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  • Date:07 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

The ball is delivered by Dave Kitson, Boaz Myhill makes a comfortable save.

94mins

Effort on goal by Chris Burke from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

93mins

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence.

92mins

Steven Caldwell challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right wing.

92mins

Adam Rooney sends in a cross, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.

90mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick. Dave Kitson on for Kelvin Etuhu.

87mins

David Murphy challenges Kelvin Etuhu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the indirect free kick.

86mins

Goal scored by Nathan Redmond from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Portsmouth.Curtis Davies provided the assist for the goal.

85mins

Jordon Mutch decides to take a short corner.

83mins

Benjani Mwaruwari handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The referee shows Benjani Mwaruwari a yellow card. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

82mins

Shot from just outside the area by Chris Burke goes over the bar.

81mins

Tal Ben-Haim concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordon Mutch. Jordon Mutch crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.

81mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Benjani Mwaruwari. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

80mins

The ball is sent over by Wade Elliott, comfortable save by Stephen Henderson.

80mins

Hayden Mullins fouled by Adam Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.

79mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jordon Mutch strikes the post.

78mins

Greg Halford has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

77mins

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Spector, Stephen Henderson makes a comfortable save.

76mins

Wade Elliott handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Wade Elliott takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright. Benjani Mwaruwari on for Marko Futacs.

74mins

Joel Ward takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Spector.

74mins

Steven Caldwell challenges Marko Futacs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball in from the free kick, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

73mins

Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

73mins

Joel Ward challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan Redmond takes the indirect free kick.

72mins

Close range shot by Curtis Davies misses to the left of the target.

71mins

Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson. Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line.

70mins

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, save by Stephen Henderson.

70mins

Centre by Wade Elliott, clearance made by Ricardo Rocha.

69mins

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Kelvin Etuhu.

68mins

Chris Burke crosses the ball, clearance made by Jason Pearce.

67mins

Keith Fahey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford. Stephen Henderson takes the indirect free kick.

66mins

Marko Futacs is ruled offside. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.

66mins

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke.

64mins

Nathan Redmond crosses the ball.

61mins

Chris Burke delivers the ball, free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Hayden Mullins. Nathan Redmond replaces Marlon King. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

58mins

Kelvin Etuhu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

57mins

The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott, save made by Stephen Henderson.

57mins

Corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.

56mins

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.

55mins

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, save made by Stephen Henderson.

54mins

The ball is sent over by Keith Fahey, clearance by Ricardo Rocha.

Match Preview

Zigic could make Pompey clash Birmingham manager Chris Hughton has confirmed he is "hopeful, but not overly optimistic" that Nikola Zigic will be available for the game against Portsmouth. Striker Zigic sustained a knee injury while scoring his fourth goal of the game against Leeds and subsequently missed the weekend stalemate with Southampton but will undergo a late fitness test. Zigic remains Blues' only injury worry, but Chris Hughton does have some selection headaches as City look to take advantage of their game in hand. Guirane N'Daw played 90 minutes against Saints despite recently returning from the African Nations Cup, so may be rested. He could be replaced by either Nathan Redmond or Wade Elliot in a move which could see Jordon Mutch switched back inside to centre-midfield. Alternatively, Hughton may revert to 4-4-2 and start Adam Rooney, who scored twice in the FA Cup win over Sheffield United. Stephen Carr was an unused substitute against Leeds but he may have to wait to make his first appearance since picking up a knee injury in December. Portsmouth will be without Aaron Mokoena, Luke Varney and David Norris. Defender Mokoena has yet to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered against West Ham three weeks ago and striker Varney remains sidelined with a knee problem which has kept him out since mid-December. Midfielder Norris sits out the final game of a three-match ban after Saturday's clash with Hull was postponed due to the bad weather, although he would have been absent anyway as he is recovering from a hernia op. But centre-half Ricardo Rocha and forward Dave Kitson have shaken off bugs and will be available along with midfielder Joel Ward (toe) and defenders Jason Pearce (buttock) and Tal Ben Haim (hip).

Match Report

Redmond leaves it late for Blues Nathan Redmond enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a superbly-taken late volley which fired Birmingham up to third in the npower Championship after a 1-0 win over Portsmouth. The highly-rated 17-year-old substitute was brought on to bring much-needed life to City's attacking play and he did just that, with his 86th-minute swivelled volley seeing off a Portsmouth side who had appeared set for a battling point. Fellow promising youngster Jordon Mutch had not long gone closest for City with a 25-yard strike which hit the outside of a post, but Blues, who have now found the net 20 times in the final nine minutes of games, produced yet another late show to move within two points of the automatic promotion places. Pompey, fighting for their financial survival having been issued with a winding-up order by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs over an unpaid tax bill, showed plenty of spirit, especially in an evenly-balanced first half which saw Joel Ward bring a super save from Blues goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. Birmingham's last game in hand following their European exertions finally brings them up to speed with the rest of the Championship, this their 41st of the campaign as opposed to Pompey's 30th. Using his programme notes ahead of the encounter, manager Chris Hughton wrote: "After [Tuesday's] game we will see a true reflection of where we stand in terms of the other promotion candidates." Thanks to Redmond's late goal, they are now hot on the heels of Southampton and West Ham. City were unchanged from Saturday's stalemate against Saints while Pompey, with their weekend fixture falling foul of the weather, also retained the same XI who clinched only the club's second away win of the season last time out at Peterborough. It was Hughton's side who started with the greater purpose, Marlon King's pull-back just failing to find a blue shirt before Keith Fahey tested Stephen Henderson from distance. Marko Futacs wasted a great chance to test Myhill when he blazed over from 12 yards out from Kelvin Etuhu's low cross. The encounter fell into a lull through the middle part of the half but Ward went the closest to an opener when he produced the first real save of the game in the 40th minute, Myhill getting down well to his right to parry the midfielder's shot from 10 yards. Portsmouth finished the first half the stronger of the two sides and although City started the second with renewed purpose, they were still struggling to find a way through. Hughton turned to teenage sensation Redmond on the hour in a bid to do just that and he certainly raised the home support on a bitterly cold night. City's best two chances fell on the 70-minute mark. Portsmouth's experienced full-back Tal Ben-Haim played a misplaced back-pass straight into the path of Adam Rooney, who saw his close-range effort smothered by Henderson. Then from the resulting corner, the ball broke kindly for Curtis Davies but the five-goal centre-back could only flick narrowly wide from six yards. Midfielder Mutch then struck the woodwork with a low strike from distance and, as Birmingham turned the screw, Redmond clinched it. Steven Caldwell's diagonal cross was flicked on by Davies and Redmond did the rest to extend Birmingham's unbeaten record on home soil this term and make it 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Form Guide

    DWWWWD
  • Birmingham
  • VS
  • Portsmouth
  • LDWLLW

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Portsmouth
  • 07/04/2002
  • Portsmouth
  • 1 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 30/10/2001
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 16/04/2001
  • Portsmouth
  • 1 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 28/10/2000
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 07/03/2000
  • Portsmouth
  • 2 - 2
  • Birmingham
  • 06/11/1999

Top Scorers

Birmingham

  • N Zigic 8
  • M King 7
  • C Burke 7
  • C Davies 5
  • A Rooney 2
  • N Redmond 2
  • K Fahey 1
  • D Murphy 1

Portsmouth

  • D Norris 5
  • L Varney 5
  • E Huseklepp 5
  • D Kitson 3
  • M Futacs 3
  • J Pearce 2
  • J Ward 2
  • N Kanu 1
  • H Mullins 1
  • B Mwaruwari 1
  • G Halford 1

Goals

Birmingham

    • Total goals 73
    • Goals per game 46
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 17 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Portsmouth

    • Total goals 59
    • Goals per game 32
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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