On This Day: Wolves earn 3-1 victory away to Birmingham City
Walter Zenga as Wolverhampton Wanderers manager (photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images).

On the 20th August 2016, Wolves came from behind to beat ten man Birmingham City 3-1 at St Andrews in the Championship.

A Che Adams 24th minute strike gave the Blues the advantage at the break.

However, goals by Joe Mason and Danny Batth 16 minutes after the interval, gave the Wanderers a 2-1 lead with just under half an hour to play.

The task of grabbing an equaliser was made even more difficult for Gary Rowett's men when substitute, Jack Storey, received his marching orders seven minutes from time for a headbutt on Kortney Hause.

Then, with only a couple of minutes remaining, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson ensured that all three points were returning to Molineux when he fired past Blues' goalkeeper, Tomasz Kuszczak.

How the action unfolded

Ahead of the encounter, after three games, both sides had earned five points, following the two teams having had won one game and drawn two.

Therefore, going into the match, it appeared to be an interesting and intriguing affair between two teams that were only 14 miles apart from each other.

Adams broke the deadlock for the hosts just before the midway point in the first half, when his sweetly struck half volley from the left hand side of the box arrowed into the bottom right hand corner, leaving Carl Ikeme with no chance.

Although, after the interval it only took the visitors two minutes to get level when Mason curled his effort from inside the area into the top right hand corner, sending the travelling fans into jubilation.

The turnaround was then compete in the 61st minute when Matt Doherty's header was parried away in to the path of Batth, who had the simple job of tapping the ball home.

In the 83rd minute, Birmingham were sent down to ten man after Storey reacted badly to a pullback by Hause, and the referee felt he had no choice but to award a red card to the forward.

Then with a minute of normal time remaining, Bodvarsson added the Wanderers third and final goal when his strike from just inside the area, found its way into the left hand side of the net.

This decent result for Wolves, who at the time were managed by Walter Zenga, moved them up to third in the Championship, on the same amount of points as second placed Brighton and Hove Albion.

How the result contributed to the remainder of Wolves 2016/17 campaign

Despite this impressive start to the season for Wolves, Zenga was sacked by the club after only 14 league games as the team were positioned in a disappointing 18th place with only 16 points. 

11 days later, Paul Lambert was appointed as the team's new manager and despite beating Premier League outfits Stoke City and Liverpool in the FA Cup, he could only guide the Wanderers to a 15th placed finish.

This was one position below where the side finished in the previous season, even though they did achieve the same amount of points in both campaigns.

Consequently, due to inconsistent results and performances in the six months that he was manager, Lambert was released by the club at the end of May 2017.

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