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  • Date:29 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:20,095
Goal!

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93:34 +3.34

Effort on goal by Craig Mackail-Smith from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

91:52 +1.52

Unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes by Keith Fahey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

91:02 +1.02

Chris Burke concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauricio Taricco. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

90:28 +0.28

Foul by Mauricio Taricco on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.

89:35

Billy Paynter concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Caldwell. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

88:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Jean Beausejour. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

87:21

The offside flag is raised against Jean Beausejour. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

86:06

Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Romain Vincelot results in a free kick. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

84:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Gordon Greer. Gordon Greer is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Strike on goal comes in from Jean Beausejour from the free kick.

82:27

Nikola Zigic has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

81:14

Billy Paynter concedes a free kick for a foul on Curtis Davies. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

80:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Liam Bridcutt. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.

79:30

Mauricio Taricco is brought on as a substitute for Gonzalo Jara Reyes. Craig Noone takes the inswinging corner, Nikola Zigic fouled by Romain Vincelot, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

77:57

The ball is swung over by Gonzalo Jara Reyes, Gordon Greer takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.

77:19

Craig Noone takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

74:49

Craig Mackail-Smith produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

71:35

Centre by Chris Burke, clearance by Gordon Greer.

70:52

The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell.

67:37

The referee blows for offside against Craig Noone. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

66:02

Adam Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marlon King. Chris Wood goes off and Nikola Zigic comes on. Matthew Sparrow goes off and Billy Paynter comes on.

62:47

Handball decision goes against Craig Mackail-Smith. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

58:59

The referee blows for offside against Craig Mackail-Smith. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

58:05

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jean Beausejour, save by Steve Harper.

55:54

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Burke goes wide of the right-hand upright.

54:02

Corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Spector. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone, Romain Vincelot takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

50:58

Jean Beausejour takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

48:49

Foul by Jean Beausejour on Romain Vincelot, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Marcos Painter, Curtis Davies makes a clearance. Corner taken by Marcos Painter played to the near post, clearance by Curtis Davies. Corner taken left-footed by Marcos Painter from the right by-line, Boaz Myhill makes a save.

48:32

Marlon King sends in a cross, save made by Steve Harper.

48:18

Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, Gonzalo Jara Reyes makes a clearance.

47:50

The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour, Marcos Painter makes a clearance.

46:34

The offside flag is raised against Chris Wood. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.

45:21 +0.21

Inigo Calderon concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Wood. Chris Burke takes the direct free kick.

44:38

Unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara Reyes by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. Jean Beausejour goes into the referee's book. Gordon Greer takes the free kick.

43:04

Unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Romain Vincelot results in a free kick. Romain Vincelot receives a yellow card. The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Header from close in by Curtis Davies misses to the right of the goal.

41:53

Inswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line, Marcos Painter fouled by Steven Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

40:44

Ashley Barnes is adjudged to have handled the ball. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

39:53

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, Headed effort from inside the box by Chris Wood misses to the right of the target.

39:04

Inigo Calderon has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

38:51

Chris Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

35:08

Unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.

33:56

Foul by Stephen Carr on Romain Vincelot, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

31:36

The ball is swung over by Ashley Barnes.

30:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Craig Noone. Marcos Painter restarts play with the free kick.

29:47

Unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

29:02

Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

28:27

Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Harper. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

27:34

Unfair challenge on Romain Vincelot by Jonathan Spector results in a free kick. Gonzalo Jara Reyes restarts play with the free kick.

24:45

Craig Noone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

23:20

Foul by Jean Beausejour on Gonzalo Jara Reyes, free kick awarded. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

21:08

Inigo Calderon challenges Marlon King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Fahey restarts play with the free kick. Keith Fahey takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

14:59

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Burke goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:32

Craig Noone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Chris Burke takes the free kick.

9:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Craig Mackail-Smith. Jean Beausejour crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Gonzalo Jara Reyes. Shot from just outside the box by Keith Fahey misses to the right of the target.

8:29

Effort from deep inside the area by Marlon King misses to the left of the goal.

5:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Ashley Barnes. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.

1:12

Chris Burke has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

Match Preview

Hughton to monitor troops Manager Chris Hughton will assess his ranks before deciding which players to rotate for Birmingham's home clash against Brighton. Blues made it six successive wins in all competitions as they beat Leeds 1-0 on Wednesday, although they were naturally starting to show signs of tiredness in the second half at St Andrew`s as they juggle the demands of Europe and domestic success. This weekend`s visit of Gus Poyet`s side will be City`s fourth match in 10 days and Hughton will continue to rotate his starting XI. Having made seven changes for last Sunday`s 2-0 victory at Bristol City, Hughton opted for just two in midweek as match-winner Nikola Zigic and midfielder Jonathan Spector came in for Chris Wood and Morgaro Gomis respectively. Centre-back Curtis Davies passed a late fitness test on his leg to start while midfielder Wade Elliott (calf) and defender Pablo Ibanez (concussion) will be assessed having missed out. Jordon Mutch remains sidelined for around another month as he concludes his rehabilitation from a broken ankle. Brighton will be without Gary Dicker. The midfielder will have an operation early next week after suffering a fractured fibula during the 1-0 home defeat against West Ham on Monday night and faces three months on the sidelines. But boss Gus Poyet can welcome Vicente back into his squad after the former Spain midfielder missed the Seagulls' last two matches due to a thigh injury. Goalkeeper Steve Harper and full-back Gonzalo Jara made their debuts against the Hammers after joining on loan last week and look set to keep their places. Adam El-Abd (foot) and Tommy Elphick (Achilles) are still missing and fellow defender Steve Cook on Thursday joined Bournemouth on a month's loan. Billy Paynter could make his debut for Brighton after joining on loan from Leeds until January.

Formation:442Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

Formation: 433Manager: Gustavo Poyet

Brighton

  • Boaz Myhill
  • Stephen Carr
  • Curtis Davies
  • Steven Caldwell
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Chris Burke
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Keith Fahey
  • Jean Beausejour
  • Marlon King
  • Chris Wood
  • SUBS
  • Colin Doyle
  • David Murphy
  • Guirane N'Daw
  • Adam Rooney
  • Nikola Zigic

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Match Report

Blues subdued by Seagulls Birmingham's run of six successive victories came to an end as they played out an uninspiring goalless draw with Brighton. The result, a fair one in a game of few chances, does extend City's unbeaten run to eight in all competitions and leaves their south-coast opponents without a win in nine. Marlon King went closest for the home side when his right-footed effort flew just wide in the opening stages, while Craig Mackail-Smith fired narrowly off target in the second half for a Seagulls side who improved after the break. That was about as good as it got in a game which registered 14 wayward attempts and just three on target, with visiting goalkeeper Steve Harper not forced into a single save. Stalemate was hardly a surprise with Birmingham having not conceded in 325 league minutes going into the clash at St Andrew's, where they are unbeaten, while having to cope with the demands of four games in 10 days due to their Europa League exertions. Blues boss Chris Hughton made just the one change from Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Leeds, on-loan top scorer Chris Wood - who claimed a League One winners' medal having spent the second half of last season with Brighton - coming in for matchwinner Nikola Zigic. Hughton was an integral member of the coaching staff at Tottenham during Gus Poyet's time as a player at White Hart Lane, the Uruguayan admitting he learnt plenty under his stewardship as he establishes a career of his own in the dugout. Poyet's tactics against Blues were, however, hampered by the loss of Will Buckley in the pre-match warm-up, with five-goal Ashley Barnes regaining his place in the visitors' XI having initially been dropped. Romain Vincelot and Inigo Calderon also came in for Gary Dicker and Lewis Dunk. It was Birmingham who dominated the opening quarter, pressing Brighton at every opportunity while sending a handful of half-chances off target. The best of those fell to King after nine minutes but he could only watch as his low strike from eight yards fell agonisingly wide with Harper helpless. But that was the best opening of a disappointing and cagey first half. Wood headed well wide for the hosts from Chris Burke's 40th-minute cross, while the visitors posed next to no threat in the final third. The second half started in much the same vein although the Seagulls were starting to pose more of a greater threat, Liam Bridcutt forcing Boaz Myhill into his first meaningful save of the afternoon. Burke found the side-netting for Birmingham at the other end as the pace of the encounter picked up, with Brighton much livelier after the break. Hughton changed his strikeforce after 67 minutes, introducing Zigic and Adam Rooney, while Brighton counterpart Poyet handed Billy Paynter a debut from the bench following his loan move from Leeds. Mackail-Smith sent an effort narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area before Gordon Greer's header brought a save from Myhill. Zigic should have done better which a headed chance which fell his way, while Jean Beausejour fired a well-placed free-kick over in the 85th minute. Brighton failed to settle matters with an even later set-piece as the game finished goalless.

Form Guide

    LDWWWW
  • Birmingham
  • VS
  • Brighton
  • DLLDDL

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 2
  • Brighton
  • 08/04/1989
  • Brighton
  • 4 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 31/12/1988
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 0
  • Brighton
  • 14/02/1987
  • Brighton
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 03/09/1986
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Brighton
  • 23/03/1985
  • Brighton
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 06/10/1984

Top Scorers

Birmingham

  • C Wood 8
  • C Burke 4
  • K Fahey 1
  • N Zigic 1
  • C Davies 1
  • A Rooney 1

Brighton

  • C Mackail-Smith 5
  • A Barnes 3
  • C Noone 2
  • W Buckley 2
  • RG Vicente 1
  • W Hoskins 1
  • R Harley 1

Goals

Birmingham

    • Total goals 31
    • Goals per game 18
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Brighton

    • Total goals 30
    • Goals per game 17
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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