changes as Brown and Shinnie were brought into the game for Gleeson and Edgar (65`).
Shinnie was then involved in a chance, playing in Cotterill to drag his shot wide of the left hand side. Ryan Christie then played in Aaron Doran but Randolph was out to make the block (69`).
Inverness then got a goal back. A corner from the right sent in by the head of Gary Warren 2-1 (74`). Denny Johnstone and Paul Caddis were introduced for Adeyemi and Eardley.
Christie then tested Randolph after collecting the ball he sent a powerful shot towards goal. Johnstone then saw his first chance in Blue tipped away and it almost fell to Donaldson but was cleared by Warren (85`).
Warren was then involved at the other end, his header cleared off the line by Caddis. Gary Warren went from delight and despair to just despair as he tripped Donaldson to give away a penalty. Cadddis converted 3-1 (89`).
The game ended 3-1 in the end for Blues but it rested on fine lines upon reflection on the second half; after Blues all but contained and conquered in the first half.
Gray had another bright game for Blues. The player linked up with Novak well. He also managed to score himself today and provided plenty of attacking threat on and off the ball.
The young player must not surely have a chance at being involved in the first team next Saturday
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