Substitute Benik Afobe’s neat chip settled the result overdue on. But it used to be a depressing day for Blues captain Harlee Dean, who used to be despatched off in opposition to Wolves for the second one time this season after chopping down Helder Costa. Wolves had been promoted to the Premier League for the primary time since relegation in 2012 on Saturday, after Fulham may just most effective draw with Brentford.
They will likely be champions in the event that they keep away from defeat at lowly Bolton on Saturday. Garry Monk’s Birmingham stay in relegation threat, two issues transparent of 22nd positioned Barnsley, who’ve a recreation in hand, with 3 suits left. It would possibly had been a unique tale for Blues however for John Ruddy’s very good early double save when Lukas Jutkiewicz fed in unfastened-working Maxime Colin, who simply escaped the linesman’s consideration at the fringe of the field.
Ruddy’s first acrobatic block used to be adopted through an excellent higher prevent when he briefly readjusted to show away Colin’s 2d effort. Instead, it used to be Wolves who went in entrance when Romain Saiss despatched Doherty transparent down the proper and his onerous, low go curled wickedly out of keeper David Stockdale’s achieve, permitting Jota to persuade in from 3 yards.
Atletico Madrid loanee Jota used to be then denied through Stockdale on the close to publish early in the second one part earlier than the competition swung even additional in Wolves’ means when Dean used to be crimson carded for bringing down Costa when he used to be blank via on function. Jutkiewicz went as regards to an equaliser when he had a left foot shot tipped over, earlier than substitutes Leo Bonatini and Afobe had been denied on the different finish.
But Afobe introduced the display down when he used to be fed into the field through Alfred N’Diaye and dinked the ball over the advancing Stockdale. As neatly as captain Dean’s crimson card early in the second one part, Blues additionally had Jonathan Grounds and Michael Morrison booked for heavy demanding situations on Jota. And Wolves outdated boy David Davis used to be most definitely fortunate to flee getting a yellow card as neatly, for his early problem on Swiss even supposing he didn’t break out vitriolic jeers from the house enthusiasts.
Former Brentford defender Dean’s season may just now be over along with his 2d dismissal of the marketing campaign prone to lead to a 4-fit ban even supposing Blues are set to enchantment the verdict. It method Birmingham have had a person despatched off in 4 successive derbies in opposition to Wolves following crimson playing cards for Jack Storer and Paul Robinson ultimate season.
Birmingham City supervisor Garry Monk advised BBC WM:
We got here to check out and make it harder for them and, had we taken our probabilities, we would possibly have were given one thing. The sending off did not lend a hand. You want issues to head for you if you end up taking part in a high-quality facet like Wolves. Harlee made an try to play the ball and simply mistimed his problem. The ruling is that is meant to have been a yellow card, now not crimson, so we will be searching for that to be rescinded.