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Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post.
Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. El-Hadji Diouf is booked. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Sebastian Larsson for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
The official flags Matt Derbyshire offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Brett Emerton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Michel Salgado, clearance made by Matt Derbyshire.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The referee blows for offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Ryan Nelsen challenges Matt Derbyshire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Nelsen shown a yellow card. Nikola Kalinic goes off and David Hoilett comes on. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Craig Gardner goes off and Keith Fahey comes on. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Scott Dann fouled by Mame Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Mame Diouf. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
James McFadden leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Bowyer.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Nikola Kalinic. Mame Diouf joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gael Givet. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Cameron Jerome makes a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross.
Craig Gardner scores a goal. Birmingham 2-1 Blackburn.Assist by Sebastian Larsson.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Nikola Kalinic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Foster by Steven Nzonzi. Steven Nzonzi goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Nikola Zigic goes off and Matt Derbyshire comes on.
Brett Emerton produces a cross, Craig Gardner gets a block in.
Phil Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Emerton.
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick. Header from close in by Christopher Samba hits the post.
Cameron Jerome challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Gael Givet.
Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The referee blows for offside against Cameron Jerome. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
A goal is scored by Craig Gardner from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Blackburn.Assist by James McFadden.
Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on James McFadden. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, Steven Nzonzi finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 0-1 Blackburn.Morten Gamst Pedersen provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Nikola Zigic. Nikola Zigic receives a caution. Penalty taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen saved by Ben Foster. Birmingham 0-0 Blackburn.
Shot from long range by Craig Gardner goes wide of the left-hand post.
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
Craig Gardner delivers the ball, Michel Salgado manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Craig Gardner. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by James McFadden.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson.
Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Effort from long range by Craig Gardner goes wide right of the target.
The ball is swung over by James McFadden.
Long range shot by Phil Jones goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on James McFadden. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson. Barry Ferguson takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
Roger Johnson fouled by Nikola Kalinic, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Corner taken by James McFadden.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Scott Dann takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, save by Paul Robinson.
Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, save by Ben Foster.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner.
James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing.
The referee blows for offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Martin Olsson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Nikola Kalinic. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Nikola Kalinic. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Roger Johnson. El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
The referee gives a free kick against James McFadden for handball. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Ben Foster manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Carr produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Centre by Stephen Carr, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Nikola Kalinic is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
The referee starts the match.
The referee blows for half time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
No emotional return for Derbyshire
Matt Derbyshire will put his emotions aside when he plays his first Premier League match in 20 months against his former club Blackburn.
The striker returned to England this week with Birmingham after agreeing a season-long loan from Olympiacos.
Derbyshire moved to Greece in January 2009 after becoming frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at Rovers, the club he joined as a 17-year-old.
Blues boss Alex McLeish has already said the 24-year-old will play some part in the match, his first in the English top flight since a 2-2 draw for Blackburn against Manchester City in December 2008.
Derbyshire said: "For me, it's more important to put a Birmingham jersey on and go out do the best I can for Birmingham City, whether it's against Blackburn or anybody else.
"I believe I was quite successful at Blackburn in the games I played. I had a fantastic time at Blackburn, it's a nice club, the club I supported as a boy.
"It will be strange, of course, because I know most of the players and they know me but you've got to put it behind you and concentrate on winning the game for Birmingham."
Derbyshire's move to Olympiacos, initially on loan, was one of the more surprising transfers of recent years.
But he adapted to Greek football impressively and was named man of the match in the Greek Cup final against AEK Athens after netting twice.
That prompted Olympiacos to shell out #3million for Derbyshire last summer and he continued to find the net fairly regularly, earning the nickname `The English Killer' after scoring the winner against bitter rivals Panathinaikos.
Derbyshire said: "The first two or three months was quite difficult with the language barrier. You don't know anybody, you don't know the place, you know nothing.
"And trying to learn the Greek language, which is very difficult. But when I got playing and started to do well, everything started to click in place.
"I had a great experience, a great time there. I'd never go back on it. If I had the same time again and it was Olympiacos or Blackburn I would do the same because I got to play Champions League football."
Birmingham could have a new forward line at St Andrew's with fellow new signing Nikola Zigic also pushing for a start after impressing off the bench in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Sunderland.
Kevin Phillips is the only definite absentee with the thigh problem that is expected to sideline him for another month.
Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has put Phil Jones' comfortable transition from centre-back to holding midfielder down to the teenager being a complete "natural" on the football field.
Allardyce sprung a surprise last weekend by playing Jones - who earned rave reviews last season for his performances at the heart of the Rovers defence - in central midfield for the team's Barclays Premier League opener against Everton.
The 18-year-old responded with an impressive display in his new position and looks set to continue there for the trip to Birmingham.
Allardyce believes Jones will eventually develop into an out-and-out central defender, but for now he is delighted to see him using his positional sense in a more advanced role.
Asked how much work he had to do with Jones to prepare him for playing in midfield, Allardyce said: "Not a lot. If you are a natural, you are a natural.
"We talk about the coaching side with great importance but at the end of the day, some people just naturally have the ability that they have and that is why they become a top player.
"He is a natural - he senses where he should be and what the situation is around him.
"For a young man, he makes more right decisions than some more experienced players.
"Moving him into midfield was a big ask because the game is so much more difficult in there as it is all around you, rather than just coming on to you as a centre-half.
"But he commanded that position with great quality on Saturday I felt and it was a big, big bonus for us to see him in that position.
"Hopefully he will grow in there. I ultimately see him in the end at the back, but certainly for now, he is making a good contribution in the middle of the park in that sitting role."
David Dunn is set to miss the game against his old club due to a groin problem.
The midfielder picked up the injury early in the Everton match and is not expected to be fit for selection.
The same applies to Vince Grella (calf), but Allardyce hopes to have both players back for next week's Carling Cup encounter with Norwich.
Craig puts Rovers on Gardener`s leave
Craig Gardner struck twice and Ben Foster boosted his England credentials with a brilliant display of goalkeeping as Birmingham came from behind to beat Blackburn 2-1 at St Andrew's.
After a dire first half, Morten Gamst Pedersen was given a golden chance to open the scoring in the 50th minute when Nikola Zigic fouled Christopher Samba in the box but Foster pulled off a stunning save.
Four minutes later the visitors were ahead when Steven Nzonzi headed in a corner but Gardner turned the game around, converting a brilliant James McFadden pass in the 57th minute and then beating Paul Robinson from 30 yards for the winner with 19 minutes left.
Blues boss Alex McLeish had been disappointed with his side's display in their 2-2 draw at Sunderland last weekend and he made three changes, giving 6ft 8in striker Zigic his first start and bringing McFadden and Gardner into midfield.
Another debutant was Michael Oliver, who at 25 became the Premier League's youngest referee, beating the record set two years ago by Stuart Attwell.
After a reasonably bright start that saw Cameron Jerome scuff a shot at Paul Robinson, Blues struggled to keep possession.
Blackburn played with only Nikola Kalinic up front but he was well supported by El-Hadji Diouf and Pedersen, the latter only inches away from getting on the end of a ball from the striker as Rovers broke following a Birmingham corner.
The visitors were sending in ball after ball just under Foster's crossbar and the England keeper did well to withstand the onslaught in a very scrappy first half.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came at the other end after Sebastian Larsson saw his shot deflected behind for a corner.
The Swede's wicked delivery had created both goals at Sunderland and he must have thought he had done it again when he picked out Scott Dann only six yards out but his powerful header drew a smart stop from Robinson.
It needed good defending from Michel Salgado to prevent Zigic claiming his first Birmingham goal in the opening moments of the second half after Gardner somehow dug out a cross to the back post.
Oliver had very little to do but with 50 minutes gone he made his first big call as a top-flight referee when he spotted Zigic blatantly pulling Samba's shirt as Pedersen curled in a corner.
The Norwegian struck the ensuing penalty well but Foster reacted superbly with a fingertip save onto the angle of post and bar.
Rovers were not to be denied, though, and five minutes later they took the lead.
Foster produced another good save to tip over Nzonzi's header from Pedersen's long throw but the barrage continued and from the resulting corner the Frenchman found space at the near post and glanced a header into the net.
Rovers were well worth their lead but it lasted only three minutes as the game suddenly burst into life.
A long ball from Stephen Carr found McFadden in the area and his superb volleyed pass, the first real moment of quality, left Gardner with a simple tap-in.
There were now chances coming thick and fast, although mostly at the Birmingham end, and, after Foster pulled off another good save to keep out Kalinic's low shot, Samba found himself in acres of space from Pedersen's free-kick but headed against a post.
With 24 minutes to go McLeish gave Matt Derbyshire his first taste of life in a Birmingham shirt, the Olympiacos loanee - and former Rovers striker - replacing the disappointing Zigic.
Birmingham appeared to have weathered the Blackburn storm and in the 71st minute they took the lead out of nothing when Gardner let fly from range and found the bottom corner.
Although it was a well-struck effort that bounced in front of Robinson, the keeper would still have been disappointed to be beaten from such a long way out.
As the match went into added time, substitute Keith Fahey drew a decent save from Robinson with a sweet volley while Birmingham's only real moment of alarm came when Cameron Jerome headed just over his own bar from yet another corner.
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