Kyle Bartley netted twice in the second half of the game at Huddersfield on Saturday to give Birmingham a 3-1 away win, and then was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Blues went to the John Smith’s Stadium looking for a win that would ease the relegation pressure that they are under this season and came home with all three points with a fine win.
And Blues had Bartley to thank after he nodded home a corner from Jesse Lingard and then got on the end of a free kick from the same player just 15 minutes later to grab his second and Blues’ third, but the referee took exception to his celebrating and showed the man on loan from Swansea a second yellow card.
After putting your side 2-1 in front and then making the game certain with a third, you would think it was alright to take your shirt off, but no, it’s a major crime and he had to go.
But at least the manager was able to come away from the ground in the knowledge that he had masterminded his first win over his old club since the Terriers sacked him in 2012.
It was Blues who took the lead after making a bright start on 11 minutes, thanks a lot to Lee Novak who seemed determined to show Huddersfield that he still had the touch, he smashed in a shot that the Terriers’ keeper Smithies managed to parry, but Nikola Zigic was first to the rebound and hooked the ball home.
But the lead was taken away on the half hour mark when Anthony Gerrard flicked home Adam Hammill’s free kick and he was able to celebrate being back in the side after being dropped for a training ground altercation with a couple of team mates
The visitors took the lead early on but were pegged back when Anthony Gerrard scored on his return to the Town side after a training ground bust-up.
There were other chances in the game early on, Novak forced a good save out of Smithies when he fired in a shot and then he got his head to a Mitch Hancox cross, but his effort went wide.
The Terriers also had their chances, Sean Scannell wasted a couple of chances to get on the score sheet and Ward could not keep a header down from another Hammill free kick when he should have really tested Randolph in the City goal.
The goals eventually came for Blues late on but they just concentrated on keeping the home side out after Bartley’s red card.
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