By Pa Sport Staff
Published: 15:54 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 17:41 BST, 12 September 2020
Birmingham won for the first time in 17 games as Sky Bet Championship play-off finalists Brentford's hangover continued into the new season with a 1-0 defeat at St Andrew's.
Jeremie Bela scored the 37th-minute goal that gave Blues their first win since February - and three points for new head coach Aitor Karanka - but they were equally thankful to debutant goalkeeper Zach Jeacock.
The 19-year-old Brummie - who kept £2million new signing Neil Etheridge on the bench - made a stunning double save in the second half, while Brentford hit the woodwork twice.
Jeremie Bela scored the game's only goal after 37 minutes to give Birmingham the win
Birmingham equally have to thank Zach Jeacock who made some stunning saves on his debut
Blues started far better than in last week's Carabao Cup defeat to Cambridge and created the first chance.
Bela cut in from the left and rifled in a fierce drive that was superbly tipped around the post by goalkeeper Luke Daniels.
Brentford were forced into an early substitution after just eight minutes when midfielder Mathias Jensen limped off injured, replaced by Emiliano Marcondes.
Blues scored when the unmarked Bela ghosted in to head home at the near post from a