Dan Burn’s Birmingham City career didn’t get off to the ideal start on Saturday, with the Blues falling to a 1-0 home defeat by last season’s Play-Off Finalists Watford.
Making his Sky Bet Championship debut, Burn can take heart from his performance though, with the tall centre-back looking assured in defence, in addition to twice coming close to grabbing what would have been a deserved equaliser for the Blues.
After Troy Deeney had handed Watford an early lead, the visitors relied heavily on goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to preserve their slender advantage when he made a super save from Wade Elliott’s deflected strike. And the former Arsenal stopper was at it again when Burn did well to hook an effort goalwards after the ball had dropped behind him following a corner.
Burn had one further opportunity later on when he connected with Shane Ferguson’s corner, only to see his header drop inches wide of the post. Birmingham are next in action on Tuesday evening when they host Plymouth Argyle in the Capital One Cup.
Meanwhile, in League Two, Ryan Williams was an unused substitute as Oxford United comprehensively defeated his former club Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park.
Patrick Agyemang had put the south coast side in front, only to see quickfire goals from Alfie Potter and Deane Smalley turn the game around. The duo then each grabbed another goal in the second half to send United joint top of the table.
In Norway, Josh Pritchard helped Tromso come from two goals down to draw with Valerenga in the Tippeligaen. First half strikes from Mohammed Fellah and former Wigan Athletic man Kristofer Haested had put Valerenga in control of the match, but Remi Johansen and Morten Moldskred earned Tromso a point, before Pritchard was withdrawn with little more than 10 minutes remaining.