Lots of determined, accomplished performances.
A wonderful solo goal from Che Adams, and equal reward for Michael Morrison and co at the back in the form of a clean sheet.
We’ve heard from Steve Cotterill, and Brian Dick has provided the report and his player ratings.
Now it’s time for the things you might’ve missed over the course of the ninety minutes - the titbits of Birmingham City’s humongous victory over Cardiff at St Andrew’s on Friday night.
New ball, please!
The game was barely ten minutes old when Morrison crucially blocked a shot from Kenneth Zohore in front of the Tilton End.
In doing so, the ball popped and required the fourth official to fetch a replacement.
It’s unusual for more than one ball to be used throughout the course of a match, but in the first ten minutes? Surely some kind of record.
Bruce at game
A familiar face - and one who will be a foe once more in a few weeks.
The Sky cameras caught Brucey watching on from the stands, no doubt keeping an eye on his former employers before he visits St Andrew’s with the *other* half of the city.
It’d really be no surprise at all to catch Steve Cotterill at Molineux tomorrow, either.
Awkward moment for the good folks at Sky in the build up.
Upon presenting their graphic of Blues’ line-up pre-match, they used the photo of Maikel Kieftenbeld in the heart of defence alongside the name of “Morrison” - and vice versa.
As an aside, both players were outstanding.
Still self-deprecating Cardiff fans - and Warnock pandering
“Sheep-sh****** b*******, we know what we are.”
You have to give it to the Cardiff fans who, like their dear neighbours Swansea, manage to fire out self-deprecating abuse before they can receive it.
They managed to get a reaction out of Warnock on the touch-line, too.
More of an observation than something you might have missed, but is the pre-match routine at St Andrew’s not among the best in the country?
Without fail on each visit, you’ll hear a classic rendition of Mr Blue Sky, a motivational version of the Tamperer and within seconds of kick off, a rousing Keep Right On.
The Blues players quite clearly fed off the atmosphere generated by the royal blue hordes here.
Morrison - I loved scoring against Villa!
Clinton Morrison was in the press box during the game, on radio duty.
At half-time though, he was invited down for a Q&A.
Needless to say, when asked about the upcoming Second City derby, a derby in which the Irish forward generally thrived, Morrison shared his enjoyment of them by declaring: “I loved scoring against Villa!”
Have you ever seen a manager use all three of his allotted substitutions in stoppage time?
Cotterill’s starting XI ran themselves into the ground before he used his replacements to ease Blues over the finish line.
An exhausted Che Adams first trudged off for Lukas Jutkiewicz, before Craig Gardner and Sam Gallagher entered the fray with seconds left.
They, er, played their part.