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Effort on goal by Matt Derbyshire from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Keith Fahey on Lee Cattermole, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jordan Henderson.
Matt Derbyshire comes on in place of Cameron Jerome.
Foul by Asamoah Gyan on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by Keith Fahey.
Asamoah Gyan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Foul by Phillip Bardsley on Alexander Hleb, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, Effort on goal by Ryan Noble from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal. Jack Colback leaves the field to be replaced by Steed Malbranque.
Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Asamoah Gyan goes wide right of the goal.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Sebastian Larsson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Danny Welbeck goes off and Ryan Noble comes on.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Alexander Hleb is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Lee Cattermole. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Craig Gardner fires in a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Sunderland.Assist by Alexander Hleb.
Asamoah Gyan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, save by Simon Mignolet.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
Foul by Michael Turner on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner. Alexander Hleb is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Phillips.
The ball is sent over by Phillip Bardsley, save by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Phillips on Michael Turner. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Michael Turner takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Outswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Phillip Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Asamoah Gyan from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Barry Ferguson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Kevin Phillips. Nedum Onuoha restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Jordan Henderson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Stephane Sessegnon crosses the ball, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Close range header by Roger Johnson goes over the bar.
A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson.
A cross is delivered by Asamoah Gyan, Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Shot from just outside the box by Danny Welbeck misses to the right of the goal.
Effort on goal by Craig Gardner from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Turner.
Shot from 18 yards by Asamoah Gyan. Save made by Ben Foster. Outswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Header from deep inside the area by Nedum Onuoha goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley, Stuart Parnaby manages to make a clearance.
A goal is scored by Sebastian Larsson from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Cameron Jerome.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
Nedum Onuoha fouled by Kevin Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Asamoah Gyan, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jordan Henderson, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.
Phillip Bardsley produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.
Inswinging corner from left by-line crossed in by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Craig Gardner. Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jack Colback takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
Stephane Sessegnon delivers the ball, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Phillip Bardsley. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson, clearance made by Roger Johnson. Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Parnaby. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr.
Danny Welbeck concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley. Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Asamoah Gyan.
The ball is delivered by Nedum Onuoha.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
The referee blows for offside. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, Ahmed Elmohamady manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, Header from close range by Roger Johnson misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Phillips, Ahmed Elmohamady makes a clearance.
The official flags Kevin Phillips offside. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Phillips wants to stay Premier
Birmingham's veteran striker Kevin Phillips wants another season of top flight football after believing he has proved he can still play at that level.
Phillips, 37, will face his former club Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League relegation clash at St Andrew's.
He has vowed not to celebrate should he score and plunge the Black Cats closer to the relegation zone after a disastrous run of one point from eight games.
But Phillips' current over-riding emotion is of joy after being brought back to the forefront of Blues boss Alex McLeish's plans at the business end of the season.
He has started the last two matches against Bolton - when he scored in a 2-1 win - and Blackburn from which City have picked up four points to ease their fears of going down.
Phillips said: "My legs haven't gone, believe you me, and it's nice to have the confidence from the manager of being picked.
"I think the most important thing from my point of view is can I still play at this level because you do start questioning things.
"I think I've proved to myself and a lot of people that I can certainly still play at this level and it's an immense enjoyment.
"It's given me that appetite again and makes me want to play for a lot longer, definitely .
"I've questioned my ability, or my ability to put the ball in the back of the net.
"But I've been quite proud of myself in the last two weeks that I've lasted 90 minutes and I've actually felt stronger as the games have gone on."
Phillips added: "You have to ask the manager whether I play every game from now until the end of the season or 50 or 60% of them.
"But I certainly feel that I can still put the ball in the back of the net and if we create chances I can certainly put them in.
"But it's not all about me. As a team we've got an extremely tough job to do but one that we believe we can see through."
Phillips believes Sunderland have the right combination in his former strike partner and current chairman, Niall Quinn, and manager Steve Bruce to steer them out of trouble.
He said: "I think Niall would be great to work with. Everyone you speak to up there adores him. He's a gentle person but when he needs to crack the whip he'll crack the whip.
"It's pretty obvious they're having a tough time at the moment but I believe they've got the right person in charge to see them through it.
"I'd rather be in their position at the moment, three points better off than we are.
"I certainly believe they'll be okay because they've got the players and the staff there and certainly the manager to get them through this difficult period."
Bruce is convinced he remains the best man for the job as he prepares to launch another rebuilding mission.
The 50-year-old found himself in the firing line last Saturday as a home defeat by West Brom left them perched precariously just above the developing scrap for top-flight safety.
It was all in stark contrast to the prevailing emotions on Wearside just a few months ago when Sunderland were contesting a top-six spot and dreaming of a first ever qualification for Europe via the league.
Bruce said: "I knew coming here, that was part of the territory, and that just shows you how quickly it changes.
"Eight games ago, I was the best thing since sliced bread - in some people's eyes - and within eight games, now all of a sudden people want me out.
"I can understand where they are coming from - I can't quite believe it, but there you go.
"There will be certain people who didn't want me here in the first place, and I can understand that as well, but that's football.
"All I can say to them is I will work as best as I possibly can to turn it around.
"It is what it is, managing in the north-east. But I still don't regret it, I am still confident I am the right person for the job.
"But make no mistake, it's difficult. I could have quite easily stayed at Wigan, where Roberto Martinez, for example, has been in the bottom three all season and not a hint of 'Get him out'.
"That's the way it is."
Centurion Larsson gives Blues a lift
Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson netted on his 100th Barclays Premier League appearance Blues eased their relegation fears with a 2-0 win that dragged Sunderland into the survival dogfight.
Larsson broke the deadlock shortly before half-time and then leading scorer Craig Gardner's ninth goal of the campaign wrapped up victory.
The result means City have leapfrogged over the Black Cats and increased the pressure on manager Steve Bruce, who spent six years in charge at St. Andrew's.
Larsson may be out of contract in the summer but he produced a committed and inspirational performance and left the pitch to a standing ovation with three minutes remaining.
Injury-decimated Sunderland have now managed to collect only one point from the last nine games.
There was a lack of belief about the visitors' performance after such a woeful run, while Birmingham started brightly and Cameron Jerome came close to putting them ahead after two minutes.
The former England Under-21 striker outstripped Michael Turner in running onto a through-ball from Stuart Parnaby.
But, after cutting into the area, his low shot was blocked by the feet of Simon Mignolet.
Blues midfielder Craig Gardner was first to react to the rebound but his shot was charged down.
Roger Johnson got on the end of an inswinging Sebastian Larsson corner but directed his far-post header just wide.
But a mistake by Barry Ferguson almost proved costly for City. He was dispossessed by Lee Cattermole, whose shot was blocked by Ben Foster after he had raced off his line. The ball broke into the path of Sessegnon 12 yards out and his low shot was cleared off the line by Johnson.
Danny Welbeck had his first sight of goal after 26 minutes but Gardner made a brave block as he prepared to shoot.
Bardsley tried his luck from 25 yards out and his dipping effort was only a couple of yards wide, although Foster had it covered.
But after 41 minutes Larsson took advantage of a defensive mix-up to give City the lead on his 100th Premier League appearance.
A long clearance from Foster was flicked on by Jerome and Larsson took advantage of a mix-up between Bardsley and Mignolet to score his third goal of the campaign.
Sunderland tried to retaliate and Foster did well to turn a curling drive from Gyan around the post.
Birmingham started the second half brightly and Johnson headed over from a Larsson corner.
But Sunderland came within inches of equalising after the best move of the game to date.
Some fine interplay ended with Gyan teeing up the chance for Henderson, whose shot flashed past the post with Foster beaten.
There was a new purpose about the Black Cats' play and Foster turned aside a skidding low shot from Cattermole.
Welbeck then had a close-range header deflected over the bar from a Henderson corner.
McLeish made his first change after 62 minutes with Alexander Hleb replacing Phillips - and the new man made an immediate impact by creating a second goal for Gardner after 66 minutes.
The former Arsenal player held the ball up before picking out the unmarked Gardner, whose swerving shot contained too much power for Mignolet and flew into the corner of the net.
Gyan volleyed wide from 20 yards out as Sunderland tried to claw their way back into the game.
Sunderland made their first change, with Welbeck replaced by Ryan Noble.
The Black Cats then brought on Steed Malbranque for Jack Colback but they seldom threatened to score even a consolation goal.
Birmingham were content to wind down the clock, which they achieved with ease.
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