Birmingham took the lead through Jacques Maghoma but the league outsiders bounced back in the second half
HARRY REDKNAPP tore into his Birmingham flops as they chucked away a lead to lose at basement boys Burton.
The Blues chief branded his players as “not good enough” and vowed to bring in new faces before the end of this month’s transfer window.
Jacques Maghoma put Redknapp’s side in front but second-half goals from Marvin Sordell and ex-Brum loanee Lloyd Dyer turned the match on its head to bag Nigel Clough his first points of the season.
It left Redknapp, who saved the club from relegation after a horror spell of two wins in 25 games under Gianfranco Zola last season, raging at his team.
The 70-year-old blasted: “People say ‘Don’t say anything bad’, but listen, what am I supposed to say?
“People are not stupid. People see the second half, it’s not good enough.
“You don’t go 25 games and win two of the 25 with virtually the same team.
“Nobody can say ‘OK lads, I’ll sprinkle stardust on you, you’re a new lot of boys this year, forget that you ruined Zola last year, this year we’re going to be different’.
“What I need is to change a lot of them because that’s not good enough.
“I still say, by the end of the window I’ll have a group of players that I’ll work with and we’ll still be pushing to be up there in that top six next year.
“It’s no good these players here coming to me crying when they don’t get picked in the future – they’ve had their chances, if they don’t take them, I don’t care.”
Burton were well worth their first league win of the season as they dominated a thoroughly entertaining clash under the Pirelli lights.
But they fell behind against the run of play when Lukas Jutkiewicz knocked down Clayton Donaldson’s cross for ex-Brewer Maghoma to crash home from four yards.
Clough rejigged his formation and Albion stepped it up after the break, with Matty Palmer firing two warning shots that David Stockdale held well.
But there was nothing the ex-Brighton stopper could do about Albion’s stunning 50th-minute leveller, as Sordell turned Jonathan Grounds brilliantly before lashing into the corner with a 20-yard rocket.
It was a magnificent strike and one that will have impressed ex-Albion chief Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, watching on from the director’s box alongside Steve McClaren.
The chances came thick and fast from then as Jutkiewicz nodded tamely at Stephen Bywater, before Donaldson cracked the foot of the post with an overhead kick.
Clough’s men sealed the win on 66 minutes as boyhood Aston Villa fan Dyer played a super one-two with Sordell before gleefully tucking past Stockdale.
The one downer on fantastic night for the hosts was when Matty Lund was carried off on a stretcher with a suspected leg injury in the final stages.
Clough said: “Dyer got a bit of stick in the first half from the Birmingham fans but he scored against them again and he’s played three different positions.
“It was good versatility for us and it belies his 34 years. We keep saying he’s 35 and he keeps saying ‘I’m not until next month’.
“It’s not nice being down there, even after three games. I hope it gives us a boost in the next few weeks.”