skip to content
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Nikola Zigic. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Nikola Zigic scores a headed goal from close range. Birmingham 1-0 Stoke.David Bentley takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Cameron Jerome provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Cameron Jerome. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Nikola Zigic, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Glenn Whelan. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
Glenn Whelan takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
John Carew is adjudged to have handled the ball. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Carr, save by Asmir Begovic.
Shot from long range by Ricardo Fuller misses to the right of the goal.
Ricardo Fuller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenwyne Jones.
Roger Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Glenn Whelan on for Jermaine Pennant.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Cameron Jerome misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Stephen Carr. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Cameron Jerome on for Obafemi Martins.
Foul by Robert Huth on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
The referee books Martin Jiranek for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Jiranek on Kenwyne Jones. Free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line to the near post.
David Bentley handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Marc Wilson, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
John Carew takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Martin Jiranek. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Jiranek on John Carew. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson. Shot by Jermaine Pennant from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Marc Wilson takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the target.
David Bentley takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Huth gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Effort on goal by Robert Huth from just inside the area clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Effort on goal by Kenwyne Jones from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Liam Ridgewell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.
Effort from the edge of the area by John Carew goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, save by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is crossed by John Carew.
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen Carr. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
Shot from outside the box by Sebastian Larsson misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Obafemi Martins. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Roger Johnson fouled by John Carew, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Dean Whitehead.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Kenwyne Jones. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
Unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell. Outswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
Foul by Kenwyne Jones on Martin Jiranek, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
David Bentley sends in a cross, clearance by Rory Delap. Obafemi Martins challenges Rory Delap unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Obafemi Martins by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Shawcross challenges David Bentley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Bentley.
Long range shot by David Bentley goes wide right of the goal.
Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Obafemi Martins. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Liam Ridgewell, clearance made by Robert Huth.
Shot by Kenwyne Jones. Save by Ben Foster.
Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Robert Huth has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
Centre by Jermaine Pennant, blocked by Liam Ridgewell.
Shot on goal by Rory Delap from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant has an effort direct from the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in. Jermaine Pennant decides to take the corner short.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Craig Gardner. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Marc Wilson results in a free kick. David Bentley restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Nikola Zigic for handball. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Carr, save by Asmir Begovic.
Kenwyne Jones sends in a cross.
Barry Ferguson delivers the ball.
The referee gives a free kick against Dean Whitehead for handball. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Sebastian Larsson fouled by Danny Pugh, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on Dean Whitehead. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Danny Pugh produces a cross, John Carew produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh. Jermaine Pennant takes the direct free kick.
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by David Bentley. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing, Ben Foster makes a save.
Centre by Jonathan Walters. Centre by Jermaine Pennant, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
David Bentley produces a cross, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Robert Huth.
David Bentley produces a cross, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance. Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
The ball is delivered by Marc Wilson, save made by Ben Foster.
Barry Ferguson fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, Header from deep inside the area by Nikola Zigic goes over the bar.
John Carew sends in a cross, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on John Carew by Roger Johnson results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Martins cleared for action
Birmingham newcomer Obafemi Martins is included in the squad for the first time for Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke after the Nigerian obtained a visa this week.
Blues boss Alex McLeish has to decide whether to start Martins or put him on the substitutes' bench, with the former Newcastle forward having not played competitively for two months.
McLeish has a full squad to choose from with the exception of long-term injury victims James McFadden and Scott Dann. Goalkeeper Ben Foster has recovered from the thumb injury which prevented him being involved in England's midweek friendly in Denmark.
McLeish insists the forthcoming Carling Cup final will not distract Birmingham from their battle to secure Barclays Premier League survival.
Blues face three successive home league games which will be vital to their hopes of moving clear of the bottom three.
They then entertain Newcastle on Tuesday before facing West Brom at St Andrew's.
City were given a reminder of the Carling final with Arsenal on February 27 this week with a photo-shoot and advance media requirements.
But McLeish is adamant the focus of his players will remain firmly on the games immediately on the horizon.
He said: "We've had to do some things in advance for the Carling Cup final, the match programme, pictures, things like that.
"It is a wee reminder of how well we've done in getting to the final.
"But it is firmly at the back of the players heads in terms of the big day itself.
"That will take care of itself. We have to get back to the bread and butter of the Barclays Premier League first.
"We've had a good three or four weeks but there is no respite and we've got to keep going and the players have got to keep challenging themselves.
"The mental toughness they have shown over the last couple of weeks has been fantastic and they have got to build on that."
McLeish is challenging his players to achieve back to back league wins for the first time in over a year after last weekend's vital victory at West Ham.
He said: "That is the next challenge for us. We've got home games coming up, again no easy games. We know what it is like.
"We've seen Wolves beat Manchester United and people think, because you're in the bottom half of the table, you should be a walkover. It is just not the case.
"How many points do I want from these three games? I'd like to get them all. We know how difficult that will be.
"It's a huge challenge to us and the other teams will want to have something to say about that.
"If we show the kind of commitment we have shown in recent weeks in those games, whatever the results, you can't fault the players.
"You could drop points. We know that. But I think if we are comfortable and relaxed with that in our heads, we can hopefully play enough good football to steer us to the victories."
Stoke's Mamady Sidibe suffered another injury setback ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League game against Birmingham and looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
Sidibe has been missing for five and a half months but scored for the reserves against Burton before injuring his Achilles in training yesterday.
Ricardo Fuller is back after compassionate leave and will be battling for a place in attack alongside Kenwyne Jones, Jon Walters and John Carew.
Zigic hands Potters the Blues
Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic scored an injury-time winner to see off Stoke 1-0 at St. Andrew's.
The Serbian international headed home a cross from substitute Cameron Jerome for his third goal in three games.
It was no more than Birmingham deserved after dominating possession and it eased their relegation fears.
Blues manager Alex McLeish would have been happy with debutant Obafemi Martins' first game for two months.
The former Newcastle player showed good movement and some neat touches although he had few sights at goal.
But Stoke were as resolute as ever in combating the threat of Martins and Zigic until his late decider.
Birmingham, who achieved back-to-back league wins for the first time in 14 months, were the first to threaten.
Sebastian Larsson sent over a testing centre from the right and Zigic powered his header over the bar.
Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic was called into action for the first time in blocking a header from Liam Ridgewell after Barry Ferguson had headed a cleared free-kick from Larsson back into the box.
Blues keeper Ben Foster, who had recovered from the thumb injury which ruled him out of England's friendly with Denmark, went down to cling onto a deflected drive from Jon Walters.
Stoke enjoyed a spell of possession and John Carew had a shot blocked by Ridgewell inside the box.
Jermaine Pennant, who had a spell on loan at Birmingham earlier in his career, curled a free-kick only a couple of feet past the post after being brought down by Larsson.
Begovic needed two attempts to hold onto a dipping drive from Craig Gardner although Martins was better placed ahead of him inside the box.
Kenwyne Jones took advantage of a mistake by David Bentley and Foster went down at the foot of the post to save.
Begovic was relieved to see a attempt from Bentley curl just wide after he had cut inside.
Birmingham started the second half on the offensive and a 50-yard crossfield ball from Gardner was controlled by Larsson who cut inside before sending a dipping drive just wide.
But at the other end Carew was only just off target with an angled effort.
Blues had a strong appeal for a penalty rejected when Robert Huth appeared to block a fierce drive from Bentley with his hand.
Huth then went down clutching his face even though replays showed the ball had struck his hand.
Birmingham defender Martin Jiranek became the first player to be yellow carded for bringing down Jones.
McLeish brought on Cameron Jerome for Martins with 15 minutes remaining and Tony Pulis replaced Pennant and Jones with Glenn Whelan and Ricardo Fuller.
Jerome teed up Roger Johnson but he dragged his shot wide as Birmingham searched for the winner.
Then in injury-time Zigic headed the winner from close range from a Jerome centre after Begovic had parried Bentley's drive.
"Will David Moyes be able to turn it around at Ma..."
© 2004 - 2013 football.co.uk