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Auston Trusty and Emmanuel Longelo send Birmingham up to 11th as high-flying QPR come unstuck

Birmingham 2-0 QPR: Auston Trusty’s spectacular back-heel and Emmanuel Longelo’s strike from outside the box send Birmingham up to 11th as the Blues deny high-flying the chance to reclaim top-spot in the Championship

  • Birmingham saw off the challenge from QPR with a confident 2-0 win at home 
  • Auston Trusty got the hosts off to a perfect start with his 4th minute strike
  • The defender’s back heel effort looped over Seny Dieng after his failed punch
  • Emmanuel Longelo then doubled the lead after turning Ethan Laird inside out

High-flying QPR were brought down to earth by Birmingham last night.

Loan pair Auston Trusty and Emmanuel Longelo, borrowed from Arsenal and West Ham respectively, scored Birmingham’s first-half goals to rob Michael Beale’s men the chance of reclaiming the Championship’s top spot. And goalkeeper John Ruddy was Birmingham’s late hero after saving a late penalty from Lyndon Dykes.

A freakish goal gave Birmingham the perfect start on four minutes.

Auston Trusty’s brilliant flick gave Birmingham the perfect start against QPR at St. Andrews

Trusty’s overhead flick looped over helpless goalkeeper Seny Dieng after Krystian Bielik had returned Hannibal Mejbri’s corner to the danger area after it had been punched clear.

Emmanuel Longelo's strike doubled the ascendancy for the home side

Emmanuel Longelo’s strike doubled the ascendancy for the home side

QPR tried to hit back and Ilias Chair’s curling free-kick was tipped over by Ruddy. Tyler Roberts’s sidefooted effort from the edge of the box deflected up off Harlee Dean and on to the roof of the net.

QPR were made to pay for their profligacy in the 29th minute.

Left wing-back Longelo teased Ethan Laird before cutting inside and rolling a shot into the bottom corner.

Rangers piled forward again and a curling free-kick from Stefan Johansen was inches away, before Sinclair Armstrong scuffed his shot from eight yards out before the break. Dykes sent a low drive skidding just wide as QPR sought an immediate reply following the restart.

But Birmingham were growing in confidence and Longelo’s inviting cross just needed a touch for a third goal, only for it to fall fractionally behind Scott Hogan.

Ruddy was Birmingham’s saviour by saving Dykes’s 79th-minute penalty to his right after Longelo was judged to have raised his foot dangerously on Laird as they battled for a cross.

Micheal Beale's side missed the chance to reclaim top spot from Vincent Kompany's Burnley

Micheal Beale’s side missed the chance to reclaim top spot from Vincent Kompany’s Burnley

MATCH FACTS

Birmingham (3-5-2): Ruddy; Sanderson, Dean, Trusty; Colin, Chong (Hall 81′), Bielik, Mejbri (Bacuna 54′), Longelo; Hogan (James 88′), Deeney (Jutkiewicz 81′)

Subs not used: Etheridge, Graham, Bellingham

Booked: Trust, Bielik, Mejbri, Longelo

Goals: Trusty, Longelo

Manager: John Eustace

QPR (4-2-3-1): Dieng; Laird, Balogun, Clarke-Salter (Dickie 21′), Paal; Johansen (Amos 45′), Field (Richards 80′); Roberts (Armstrong 27′), Chair, Iroegbunam; Dykes

Subs not used: Kakay, Archer, Dozzell

Manager: Michael Beale

Booked: Balogun, Dickie, Iroegbunam 

Referee: Tim Robinson

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