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  • Date:2009-11-01
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:21462
  • Referee:Dean, M

Live Commentary

90mins

FULL TIME BIRMINGHAM CITY 0-0 MAN CITY: The whistle blows and the two sides have to settle for a point, but Birmingham will feel they should have won after James McFadden was denied by Shay Given from the penalty spot.

90mins

Barry Ferguson is shown a second yellow card for stupidly trying to stop Pablo Zabaleta taking a throw in and is deservedly red carded.

90mins

Carlos Tevez runs across the edge of the area and then blazes another effort high and wide which sums up his display.

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Martin Petrov chests down the ball on the right side of the area but his effort is poor and almost goes out at the corner flag.

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Lee Bowyer knocks the ball into the centre of the area but Kevin Phillips cannot wrap his foot round the ball and scuffs his shot.

90mins

There will be six added minutes to play as Maik Taylor gets up to catch a corner from the right.

90mins

Lee Bowyer lifts the ball into the middle and Christian Benitez goes up with Kevin Phillips but neither get a vital touch.

89mins

For the umpteenth time today Christian Benitez is flagged offside. Alex McLeish might want to work on that side of his game in training.

88mins

Kevin Phillips is coming on to try and nick a winner for Birmingham with Cameron Jerome going off.

86mins

It appears that Roger Johnson was badly winded and he is back on with Birmingham kicking the ball into the City half from the drop ball.

85mins

Roger Johnson is still on the ground getting treated but it does not look as serious as at first thought, although he is helped off the pitch.

84mins

City break and there is a bit of a melee in the area before play is stopped when Roger Johnson is down after Wayne Bridge's shot smacks him in the head while grounded. Carlos Tevez then goes to ground but no penalty is awarded.

83mins

Pablo Zabaleta gets in to block Christian Benitez's path to goal and gives away a corner. Sebastian Larsson plays it in but City clear.

81mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips sums that up as he gets down the right but then lofts the ball behind with several team-mates waiting for a decent cross.

79mins

It just seems the two sides cannot find that crucial final killer pass that might lead to a goal here.

77mins

A poor back pass from Scott Dann puts pressure on Maik Taylor who puts it out for a throw in. From that City win a corner but it is cleared away.

75mins

Both sides are still trying to get forward and win this game but time is running out for them.

73mins

Lee Bowyer tries to put the ball into the area for Cameron Jerome to run on to but is bundled over but no free kick is given.

71mins

Sebastian Larsson sees a looping shot go over the top and it is hard to believe this game is still goalless with less than 20 minutes remaining.

69mins

Lee Bowyer tries to find Cameron Jerome in the centre of the goal mouth but Pablo Zabaleta gets in first and does enough to divert the danger away.

68mins

Sebastian Larsson goes on a strong run down the right flank past Stephen Ireland and his cross is cleared out for a throw in.

67mins

Carlos Tevez lets fly from the left side of the area and Maik Taylor tips it over for a corner. The corner is played in and cleared by the Blues.

67mins

The ineffective Roque Santa Cruz goes off for City with Martin Petrov coming on.

65mins

Christian Benitez wins a corner off Joleon Lescott. Sebastian Larsson looks to play it in but there is pushing. When he does cross it the City defence clear.

64mins

Sebastian Larsson's free kick from the left side of the area is headed away by Gareth Barry. The ball is thrown back into the middle but Shay Given gathers.

63mins

Roque Santa Cruz goes in the book for City as he drags down Keith Fahey as he was getting away down the left flank.

62mins

Sebastian Larsson puts a great ball into the area and Cameron Jerome is at full stretch and under pressure from Vincent Kompany as he heads just over the bar.

61mins

Penalty miss culprit James McFadden is going off now with Keith Fahey getting a chance to get a goal for the Blues.

60mins

The corner finally comes in for City and Joleon Lescott gets a touch but his effort goes straight into the hands of Maik Taylor.

60mins

Nigel de Jong is going off and the more attack minded Stephen Ireland is coming on for City.

60mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips gets down ther right flank and puts in a ball into the middle which Roger Johnson does well to clear.

59mins

The game has burst into life now after that penalty miss as Stephen Ireland warms up on the touchline.

57mins

James McFadden is now booked for tripping Nigel de Jong as he looks frustrated at missing the spot kick.

56mins

James McFadden steps up and takes the penalty but his low strike down to the keeper's left is well saved by Shay Given.

56mins

A goal mouth scramble here and the ball drops down on to the arm of Nigel de Jong as he goes up with Sebastian Larsson and a penalty is awarded.

55mins

Wayne Bridge picks up a stupid yellow card as he kicks the ball away after knocking it out of play.

53mins

James McFadden threads the ball through to Christian Benitez but again he is a yard offside. If he could learn to time his runs he could have had a hatful of chances.

52mins

Sebastian Larsson lifts a free kick into the City area but Shay Given comes out to gather the over-hit ball.

50mins

Wayne Bridge goes on a strong run and lays the ball off to Carlos Tevez who uncharacteristically blasts his shot high and wide.

49mins

Pablo Zabaleta puts a teasing cross from the right into the middle but Birmingham clear as Roque Santa Cruz was waiting in the wings for a chance.

48mins

City are looking a little more menacing in the opening exchanges of this half but no real chances to speak of for either side.

46mins

A bit of hesitancy from Joleon Lescott who gets a little too close to Shay Given and opts to let his keeper gather the ball despite pressure from Christian Benitez.

46mins

The second half is underway and Alex McLeish will want more of the same from his Birmingham players but with a goal or two thrown in, while Mark Hughes will probably want more from his side in particular the midfield.

45mins

HALF TIME BIRMINGHAM CITY 0-0 MAN CITY: A lively opening half ends goalless as both sides had chances and the Blues' Christian Benitez went closest with his effort hitting the post.

45mins

Gareth Barry's free kick is terrible and goes out for a goal kick to Birmingham.

45mins

Scott Dann dives in on Carlos Tevez and is booked as City have a free kick just to the right of the Blues area.

45mins

Sebastian Larsson puts a free kick into the area but City get it clear as we approach the final moments of this half.

43mins

Birmingham attack and after City can't clear Lee Bowyer's effort is well saved at the second attempt by Shay Given.

41mins

Nigel de Jong narrowly avoids a yellow card after bringing down Sebastian Larsson much to the annoyance of the home supporters.

39mins

Pablo Zabaleta has two attempts to put a cross into the middle but Liam Ridgewell eventually clears the danger.

37mins

Craig Bellamy tries to shoot at goal from 40 yards out but scuffs the free kick and it trickles wide of the post.

36mins

A chance for City to get a free kick into the Blues area as James McFadden clatters into Craig Bellamy.

34mins

Sebastian Larsson almost gets on the end of a great through ball from Lee Bowyer but is inches away as it runs through to a relieved Shay Given.

32mins

Carlos Tevez makes room for himself and gets in a shot which is high and wide of the Blues' goal.

30mins

Carlos Tevez plays in Shaun Wright-Phillips his attempted cross rebounds off Liam Ridgewell before a shot by Roque Santa Cruz is saved from Maik Taylor. The corner comes in and eludes everyone as Birmingham win a goal kick.

29mins

Craig Bellamy plays in the free kick from the left but Joleon Lescott cannot direct his header on target.

28mins

Barry Ferguson puts in a body check on Craig Bellamy to stop him breaking through on goal and he is booked.

27mins

A sizzling James McFadden effort is heading towards the top of the goal and Shay Given tips it over for a corner which City clear.

26mins

The crazy pace of the game has dropped off as Christian Benitez is again narrowly caught offside. He is so fast that he just needs to hold back that vital second or two to beat the trap.

24mins

A long ball is lifted over the City defence but Christian Benitez is a yard offside as he looks to get on the end of it.

22mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips' ball from the right runs through to Carlos Tevez who tees up Craig Bellamy whose effort is blocked for a corner. Craig Bellamy plays in the corner but Birmingham eventually clear.

20mins

Craig Bellamy plays in a corner from the left which the Blues clear through Lee Bowyer. Birmingham break quickly but Christian Benitez's pass towards Sebastian Larsson is too near Shay Given.

19mins

City almost get a goal as Shaun Wright-Phillips hits a fierce drive at goal and Maik Taylor spills it but Stephen Carr and Roger Johnson jointly hack it away beforeRoque Santa Cruz can tap in the loose ball.

16mins

Shay Given takes an age to control a back pass and ends up hitting the ball out for a throw in as he is put under pressure by the home attack.

15mins

City try to hit the Blues on the break but Carlos Tevez's cross from the right is too close to Maik Taylor who gathers.

14mins

Craig Bellamy is played through by Carlos Tevez but Roger Johnson blocks his shot and City win a corner. The ball is played in by Gareth Barry but Maik Taylor saves.

13mins

A half chance for City as Roque Santa Cruz heads a cross from the right high and wide after getting in ahead of Roger Johnson.

12mins

Alex McLeish will be delighted with the way his Birmingham side have not allowed City to settle on the ball at all in the opening exchanges.

11mins

A good spell for Birmingham now as they have managed to get behind the City defence again as Christian Benitez gets in a shot but Shay Given races out to deny him a first goal in English football.

9mins

Almost a goal for Birmimgham as Christian Benitez hits a low shot from the edge of the area which is deflected and Shay Given got the slightest touch to tip it on to the post before they clear.

8mins

Great skill by Shaun Wright-Phillips as he beats two players and tries to send Roque Santa Cruz away but Stephen Carr gets back to intercept for the Blues.

7mins

Good pressing play by Barry Ferguson as he catches out Gareth Barry inside the City half and goes on before striking an effort across the face of goal.

6mins

City have probably made the slightly better start but it is very blustery in St Andrews which is not helping either side

4mins

Scott Dann puts in a great challenge as a long ball forward almost let Roque Santa Cruz in the right side of the Blues' area.

2mins

Carlos Tevez gets an early warning that he is in for a tough afternon as Scott Dann catches him in the head going up for an aerial battle.

1mins

Decent build up play by Birmingham but Stephen Carr's cross is too high for Cameron Jerome and City clear.

0mins

We are up and running at St Andrews as Birmingham aim for a second straight home win to pull five points clear of the relegation places, while City can jump into fourth spot with a draw or three points.

0mins

Man City starting XI: Given, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Santa Cruz, Tevez.

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Pablo Zabaleta starts ahead of Micah Richards at right-back and Shaun Wright-Phillips is preferred ahead of Martin Petrov in midfield.

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Emmanuel Adebayor is again ruled out with the back spasm which sidelined him for Manchester City's midweek Carling Cup win over Scunthorpe. Roque Santa Cruz keeps his place after scoring on Wednesday.

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Birmingham starting XI: Maik Taylor, Carr, Roger Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez.

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Otherwise it is the same XI which started last week’s 2-1 win against Sunderland in new chairman Carson Yeung’s first game at the helm.

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Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is unable to play loan goalkeeper Joe Hart against his parent club Manchester City at St Andrews on Sunday. Maik Taylor starts in his place between the sticks.

Match Preview

Alex McLeish's Birmingham City face a tough test in Sunday's only game against big summer spenders Manchester City at St. Andrew's.

The struggling Midlanders picked up an excellent 2-1 home win last weekend against former manager Steve Bruce's Sunderland that stopped a three match losing run in the league.

Liam Ridgewell and James McFadden cut the Black Cats down to size as they recorded their third win of the campaign to edge them away from the drop zone. They currently sit in 15th position.

City on the other hand loiter in the upper echelons of the Premier League table and although they sit sixth, they have a game in hand over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, the two teams directly above them.

Birmingham's main struggle this season has been hitting the back of the net. Only eight goals have been plundered in their ten games and this will be an issue McLeish will want to address.

Mark Hughes has an embarrassment of riches to choose from although Brazilian sharp-shooter Robinho (ankle), Nedum Onuoha (thigh) and Benjani Mwaruwari (thigh) struggling to be fit in time for the clash.

McLeish has several injury concerns ahead of the clash.

Damien Johnson, Gregory Vignal and Marcus Bent (all hamstring), Martin Taylor (ankle), Giovanny Espinoza (foot), Keith Fahey (ankle) and David Murphy (knee) are all hampered and may not be available for the Blues.

With Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez, Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott to name a few, the visitors should have enough in their ranks to overpower the recently promoted outfit.

They last met in the league during the 2007-08 season with Birmingham claiming a 3-1 success.

Former loan star Mauro Zarate fired the hosts into a two goal lead before a Elano penalty halved the deficit.


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Match Report

Shay Given produced a man-of-the-match display to earn Manchester City a point against battling Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

The highlight of Given's impressive performance was his 55th-minute penalty save from James McFadden.

Scotland international striker McFadden wasted a golden chance to fire Birmingham five points clear of the relegation zone with a weakly taken spot-kick that was palmed away by Given.

To add to Birmingham's frustration they had key midfielder Barry Ferguson sent-off in stoppage time for collecting a second yellow card that will earn him a one-match ban.

It summed up a frustrating game for Birmingham and they will be cursing themselves for squandering a golden chance to beat Mark Hughes' out-of-sorts side.

They had more then enough chances in the first half to pull off an upset but could not find a way past the inspired Given.

Manchester City, who have now drawn their last four Premier League games, still moved into fourth place with a win.

But, without the injured Emmanuel Adebayor, they toiled in attack and rarely carried a threat - the best chance falling to Carlos Tevez who saw his 67th-minute drive tipped over the bar by Maik Taylor.

Birmingham would have been in control of affairs at half-time had it not been for Given.

After Ferguson had shot wide in the seventh minute, Given twice denied Christian Benitez - tipping his first shot on to the post after it had taken a deflection off Vincent Kompany.

Chances for Manchester City were few and far between with Craig Bellamy seeing his shot blocked by Roger Johnson while Shaun Wright-Phillips was frustrated by Taylor.

But it was Given who was by far the busier of the two keepers. He tipped a 27th-minute volley from McFadden over the bar and then plucked a goalbound drive from Lee Bowyer out of their air on the stroke of half-time.

McFadden should then really have made the breakthrough for Birmingham after referee Mike Dean ruled that Nigel De Jong had handled the ball in a challenge with Sebastian Larsson.

Former Everton marksman McFadden tried to stroke the ball low to the left of Given, but the Republic of Ireland international keeper reacted superbly to turn the ball away.

Birmingham City

Manchester City

Corners

48

Fouls

1011

Goal attempts

910

Shots off target

46

Offsides

54

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