Brighton boost promotion hopes and deal blow to Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola
New Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola suffered a painful start as Glenn Murphy headed a stoppage-time winner for Brighton at St Andrew's.
It was a cruel finish to the match for Birmingham and Zola, who looked to be heading for a memorable victory following a 52nd-minute goal from striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.
But Brighton are not second in the Sky Bet Championship without the ability to hit back. The ever-dangerous Anthony Knockaert equalised in the 83rd minute before Murray headed in to give Brighton a 2-1 success, with the Seagulls extending their unbeaten run to 16 games.
It was certainly a baptism of fire for the Italian manager who took over from Gary Rowett in midweek under surprising circumstances.
Gianfranco Zola saw his Birmingham side beaten by a late winnerPA Sport
Jaap Stam's side leapt above Huddersfield Town into third place, eight points behind Brighton, while Leeds United moved into fifth with Kyle Bartley's 89th-minute header earning them a 1-0 win over Brentford.