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  • Date: Sat 27 February 2010
  • Venue: St Andrews Stadium
  • Ref: Taylor, A
  • Attendance: 25,921

Birmingham City vs Wigan Athletic

Team Lineups

Birmingham City

Joe Hart
Stephen Carr (Craig Gardner, 84)
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Lee Bowyer
Sebastian Larsson
Barry Ferguson
Keith Fahey
Cameron Jerome (Miguel Marcos Michel, 90)
James McFadden (Kevin Phillips, 64)

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Gary Caldwell, G
Paul Scharner (Victor Moses, 46)
Titus Bramble
Mario Melchiot
Maynor Figueroa
Hendry Thomas
Charles N'Zogbia (Jason Scotland, 46)
James McCarthy (Garcia Jordi Gomez, 85)
Mohamed Diame
Hugo Rodallega

Match Report
Scotland international James McFadden regained his goalscoring form, albeit from the penalty spot, to help Birmingham City to a 1-0 victory at home to Wigan Athletic. McFadden, operating as an out and out striker, notched only his third goal of the season but it was sufficient to enable Birmingham to regain winning form after two successive defeats and also to complete the double over Wigan. But the Scots' overall form was not out of the top draw and he was replaced by veteran striker Kevin Phillips in the 63rd minute. Poor Wigan's decline continued and they have now gone seven games without a win, while Birmingham's latest success almost certainly guarantees top-flight football again next season. To their credit Wigan began in a positive frame of mind with Hugo Rodellega and Charles N'Zogbia going close with strong shots but they are deep in trouble. But it was Birmingham who created the best goalscoring opportunity of the early stages when Scott Dann headed a Seb Larsson free-kick against the bar. With McFadden in a forward role and under instructions to challenge more often in the box, Birmingham took a long time to get into the game. It was very much one-paced with neither side really gaining the upper hand. Cameron Jerome threatened to lift the game out of the doldrums when he shot on the turn, only to see Chris Kirkland make a blocking save. Jerome then hesitated when put in possession by Liam Ridgewell and seconds later the Birmingham defender provided another cross only to see McFadden's effort scrambled off the line. In view of these misses it is hardly surprising that the fewest number of goals have been scored at St. Andrew's this season compared to other grounds in the top-flight. But in the last minute of the first half Birmingham finally took the lead in controversial circumstances. Wigan's captain Mario Melchiot, a former Birmingham player, was adjudged to have fouled Keith Fahey on the edge of the penalty area. It was something of a harsh decision as a replay did not show any contact by Melchiot. McFadden was not complaining and he slotted away the spot-kick to put Birmingham in the driving seat. As expected it was Wigan who went in search of the equaliser as they upped the pace. They very nearly achieved their objective in the 67th minute when Joe Hart was forced to make the save of the match from a snap shot by Wigan's most dangerous player, Rodallega. The game was held up for a spell up when a referee assistant, Trevor Massey, was hit on the forehead by a corner flag following a sliding tackle by Ridgewell on James McCarthy. With blood streaming from the head wound the official was replaced by Steve Bennett. Birmingham became increasingly anxious after that and Gary Caldwell was accorded an excellent opportunity to equalise, only to screw the ball wide from close range.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full time: BIRMINGHAM 1-0 WIGAN: Birmingham survive a late fight-back by Wigan to seal a valuable three points.

89
Substitution
 

Jerome is replaced by Madera.

89
Yellow Card
 

Ridgewell is booked for kicking the ball away.

87

Rodallega tries an overhead kick in the box but the ball flies high over the bar.

85

Almost a late goal for Wigan but Gomez pokes wide from Rodallega's shot.

82

Gomez and Melchiot get in each others way as Moses looked to break.

80
Substitution
 

McCarthy makes way for Gomez.

80
Substitution
 

Carr is replaced by Gardner.

78

Ferguson's shot deflects off Bowyer and bounces out for a goal-kick to Wigan.

75

It seems the corner flag hit the linesman and cut his head.

75

There's a break in play as the linesman receives treament. He was knocked down when Ridgewell tackled McCarthy on the touchline.

72

Scotland breaks into the Birmingham box but Johnson races across to win the ball off the Wigan striker.

70

Twenty minutes to go and Wigan are starting to show signs of getting back into the game.

69
Yellow Card
 

Caldwell is booked for taking Jerome out.

66

Great save by Hart. Rodallega raced through but the England hopeful palmed the ball to safety.

63
Substitution
 

Goal scorer McFadden leaves the field to be replaced by Phillips.

62

Kirkland does well to smother a powerful long-range shot from McFadden.

60

Scotland tries his luck from distance but the ball goes harmlessly over the Birmingham goal.

57

Good chance for Bowyer from McFadden's cross but the Blues midfielder can't control it and Bramble clears.

55

McCarthy's 25 yard shot is blocked and cleared by Dann.

52

The second half has started slowly compared to a lively first 45mins from both sides.

51
Yellow Card
 

Rodallega is booked for a late tackle on Johnson.

49

Dann heads another chance wide of goal. Larsson was again the creator.

47

Moses pumps a deep cross into the Birmingham box but Hart deals with it.

Second half
 

WIgan get the second half under way.

46
Substitution
 

Double substitution by Wigan as Scharner and N'Zogbia make way for Scotland and Moses.

Half time
 

Half time: BIRMINGHAM 1-0 WIGAN: Late drama at St Andrews mean Blues take a narrow but deserved lead in at the break.

45
Goal
 

BIRMINGHAM 1-0 WIGAN: MCFADDEN steps up and slams the ball past Kirkland.

45
Penalty
 

Penalty to Birmingham! Melchiot is penalised for bringing down Fahey

42

Jerome hacks down Melchiot. Free kick to Wigan but no card for the Blues striker.

39

Kirkland makes another fine save to deny McFadden.

37
Yellow Card
 

N'Zogbia is booked for something he said to the referee.

37

Good play by N'Zogbia causes mayhem in the Birmingham box but Sharner's eventual shot is cleared by Dann.

35

McFadden races through on goal but is flagged offside.

32

Kirkland makes a fine reaction save from Jerome's volley and pushes the ball out for a corner.

30

Wigan keep giving the ball away cheaply and the home side are starting to dominate.

27

Bramble and Figueroa team up to deny Jerome and clear the danger. Birmingham are starting to take control of the game.

25

Jerome drags a shot well wide of the Wigan goal after good play by Fahey.

22

Dann heads wide of goal on the edge of the six yard box from Larsson's free-kick.

19

Bramble gets his head to Fahey's deep cross and clears the danger.

17

It's been a decent start by both sides in what is an open game so far.

15

So close for Birmingham as Larsson's cross is headed onto the bar by Ridgewell. McCarthy clears the danger for Wigan.

12

Bramble swings a boot at Caldwell's knockdown but the centre-back's shot goes high over the Birmingham goal.

9

Great chance for Wigan. Rodallega drills in a low shot that flies a yard wide of the Birmingham goal.

7

Ridgewell almost deflects a Scharner header into his own goal - but Hart smothers the ball.

5

Caldwell does well to deny McFadden just as the Blues striker looked to fire in a shot from the edge of the box.

3

Johnson sends a long pass over the top looking for Jerome but the ball sails out of play.

1

Dann is forced to clear his lines under pressure from McCarthy.

Referee Anthony Taylor gets the game under way.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The teams are out at St Andrews. Birmingham will be looking to get back on track after losing 3-1 to Fulham. Wigan desperately need three points to pull away from the relegation zone.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, Scharner, Diame, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Rodallega

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Titus Bramble comes back into the Wigan defence after missing the 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Spurs in midweek. Marcelo Moreno drops to the bench.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Birmingham: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Jerome, McFadden

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Blues boss Alex McLeish names the same side that lost away to Fulham last time out, so Keith Fahey continues ahead of Christian Benitez.