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  • Date:31 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:19,995
  • Davies (45) King (51)
    Redmond (88)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:25 +3.25

Jordon Mutch challenges Chris Basham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ludovic Sylvestre restarts play with the free kick.

92:59 +2.59

Chris Wood is ruled offside. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.

88:48

Nathan Redmond finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Chris Wood.

87:04

Effort from a long way out by Keith Fahey goes wide right of the goal.

83:49

The ball is sent over by Alex Baptiste, Chris Basham challenges Boaz Myhill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

82:48

Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save made by Mark Howard.

81:59

Chris Wood is brought on as a substitute for Marlon King.

81:11

Corner taken right-footed by Nathan Redmond, clearance by Ian Evatt.

80:23

The ball is swung over by Nathan Redmond. The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour.

79:30

Jordon Mutch takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

79:18

A cross is delivered by Nathan Redmond, Mark Howard makes a save.

79:10

The ball is sent over by Jordon Mutch, clearance by Ian Evatt.

78:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ludovic Sylvestre on Guirane N'Daw. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caldwell. Jordon Mutch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nikola Zigic.

77:32

Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Mark Howard makes a save.

76:01

Chris Burke goes off and Nathan Redmond comes on.

75:08

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ludovic Sylvestre, Guirane N'Daw makes a clearance.

73:32

Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

73:21

A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

72:42

Ian Evatt takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

71:35

Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

70:46

Kevin Phillips comes on in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

69:44

Matt Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

69:04

Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

67:05

David Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Ince. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

65:44

Corner taken by Chris Burke.

64:56

The referee penalises Stephen Crainey for handball. David Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.

64:37

Chris Burke produces a cross, Mark Howard makes a clearance.

63:26

The offside flag is raised against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

62:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

60:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Burke, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance. Chris Basham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Elliot Grandin. (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Thomas Ince coming on for Callum McManaman.

57:35

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Chris Burke takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by David Murphy goes wide of the left-hand post. Save made by Mark Howard.

54:35

Barry Ferguson is sent off. Unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.

51:56

Marlon King gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool.The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.

49:47

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance by Ian Evatt.

49:00

Callum McManaman concedes a free kick for a foul on David Murphy. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

47:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line.

46:07

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

44:03

Effort on goal by Elliot Grandin from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. A cross is delivered by Jonathan Spector, Chris Burke takes a shot. Mark Howard makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line, Curtis Davies scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool.The assist for the goal came from Chris Burke.

43:06

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Mark Howard.

42:17

The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

41:33

Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

40:28

Corner from left by-line taken by Chris Burke.

37:49

Foul by Marlon King on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Booking for Marlon King for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Mark Howard.

36:52

Chris Burke takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Matt Phillips.

36:30

The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.

35:54

Marlon King takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.

35:41

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

33:01

Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marlon King. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

31:11

Marlon King has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

29:41

The ball is crossed by David Murphy, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

27:06

Chris Burke fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. David Murphy takes the direct free kick, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Mark Howard makes a save.

26:26

Centre by Jean Beausejour, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

24:20

Barry Ferguson takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

21:55

Corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Phillips makes a clearance.

18:55

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Howard restarts play with the free kick.

17:09

Guirane N'Daw takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

14:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Fahey on Matt Phillips. Elliot Grandin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by David Murphy.

13:34

Ludovic Sylvestre crosses the ball.

12:19

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by David Murphy.

11:23

Jean Beausejour sends in a cross, Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

6:50

Ian Evatt challenges Chris Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Murphy takes the free kick.

3:42

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke. The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Davies back for Blues Curtis Davies returns to the Birmingham squad for their New Year's Eve clash against Blackpool at St Andrew's. The centre-back missed City's 1-1 draw against West Ham on Boxing Day due to a one-match suspension but comes back into the reckoning as Blues, relegated from the top flight last season, complete back-to-back home games against the two sides who joined them in coming down. Davies is set to replace Pablo Ibanez at the heart of defence and regain his spot alongside Steven Caldwell, while manager Chris Hughton also has the option of fit-again defender Liam Ridgewell, who returned to the bench against the Hammers after seven weeks out with a thigh injury. Chile international winger Jean Beausejour passed a late fitness test on a calf problem to start on Boxing Day and will again be in contention. And facing two games in three days - with a trip to Peterborough in store this Monday - Hughton certainly has options to bring in a couple of fresh faces in the form of Nikola Zigic, Nathan Redmond, Jordon Mutch, Wade Elliott and Morgaro Gomis. Mark Howard is expected to continue in goal for Blackpool as regular number one Matt Gilks awaits the results of a scan on his groin problem. Gilks underwent the examination on Wednesday after he was ruled out of the 3-1 Boxing Day victory at Barnsley and boss Ian Holloway admits he is in the dark with regards to the severity of the injury. "We are not exactly sure what the problem is with Matt yet," he told the Blackpool Gazette. "He limped out of training pretty badly and we have been struggling to get a scan done at this time of year. "The physio thinks he knows what it is but, until we have the results of the scan, we can't be sure. We didn't risk him at Barnsley, just like we wouldn't have risked any other player." On-loan Wigan forward Callum McManaman limped out of the Oakwell victory with cramp but is expected to be passed fit while Alex Baptiste and Elliot Grandin suffered no reactions on their return from respective hamstring and foot injuries. Midfielder Keith Southern remains sidelined having undergone surgery to remove a testicular tumour.

Formation:442Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

Formation: 4411Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

  • Boaz Myhill
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Curtis Davies
  • Steven Caldwell
  • David Murphy
  • Chris Burke
  • Keith Fahey
  • Guirane N'Daw
  • Jean Beausejour
  • Nikola Zigic
  • Marlon King
  • SUBS
  • Colin Doyle
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Nathan Redmond
  • Chris Wood

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Match Report

Blues end with a win Birmingham rounded off an eventful 2011 with a similarly action-packed 3-0 victory over a Blackpool side who had both manager Ian Holloway and skipper Barry Ferguson sent off. Memories of a Carling Cup triumph, relegation from the Barclays Premier League, a host of unwanted off-field headlines, the departure of manager Alex McLeish and subsequent appointment of Chris Hughton as well as a European adventure have all graced the midlands club over the past 12 months. Ninety minutes may not have provided as much activity but there was no shortage of action in a rousing npower Championship encounter. Returning centre-back Curtis Davies deservedly headed dominant City in front just before half-time before Marlon King minutes after the restart, taking advantage of a second assist from Chris Burke to race clear. A disappointing afternoon for the Seasiders went from bad to worse soon after as Ferguson, afforded a warm welcome on his return to St Andrew's, saw red for what appeared to be an elbow on Guirane N'Daw, with Holloway following his midfielder down the tunnel for his subsequent remonstrations. Holloway could have no complaints about the overall result, though, as his side tasted only their second defeat in 10, with Blues - the only unbeaten side on home soil in the second tier - dominating all the vital match statistics and adding a late third through promising teenager Nathan Redmond. Birmingham immediately started on the front foot although King sent the only chance of the opening stages wide of the target after 12 minutes. The hosts were looking the likelier of the two sides to break the deadlock, King inches away from connecting with Jean Beausejour's cross. Pool were indebted to goalkeeper Mark Howard just moments later as Blues again started to turn the screw, the stopper producing a superb double save to first deny Davies and then Nikola Zigic, who looked certain to score from close range. The visitors remained a threat on the break in what was a free-flowing opening 45 minutes but Hughton's side were far more dangerous, albeit without being able to take advantage of their chances. Blackpool captain Ferguson twice made great blocks to deny Zigic and Burke before Davies sent a header just wide. At the other end City keeper Boaz Myhill, who had moments earlier denied Ian Evatt with a great stop as the offside flag went up, produced another fine save to keep out Elliot Grandin. And just as the hosts looked to have paid the price for their missed opportunities heading into half-time, Davies - who had already twice gone close - connected with Burke's corner to send a header past Howard. Burke was again the provider just seven minutes after the restart as his throughball sent King racing clear and he converted past Howard for his sixth league goal of the season. The game's key talking point arrived in the 55th minute as, out of nowhere, Ferguson was shown red for an elbow on N'Daw while also airing his views in the direction of referee Craig Pawson, who subsequently also sent Holloway to the stands for the manner of his touchline disapproval. From then onwards it was one-way traffic as Zigic's diving header was kept out by Howard, with Murphy, Davies and Jordon Mutch all going close before substitute Redmond made it three from the edge of the area in the 89th minute.

Form Guide

    DLLWLD
  • Birmingham
  • VS
  • Blackpool
  • DLWDDW

Last Meetings

  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 2
  • Birmingham
  • 26/11/2011
  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 24/01/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 20/09/2008
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 04/04/1972
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 25/09/1971
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 3
  • Blackpool
  • 26/12/1969

Top Scorers

Birmingham

  • C Wood 9
  • C Burke 5
  • M King 4
  • N Zigic 2
  • K Fahey 1
  • D Murphy 1
  • C Davies 1
  • JA Beausejour 1
  • A Rooney 1

Blackpool

  • K Phillips 7
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 4
  • L LuaLua 2
  • D Bogdanovic 2
  • C McManaman 2
  • T Ince 2
  • M Phillips 2
  • B Ferguson 1
  • B Ormerod 1
  • S Crainey 1
  • K Southern 1
  • A Baptiste 1
  • N Eardley 1
  • C Basham 1
  • L Sylvestre 1

Goals

Birmingham

    • Total goals 51
    • Goals per game 27
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackpool

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 36
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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