• Date: Sun 07 February 2010
  • Venue: St. Andrew's
  • Ref: Probert, L
  • Attendance: 24,165
Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Phillips (80)

Phillips (85)

2 - 1

Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Team Lineups

Birmingham City

Joe Hart
Stephen Carr
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Lee Bowyer
Sebastian Larsson (Craig Gardner, 68)
Barry Ferguson
Cameron Jerome
Christian Benitez (Kevin Phillips, 63)
James McFadden (Keith Fahey, 75)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Michael Mancienne
Kevin Foley (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, 89)
Karl Henry
Stephen Ward, S
David Jones (Adlene Guedioura, 68)
Matt Jarvis (Andrew Surman, 89)
Kevin Doyle

Match Report
Veteran striker Kevin Phillips came to Birmingham City's rescue with both goals in a 2-1 derby success over Wolves. Phillips, a 62nd minute substitute, pulled the game out of the fire after Birmingham had found themselves trailing to a 42nd minute strike from sharp-shooting Kevin Doyle. Birmingham, unbeaten in their last nine games against Wolves, had to battle hard for their latest success and it was only the introduction of three substitutes by manager Alex McLeish that changed the course of the game. Wolves, who remain in the bottom three, had appeared to be heading for their first win in six games but they reckoned without the prolific goalscoring of Phillips. Despite only one defeat in 15 games, this was only Birmingham's second win in seven matches as they bounced back from last week's defeat at Chelsea. Wolves, without a win in their previous five games, found themselves under immediate pressure from a free-flowing Birmingham side and were indebted to a goalline clearance by Michael Mancienne for keeping them in the match. A Cameron Jerome header was on target before the former Chelsea player popped up to deflect the effort over the bar. Only a desperate tackle by Ronald Zubar kept out Lee Bowyer following a defence-splitting pass. After weathering this initial storm Wolves created a better impression, although they appeared to rely heavily upon the skill of Irishman Doyle. Birmingham's goalkeeper, Joe Hart, who has taken plenty of plaudits in recent weeks, then got himself booked for a needless foul outside the penalty area on Doyle. Zubar should have done much better with a mis-directed header from a Matthew Jarvis free kick, while Jerome produced a weak finish after racing clear of Wolves defence only to fire straight at Marcus Hahnemann. Following their hesitant start, Wolves appeared to gain in confidence. A snap-shot by Kevin Foley proved inspirational and in the 42nd minute they took a shock lead. A low cross from the left by Jarvis was deflected to the foot of the post by Roger Johnson. Hart made the save but could only parry the ball back into the path of Doyle to instinctively prod his close-range shot into the net. Taking the lead certainly lifted Wolves and forced Birmingham to chase the game in the second period. But there was no real power down the middle as Christian Benitez, still seeking his first goal at St. Andrew's, was often shut out by Jody Craddock. The lack of attacking pressure subsequently resulted in veteran Phillips taking over from Benitez in the 62nd minute, while five minutes later Craig Gardner was drafted in for his first home appearance since his £3million move from nearby Aston Villa. Irishman Kevin Fahey also took over from Seb Larsson and the three changes certainly paid dividends for Birmingham. All three were involved in the 79th minute equaliser. Fahey chipped a cross to the right where Gardner headed back into the middle and Phillips was on hand to guide his low shot into the net. The goal inspired Birmingham and five minutes later skipper Stephen Carr advanced down the right and his cross was hooked home in familiar style by the inspirational Phillips.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: Birmingham 2-1 Wolves. Phillips' late brace wins the game for Birmingham after Wolves had led for most of the game through Doyle.


Wolves are throwing the ball forward but they can't create an opening.

Yellow Card

Lee Bowyer is booked as he trips Mancienne to thwart a Wolves counter.


Matt Jarvis is replaced by Surman.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on for Kevin Foley as McCarthy tries to get themselves back into the game.

Yellow Card

Ferguson and Henry are booked after a clash in the Wolves half. Tempers are starting to fray here as the visitors frustration at throwing away their lead grows.


BIRMINGHAM 2-1 WOLVES. What a turn around! Stephen Carr is allowed to take his time and pick out a cross from the right and finds PHILLIPS who chests it down and volleys past the keeper to find the corner.


Birmingham can sense blood and are pressing for the winner. A long ball is half-cleared but only as far as Gardner who turns it back into the box but Roger Johnson is offside.


BIRMINHAM 1-1 WOLVES. There's the equaliser! Craig Gardner breaks down the right hand side and squeezes the ball across the box and finds PHILLIPS who tucks home in trademark fashion. Phillips doesn't miss those!


Kevin Phillips picks the ball up a long way from goal and with limited options elects to strike for goal but skews it well wide of the right hand side.


Keith Fahey comes on as McLeish makes his final change. McFadden is the person making way.


I'm sorry for the lack of update but the home side are struggling to create chances agains the organised Wolves side. McLeish is frustrated on the touchline and it's easy to understand why.


Wolves are under pressure here but they are limiting Birmingham to long range efforts and seem to be dealing with the crosses from wide. Hahnemann is yet to be seriously tested in the second half.


Craig Gardner replaces Sebastian Larsson.


Adlene Guedioura replaces David Jones.

Yellow Card

Scott Dann is cautioned as he comes through the back of Doyle as the striker held the ball up.


Birmingham are camped in the Wolves half at the moment and the visitors appear to be looking to counter. It's a dangerous tactic with 25 minutes to go and Ridgewell heads a deep cross from Carr and almost finds Phillips in the box.


As a result of that collision with Hahnemann Benitez is forced to come off. He is replaced by Phillips.


Benitez appears to be through on goal as he races behind the defence. Hahnemann comes off his line and clatters into the striker but the offside flag has already been raised.


Consecutive corners for Birmingham. The first one is headed behind for another corner and the home fans wait in anticipation. The second corner comes in but its too close to Hahnemann who gathers comfortably.


Birmingham are struggling to peg Wolves back at the moment and Doyle cuts inside, away from Carr and Johnson and working himself a yard of space to shoot but can only find the side netting.


Mancienne tries to be too cute with possession on the edge of the home side's box and Birmingham are able to break away but Bowyer is crowded out as Wolves' rush back to defend.


Jarvis wins a corner that he will deliver. The ball comes in and finds Zubar but the fullback heads wide of the mark but Wolves are clearly playing with confidence since taking the lead.


Its a very scrappy game at the moment and Birmingham seem intent on sending the ball into touch. Hart sends two consecutive goal-kicks out for a throw in and Carr fails to control the ball and gifts Wolves another throw.

Yellow Card

David Jones is cautioned for bringing down Benitez.

Second half

The second forty-five is underway.

Half time

Halftime: Birmingham 0-1 Wolves. The halftime whistle goes and Wolves go in ahead thanks to Doyle's goal on the stroke of halftime. Birmingham will feel they should have broke the deadlock in their early periods of dominance.

Yellow Card

Mancienne trips Benitez as the striker strides forward. That foul earns Mancienne the third caution of the game.


BIRMINGHAM 0-1 WOLVES. Jarvis crosses low from the left, it strikes Roger Johnson and then the foot of the post and rebounds for DOYLE who slides in to find the top corner.

Yellow Card

Roger Johnson is cautioned as he cynically brings down Stephen Ward on the touchline as the full-back skipped past him.


Benitez turns and breaks away from his man in trademark fashion but rather typically he loses his composure as he looks to shoot and the chance goes begging.


Carr handles and Jarvis has a chance to deliver from the left hand side and Wolves send the big men forward, can they make it count? Jarvis delivers and finds Zubar who rises well but heads wide unchallenged. Great chance wasted!


Carr beats Jarvis in a shoulder to shoulder battle and therefore has time to cross. The ball in finds Bowyer arriving late but the header is tame and Hahnemann makes an easy save.


Stephen Carr leads by example as he throws his body infront of a venomous Jarvis strike on the edge of the Blues box. What a block that was from the veteran full back.


McFadden thinks he has skipped in behind Zubar with a free-run into the box but his joy is short-lived as referee Lee Probert awards a free-kick to Zubar and Wolves.

Yellow Card

An error in judgement from Hart as he comes out of his box to try and win the ball on the flank but trips Doyle as the striker beats him to the ball. It's just a booking for the keeper because Doyle was far from clean through.


Doyle is floored by Dann and earns Wolves an opportunity to test Hart from twenty-five yards. Henry takes an opts to shift it to Jones but he drives the ball well over the crossbar.


Birmingham are totally dominant but Alex McLeish will be hoping to get the openeing goal soon while the Blues are on top.


Another corner, Birmingham's sixth of the game. The delivery is a good one but the ball drops in the box and falls to Jerome after a scramble but Hahnemann dives at the feet of the striker as he looks to pull the trigger.


Kevin Doyle is able to bring the ball under control, hold off the defender and run down the touchline before crossing towards Jones but Ridgewell heads clear.


Again Birmingham have the chance to deliver and test Hahnemann. Larsson whips the ball in towards Roger Johnson but this time the American keeper is out swiftly to punch clear.


Wolves' first glimpse of the Birmingham half comes as Jarvis breaks away after dispossessing Carr and he feeds David Jones but the organised Birmingham defence is quick to crowd the midfielder out.


Bowyer wins another corner. McFadden delivers and Hahnemann makes a mess of it, Ridgewell flicks it on and Jerome turns it goalwards but Mancienne heads it away from an unguarded net.


Birmingham start the game on the front foot and win an early corner. McFadden swings it in, its cleared by Doyle but Birmingham maintain possession. McFadden tries to strike a shot through a crowded area but Ward clears the danger for Wolves.


Lee Probert is today's referee and he gets us underway.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Kevin Doyle starts as the lone striker for Wolves as McCarthy elects to play a five man midfield with Henry and Jones in the centre anchored by Mancienne. Craddock and Berra are in defence and Hahnemann keeps his place between the sticks.

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Alex McLeish continues with Benitez and Jerome in attack despite a lack of goals from the pair. The side is a familiar one with Bowyer and Ferguson in the middle and Dann and Johnson at the heart of a consistent Birmingham defence.

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Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle

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

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Hello and welcome to St Andrews where Birmingham City take on Wolves in what is likely to be a fiercely contested derby game.

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Birmingham face Wolverhampton at 1:30pm on Sunday, February 7th.