It could and should have been 4-1 to Fulham at least.
Former Whites, Lee Clark , now fuming and fretting in the Birmingham dug-out spoke of ‘gilt-edged’ chances missed by his side in the first half.
Thanks to a fabulous two-handed stop from Marcus Bettinelli in the second period, Fulham grew in confidence having got an ear bashing from their caretaker boss at the break.
Kit Symons then saw his side grow in belief, and thanks to a mistimed shot and a tiny deflection equalised through Tim Hoogland.
Hugo Rodallega tried a one-on-one though the Brum keeper’s legs and failed.
He was clean through and elected to square a pass to Ross McCormack, who was tackled at the last – but the Colombian swivelled on a sixpence, 20p piece, for newcomers, and picked up the debris of a City hashed clearance to fire the winner from an acute angle.
“We crumbled,” moaned Clark. “We showed tremendous spirit,” said a smiling Symons.