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Birmingham City 1-2 Sunderland: Ellis Simms and Amad Diallo give Black Cats win

Ellis Simms scored three times in his first two games for Sunderland - but had since gone almost three months without a goal
Ellis Simms scored three times in his first two games for Sunderland – but had gone three months without a goal

Birmingham City were beaten by two goals of Premier League quality as Tony Mowbray’s Sunderland won at St Andrew’s.

On-loan Everton striker Ellis Simms scored the Wearsiders’ first goal on 25 minutes, set up by fellow loan man Amad Diallo.

Manchester United winger Diallo then scored a stunning second four minutes into the second half to seemingly seal Blues’ first home defeat since August.

Substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz gave Blues hope on 78 minutes with his first goal in almost a year, but Sunderland survived late home pressure, including seven minutes of added time.

That was enough to earn Mowbray’s men a second straight away win on the former West Brom and Coventry boss’ return to the Midlands to lift Sunderland into the top half of the Championship table, within a point of John Eustace’s 10th-placed Blues.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 21Ruddy
  • 2ColinSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 59′minutes
  • 28Sanderson
  • 5Trusty
  • 7Bacuna
  • 6MejbriBooked at 28minsSubstituted forChongat 58′minutes
  • 31BielikSubstituted forJamesat 87′minutes
  • 27BellinghamSubstituted forHallat 59′minutes
  • 23Longelo
  • 8Deeney
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3Friend
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Graham
  • 18Chong
  • 19James
  • 35Hall

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Patterson
  • 32Hume
  • 26Wright
  • 6Batth
  • 2HugginsBooked at 42mins
  • 4EvansBooked at 74mins
  • 24Neil
  • 16DialloSubstituted forRobertsat 66′minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forMateteat 85′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 20ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 9SimmsSubstituted forEmbletonat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Embleton
  • 10Roberts
  • 12Bass
  • 17Ba
  • 19Bennette
  • 27Matete
  • 41Johnson

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