Bournemouth maintained their incredible record at St Andrew’s as two late second-half goals ended Birmingham City’s unbeaten start to the season.
On a ground where the Cherries have never lost in 13 visits, they sought to win at halftime, not having managed a single effort on target.
But Scott Parker’s side kept their cool with a much improved performance after the break, capped by Dominic Solanke’s excellently taken opener in the 77th minute, followed by Jaidon Anthony’s second in the 87th minute to get the three points.
Bournemouth are one of six unbeaten league teams with seven points in three games.
After heavily defeating MK Dons in the EFL Cup, then drawing 2-2 at home against West Brom in the Premier League game, Saturday’s victory in Nottingham Forest came at a cost when Bournemouth sent the creative spark to David Brooks.
Without the suspended midfielder and lingering speculation that Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma is set to join Villarreal in La Liga, it was a shaky backdrop on their last trip to their favorite away ground.
The Blues, playing again in front of a greatly reduced crowd of 9,922 as both St Andrew’s sides await safety certificates, had the best of the first half in which most of their best moments came by Tahith Chong.
The loaned Manchester United winger triggered the first opening when he cut from the right to test goalkeeper Mark Travers with a left-footed shot.
The Cherries, on the other hand, did not manage a single effort on target. But that was another story after the break.
The Blues entered the game to concede their first goal after successive 1-0 victories at Sheffield United and Colchester in the EFL Cup, followed by Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Stoke City. But the Cherries’ two late goals ruined the chance of a fourth straight clean sheet for Lee Bowyer’s side.
First, Solanke grabbed onto Ben Pearson’s deep ball, pushed Marc Roberts back and directed a low right-footed shot at Matija Sarkic in the far corner. Anthony then jumped up to hook Zeno Ibsen Rossi’s knockdown.
Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio WM:
“We created some good opportunities but we didn’t seize them. We just haven’t had the luck you need.
“The score flattered them, but we took a good team to the end.
“They had to change shape to get through us. Even then, it was only half a chance.
“It was the first shot they had on target and it was also handball. He pushed it in his way with his hand, but the linesman couldn’t follow the play. ”
Bournemouth manager Scott Parker told BBC Radio Solent:
“We had to be patient. The first half we huffed and puffed a bit and I didn’t think we were at our best in terms of the pace of our game.
“In the second half, I asked the guys to inject a little more rhythm, then Dominic Solanke scores a nice goal, then we work a good set piece and see the game very comfortably.
“Dominic is a focal point for us in terms of the way he works out of possession and I’m really happy that he also scored his goal tonight.
“The players have been absolutely fantastic so far. We ran out of numbers, but they’ve worked really hard in the eight weeks they’ve been together and they’re getting the right rewards. “
- 3PedersenBooked at 74 minutes
- 7ChongReplaced bySanchezTo 87′minutes
- 14EasyReplaced byHoganTo 79′minutes
- dixJutkiewiczReplaced byAnekeTo 70′minutes
- 27True man
- 11MarcondesReplaced byStanislasTo 60′minutes
- 20DavisReplaced byPearsonTo 69′minutes
Le match se termine, Birmingham City 0, Bournemouth 2.
Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Bournemouth 2.
Free kick won Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).
Failed attempt. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Iván Sánchez.
Failed attempt. Philip Billing (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.
Substitution, Birmingham City. Iván Sánchez replaces Tahith Chong.
Goal! Birmingham City 0, Bournemouth 2. Jaidon Anthony (Bournemouth) right footed shot. Zeno Rossi passed the header after a corner.
Corner, Bournemouth. Licensed by Marc Roberts.
Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Tahith Chong (Birmingham City) fouls.
Corner, Bournemouth. Licensed by Maxime Colin.
Free kick wonJunior Stanislas (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Faute de Chuks Aneke (Birmingham City).
Corner, Birmingham City. Licensed by Zeno Rossi.
Free kick won Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Faute de Chuks Aneke (Birmingham City).
Remplacement, Birmingham City. Scott Hogan remplace Jonathan Leko.
Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).