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|Stuart Parnaby (Keith Fahey, 79)|
|Cameron Jerome (Lee Carsley, 90)|
|James McFadden (Miguel Marcos Michel, 67)|
|Steven Caldwell, S|
|Graham Alexander (Kevin McDonald, 85)|
|Steven Fletcher (Steven Thompson, 68)|
|David Nugent (Robbie Blake, 65)|
Full Time: BIRMINGHAM 2-1 BURNLEY. The final whistle goes and Birmingham are still on course for their best Premier League finish after a very comfortable victory.
There will be four minutes of added time.
A change for Birmingham as Lee Carsley, being released at the end of the season, replaces Cameron Jerome to wave a final farewell to the home fans.
BIRMINGHAM 2-1 BURNLEY. Good goal! Steven Thompson beats the offside trap to race in on goal and slide the ball past the legs of the onrushing Joe Hart. Can they get a point?
Final change of the game now for Burnley as Kevin McDonald replaces Graham Alexander.
Fabulous work from Benitez to evade Mears and then Caldwell before just as he is about to pull the trigger Mears gets back to concede a corner.
A change now for Birmingham as Keith Fahey replaces the injured Stuart Parnaby.
Birmingham have not managed to score three goals in a home game all season - can they manage it today?
Stuart Parnaby is in need of some treatment after a full blooded 50-50 with Danny Fox.
Bentiez is completely unmarked in the middle of the penalty area as he controls a long punt from Vignal and is only prevented from making it 3-0 by a good block, eventually, from Caldwell.
This game is now slowly drifting towards its conclusion as Burnley have little hope of forcing their way back in and Birmingham are just taking it easy.
Now that is a surprise as Brian Laws replaces Steven Fletcher with Steven Thompson - perhaps he is injured.
A change now for Birmingham as James McFadden is replaced by Spanish midfielder Michel.
Another yellow card now as Gregory Vignal is cautioned for a little trip on a marauding Tyrone Mears.
A change for Burnley now as David Nugent, disappointing today, is replaced by Blues old boy Robbie Blake who gets a good reception.
The home fans are back in full voice now that their side have started to play football again and even the "Ole's" are out.
Lovely move! Benitez turns Caldwell and dinks the ball to the far post for Larsson who fires his difficult running volley just wide. That would have been a superb goal!
Stuart Parnaby collects the first yellow card of the afternoon for a hard challenge on Jack Cork.
That would have summed it all up! Benitez collects the ball in the centre circle and turns and is allowed to run and run until he shoots just wide from the edge of the box.
Birmingham have not strung two passes together in this second half yet and Burnley are growing in confidence all the time.
Stephen Jordan collects a yellow card for a foul on Lee Bowyer.
Burnley have come out all guns blazing in this second period with Fletcher stinging the palms of Hart now and Birmingham can't get out of their own half.
I'm sorry but that was awful! Paterson is in the box and has three unmarked players he could try and find but tries instead to squeeze a shot between the two Birmingham defenders in front of him. Unsurprisingly it hits one of them and is cleared.
Good effort! Steven Fletcher finds some space outside the box to hit a stinging drive that has Joe Hart beaten, but also the bar, but only just.
The second half is underway and we wait to see what happens in the next 45 minutes.
HALF TIME: BIRMINGHAM 2-0 BURNLEY. That 45 minutes sums up Burnley's season and so does the scorelne as Birmingham stroll into the break with a two goal lead.
One minute of stoppage time will be played.
This half perfectly illustrates why Burnley will be playing Championship football next season. They have attacked pretty well and matched Birmingham for the most part but their defending has just not been good enough all season.
BIRMINGHAM 2-0 BURNLEY. Oh dear! Horrible defending from Burnley at a Larsson free-kick as Johnson gets round the back to head across for Chucho Bentiez who chests in from all of a yard.
Another decent Burnley attack results in a good cross from Paterson that only just loops over the bar after Hart and Johnson get in each other's way.
I knew Cameron Jerome was quick but not that quick as he bursts past everyone on the field to get involved in a Blues counter attack but McFadden's ball is awful.
Birmingham are back in the ascendency now after taking the lead and another beautiful Larsson cross has to be well defended.
BIRMINGHAM 1-0 BURNLEY. That typifies Burnley's season! Having their best spell they are caught on the break and Larsson's dangerous cross bobbles into the net off a combination of Mears and Jensen. Although Jerome tries to claim it!
A good little spell for Burnley there and there fans have certainly picked up as they sing, "We're all going on a European tour" after it emerged that Burnley will qualify for Europe if Fulham win the Europa League.
The visitors are coming into this a bit more now and Cork strides forward with the ball to fire in a long range shot but Hart is well behind it.
Burnley with a decent break of their own and Elliott crosses to the near post where Joe Hart does well to stop Nugent sliding home.
Now that is just a great save! The hosts up the tempo and Benitez gets to the byline to cut back for Jerome inside the six yard box but Brian Jensen makes a stunning point blank save.
Big big chance! McFadden curls a corner into the near post and Cameron Jerome should not miss from there, but he had headed over.
A lull in proceedings nowas the Blues struggle to find a way through the Burnley back four.
Birmingham are seeing more of the ball but, for once, Burnley look pretty solid at the back.
Birmingham steal the ball in midfield and Jerome slips Benitez in behind Caldwell who gets back superbly to block the shot.
Tyrone Mears thinks he has a good shout for a penalty but the referee turns him down. He would definitely have got a free-kick if it were outside the box so a shade unlucky possibly.
The home fans are in very high spirits this lunchtime and their side are responding at the moment with a bright start.
What a chance! Within seconds of the start Jerome escapes Leon Cort on the left to float a cross for Lee Bowyer but he heads wide from the edge of the six yard box.
We are underway in the second city.
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Cort, Caldwell, Fox, Cork, Alexander, Nugent, Steven Fletcher, Paterson, Elliott.
Birmingham: Hart, Parnaby, Johnson, Ridgewell, Vignal, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez.
Burnley were relegated last weekend after a hammering from Liverpool and their wretched away record has cost them really. So not much hope for today then?
Alex McLeish managed to keep hold of Joe Hart after his parent club Man City tried to get him back this week and his side will look to sign off at home in style after a fine season.
Welcome to St Andrew's as two sides whose seasons are effectively over meet as Birmingham take on relegated Burnley.
Its been a fairly predictable season in the Premier League.
Southend United have gained promotion to League One after a tense penalty shootout again Wycombe Wanderers that ended in 7-6.
Clubs across Europe are rubbing their hands together in glee as Sami Khedira has announced hell be leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Liverpool will again have the chance to strengthen their squad.
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Hull and Newcastle will be fighting for their Premier League lives on Sunday in yet another instalment of relegation drama