Birmingham City ended a six-game winless run as Lukas Jutkiewicz’s late strike beat Huddersfield Town at St Andrew’s.

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Isaac Mbenza’s first Terriers goal for almost 18 months looked to have rescued a point for Town with five minutes left after they had trailed for much of the game to a Gary Gardner header.

But Jutkiewicz struck in the 90th minute with a cool first-time finish on the rebound after fellow substitute Jonathan Leko had rattled the bar.

Huddersfield almost found a second equaliser in nine minutes of stoppage time but Christopher Schindler prodded inches wide from Pipa’s cross.

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Jutkiewicz’s winner marked the first time City had scored twice in a game all season, with Gardner’s towering first-half header from Jeremie Bela’s free-kick ending a five-hour goal drought.

Blues had not scored since a 1-1 draw at Stoke on 4 October – recording three consecutive blanks – but almost netted a second immediately after Gardner’s opener as Bela’s free-kick hit the post and George Friend’s follow-up was cleared off the line by Richard Stearman.

Huddersfield’s Josh Koroma fired against the bar early in the second half but they appeared to have run out of ideas until Mbenza curled a fine 20-yard free-kick over the wall into the top corner.

It was only the Belgian forward’s second Huddersfield goal, the first coming during an initial loan spell with the club in a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United in May 2019.

But Jutkiewicz’s instinctive finish meant it counted for little, condemning the Terriers to back-to-back defeats as Birmingham recorded a first win since the opening day to leapfrog Town into 15th place.

Birmingham head coach Aitor Karanka told BBC WM: “We have shown real character as a team. We have 11 fighters on the pitch and you know the three substitutions are going to be another three fighters.

“We have changed the shape in the last three or four games I don’t know how many times, without time to work on the training ground, but with this character we are going to win a lot of games.

“In the first half, if we had gone into the changing room winning 3-0 it wouldn’t have been a surprise because, apart from the goal, we had another two or three chances to score.

“But we kept our organisation in the second half and I don’t remember many chances for them.”

Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds: “We started the game how we wanted to and we controlled the early part of the game but we didn’t create the chances we expected to create and we didn’t use our set-pieces well.

“They were very focused on defending and using the counter-attack and we had another type of idea – we wanted to have the ball, we wanted to dominate and create chances.

“I think in the second half we reacted really well and we did everything we have to do to change the result of the game but unfortunately they scored on the counter-attack with their only chance of the second half.”

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