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Robert Hall takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Rudy Gestede manages to make a clearance.
Mitch Hancox produces a overhead kick left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Craig Conway fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Matthew Connolly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Hall.
Corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.
Morgaro Gomis is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Mark Hudson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Craig Conway, Headed effort on goal by Rudy Gestede from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.
Jake Jervis concedes a free kick for a foul on Don Cowie. The referee shows Jake Jervis a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
The ball is crossed by Simon Lappin, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.
Shot from long range by Craig Bellamy misses to the left of the net.
Mitch Hancox joins the action as a substitute, replacing Will Packwood.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Conway on Morgaro Gomis. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.
Will Packwood sends in a cross, clearance by Ben Turner.
Wade Elliott goes off and Jake Jervis comes on. Joe Mason leaves the field to be replaced by Rudy Gestede.
Morgaro Gomis concedes a free kick for a foul on Aron Gunnarsson. Indirect free kick taken by David Marshall.
Craig Noone comes on in place of Bo-Kyung Kim.
Robert Hall produces a cross.
Joe Mason gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Hall from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Simon Lappin. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Craig Conway gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ravel Morrison. Free kick crossed right-footed by Wade Elliott, save by David Marshall.
The referee blows for offside against Joe Mason. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Craig Bellamy. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Paul Robinson results in a free kick. Paul Robinson goes into the book. Don Cowie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordon Mutch. Free kick taken by Matthew Connolly.
The ball is delivered by Jonathan Spector.
Unfair challenge on Ravel Morrison by Mark Hudson results in a free kick. Wade Elliott crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
Morgaro Gomis challenges Bo-Kyung Kim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Bellamy.
The ball is sent over by Aron Gunnarsson, Shot from 12 yards from Craig Conway. Clearance by Curtis Davies.
Craig Conway takes a shot. Jack Butland makes a save. Joe Mason finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Cardiff.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Davies on Joe Mason. Free kick taken by Craig Bellamy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Simon Lappin. Robert Hall delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, David Marshall makes a save.
Wade Elliott challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Bellamy, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
Morgaro Gomis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Callum Reilly.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Jordon Mutch. Mark Hudson takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Ravel Morrison. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Craig Conway on Wade Elliott, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Shot on goal by Robert Hall from just inside the area goes over the target.
The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Will Packwood. Will Packwood takes the indirect free kick.
Craig Bellamy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Reilly. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.
Wade Elliott fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Wade Elliott, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Robert Hall, clearance by Jordon Mutch.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line, clearance made by Callum Reilly. Simon Lappin handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Craig Bellamy, save by Jack Butland.
Ravel Morrison is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Robert Hall is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Wade Elliott misses to the left of the goal.
Nathan Redmond crosses the ball, clearance made by Ben Turner.
Mark Hudson challenges Ravel Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Robert Hall, save by David Marshall.
Simon Lappin crosses the ball.
Selection crisis for Clark
Birmingham manager Lee Clark has a selection crisis ahead of his side's first game of 2013 against Cardiff.
Nikola Zigic picked up two late bookings in the 3-1 defeat at Bolton, his second red card of the season, meaning the Serbia international will miss the next two games.
With Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf), and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) all sidelined, Clark has only Jake Jervis at his disposal.
The 21-year-old striker has never made a senior start for the Blues but could be thrown in at the deep end against the league leaders.
Midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Darren Ambrose (knee) are also absent, meaning Clark's options are further limited.
Defender Will Packwood missed the defeat at the Reebok Stadium with illness, but the American should be back available to face the Bluebirds.
Cardiff striker Rudy Gestede will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up having been the matchwinner against Millwall.
The 24-year-old Frenchman struck the only goal on only his seventh npower Championship start for the Bluebirds after replacing Heidar Helguson.
With games coming thick and fast for the table-toppers manager Malky Mackay may decide to freshen things up with Don Cowie, Jordon Mutch, Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung all waiting in the wings having been in and out of the side in recent weeks.
Stephen McPhail and Tommy Smith, meanwhile, are targeting the FA Cup third-round clash at Macclesfield for a return to action after spells on the sidelines.
Although Cardiff are five points clear at the top of the table they have won just five games on the road this season.
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