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  • Date:09 May 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:28,483
( agg 2 - 3 )
  • Zigic (63) Davies (72)
  • Dobbie (44) Phillips (47)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Nathan Redmond produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Guirane N'Daw goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

93mins

Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

92mins

Nathan Redmond concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Nathan Redmond is cautioned. The ball is sent over by Barry Ferguson, Header by Nouha Dicko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

91mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Guirane N'Daw. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

90mins

Nouha Dicko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Doyle. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

89mins

Booking for Gary Taylor-Fletcher for unsporting behaviour.

86mins

The official flags Nouha Dicko offside. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.

84mins

Marlon King is caught offside. Matt Phillips goes off and Kevin Phillips comes on. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

83mins

Centre by Chris Burke, Matt Phillips gets a block in.

82mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Phillips, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

81mins

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste. Corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch, Curtis Davies has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

76mins

Nouha Dicko replaces Stephen Dobbie.

75mins

The ball is delivered by Guirane N'Daw.

75mins

The ball is delivered by Peter Ramage, Neal Eardley makes a clearance.

73mins

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch, Curtis Davies scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 2 (2)-(3) 2 Blackpool.Assist by Jordon Mutch.

71mins

Effort from just outside the area by Marlon King goes over the bar.

70mins

Marlon King takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

70mins

Short corner taken by Peter Ramage. The ball is sent over by Jordon Mutch.

70mins

The ball is crossed by Peter Ramage, clearance made by Barry Ferguson.

69mins

Drilled shot by Matt Phillips went over the crossbar. Keith Southern is brought on as a substitute for Thomas Ince.

67mins

The ball is crossed by Peter Ramage.

67mins

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, Neal Eardley makes a clearance.

66mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw by Thomas Ince. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

64mins

Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1 (1)-(3) 2 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Chris Burke.

63mins

The ball is delivered by Barry Ferguson.

62mins

Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Nathan Redmond replaces Andros Townsend. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

61mins

Andros Townsend fouled by Barry Ferguson, the ref awards a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

60mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line.

58mins

Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

57mins

Marlon King has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

57mins

Matt Phillips fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

53mins

Corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Nikola Zigic from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

52mins

Marlon King produces a cross, comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.

51mins

The ball is swung over by Andros Townsend.

50mins

The referee blows for offside against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.

50mins

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

48mins

A goal is scored by Matt Phillips from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0 (0)-(3) 2 Blackpool.Stephen Crainey provided the assist for the goal.

46mins

Peter Ramage gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Ian Evatt takes the direct free kick.

46mins

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

45mins

Goal scored by Stephen Dobbie from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0 (0)-(2) 1 Blackpool.

44mins

The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, Peter Ramage makes a clearance. Guirane N'Daw is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Spector. Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

41mins

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

39mins

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

38mins

Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

David Murphy fouled by Neal Eardley, the ref awards a free kick. Neal Eardley shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordon Mutch, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

35mins

Stephen Crainey has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

35mins

Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

34mins

A cross is delivered by Peter Ramage, comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.

33mins

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

32mins

The ball is delivered by David Murphy, clearance by Barry Ferguson.

30mins

Effort on goal by Gary Taylor-Fletcher from 25 yards. Pablo Ibanez gets a block in. Andros Townsend fouled by Matt Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Ibanez.

30mins

The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

29mins

Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey. Nikola Zigic is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

28mins

Jordon Mutch crosses the ball.

27mins

Jordon Mutch takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

25mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

24mins

Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

23mins

Centre by Thomas Ince, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

22mins

Chris Burke produces a cross, Matthew Gilks makes a comfortable save.

22mins

Centre by Peter Ramage, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

21mins

Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Burke. Peter Ramage takes the direct free kick.

20mins

David Murphy challenges Gary Taylor-Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Ince delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

19mins

Ian Evatt fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

The referee penalises Stephen Dobbie for handball. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

18mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Matthew Gilks. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

17mins

The ball is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, save by Colin Doyle.

16mins

A cross is delivered by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Peter Ramage.

13mins

The ball is sent over by David Murphy, Marlon King takes a shot.

11mins

Shot from just outside the area by Chris Burke misses to the left of the target.

11mins

Andros Townsend takes a short corner.

10mins

Inswinging corner taken by Andros Townsend from the right by-line, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

7mins

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle. Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

6mins

A cross is delivered by David Murphy, clearance by Stephen Crainey.

6mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher is caught offside. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

5mins

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Comfortable save by Colin Doyle.

4mins

The ball is swung over by Marlon King, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

4mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

3mins

Jordon Mutch takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.

2mins

The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.

1mins

Unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Stephen Dobbie results in a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.

1mins

Chris Burke takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.

Match Preview

`Massive game' fuels Hughton fire Chris Hughton is preparing for the biggest single 90 minutes of his managerial career as Birmingham entertain Blackpool on Wednesday night in the second leg of their npower Championship play-off semi-final. Hughton watched his side emerge from Friday night's first leg at Bloomfield Road on the end of a 1-0 defeat, knowing a below-par performance sprinkled with chances meant the result could easily have been 3-0 as much as 1-1. Blues will now look to overturn that deficit and set up a Wembley showdown against West Ham on May 19, with the most lucrative match in world football guaranteeing the winners an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League. Hughton spent many years on the coaching staff at Tottenham and then Newcastle, where he was caretaker boss and then manager, guiding the club to the Championship title in 2010 before harshly losing his job in December of that year. But the rewards on offer over 90 minutes on Wednesday makes the play-off showdown unique. "It is, yes (the biggest game), because it's the one right at this moment," Hughton said. "Certainly as a manager it is. I was involved in the coaching staff at Newcastle when the team went down on the last day of the season. "This is right up there. It's a massive, massive game for all concerned." Hughton goes into the game boasting an unchanged squad and has already settled on his XI for what promises to be a thrilling night of action played under the floodlights in front of a vociferous home crowd. St Andrew's has built a reputation over the years for creating a passionate atmosphere and Hughton hopes the club's fans will be in full voice for the sell-out fixture. He said: "We're at home, we'll have a full house and it can be a fairly daunting place to come and play for an opposition. We've got to make sure that's the case. "We've also got to make sure we give them something to cheer about. It works both ways. They're a very loyal and passionate crowd and they will get behind us and make it a very noisy St Andrew's. "We're up against a very good Blackpool team and they're a big threat. They have a lot of offensive options and have been very solid at the back and we'll need to test them more. Everybody knows what's at stake and the fact there is a 1-0 deficit, we know we have to go and win." Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists it will take a monumental effort from his players to preserve their slender advantage. Blues boast an impressive home record, losing only once on their own patch all season, to leave Holloway convinced of the scale of the task at hand. "It's going to take every ounce of everything we've got going down there with their crowd and their passion," he said. "I needed a lead, we've got a very slender lead. We won the first game and I think that's a marker to them. We didn't beat them this year. "I'm looking forward to it, I can't be worried. I'd be worried if we were not in this situation. I feel my team deserved it on Friday night." The first leg was Blackpool's first win over Birmingham in five attempts and a marked improvement on their 3-0 league defeat in the midlands on New Year's Eve. By contrast, the club boast superb play-off pedigree, having won their last 10 matches in the format. A dramatic passage to the Premier League two seasons ago, courtesy of 2-1 and 4-3 wins over Nottingham Forest and a 3-2 final triumph over Cardiff, came on the back of successful 2001 and 2007 campaigns to earn promotion to the third tier and Championship respectively. Holloway is relishing the prospect of extending that sequence having impressively rebuilt a squad shorn of key players such as Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan on the back of relegation last term. "I've been a manager a long, long time and now I feel like I'm really enjoying this group as well," he said. "I asked the other group to show me their understanding of what I wanted. "They've got a massive pitch, we've got to go and try to play our game. Can we impose our game on them at their ground in the biggest moment of our lives? "We did it before at Notts Forest, can this group emulate that? It will be one heck of an achievement if we do. All you can ask for is a performance. It's all set up for another great evening. I'm looking forward to it."

Formation:442Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

Formation: 4411Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

  • Colin Doyle
  • Peter Ramage
  • Curtis Davies
  • Pablo Ibanez
  • David Murphy
  • Chris Burke
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Andros Townsend
  • Marlon King
  • Nikola Zigic
  • SUBS
  • Jack Butland
  • Guirane N'Daw
  • Wade Elliott
  • Adam Rooney
  • Nathan Redmond

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