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|Matt Phillips (Brett Ormerod, 70)|
|Luke Varney (Keith Southern, 81)|
|Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Ludovic Sylvestre, 71)|
|Alex Hleb (Kevin Phillips, 82)|
|Keith Fahey (Sebastian Larsson, 57)|
|Matt Derbyshire (Jean Beausejour, 76)|
FULL TIME: BLACKPOOL 1-2 BIRMINGHAM. Wow! A contender for game of the season and its Birmingham who celebrate three massive points thanks to Dann's last gasp strike. What a superb game!
What have Blackpool got left in them? It seems they have been completely deflated by that Dann strike and Birmingham are enjoying plenty of possession.
BLACKPOOL 1-2 BIRMINGHAM. What drama! Kingson's clearing punch is looped back in by Beausejour and DANN brings it down brilliantly on his knee before rifling into the top corner.
Crainey makes amends for his horrible error earlier with a superb sliding clearance off the line from Beausejour's devilish little ball.
Still end to end stuff here as Phillips is denied a chance at a one on one by an offside flag as Birmingham counter attack.
A change for Birmingham too now as Hleb, out on his feet, is replaced by the arch goal getter Kevin Phillips.
Finally a break, of some sorts, as the action slows after that absolutely frantic last twenty minutes.
A change for Blackpool as Keith Southern replaces Luke Varney.
Now Birmingham miss another wonderful chance! Jerome is screaming for it in space in the box but Gardner uses him as a decoy and goes himself but fires straight at the keeper.
Woodwork again! This is sensational stuff! Charlie Adam turns and runs at the back four before unleashing a rasping drive from 30 yards that beats Foster and smashes back off the post.
A change for Birmingham now as Jean Beausejour replaces the, rather wasteful, Matt Derbyshire.
Non-stop action! More wonderful play from Adam and Campbell gives Vaughan a chance to shoot and he looks certain to have found the to corner but Foster gets the slightest of finger tips to the ball to turn it over.
Penalty? Birmingham want a spot kick as Hleb falls in the box and Evatt certainly didn't touch the ball....but he didn't touch Hleb either. Good decision!
Great save! Wonderful run and cross from the lively Varney picks out Jason Euell but his header is saved, superbly, by Foster.
Alex McLeish is livid! Jerome is through against Kingson but refuses the shot in favour of playing in Derbyshire who is miles offside.
This game has had everything! Guilt edged chances at both ends, balls hitting the woodwork, superb goals, awful mistakes...what more do you want from the Premier League?
A double change for Blackpool as Phillips and Taylor-Fletcher are taken off to be replaced by Brett Ormerod and Jason Euell.
BLACKPOOL 1-1 BIRMINGHAM. Unbelievable! Just minutes after Birmingham hit the post twice in a minute its 1-1. Adam and Taylor-Fletcher combine to find CAMPBELL who fires a superb volley into the corner.
Would you believe it?! Sebastian Larsson curls a delicious free-kick around the wall and it hits the inside of the post and ends up in the grateful arms of Kingson.
Ooooooh! Cameron Jerome does everything right as he holds off his marker and dinks a delicate chip over Richard Kingson and against the post.
Matt 'Outball' Phillips as he should be known is in acres of space on the Blackpool right to run at his man but this time Ridgewell gets himself in the way superbly.
Birmingham, lest we forget, have yet to secure a win away from home so far this season so, without a second goal, the nerves will really begin to jangle as the final whistle approaches.
Clever one-two between Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell and the latter tries to bend it around Foster who makes a comfortable save.
For all the pressure that the hosts are applying, Birmingham are still finding their way into the final third and look dangeorus at times themselves.
A change for Birmingham now as Keith Fahey leaves the field to be replaced by Sebastian Larsson.
The first booking of the game goes to Ben Foster - it appears to be for time wasting.
It's all Blackpool at Bloomfield Road and Birmingham simply can't get the ball out of their own half right now.
Phillips is back in the action as Blackpool really begin to turn the screw but his effort is rather tame and comfortable for Foster to save.
This is a game of big misses! Adam the conductor for Blackpool again with a superb pass that finds Varney unmarked with just Foster to beat and with the keeper floored he can only drag wide.
Varney is suddenly everywhere as he collects a deflected Adam pass and fires just beyond the post.
Blackpool re-emerge the brighter of the two sides and Varney's cross is well cleared at the front post by Dann.
The second half is underway! More of the same?
HALF TIME: BLACKPOOL 0-1 BIRMINGHAM. Birmingham should be well out of sight here but Blackpool will feel that with a little more luck they could be in front themselves. Superb game!
Referee John Moss, in his first Premier League game, has made a very bad decision hereI Ridgewell's cross is plucked from the air by Cathcart but he somehow gets away with it...Blues not happy!
Oh dear! Birmingham have had enough sitters to put this game out of sight and Jerome is the latest to fail from close range with a poor effort from six yards.
Birmingham look like they may well be able to see this through to the break with their lead in tact.
Another opening for Phillips but its with his head again and he does not look confident using it as this effort shows with a weak glance sliding wide.
That's a better effort and almost a brilliant one too as Taylor-Fletcher spots Foster off his line and attempts the lob but the keeper is back well to make a scrambling save.
There it is again as Phillips gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for Taylor-Fletcher but the striker can't connect properly and its an easy save for Foster.
Birmingham need to stop the supply line to Matt Phillips because he is a perennial outball for the Tangerines and, eventually, they will force a goal down that side.
A little lull in proceedings for pretty much the first time in the game as Birmingham look to take the sting out of the game.
Neal Eardley strides forward from his defensive position and decides to try his luck and Foster has to be alert to scramble across his goal to keep it out.
Blackpool have responded well to the horrible error that has seen them fall behind here and they have Birmingham backpedalling at the moment.
Should be level! Adam again with a superb cross and Phillips arrives at the far post but heads straight at the body of Foster.
BLACKPOOL 0-1 BIRMINGHAM. Shocking error! Birmingham lead as HLEB latches onto a horrible backpass by Crainey and slots the ball into the bottom corner.
This has been a really good game and I suppose we should not be surprised as games involving Blackpool generally have been entertaining this season.
Another miss! Well worked short corner from Birmingham and Fahey pulls it back for Ridgewell who completely misses his kick from six yards out.
End to end stuff! Blackpool immediately up the other end and are giving as good as they get now as Adam drills narrowly wide from 25 yards.
Hleb, clearly deciding his strikers aren't good enough to convert chances, takes the bull by the horns and goes himself and is inches away from scoring with a curling effort.
On second viewing...that was a magnificent save! Ben Foster take a bow because the reactions to get his feet spread wide to stop the ball at his near post were exceptional.
Blackpool suddenly in the ascendancy! Charlie Adam has time to pick out a cross and he finds Phillips at the far post but Foster denies the winger again.
Good response! Matt Phillips drives towards the corner of the box and fires in a shot that forces Ben Foster into action. Something for the home crowd to cheer.
Alex Hleb has been nothing short of masterful in these early stages with signs of his Arsenal form coming back to him. Blackpool need to get close to him!
Blackpool have simply not got started yet and could easily be 3-0 down already, but will they now make Birmingham regret those missed chances?
Another sitter! Alex McLeish is not a happy man as Derbyshire turns provider for Cameron Jerome who misses a near open goal of his own.
Birmingham have made a very good start here and don't, for now, look like a side in a relegation battle as Derbyshire misses another good chance.
Great chance! Wonderful football from Alex Hleb who evades three and finds Derbyshire unmarked with an open goal but he somehow, and I mean somehow, screws it wide.
We are underway at Bloomfield Road! Bring it on!
Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Hleb, Gardner, Ferguson, Fahey, Jerome, Derbyshire.
Blackpool: Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Vaughan, Campbell, Adam, Phillips, Varney, Taylor-Fletcher.
Birmingham have simply not scored enough goals this season and Alex McLeish needs to find some fast as his team sit in the relegation zone currently.
Blackpool suffered a narrow defeat at Manchester City on New Year's Day and a win tonight will, unbelievably, lift them into a European challenge.
Welcome to an atmospheric Bloomfield Road where Blackpool are set to entertain strugglers Birmingham.
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