Blues finish off Lincoln
By James Pearson. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Birmingham left it late but eventually ran out 3-1 winners against Lincoln City at St Andrews.
Steve Bruce opted to field a strong outfit but struggled to break down The Red Imps during an indifferent first half.
City almost netted before the break however a deep cross just eluded Simon Yeo at the back post with the goal gaping.
Emile Heskey should have opened the scoring, but was twice denied from headers on the stroke of half time by Alan Marriott.
The deadlock was finally broken on the hour mark when Jesper Gronkjaer collected Darren Anderton's cross-field ball to fire home the opener.
Substitute striker Clinton Morrison doubled Blues' advantage shortly after with a close range effort before the home side put the game to bed.
Dwight Yorke, on his full debut, was fouled in the box and Robbie Savage made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 3-0.
The visitors did pull one back through Yeo from the penalty spot, but it was no more than a consolation for the League Two side.