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  • Date:15 May 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:27,759
  • Hangeland (4) Hangeland (48)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

The referee blows for offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

89mins

Zoltan Gera is brought on as a substitute for Clint Dempsey.

88mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Clint Dempsey. Clint Dempsey goes into the referee's book. Roger Johnson takes the direct free kick.

86mins

Eidur Gudjohnsen challenges Stephen Carr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

85mins

Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

85mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Kevin Phillips. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

84mins

Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Mark Schwarzer.

81mins

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Greening, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

77mins

Eidur Gudjohnsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb. The referee shows Eidur Gudjohnsen a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.

77mins

Alexander Hleb fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.

77mins

Stephen Carr delivers the ball.

76mins

The ball is crossed by David Bentley.

75mins

Jean Beausejour produces a cross.

72mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matt Derbyshire. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

71mins

Dickson Etuhu replaces Danny Murphy.

69mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Phillips. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

68mins

Jean Beausejour produces a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.

68mins

Centre by David Bentley, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

67mins

Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen on Curtis Davies, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.

67mins

Curtis Davies on for Martin Jiranek.

67mins

Danny Murphy is cautioned.

67mins

Long distance shot from David Bentley misses to the left of the target.

66mins

Unfair challenge on David Bentley by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Bentley.

66mins

David Bentley takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in. David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Eidur Gudjohnsen.

65mins

The ball is delivered by Aaron Hughes, save by Ben Foster.

64mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer by Matt Derbyshire. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

63mins

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.

63mins

Carlos Salcido receives a caution.

62mins

The ball is sent over by Matt Derbyshire.

61mins

Long distance shot from Jean Beausejour misses to the left of the net.

61mins

Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Steve Sidwell.

60mins

Andrew Johnson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

59mins

Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Hleb. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

58mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

57mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by David Bentley.

56mins

Jean Beausejour comes on in place of Stuart Parnaby.

53mins

Corner taken by Jonathan Greening from the left by-line, save by Ben Foster.

53mins

Jonathan Greening crosses the ball, Stephen Carr gets a block in.

52mins

Shot from just outside the box by Steve Sidwell misses to the right of the goal.

51mins

Eidur Gudjohnsen takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

50mins

(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Alexander Hleb coming on for Lee Bowyer.

50mins

Eidur Gudjohnsen comes on in place of Bobby Zamora.

49mins

Goal scored by Brede Hangeland from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-2 Fulham.

48mins

Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan Greening from the right by-line.

48mins

Shot by Steve Sidwell from deep inside the penalty box bounces off the post.

48mins

Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

47mins

Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

47mins

Stuart Parnaby crosses the ball, Mark Schwarzer makes a fantastic save.

47mins

Stephen Carr crosses the ball, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

46mins

Unfair challenge on Matt Derbyshire by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.

45mins

Aaron Hughes sends in a cross, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

42mins

Barry Ferguson delivers the ball, Clint Dempsey makes a clearance.

41mins

The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in. Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Bowyer from the right by-line.

39mins

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

39mins

The ball is sent over by Andrew Johnson, clearance by Barry Ferguson.

38mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Bentley. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

The offside flag is raised against Matt Derbyshire. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

34mins

Stuart Parnaby delivers the ball, Martin Jiranek takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and hits the post.

33mins

A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr, clearance by Philippe Senderos.

33mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Jonathan Greening.

32mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bentley by Jonathan Greening. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Bobby Zamora.

31mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan Greening, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

31mins

Jonathan Greening takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Lee Bowyer. The ball is swung over by Jonathan Greening, Header from inside the area by Bobby Zamora bounces off the post.

26mins

Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

23mins

Matt Derbyshire fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.

22mins

Aaron Hughes sends in a cross, save by Ben Foster.

22mins

The ball is crossed by Bobby Zamora, clearance by Stuart Parnaby.

21mins

Centre by Sebastian Larsson, save by Mark Schwarzer.

20mins

The referee penalises Bobby Zamora for handball. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

20mins

Stephen Carr crosses the ball.

18mins

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

16mins

Centre by Jonathan Greening, Header by Clint Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

16mins

Danny Murphy fouled by Lee Bowyer, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

13mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

13mins

David Bentley takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.

12mins

Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross.

12mins

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Greening, Header from close in by Andrew Johnson misses to the right of the target.

10mins

David Bentley produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

9mins

Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

9mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Jiranek.

7mins

Matt Derbyshire concedes a free kick for a foul on Brede Hangeland. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

Corner taken by Jonathan Greening played to the near post, Brede Hangeland scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 0-1 Fulham.Jonathan Greening provided the assist for the goal. Corner crossed in by Danny Murphy, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.

2mins

Clint Dempsey conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Greening by Barry Ferguson. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

1mins

Danny Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

Match Preview

Blues without suspended pair Birmingham will be without leading scorer Craig Gardner and defender Liam Ridgewell through suspension for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at St Andrew's. Nine-goal Gardner will complete a two-game ban while Ridgewell will serve a one-match suspension for his red card in last weekend's 2-1 reverse at at Newcastle. Stuart Parnaby and David Murphy will be in contention to replace Ridgewell at left-back. Striker Nikola Zigic is still battling to overcome groin and hip problems and unlikely to be fit. Fulham have doubts over Bobby Zamora and Simon Davies. Davies has not trained since being kicked on the calf in Monday's 5-2 home defeat by Liverpool, while Zamora did not complete training today because of soreness in his groin. Full-back Chris Baird looks like missing the last two games of the season after deciding not to contest the charge of using an abusive gesture towards referee Lee Mason in the Liverpool match. Alex McLeish has challenged his Birmingham players to show "no fear" as they look for victory to secure their Barclays Premier League status. Blues have had a season to remember having lifted the Carling Cup - their first major trophy for 48 years. But McLeish is aware of the need to establish City as a top-flight club as they aim to clinch a third successive campaign in the Premier League. He said: "It's in our own hands if we win so there's that motivation and that target for us. "To get to this stage of the season, given the injury problems we've had since the Carling Cup final, I think the lads have done brilliantly. "But they've just got to make that final push over the line on Sunday. "We are looking for our boys to be rottweilers at the weekend and give us those performance levels we got against Bolton, Sunderland and, to a lesser degree, Wolves when we were down to 10 men." He added: "The league has always been of paramount importance to us. The Carling Cup was fantastic from the point of view of the trophyless cupboard for 40-odd years. "You can never take that away from us, so we're proud of that, and I wouldn't change that for anything. "But the Premier League is the bread and butter and the stakes are extremely high. "We just want to try and get that stability of staying in the league for three or four seasons like Stoke have done and go from strength to strength. "The players have got to go and enjoy it, not fear it. The sun will still come up the next day whatever happens. "We need them to go and show no fear and they have gone and done that exceptionally well. "We've had a wee bit of travel sickness recently in terms of away performances but they've got to turn it on for the home crowd." Fulham manager Mark Hughes believes his side's 5-2 thrashing by Liverpool on Monday is bad news for Birmingham. A Maxi Rodriguez hat-trick and further goals from Dirk Kuyt - the Reds' third after just 16 minutes - and Luis Suarez stunned Hughes' men at Craven Cottage. "That was a real shock to us - we didn't see that coming," commented Hughes. "But since the turn of the year we have been fantastic and that was an anomaly we must put behind us and learn from. "In terms of motivating the players that performance has made it easier for the last two games." Fulham, 10th in the Barclays Premier League, visit Birmingham and then finish the season at home to Arsenal next Sunday. Hughes continued: "When you have a significant defeat you look at who did well and who didn't. That happens after every game, whether the result was positive or negative. I have a lot of options - there are not many missing through injury." Bobby Zamora and Simon Davies have to clear up fitness doubts first, though. "Bobby didn't complete training on Friday because he was suffering from soreness in his groin," said Hughes. "We pulled him out as a precaution and we're hopeful that will settle down. "Simon got a kick on his calf against Liverpool and there was localised bleeding, so he hasn't trained since the match. "Having worked him with the physiotherapists on Friday we're hopeful that as long as the area doesn't bleed he'll have a chance."

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

Formation: 442Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

  • Ben Foster
  • Stephen Carr
  • Roger Johnson
  • Martin Jiranek
  • Stuart Parnaby
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Barry Ferguson
  • Lee Bowyer
  • David Bentley
  • Kevin Phillips
  • Matt Derbyshire
  • SUBS
  • Colin Doyle
  • Keith Fahey
  • Alexander Hleb
  • Jean Beausejour
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Akwasi Asante
  • Curtis Davies

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Match Report

Blues' fate going to wire Birmingham are facing a last-day battle for Barclays Premier League survival after Brede Hangeland's brace helped Fulham triumph 2-0 at St. Andrew's. The Carling Cup holders, lacking several key players through injury and suspension, produced their worst performance of the season to leave their top-flight status on a knife edge. City are now level on points with Blackpool and Wigan, in 18th and 19th, and have to visit Tottenham next Sunday. Tangerines are away to Manchester United while Wigan travel to Stoke. Fulham boss Mark Hughes would have expected a response from his side after the 5-2 home defeat by Liverpool on Monday. But he could not have imagined his players having such a stroll to victory and only poor finishing prevented them from at least doubling the final victory margin. The Blues defence was at sixes and sevens and could not cope with Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Clint Dempsey. They were not allowed to settle in midfield and posed the minimum of threat up front without the pace and energy of the injured Cameron Jerome as an outlet. To add to their woes Lee Bowyer, Stuart Parnaby and Martin Jiranek all had to be substituted through injury and then Alexander Hleb limped off to leave them playing with 10 men for the final 13 minutes. Dempsey missed a great chance to put Fulham ahead after two minutes. Former City striker Andy Johnson sent a low ball across the six-yard area and Dempsey spooned his shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Blues looked nervous and Ben Foster had to parry aside a massive clearance from Mark Schwarzer at full stretch. But from the resulting corner Brede Hangeland put the Cottagers in front. The Birmingham defence was undone by Greening's corner and the unmarked Hangeland made no mistake from close range. Fulham were threatening to score everytime they ventured forward and Andy Johnson glanced a header wide from Greening's cross. Fulham came close to doubling their lead after half an hour when Zamora crashed a header against the post from a Greening free-kick. City almost levelled after 34 minutes when Martin Jiranek's flick grazed the outside of a post from Parnaby's left-wing centre. Phillips had his first chance after 41 minutes and his header was deflected wide from Larsson's first decent cross of the game. Blues were back-pedalling from the start of the second period and Zamora missed two great chances. He got on the end of an Aaron Hughes centre but directed his header straight at Foster from close range. Then Zamora found himself with only Foster to beat but tried to chip him and did not test the former Manchester United player. Fulham were in complete control and Sidwell crashed a low shot against the post with the home defence in disarray. It came as no surprise when Hangeland made it 2-0 after 49 minutes. Zamora's header was cleared off the line from Greening's corner but Hangeland pounced to tuck away the rebound. Zamora picked up a knock and was replaced by Eidur Gudjohnsen, who was quick to test Foster with a low drive. Andy Johnson, Carlos Salcido and Danny Murphy were booked in quick succession for dissent, time-wasting and fouling Bentley respectively. Gudjohnsen became the fourth Fulham player to be yellow-carded for tripping Hleb, who then went off injured to leave his side a man short for the finale.

Form Guide

    DWLLDL
  • Birmingham
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • WLDWWL

Last Meetings

  • Fulham
  • 1 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 27/11/2010
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 21/02/2010
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 21/11/2009
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 03/05/2008
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 29/12/2007
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 10/12/2005

Top Scorers

Birmingham

  • C Gardner 6
  • N Zigic 5
  • L Bowyer 4
  • L Ridgewell 4
  • S Larsson 3
  • C Jerome 3
  • R Johnson 2
  • JA Beausejour 2
  • S Dann 2
  • K Phillips 1
  • K Fahey 1
  • A Hleb 1

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 11
  • D Duff 4
  • S Davies 4
  • B Hangeland 4
  • A Johnson 3
  • B Zamora 3
  • M Dembele 3
  • D Etuhu 2
  • C Baird 2
  • A Hughes 1
  • Z Gera 1
  • S Sidwell 1
  • G Kakuta 1

Goals

Birmingham

    • Total goals 90
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 11 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 11 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Fulham

    • Total goals 99
    • Goals per game 45
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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