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|Cameron Jerome (Kevin Phillips, 88)|
|James McFadden (Keith Fahey, 61)|
|Nigel de Jong (Stephen Ireland, 60)|
|Roque Santa Cruz (Martin Petrov, 67)|
FULL TIME BIRMINGHAM CITY 0-0 MAN CITY: The whistle blows and the two sides have to settle for a point, but Birmingham will feel they should have won after James McFadden was denied by Shay Given from the penalty spot.
Barry Ferguson is shown a second yellow card for stupidly trying to stop Pablo Zabaleta taking a throw in and is deservedly red carded.
Carlos Tevez runs across the edge of the area and then blazes another effort high and wide which sums up his display.
Martin Petrov chests down the ball on the right side of the area but his effort is poor and almost goes out at the corner flag.
Lee Bowyer knocks the ball into the centre of the area but Kevin Phillips cannot wrap his foot round the ball and scuffs his shot.
There will be six added minutes to play as Maik Taylor gets up to catch a corner from the right.
Lee Bowyer lifts the ball into the middle and Christian Benitez goes up with Kevin Phillips but neither get a vital touch.
For the umpteenth time today Christian Benitez is flagged offside. Alex McLeish might want to work on that side of his game in training.
Kevin Phillips is coming on to try and nick a winner for Birmingham with Cameron Jerome going off.
It appears that Roger Johnson was badly winded and he is back on with Birmingham kicking the ball into the City half from the drop ball.
Roger Johnson is still on the ground getting treated but it does not look as serious as at first thought, although he is helped off the pitch.
City break and there is a bit of a melee in the area before play is stopped when Roger Johnson is down after Wayne Bridge's shot smacks him in the head while grounded. Carlos Tevez then goes to ground but no penalty is awarded.
Pablo Zabaleta gets in to block Christian Benitez's path to goal and gives away a corner. Sebastian Larsson plays it in but City clear.
Shaun Wright-Phillips sums that up as he gets down the right but then lofts the ball behind with several team-mates waiting for a decent cross.
It just seems the two sides cannot find that crucial final killer pass that might lead to a goal here.
A poor back pass from Scott Dann puts pressure on Maik Taylor who puts it out for a throw in. From that City win a corner but it is cleared away.
Both sides are still trying to get forward and win this game but time is running out for them.
Lee Bowyer tries to put the ball into the area for Cameron Jerome to run on to but is bundled over but no free kick is given.
Sebastian Larsson sees a looping shot go over the top and it is hard to believe this game is still goalless with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Lee Bowyer tries to find Cameron Jerome in the centre of the goal mouth but Pablo Zabaleta gets in first and does enough to divert the danger away.
Sebastian Larsson goes on a strong run down the right flank past Stephen Ireland and his cross is cleared out for a throw in.
Carlos Tevez lets fly from the left side of the area and Maik Taylor tips it over for a corner. The corner is played in and cleared by the Blues.
The ineffective Roque Santa Cruz goes off for City with Martin Petrov coming on.
Christian Benitez wins a corner off Joleon Lescott. Sebastian Larsson looks to play it in but there is pushing. When he does cross it the City defence clear.
Sebastian Larsson's free kick from the left side of the area is headed away by Gareth Barry. The ball is thrown back into the middle but Shay Given gathers.
Roque Santa Cruz goes in the book for City as he drags down Keith Fahey as he was getting away down the left flank.
Sebastian Larsson puts a great ball into the area and Cameron Jerome is at full stretch and under pressure from Vincent Kompany as he heads just over the bar.
Penalty miss culprit James McFadden is going off now with Keith Fahey getting a chance to get a goal for the Blues.
The corner finally comes in for City and Joleon Lescott gets a touch but his effort goes straight into the hands of Maik Taylor.
Nigel de Jong is going off and the more attack minded Stephen Ireland is coming on for City.
Shaun Wright-Phillips gets down ther right flank and puts in a ball into the middle which Roger Johnson does well to clear.
The game has burst into life now after that penalty miss as Stephen Ireland warms up on the touchline.
James McFadden is now booked for tripping Nigel de Jong as he looks frustrated at missing the spot kick.
James McFadden steps up and takes the penalty but his low strike down to the keeper's left is well saved by Shay Given.
A goal mouth scramble here and the ball drops down on to the arm of Nigel de Jong as he goes up with Sebastian Larsson and a penalty is awarded.
Wayne Bridge picks up a stupid yellow card as he kicks the ball away after knocking it out of play.
James McFadden threads the ball through to Christian Benitez but again he is a yard offside. If he could learn to time his runs he could have had a hatful of chances.
Sebastian Larsson lifts a free kick into the City area but Shay Given comes out to gather the over-hit ball.
Wayne Bridge goes on a strong run and lays the ball off to Carlos Tevez who uncharacteristically blasts his shot high and wide.
Pablo Zabaleta puts a teasing cross from the right into the middle but Birmingham clear as Roque Santa Cruz was waiting in the wings for a chance.
City are looking a little more menacing in the opening exchanges of this half but no real chances to speak of for either side.
A bit of hesitancy from Joleon Lescott who gets a little too close to Shay Given and opts to let his keeper gather the ball despite pressure from Christian Benitez.
The second half is underway and Alex McLeish will want more of the same from his Birmingham players but with a goal or two thrown in, while Mark Hughes will probably want more from his side in particular the midfield.
HALF TIME BIRMINGHAM CITY 0-0 MAN CITY: A lively opening half ends goalless as both sides had chances and the Blues' Christian Benitez went closest with his effort hitting the post.
Gareth Barry's free kick is terrible and goes out for a goal kick to Birmingham.
Scott Dann dives in on Carlos Tevez and is booked as City have a free kick just to the right of the Blues area.
Sebastian Larsson puts a free kick into the area but City get it clear as we approach the final moments of this half.
Birmingham attack and after City can't clear Lee Bowyer's effort is well saved at the second attempt by Shay Given.
Nigel de Jong narrowly avoids a yellow card after bringing down Sebastian Larsson much to the annoyance of the home supporters.
Pablo Zabaleta has two attempts to put a cross into the middle but Liam Ridgewell eventually clears the danger.
Craig Bellamy tries to shoot at goal from 40 yards out but scuffs the free kick and it trickles wide of the post.
A chance for City to get a free kick into the Blues area as James McFadden clatters into Craig Bellamy.
Sebastian Larsson almost gets on the end of a great through ball from Lee Bowyer but is inches away as it runs through to a relieved Shay Given.
Carlos Tevez makes room for himself and gets in a shot which is high and wide of the Blues' goal.
Carlos Tevez plays in Shaun Wright-Phillips his attempted cross rebounds off Liam Ridgewell before a shot by Roque Santa Cruz is saved from Maik Taylor. The corner comes in and eludes everyone as Birmingham win a goal kick.
Craig Bellamy plays in the free kick from the left but Joleon Lescott cannot direct his header on target.
Barry Ferguson puts in a body check on Craig Bellamy to stop him breaking through on goal and he is booked.
A sizzling James McFadden effort is heading towards the top of the goal and Shay Given tips it over for a corner which City clear.
The crazy pace of the game has dropped off as Christian Benitez is again narrowly caught offside. He is so fast that he just needs to hold back that vital second or two to beat the trap.
A long ball is lifted over the City defence but Christian Benitez is a yard offside as he looks to get on the end of it.
Shaun Wright-Phillips' ball from the right runs through to Carlos Tevez who tees up Craig Bellamy whose effort is blocked for a corner. Craig Bellamy plays in the corner but Birmingham eventually clear.
Craig Bellamy plays in a corner from the left which the Blues clear through Lee Bowyer. Birmingham break quickly but Christian Benitez's pass towards Sebastian Larsson is too near Shay Given.
City almost get a goal as Shaun Wright-Phillips hits a fierce drive at goal and Maik Taylor spills it but Stephen Carr and Roger Johnson jointly hack it away beforeRoque Santa Cruz can tap in the loose ball.
Shay Given takes an age to control a back pass and ends up hitting the ball out for a throw in as he is put under pressure by the home attack.
City try to hit the Blues on the break but Carlos Tevez's cross from the right is too close to Maik Taylor who gathers.
Craig Bellamy is played through by Carlos Tevez but Roger Johnson blocks his shot and City win a corner. The ball is played in by Gareth Barry but Maik Taylor saves.
A half chance for City as Roque Santa Cruz heads a cross from the right high and wide after getting in ahead of Roger Johnson.
Alex McLeish will be delighted with the way his Birmingham side have not allowed City to settle on the ball at all in the opening exchanges.
A good spell for Birmingham now as they have managed to get behind the City defence again as Christian Benitez gets in a shot but Shay Given races out to deny him a first goal in English football.
Almost a goal for Birmimgham as Christian Benitez hits a low shot from the edge of the area which is deflected and Shay Given got the slightest touch to tip it on to the post before they clear.
Great skill by Shaun Wright-Phillips as he beats two players and tries to send Roque Santa Cruz away but Stephen Carr gets back to intercept for the Blues.
Good pressing play by Barry Ferguson as he catches out Gareth Barry inside the City half and goes on before striking an effort across the face of goal.
City have probably made the slightly better start but it is very blustery in St Andrews which is not helping either side
Scott Dann puts in a great challenge as a long ball forward almost let Roque Santa Cruz in the right side of the Blues' area.
Carlos Tevez gets an early warning that he is in for a tough afternon as Scott Dann catches him in the head going up for an aerial battle.
Decent build up play by Birmingham but Stephen Carr's cross is too high for Cameron Jerome and City clear.
We are up and running at St Andrews as Birmingham aim for a second straight home win to pull five points clear of the relegation places, while City can jump into fourth spot with a draw or three points.
Man City starting XI: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Santa Cruz, Tevez.
Pablo Zabaleta starts ahead of Micah Richards at right-back and Shaun Wright-Phillips is preferred ahead of Martin Petrov in midfield.
Emmanuel Adebayor is again ruled out with the back spasm which sidelined him for Manchester City's midweek Carling Cup win over Scunthorpe. Roque Santa Cruz keeps his place after scoring on Wednesday.
Birmingham starting XI: Maik Taylor, Carr, Roger Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez.
Otherwise it is the same XI which started last weekÂ’s 2-1 win against Sunderland in new chairman Carson YeungÂ’s first game at the helm.
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is unable to play loan goalkeeper Joe Hart against his parent club Manchester City at St Andrews on Sunday. Maik Taylor starts in his place between the sticks.
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