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In Focus: Birmingham City

8 September 2017

Norwich City are back in action on Saturday after the international break when they host Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at Carrow Road.

Both sides had busy transfer windows, with the Blues especially busy right up until the deadline, so here’s what to expect from City’s opponents at the weekend.

Summer signings
With Redknapp in charge of footballing matters at St. Andrews, it was bound to be a busy deadline day for Birmingham fans and there was no surprise when the club signed four new players, taking their tally for the window to 14.

Perhaps the most high-profile of their deadline day additions was Spanish playmaker Jota who joined from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Brentford.

The 26-year-old was signed for a club-record fee after impressing during his time at Griffin Park, despite injuring ankle ligaments in 2015 and spending time out on loan at La Liga club Eibar.

Redknapp has also added Premier League experience to his squad. Craig Gardner rejoined from rivals West Bromwich Albion, Carl Jenkinson moved on loan from Arsenal and youngsters Cohen Bramall, Jeremie Boga, Sam Gallagher and Liam Walsh are all looking to make a name for themselves during their temporary spells.

David Stockdale is their new number one goalkeeper after joining on a free from Brighton and Hove Albion, joining Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean, Jason Lowe, Maxime Colin and Jota as additions that played in the Championship last season.

Canary connections
There’s a whole host of connections between the two clubs with one of the most recent being Canaries’ play-off final goalscorer Nathan Redmond.

The winger, now at Premier League side Southampton, joined City for £2 million in 2013 after playing 82 times for Birmingham.

Redmond made 123 appearances in a yellow and green shirt scoring 13 times. His most memorable moment was arguably giving City a two-goal lead as they earned promotion to the Premier League with a win over Middlesbrough in the 2015 play-off final.

Other notable connections include current City striker Cameron Jerome who played for Birmingham between 2006 and 2011. Jerome scored 42 goals for the Blues in his five-year stint at St. Andrews.

Meanwhile, Tom Adeyemi, a youth product of the Norwich City academy, joined Birmingham in 2013. He now plays for local rivals Ipswich Town.

Previous meeting
On 28 January, Birmingham visited Carrow Road looking for some urgent points as they aimed to survive relegation to League One.

City on the other hand had gathered some momentum in front of their home fans after a string of games unbeaten and former Birmingham man Jerome gave the Canaries an early lead.

Timm Klose doubled the advantage just before half-time, spectacularly heading the corner flag as part of his celebration, and 2-0 was how the match ended.

Birmingham ending up avoiding relegation on the final day of the season.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: David Stockdale, Tomasz Kuszczak
Defenders: Emilio Nsue, Jonathan Grounds, Marc Roberts, Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, Cohen Bramall, Carl Jenkinson, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Michael Morrison, Corey O’Keeffe, Paul Robinson, Wes Harding
Midfielders: Craig Gardner, Cheikh Ndoye, Jacques Maghoma, Jeremie Boga, Jason Lowe, David Cotterill, David Davis, Jota, Stephen Gleeson, Liam Walsh
Forwards: Lukas Jutkiewicz, Isaac Vassell, Che Adams, Sam Gallagher, Nicolai Brock-Madsen

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Oliveira's early strike helps City beat Birmingham

9 September 2017

Nelson Oliveira’s early strike was enough to see Norwich City deservedly battle to a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City.

Oliveira tapped home on five minutes after Timm Klose kept the ball alive in the box and that proved to be the difference between the two sides at a wet Carrow Road.

City had numerous chances to make the scoreline more comfortable but Oliveira and Josh Murphy both missed good opportunities when clear on goal.

Daniel Farke rang the changes, making no less than five alterations from the team that started the defeat at Millwall. Klose returned from injury for his first appearance of the season and Tom Trybull started for his full debut in a yellow and green shirt. Christoph Zimmermann, Marco Stiepermann and Alex Tettey earned recalls.

City came out of the traps firing on all cylinders and took the lead inside five minutes. Mario Vrancic’s corner was headed away but James Maddison did well to divert the ball back into danger, with Klose there to square it for top scorer Oliveira who couldn’t miss from two yards.

Both sides had spells of possession in the time afterwards but it was the hosts who went close to doubling their lead on 21 minutes. Tettey played a delicate ball through to Oliveira whose effort beat David Stockdale but trickled just wide of the post.

Birmingham’s best chance to equalise came from a set-piece on 34 minutes. Record signing Jota floated a corner kick into the box but his delivery was nodded harmlessly over by Sam Gallagher.

Jota was involved again just after the restart but his free-kick just grazed over before, at the other end, Oliveira came close again to doubling City’s advantage again minutes later. He broke clear and cut in from the left, leaving Jason Lowe all ends up, but his curling shot flew inches wide of the post.

City were almost in again on 54 minutes when, out of nowhere, Mario Vrancic split the Birmingham defence open with a delicious reverse-pass, however, Oliveira’s cross was cut out well by Harlee Dean. Josh Murphy then wasted a great chance moments later, dispossessing Liam Walsh but slicing his shot into the stand.

Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp introduced Che Adams shortly after and the midfielder almost had an instant impact, firing wide from long distance.

City were defending superbly and had another chance to make the game safe on 74 minutes but Murphy scuffed his shot just wide when clear on goal. Seven minutes later, Oliveira was inches wide from a spectacular second, whipping a fierce strike just past the post.

Birmingham rarely threatened in the final stages, with their only chance of note coming from Jeremie Boga whose tame free-kick was safely blocked by Angus Gunn.

City were relatively comfortable in the dying embers and that allowed Farke to introduce Grant Hanley for his Norwich City debut in stoppage time.

And as referee Simon Hooper brought an end to proceedings, it was Oliveira’s early strike which proved pivotal.

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Limited tickets available for Birmingham City clash

1 September 2017

There are a limited number of tickets available for Norwich City's Sky Bet Championship fixture with Birmingham City at Carrow Road.

The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 9 September and it will be City's first game after the international break.

Tickets are priced at £23 for Adults, £13 for 65 and over, £5 for under-18s and £3 for under-12s.

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