Birmingham City succumbed to a second straight defeat in the Championship as Derby County rounded off a controversial week with a victory at Pride Park.
The home side were missing three key regulars in Mason Bennett, Tom Lawrence and captain Richard Keogh following a drink driving incident in midweek, but that didn’t stop them from taking the lead inside the first two minutes.
Chris Martin, who was making his first Rams start in nearly two years, coolly slotted home for the only goal in the first 45 minutes.
Phillip Cocu’s men doubled their lead five minutes into the second period with Martyn Waghorn’s excellent finish, but the Blues fought back and should have even gone ahead themselves.
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Gary Gardner first headed home before Ivan Sunjic smashed a stunning effort past Kelle Roos to level the match within the hour mark, but the Rams shot-stopper became the hero by saving Lukas Jutkiewicz’s penalty.
And Derby made them pay as Jamie Paterson finished off a rapid counter-attack to hand them their second league win of the season.
Several Birmingham fans took to Twitter following the defeat to vent their anger, with the bulk of it being aimed at manager Pep Clotet.
One supporter wanted the manager sacked, claiming his post-match comments were the ‘same old predictable nonsense’, which was backed up by another who claimed he needs to be replaced.
A further member of the Blues faithful labelled Clotet as the ‘biggest issue’ with one more believing they were in a relegation battle under the Spaniard.
You can read more of the reaction below:
Hot air same old predictable nonsense. Pep out
— Davros Flatley (@Davebirm1875) September 28, 2019
Probably a nice bloke but not a manager. He needs to be replaced.
— S A T C H (@MattSatchwell2) September 28, 2019
Needs to go!
— Kieran Lynch (@KieranBcfc89) September 28, 2019
— ℝ????? ??? (@schmuckinghell) September 28, 2019
I’ve been very consistent in my opinion that Clotet is the biggest issue Blues have and my mind hasn’t been changed, even if we go on to win the 3-4. This squad is wasted with him in charge #BCFC
— Graham Woodward (@GOWoodward) September 28, 2019
Garbage Blues. Against a side struggling who have had an awful week with so much off the field issues.
Dire again away from Clotet. #bcfc
— Adam Hennessey (@9_Hendo) September 28, 2019
— Mike Jennings (@mikejen87) September 28, 2019
Relegation battle under Clotet. Was called at the start of the season. No surprise that we get beat by a side that has only won once so far and basically imploded on the drink last week.
— Cully86 (@StevenC01806370) September 28, 2019
— Tim Hutchinson (@R6_VoLT) September 28, 2019