Scott Hogan’s hat-trick sealed a 3-2 win for Birmingham to continue West Brom’s careless start to the season at The Hawthorns.
Striker Hogan put City ahead early in each half, scoring well for Wallace before adding a neat third to make City a winning streak away from the ground.
Substitute Brandon Thomas-Ashanti made it 3-2 with a late penalty but Albion couldn’t find a further equaliser as Birmingham racked up consecutive away wins and won the Hawthorne for the first time since August 2005.
After a 15-minute delay due to traffic and then a minute’s silence with the national anthem in honor of the late Queen, the match began.
The Blues had their first chance when Troy Deeney’s fierce drive for the first time hit a beam behind the goal.
Albion responded by shooting a shot at Karlan Grant but Kyle Bartley’s ball from Jon Swift’s corner was a bit high and he nodded.
The Blues threatened again through Tahith Chong but the former Manchester United youngster shone well over the bar.
The visitors looked very energetic and took the lead in the 14th minute. Hogan put in a fine, low touch through goalkeeper David Button after Juninho Bacona’s through ball overcame the offside trap.
Albion tried to bounce back and goalkeeper John Ruddy shot Wallace at a low angle around the post before Bartley sent a back-to-back header from another Swift corner.
The Baggies were level in the 23rd minute. Jason Mullombie’s elegant ball slipped off Josh Williams’ slip and Wallace calmly shot through Rudy’s legs.
Not far from Mullombi by a plunge and swerve he sailed a foot over the keel before Rudy squeezed a similar effort from Swift up.
The Blues regained the lead in stunning fashion in the 54th minute. Hogan scored his second goal of the match and fourth of the season, but he owes a lot to Bakona, who started the move by winning the ball from West Bromwich Albion’s corner kick.
Before he takes a Troy Denny pass and races clear, before sending the cross.
Hogan completed a hat-trick when he grabbed a fine through ball from Denny on the left and cut inside before hitting the ball through Button’s legs at the near post.
Thomas-Asante pulled one back with a penalty kick in the 83rd minute after Dion Sanderson had brought him down, although it looked like he was out of the box.
Albion continued to dominate the ball but the Blues defended well to hold their opponents in the Midlands.
What did the managers say…
West Brom Steve Bruce: “We didn’t get into the game until the last 20 minutes. In the big derby we were found a short distance away. We didn’t win a challenge and didn’t tackle Troy Deeney and fitness in Birmingham. We were nowhere near where we should be. Single mistakes are something you can’t fix.
“The focus of the defenders was awful and the goals were something you see on the school playground with 11-year-olds. When you defend horribly like this, you are on a bad evening. It was horrible. What? We witnessed in the first hour it was outrageous.”
Birmingham John Eustace: “Scott Hogan is the best striker. The only thing I was excited about coming here is that I’ve worked with Scott on an international level and I know what he can achieve in the tournament. You don’t have moves like him if you’re not a top striker, you just need confidence but you can see He is an excellent player in all respects.
“The way he scored a hat-trick was three different formations and it was fantastic.”