Odin Bailey scored his first senior goal for Birmingham City on Friday night to give his side all three points against Middlesbrough at St. Andrews.

The 19-year-old headed home a Dan Crowley cross in the 89th minute to make it 2-1 and send the Blues fans into ecstasy.

The Birmingham-born midfielder has risen up through the youth ranks of his local side and looks like a bright talent for the future.

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Bailey spoke to the Blues’ official club website after the match on Friday: “It’s something I’ll remember for life. I always knew I’d get the opportunity and it was just about taking it which I did, and I was delighted to see us get the three points.”

“I saw the ball coming over and I thought ‘this is my opportunity’ and that if I made a good connection, headed it down and got it on target, there was a high chance of it going in and it luckily did.”

He added: “I was just celebrating because it’s everything I’ve dreamed of since I first joined the Club at seven. To be able to actually come out here and do it, I think emotion just took me straight over the boards into the fans. The fans were incredible and were behind the whole team. It was like having 12 men on the pitch.”

“We wanted to show them what we’re trying to do, and I felt we did that. From the first whistle we were on the front foot and dominating possession. We were unlucky to concede but we then showed great determination to get back and find the winner.”


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