Huddersfield Town suffered a second successive defeat as David Cotterill drilled home a 70th-minute free-kick to seal Birmingham's fourth win in five games.

A first loss in eight home matches was a massive disappointment for manager Chris Powell and the fans, especially after the previous week's 5-0 setback at Norwich City.

Powell made three changes as he tried to conjure a response.

With Murray Wallace serving a one-match ban after his red card in Norfolk, Anthony Gerrard came in for a first appearance of the season.

Lee Peltier replaced Tommy Smith and lined-up at right-back in a 4-3-3 system, with Harry Bunn, back after a thigh injury, included in the frontline at the expense of Nahki Wells.

Birmingham were unchanged after their 6-1 home win over Reading.

 

Last week's hat-trick scorer Demarai Gray produced some lively touches, but it was fellow wideman Cotterill who had the visitors' only effort on target in the first half.

His curled shot was comfortably saved by Alex Smithies, whose counterpart Darren Randolph did well to deny Grant Holt at close quarters.

Bunn had a couple of speculative drives saved, but over the first half as a whole, there was little to warm the crowd in a chilly afternoon.

There was little change after the break, with Bunn's shot scrambled to safety by Birmingham before the breakthrough goal.

Gerrard was ruled to have fouled Clayton Donaldson 25 yards out, and Cotterill left Smithies grasping thin air with a rising, swerving shot.

Town substitute Joe Lolley brought a good save from Randolph with a late shot, but Blues held out for the points.