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  • Date:15 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:28,270
  • Lovenkrands (1) Lovenkrands (1)
    Best (49)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Craig Gardner challenges Nile Ranger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

94mins

Nile Ranger goes into the referee's book.

93mins

Nile Ranger challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

91mins

Joey Barton sends in a cross, save by Ben Foster.

90mins

Short corner worked by Joey Barton.

90mins

Joey Barton fouled by Barry Ferguson, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.

88mins

The ball is crossed by Craig Gardner, save by Steve Harper.

86mins

The referee books David Murphy for unsporting behaviour. Jonas Gutierrez leaves the field to be replaced by Sol Campbell. David Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

85mins

David Bentley produces a cross, Effort from the edge of the area by Cameron Jerome goes wide of the right-hand post.

83mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, Liam Ridgewell challenges Nile Ranger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

83mins

David Bentley takes a shot. Cheik Tiote gets a block in.

82mins

Corner taken by Joey Barton, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

82mins

The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, David Murphy gets a block in.

81mins

Nile Ranger concedes a free kick for a foul on David Murphy. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

79mins

David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, Cheik Tiote manages to make a clearance.

79mins

Centre by David Murphy, Cheik Tiote manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley to the near post, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.

78mins

Centre by Stephen Carr, clearance by Kevin Nolan.

76mins

Nile Ranger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

75mins

Kevin Phillips joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.

75mins

Leon Best leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Guthrie.

74mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote by Cameron Jerome. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

74mins

Foul by Nile Ranger on David Murphy, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

73mins

David Murphy on for Martin Jiranek.

73mins

The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, Nikola Zigic produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

72mins

Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

71mins

Craig Gardner sends in a cross, Roger Johnson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

71mins

David Bentley crosses the ball, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.

71mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

69mins

David Bentley takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.

68mins

Roger Johnson challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.

65mins

Stephen Carr fouled by Leon Best, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

64mins

(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Nile Ranger coming on for Peter Lovenkrands.

63mins

Effort on goal by David Bentley from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

62mins

Booking for Joey Barton. Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Danny Simpson.

61mins

Peter Lovenkrands gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

61mins

Joey Barton delivers the ball, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.

60mins

Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Stephen Carr.

60mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.

58mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Nolan. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

58mins

(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Cameron Jerome coming on for Obafemi Martins. Obafemi Martins is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

55mins

Leon Best is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

54mins

Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

54mins

Nikola Zigic challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Craig Gardner challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Leon Best. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

52mins

Cheik Tiote crosses the ball, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

51mins

Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.

50mins

Leon Best scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 0-2 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Jonas Gutierrez.

49mins

Craig Gardner challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Barry Ferguson. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

48mins

Peter Lovenkrands is caught offside. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

47mins

Liam Ridgewell crosses the ball, Danny Simpson gets a block in.

47mins

The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

45mins

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, save made by Steve Harper.

43mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Leon Best goes wide left of the goal.

42mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

41mins

The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Close range header by Leon Best misses to the right of the target.

41mins

David Bentley produces a cross, clearance made by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

39mins

Craig Gardner produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

38mins

Peter Lovenkrands concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

36mins

Kevin Nolan goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on David Bentley. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

36mins

Leon Best takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

35mins

The official flags Obafemi Martins offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

34mins

Obafemi Martins challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

31mins

The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.

31mins

The referee blows for offside against Leon Best. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

28mins

Foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

28mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball.

25mins

Joey Barton takes a corner.

25mins

The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, David Bentley gets a block in.

22mins

Joey Barton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Gardner.

22mins

Effort from 30 yards by Kevin Nolan. Craig Gardner gets a block in.

21mins

Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

21mins

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Brilliant save by Steve Harper.

20mins

David Bentley challenges Leon Best unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.

18mins

Unfair challenge on David Bentley by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, Close range headed effort by Roger Johnson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

16mins

Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.

15mins

Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.

15mins

Craig Gardner sends in a cross, clearance made by Mike Williamson.

13mins

The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Centre by David Bentley, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.

11mins

The ball is swung over by David Bentley, clearance made by Mike Williamson.

10mins

Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

9mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Barry Ferguson. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick.

8mins

Liam Ridgewell is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

8mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Craig Gardner. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Steve Harper takes the free kick.

5mins

Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

2mins

Peter Lovenkrands grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Newcastle.Jonas Gutierrez provided the assist for the goal.

2mins

The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Roger Johnson.

1mins

Liam Ridgewell is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.

Match Preview

Obafemi Martins has set his sights on sealing a permanent move to Birmingham as he prepares to face his former club Newcastle in the home Barclays Premier League clash.

Martins is on loan from Russian side Rubin Kazan for the remainder of the season, but the Nigeria international is keen to make a good impression and move on a full-time basis to St. Andrew's. Martins, who made his debut against Stoke on Saturday, said: "Would I like a permanent move? Yes, why not. Birmingham is a big club and the team is doing well.

"If everything goes well then, of course, I'm going to stay. I was keen to play Premier League football again. It is one of the best leagues in the world.

"It doesn't matter to me that Birmingham aren't the biggest team in this division. They're not the smallest team either. I wanted to come here and play for them. This is a great opportunity.

"I just want to fit in as soon as possible, start scoring goals and be happy here."

Martins also knows he has made many people happy in his homeland by returning to the English top flight.

He said: "The Nigerian fans will be very happy to see me playing in the Premier League. There are 150 million people and many of them watch Premier League football on TV.

"When I was playing in Russia, people kept telling me I had to go back to the Premier League so they could watch me more often!"

Martins scored 28 goals in 88 league games for Newcastle between 2006 and 2009, when he was a team-mate of current City captain Stephen Carr, and still has a lot of affection for the club. But all his thoughts are on earning Birmingham the win which will lift them into the top half of the table.

He said: "I have good memories from my time at Newcastle and they're good supporters. I don't play for Newcastle anymore and it will be strange to line up against them but that's life.

"You never know what is around the corner in football. It will be nice to see some of the players again but I'm a Birmingham player now and I'll be giving it all for my new team."

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury worries as his side search for a third successive league win.

Meanwhile, Alan Pardew is backing full-back Jose Enrique to play himself into the all-conquering Spain squad if he continues to excel for Newcastle.

The 25-year-old turned in the latest in a series of fine individual displays for the Magpies at Blackburn on Saturday, combining rugged defence with genuine enterprise.

Enrique will head for Birmingham with his reputation growing by the week, and while Pardew knows the strength of squad the reigning World and European champions can boast means he faces a fight to gain recognition at senior international level, he believes he can force his way into consideration.

Pardew said: "Possibly that would be a fitting tribute for him, to get into that squad. It's a tough squad and an outstanding team, but he is showing the sort of form that could get him into that squad, no problem.

"There aren't too many who can hold a candle to him at the moment, the form he is in. If you were the opposition, you would have to start worrying about him defensively because he keeps coming at you.

"Let alone the other assets we have in the team offensively, you have to look after our left-back because he will raid and raid all day. He has been terrific for us."

Andy Carroll's departure, coupled with Shola Ameobi's fractured cheekbone - he will fly to America on Thursday to be fitted for a protective mask - have left Pardew with limited attacking options, but he is confident there are still goals in his team.

He said: "The side is in good spirits, a strong team. We have a midfield that could grace and side in the Premier League, I feel, and they create enough chances for us to score goals, so I think we will be okay."

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

Formation: 442Manager: Alan Pardew

Newcastle

  • Ben Foster
  • Stephen Carr
  • Roger Johnson
  • Martin Jiranek
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Barry Ferguson
  • Craig Gardner
  • David Bentley
  • Obafemi Martins
  • Nikola Zigic
  • SUBS
  • Colin Doyle
  • David Murphy
  • Lee Bowyer
  • Kevin Phillips
  • Cameron Jerome
  • Keith Fahey
  • Jean Beausejour

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Match Report

Away-day joy for Magpies Newcastle registered their first victory of the post-Andy Carroll era as goals from Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best ensured a comfortable 2-0 success against Birmingham at St Andrew's. Lovenkrands opened the scoring after four minutes and then Best struck early in the second period to wrap up the points for the Magpies. Birmingham enjoyed a fair share of possession but lacked a cutting edge as they suffered their first defeat in six games. Newcastle had picked up only two points from three games since Carroll's #35 million departure to Liverpool on the final day of the January transfer window. But they looked the more threatening throughout the 90 minutes with Jose Enrique surging forward from left-back to good effect. They were well marshalled in midfield from skipper Kevin Nolan and were a constant threat on the counter-attack. Nikola Zigic, who had scored in the previous three games, posed the biggest threat for the home side. Newcastle got off to a dream start in the rainswept conditions with Lovenkrands putting them ahead after only two minutes. Enrique's original cross was cleared after he had skipped past Sebastian Larsson but Jonas Gutierrez pounced on the loose ball and delivered a testing low centre to the near post. Lovenkrands was first to react and he slid in front of Roger Johnson and drilled his shot past Ben Foster. It was his fourth goal of the campaign. Blues looked shaky and more good play by Enrique found skipper Nolan inside the box but he did not extend Foster. Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins showed good skill to get past Mike Williamson but Steve Harper was alert to the situation. Birmingham were now in the ascendancy possession-wise and Johnson headed just wide from Larsson's free-kick Then Harper did well to turn aside Zigic's shot on the turn from inside the box after good play by Barry Ferguson. Nolan became the first player to be yellow carded for bringing down Bentley in full flight after 36 minutes. Midfielder Craig Gardner came close to equalising five minutes before the interval. The midfielder hammered a 20-yard drive just wide after being teed up by Larsson who cut into the box before pulling the ball back. Newcastle doubled their lead four minutes into the second half through Best's fifth goal of the campaign as Birmingham were again caught cold. Gutierrez delivered a left-wing cross to the far post and Best got above the normally-dependable Johnson to head home. Barton was yellow-carded for a challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Larsson made a crucial challenge to deny Best a second goal after good play by Cheik Tiote Magpies boss Alan Pardew brought on Nile Ranger for the limping Lovenkrands after 65 minutes. Johnson was well wide with an acrobatic effort while at the other end Foster gathered a rising drive from Tiote. Zigic had a great chance to reduce the arrears but headed over from Ridgewell's pinpoint cross when unmarked. Johnson forced Harper to save his low header from Bentley's centre and substitute Kevin Phillips miskicked inside the box when well placed. But Birmingham seldom threatened to salvage anything tangible from the game.

Form Guide

    WDLDWW
  • Birmingham
  • VS
  • Newcastle
  • WDDLDD

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 17/03/2008
  • Newcastle
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 08/12/2007
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 29/04/2006
  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 05/11/2005
  • Newcastle
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 01/01/2005
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 2
  • Newcastle
  • 03/10/2004

Top Scorers

Birmingham

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

Newcastle

  • K Nolan 9
  • L Best 4
  • S Ameobi 3
  • F Coloccini 2
  • P Lovenkrands 2
  • J Barton 2
  • JM Gutierrez 1
  • H Ben Arfa 1
  • CI Tiote 1

Goals

Birmingham

    • Total goals 58
    • Goals per game 25
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 10 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Newcastle

    • Total goals 73
    • Goals per game 40
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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