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David Vaughan takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Corner taken by David Vaughan from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by David Murphy.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by David Murphy.
Outswinging corner taken by David Vaughan. Effort on goal by Keith Southern from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Vaughan.
David Vaughan takes the outswinging corner, The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Stephen Carr.
The ball is crossed by David Vaughan, blocked by Stephen Carr.
Corner taken right-footed by Neal Eardley from the right by-line, Craig Cathcart sends in a cross, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Brett Ormerod, clearance made by Scott Dann.
Centre by Matt Phillips.
Neal Eardley sends in a cross, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Neal Eardley from the right by-line, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
Corner from the left by-line taken by David Vaughan, Keith Southern takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Matt Derbyshire coming on for Garry O'Connor. Unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
Neal Eardley takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
Corner taken by Stephen Crainey.
Matt Phillips crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen Carr.
Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Ormerod on Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
David Murphy crosses the ball, Effort from deep inside the area by Lee Bowyer misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.
Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brett Ormerod by Roger Johnson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neal Eardley from right wing.
Luke Varney goes off and Brett Ormerod comes on. David Murphy comes on in place of Alexander Hleb. Effort from outside the penalty area by Keith Southern goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, clearance by Scott Dann.
Matt Phillips challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Foster. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Lee Bowyer coming on for Keith Fahey. Matt Phillips joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marlon Harewood. Keith Southern comes on in place of Charlie Adam.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr.
Centre by Stephen Crainey. Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Garry O'Connor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
Alexander Hleb takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in. Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner.
Nikola Zigic booked. Foul by Alexander Hleb on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Luke Varney. David Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.
Nikola Zigic gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool.Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson,
Alexander Hleb takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
The official flags Garry O'Connor offside. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
Ian Evatt challenges Garry O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Effort by David Vaughan from a long way out goes over the target.
Stephen Carr delivers the ball, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Luke Varney goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance. Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Header on goal by Roger Johnson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is delivered by Charlie Adam.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Carr, Close range shot by Nikola Zigic goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Ian Evatt results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Luke Varney on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell.
Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Liam Ridgewell grabs a headed goal from close range. Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool.Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson. Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Assist by Nikola Zigic.
Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Carr sends in a cross.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, save by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell.
Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Dudley Campbell results in a free kick. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.
David Vaughan takes the outswinging corner, Ben Foster makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey.
The ball is sent over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
Centre by Stephen Carr, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Garry O'Connor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Stephen Carr delivers the ball, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Marlon Harewood challenges Scott Dann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Luke Varney results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Garry O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Varney. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Effort on goal by Keith Fahey from a long way out goes over the bar.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
Volleyed right-footed shot by Garry O'Connor. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
Shot from 30 yards by Garry O'Connor. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Luke Varney, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
Luke Varney produces a cross, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Luke Varney sends in a cross.
Sebastian Larsson fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Marlon Harewood on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Keith Fahey goes wide left of the target.
Marlon Harewood challenges Stephen Carr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Keith Fahey.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Marlon Harewood.
The official flags Nikola Zigic offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr, clearance by David Vaughan.
Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
Foul by Luke Varney on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by David Vaughan.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Effort from the edge of the area by Marlon Harewood goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner.
Neal Eardley is booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Neal Eardley. Strike on goal comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick, save by Matthew Gilks.
The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
Stephen Carr fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The referee gets the match started.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee starts the second half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Zigic: I want to win over Blues fans
Striker Nikola Zigic has vowed to win over the Birmingham fans ahead of the home Barclays Premier League clash with Blackpool.
The Serbia international has struggled to adapt to the top flight in England since manager Alex McLeish signed him from Valencia during the summer in a #6million deal.
Zigic received a negative reaction from a section of supporters when brought on as a substitute during City's last home match with Everton three weeks ago before the international break.
But he responded by scoring his first Premier League goal when given a rare start in last weekend's encounter with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Now he is hoping to build on that by impressing in front of his own fans at St Andrew's against Ian Holloway's side.
Zigic told Press Association Sport: "I still feel I do have to work a bit harder to win the fans over.
"I do try my hardest all the time and I will continue to do so.
"Hopefully more and more will get on my side as I play better and score more goals.
"But I do feel I have to (produce) a little bit more from myself.
"I want to do well for the supporters. It's always in my mind and I am aware there is a little bit more work to be done to win them over."
Zigic admitted: "It was a great delight to score my first league goal. It certainly has boosted my confidence.
"It was a long time coming but I was delighted to get it. I am really trying hard to get the confidence going and it has helped me immensely.
"When I first came I did find it a bit of a struggle to get to the pace of the game. But the longer I have played the more I have got used to it.
"I have been working hard to get adjusted and I feel it is coming along very well.
"I don't really have a problem with the physicality of the game. It is pretty similar all across Europe.
"I was told it was a little bit more physical here, but I don't have a problem. Again, it's just a case of getting used to it."
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admitted he is "scared" of Birmingham.
Holloway highlighted McLeish's side as an example for his promoted squad following their brilliant first season back in the top flight. The Blues lost only two home league games last term as they celebrated a ninth-placed finish.
It has been a different story so far this term, with Birmingham's year-long unbeaten home record ended by Everton, while their only win came against Blackburn in August.
Holloway, though, remains a firm fan of the club and their manager.
He said: "Birmingham are one of the teams that I keep talking to my team about. I think the way they play football is a credit to their manager.
"Alex seems a real honest, robust, old-fashioned man who's got values and morals and I love the way his team plays. To be honest, I'm pretty scared of them.
"They really do put a stint in and I think they've been slightly unfortunate this season, but they were exceptional last year, which is full credit to them.
"When you look at the players they've got, I'm expecting a really tough game. When you go to Birmingham City, their fans - if there was a roof on there, they'd lift it off every week.
"They've got a marvellous record at home so we'll have our work cut out. But I'm really looking forward to it. I want to see my lads bounce back from the disappointment of getting no points and see what we can do in this game."
One thing Holloway does not have to worry about, at least for the moment, is injuries, with the Blackpool boss again able to select from a nearly full squad.
But that brings problems in itself and Holloway is disappointed he cannot reward all his squad members with Premier League action at the end of each week.
He added: "With the decent breaks (between matches) you get at this level, everyone seems to be fully fit.
"I'm enjoying that side of it and it's very difficult to look all my lads in the face at the moment because they're all doing so well in training.
"I'd love to give them all a game but I can only pick 11."
Zigic gives Blackpool the Blues
Nikola Zigic struck for the second time in two games to seal Alex McLeish's 50th win as Birmingham manager at the expense of Blackpool in a 2-0 victory at rainswept St Andrew's.
The Serbia international has taken time to adjust to the Barclays Premier League after his #6million summer move from Valencia, but he followed up his goal at Arsenal last weekend with the decisive second against the Tangerines after Liam Ridgewell had opened the scoring.
It enabled Blues to end a run of seven league games without a win and find the net in front of their own fans for the first time since August 21.
City were well worth their second victory of the campaign with Zigic starting to adapt to the top flight after a testing start and linking up well with the midfield.
Alexander Hleb also had his best game since arriving on loan from Barcelona and made several incisive passes and probing runs.
Barry Ferguson also gave another exemplary performance in the centre of the park.
Blackpool deserve credit for continuing to show a positive attitude away from Bloomfield Road but they have now conceded 20 goals in nine Barclays Premier League games.
Blackpool started brightly and Gary Taylor-Fletcher directed a header straight a Ben Foster from Neal Eardley's right-wing cross.
City retaliated and Eardley was yellow carded after four minutes for clipping the heels of Keith Fahey after he ran onto a pass from Hleb.
Blackpool keeper Matthew Gilks was forced to tip over the resulting 20-yard free-kick from Sebastian Larsson.
Zigic then deflected goalwards a low drive from Larsson but Gilks got his body behind the effort.
Blackpool appealed in vain for a penalty after a corner from David Vaughan bounced up off the pitch and struck the arm of Ridgewell.
The visitors looked vulnerable at the back and another telling pass from Hleb sent O'Connor clear of their defence.
But Craig Cathcart made up several yards to deny O'Connor with a fine tackle as he prepared to shoot.
The game was flowing from end to end and former Birmingham striker DJ Campbell forced Foster to save low to his left.
O'Connor had the ball in the net after 32 minutes but had strayed a yard offside.
Stephen Carr and fellow full-back Ridgewell were getting forward to good effect - and it was the latter who broke the deadlock after 36 minutes.
Larsson's deep corner was initially headed back across goal by Ridgewell, and when Zigic's header struck the bar Ridgewell was first to react to the rebound and made no mistake from close range.
Zigic had a chance to double City's lead just before the interval after Carr had sent the ball across the box but he failed to make proper contact on his volley.
City defender Scott Dann flung himself forward to make an important block on Luke Varney's shot from the edge of the box early in the second half.
Then after 56 minutes Zigic struck for the second time in two games to double City's lead.
Johnson got on the end of Larsson's corner and the loose ball was knocked back across the area by Ridgewell.
Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam then miscontrolled the ball inside the six-yard box and Zigic took full advantage, firing home into the roof of the net.
Adam was in the thick of the action and had a chance to atone for his error but Foster was the equal of his 15-yard drive.
McLeish brought on Lee Bowyer for Fahey and at the same juncture Holloway replaced Marlon Harewood and the limping Adam with Matt Phillips and Keith Southern.
Southern flashed a shot across the face of goal but the second goal had knocked much of the stuffing out of Blackpool.
Brett Ormerod came on for Varney and the impressive Hleb made way for David Murphy.
Bowyer had the chance to make it 3-0 but sent his left-footed attempt wide from Murphy's cross.
O'Connor had a shot blocked before being replaced by Matt Derbyshire, while a Campbell volleyed was blocked by Dann as Blackpool rallied in the closing stages.
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