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  • Jerome (29), Benitez (41)
  • Thompson (87)
  • Date:2010-05-01
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:24578
  • Referee:Walton, P

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: BIRMINGHAM 2-1 BURNLEY. The final whistle goes and Birmingham are still on course for their best Premier League finish after a very comfortable victory.

90mins

There will be four minutes of added time.

90mins

A change for Birmingham as Lee Carsley, being released at the end of the season, replaces Cameron Jerome to wave a final farewell to the home fans.

87mins

BIRMINGHAM 2-1 BURNLEY. Good goal! Steven Thompson beats the offside trap to race in on goal and slide the ball past the legs of the onrushing Joe Hart. Can they get a point?

84mins

Final change of the game now for Burnley as Kevin McDonald replaces Graham Alexander.

80mins

Fabulous work from Benitez to evade Mears and then Caldwell before just as he is about to pull the trigger Mears gets back to concede a corner.

80mins

A change now for Birmingham as Keith Fahey replaces the injured Stuart Parnaby.

79mins

Birmingham have not managed to score three goals in a home game all season - can they manage it today?

76mins

Stuart Parnaby is in need of some treatment after a full blooded 50-50 with Danny Fox.

74mins

Bentiez is completely unmarked in the middle of the penalty area as he controls a long punt from Vignal and is only prevented from making it 3-0 by a good block, eventually, from Caldwell.

71mins

This game is now slowly drifting towards its conclusion as Burnley have little hope of forcing their way back in and Birmingham are just taking it easy.

68mins

Now that is a surprise as Brian Laws replaces Steven Fletcher with Steven Thompson - perhaps he is injured.

66mins

A change now for Birmingham as James McFadden is replaced by Spanish midfielder Michel.

66mins

Another yellow card now as Gregory Vignal is cautioned for a little trip on a marauding Tyrone Mears.

64mins

A change for Burnley now as David Nugent, disappointing today, is replaced by Blues old boy Robbie Blake who gets a good reception.

61mins

The home fans are back in full voice now that their side have started to play football again and even the "Ole's" are out.

58mins

Lovely move! Benitez turns Caldwell and dinks the ball to the far post for Larsson who fires his difficult running volley just wide. That would have been a superb goal!

56mins

Stuart Parnaby collects the first yellow card of the afternoon for a hard challenge on Jack Cork.

56mins

That would have summed it all up! Benitez collects the ball in the centre circle and turns and is allowed to run and run until he shoots just wide from the edge of the box.

54mins

Birmingham have not strung two passes together in this second half yet and Burnley are growing in confidence all the time.

50mins

Stephen Jordan collects a yellow card for a foul on Lee Bowyer.

50mins

Burnley have come out all guns blazing in this second period with Fletcher stinging the palms of Hart now and Birmingham can't get out of their own half.

48mins

I'm sorry but that was awful! Paterson is in the box and has three unmarked players he could try and find but tries instead to squeeze a shot between the two Birmingham defenders in front of him. Unsurprisingly it hits one of them and is cleared.

47mins

Good effort! Steven Fletcher finds some space outside the box to hit a stinging drive that has Joe Hart beaten, but also the bar, but only just.

46mins

The second half is underway and we wait to see what happens in the next 45 minutes.

45mins

HALF TIME: BIRMINGHAM 2-0 BURNLEY. That 45 minutes sums up Burnley's season and so does the scorelne as Birmingham stroll into the break with a two goal lead.

45mins

One minute of stoppage time will be played.

43mins

This half perfectly illustrates why Burnley will be playing Championship football next season. They have attacked pretty well and matched Birmingham for the most part but their defending has just not been good enough all season.

41mins

BIRMINGHAM 2-0 BURNLEY. Oh dear! Horrible defending from Burnley at a Larsson free-kick as Johnson gets round the back to head across for Chucho Bentiez who chests in from all of a yard.

38mins

Another decent Burnley attack results in a good cross from Paterson that only just loops over the bar after Hart and Johnson get in each other's way.

35mins

I knew Cameron Jerome was quick but not that quick as he bursts past everyone on the field to get involved in a Blues counter attack but McFadden's ball is awful.

32mins

Birmingham are back in the ascendency now after taking the lead and another beautiful Larsson cross has to be well defended.

29mins

BIRMINGHAM 1-0 BURNLEY. That typifies Burnley's season! Having their best spell they are caught on the break and Larsson's dangerous cross bobbles into the net off a combination of Mears and Jensen. Although Jerome tries to claim it!

27mins

A good little spell for Burnley there and there fans have certainly picked up as they sing, "We're all going on a European tour" after it emerged that Burnley will qualify for Europe if Fulham win the Europa League.

23mins

The visitors are coming into this a bit more now and Cork strides forward with the ball to fire in a long range shot but Hart is well behind it.

21mins

Burnley with a decent break of their own and Elliott crosses to the near post where Joe Hart does well to stop Nugent sliding home.

19mins

Now that is just a great save! The hosts up the tempo and Benitez gets to the byline to cut back for Jerome inside the six yard box but Brian Jensen makes a stunning point blank save.

18mins

Big big chance! McFadden curls a corner into the near post and Cameron Jerome should not miss from there, but he had headed over.

16mins

A lull in proceedings nowas the Blues struggle to find a way through the Burnley back four.

12mins

Birmingham are seeing more of the ball but, for once, Burnley look pretty solid at the back.

8mins

Birmingham steal the ball in midfield and Jerome slips Benitez in behind Caldwell who gets back superbly to block the shot.

7mins

Tyrone Mears thinks he has a good shout for a penalty but the referee turns him down. He would definitely have got a free-kick if it were outside the box so a shade unlucky possibly.

4mins

The home fans are in very high spirits this lunchtime and their side are responding at the moment with a bright start.

1mins

What a chance! Within seconds of the start Jerome escapes Leon Cort on the left to float a cross for Lee Bowyer but he heads wide from the edge of the six yard box.

1mins

We are underway in the second city.

0mins

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Cort, Caldwell, Fox, Cork, Alexander, Nugent, Steven Fletcher, Paterson, Elliott.

0mins

Birmingham: Hart, Parnaby, Johnson, Ridgewell, Vignal, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez.

0mins

Burnley were relegated last weekend after a hammering from Liverpool and their wretched away record has cost them really. So not much hope for today then?

0mins

Alex McLeish managed to keep hold of Joe Hart after his parent club Man City tried to get him back this week and his side will look to sign off at home in style after a fine season.

0mins

Welcome to St Andrew's as two sides whose seasons are effectively over meet as Birmingham take on relegated Burnley.

Match Preview

Birmingham City take on Burnley at St Andrew's wanting to put on a positive show in front of their own fans for the final time this term.

Alex McLeish's men have had an exceptional return to the Premier League following their Championship promotion last season but the Clarets, who were relegated last weekend, will return to the second tier of English football after a brief and, ultimately, miserable period in the big time.

The Midlands outfit sit comfortably in ninth place while Brian Laws' visitors sit second from bottom with just two games remaining.

However, Birmingham, despite their lofty position, have failed to win any of their previous eight outings, drawing four and losing four in this sequence.

They tumbled in their last match at near and fierce rivals Aston Villa, going down to a late controversial penalty from James Milner in a 1-0 setback and will want to send their faithful away for their summer breaks with a smile on their face on Saturday.

Burnley's form has been nothing short of terrible in the last six months. Since their 2-0 win against Hull City on October 31, the Turf Moor-based side have won twice, drawn six and lost a staggering 17 times in 24 games.

To make matters that little bit worse, they have shipped in a mouth-watering 56 goals in the process.

Earlier in the season, efforts from Steven Fletcher and Andre Bikey secured a 2-1 success for Burnley in the reverse fixture between the two clubs. Sebastian Larsson reduced the deficit deep into stoppage time after the hosts had opened up their two-goal lead.

During last season's Championship campaign, Burnley were held to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with Chris McCann firing the hosts into the lead before a late Cameron Jerome effort ensured the points were shared and, at St Andrew's, Martin Paterson scored an early effort before Kevin Phillips equalised in another 1-1 draw.


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Match Report

Birmingham City took full advantage of relegated Burnley's dismal away form to chalk up a 2-1 victory, their first win in nine matches.

The success meant they reached 50 points - the first time in 50 years they have achieved their half-century in English football's top-flight.

Burnley were poor opposition and obviously resigned to their fate as first-half goals from Cameron Jerome and Christien Benitez put Birmingham in the driving seat as they increased their unbeaten home run to 14 games.

But Birmingham's lack of real goalscoring power was exemplified in only the second minute of the game when Lee Bowyer miserably failed to score from close range following Jerome's cross.

Jerome himself could have done better himself when he guided a Sebastian Larsson corner over the bar.

Birmingham had another opportunity to go ahead when Jerome watched goalkeeper Brian Jensen flick another close-range header over the bar.

An early goal could have signalled a Burnley collapse. Instead they were able to battle and stay in the match as Birmingham failed to capitalise on their superior play.

The result was that Burnley were given unexpected encouragement to take the game to Birmingham and Jack Cort displayed some confidence with a long-range shot which was handled without any trouble by goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart certainly had a quieter game than in the previous match against Villa Park when he displayed his top-flight credentials.

In the 30th minute, however, Birmingham were finally rewarded with a goal, although it was a scrambled affair.

Bowyer headed on Larsson's cross and Jerome forced the ball over the line despite the efforts of Jensen to keep it out.

Unfortunately the goal gave Burnley the dubious record of equalling Wimbledon's Premier League record of conceding in 26 successive matches.

Four minutes before the break there was something of a milestone when Benitez scored his first goal at St Andrew's to take his tally for the season to four.

It came after a James McFadden free-kick was headed back by Roger Johnson to enable Benitez to nudge the ball over the line.

Leading by two goals enabled Birmingham to take their foot off the gas and as a result Burnley displayed more attacking potential with Steven Fletcher firing just over the bar.

The Clarets took off their strikers, Fletcher and David Nugent, and Birmingham found themselves under late pressure when substitute Steve Thompson coolly slotted home a low cross shot three minutes from time.

Birmingham City

Burnley

Corners

68

Fouls

1212

Goal attempts

108

Shots off target

95

Offsides

50

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