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  • Date:26 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Bloomfield Road
  • Attendance:13,436
  • Crainey (30)
    Eardley (56)
  • King (28) Zigic (86)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94:29 +4.29

Jonjo Shelvey delivers the ball.

94:21 +4.21

Neal Eardley crosses the ball, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

93:14 +3.14

Foul by Jonathan Spector on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. The referee books Jonathan Spector for unsporting behaviour. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

92:22 +2.22

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke to the near post, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.

90:18 +0.18

The referee blows for offside against Callum McManaman. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

90:02 +0.02

Neal Eardley takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.

89:50

Callum McManaman produces a cross.

88:44

Chris Wood on for Wade Elliott.

87:19

A cross is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

86:05

Jonathan Spector crosses the ball, Nikola Zigic gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-2 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Jonathan Spector.

85:18

The ball is swung over by Keith Fahey, Close range header by Nikola Zigic misses to the right of the goal.

84:58

Corner taken by Wade Elliott from the right by-line.

83:33

The ball is crossed by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance by Jonathan Spector.

82:52

The official flags Martinez Angel offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

81:52

A cross is delivered by Steven Caldwell, Foul by Nikola Zigic on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

80:06

Callum McManaman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lomana Tresor LuaLua. Matt Phillips goes off and Thomas Ince comes on.

79:20

The ball is sent over by Curtis Davies, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

78:26

Ian Evatt challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

77:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martinez Angel by Wade Elliott. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the direct free kick.

75:49

The referee blows for offside. Martinez Angel comes on in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

75:26

The ball is crossed by Wade Elliott, save by Matthew Gilks.

74:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

70:02

Nikola Zigic comes on in place of Jean Beausejour.

65:06

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Jonjo Shelvey misses to the left of the target.

63:08

Corner taken by Wade Elliott from the right by-line to the near post, David Murphy has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

62:50

Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

60:46

Neal Eardley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Wade Elliott, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

59:11

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Matt Phillips misses to the left of the goal.

58:46

Ludovic Sylvestre takes the outswinging corner, Keith Fahey makes a clearance.

56:36

Neal Eardley gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-1 Birmingham.

56:23

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.

54:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lomana Tresor LuaLua. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

53:01

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

51:36

A cross is delivered by David Murphy, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

49:56

Foul by Jonathan Spector on Lomana Tresor LuaLua, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

46:42

Shot by Matt Phillips from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

45:59

Shot from just outside the box by Keith Fahey misses to the right of the goal.

45:14 +0.14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by David Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

41:07

Corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott from the right by-line, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

40:59

Chris Burke produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.

39:35

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

38:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

36:50

A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips.

35:46

Effort from deep inside the area by Barry Ferguson misses to the right of the goal.

34:27

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ludovic Sylvestre.

32:07

The ball is sent over by Wade Elliott, Close range headed effort by Marlon King misses to the right of the target.

30:43

A goal is scored by Stephen Crainey from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Birmingham.Assist by Lomana Tresor LuaLua.

29:29

Lomana Tresor LuaLua has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

28:05

Marlon King finds the net with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Wade Elliott.

27:00

The offside flag is raised against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Curtis Davies takes the indirect free kick.

22:53

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke.

22:16

Jean Beausejour is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

20:36

The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley.

18:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

18:03

David Murphy is caught offside. Neal Eardley takes the indirect free kick.

17:22

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Wade Elliott, clearance by Jonjo Shelvey.

16:59

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Marlon King takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

16:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Jonjo Shelvey. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.

11:48

Matt Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by David Murphy.

11:08

Stephen Carr is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

9:26

Close range shot by Matt Phillips goes wide of the left-hand post.

9:03

Neal Eardley crosses the ball, clearance by Stephen Carr.

7:57

Corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the left by-line, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.

7:47

A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips, clearance made by Stephen Carr.

6:36

Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

6:12

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line.

5:53

Wade Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.

4:30

Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Keith Fahey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neal Eardley from left wing.

3:53

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

2:46

Jonjo Shelvey has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

1:12

Lomana Tresor LuaLua is ruled offside. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

LuaLua lined up for Blackpool return Lomana LuaLua is ready to return to Blackpool's attack when Ian Holloway's men take on Birmingham. LuaLua has impressed since joining the Seasiders following his release by Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia. However, he was a surprise exclusion from the matchday 16 for last weekend's trip to Middlesbrough and Holloway later revealed the former Newcastle forward had been dropped as punishment for missing a team meeting. The Tangerines boss this week stated the incident is fully resolved and LuaLua will join top scorer Kevin Phillips and a fit-again Gary Taylor-Fletcher in battling for a place up-front. Holloway has no new injury worries as his side look to extend a run of three games unbeaten in the npower Championship. Jonjo Shelvey is Blackpool's form player with five goals in his last four outings. Birmingham`s Liam Ridgewell and Morgaro Gomis will be assessed ahead of the trip. Left-back Ridgewell has missed the club's last two matches, including Tuesday's 2-1 win against Burnley, with a thigh injury and his progress will be monitored as eighth face seventh at Bloomfield Road. However, should Ridgewell prove his fitness, Blues manager Chris Hughton may prefer to continue with David Murphy following his impressive performances having come back into the side. Midfielder Gomis has returned to training and faces a late fitness test after spending over a month out with a calf injury. Jordon Mutch is also nearing a return from a broken ankle but is not quite ready. Hughton made just the one change in midweek, Nikola Zigic coming in up front for Chris Wood, and he is again expected to chop and change as he continues to juggle the demands of City's hectic season.

Formation:433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

Formation: 4411Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

  • Matthew Gilks
  • Neal Eardley
  • Ian Evatt
  • Alex Baptiste
  • Stephen Crainey
  • Ludovic Sylvestre
  • Barry Ferguson
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher
  • Lomana Tresor LuaLua
  • Matt Phillips
  • SUBS
  • Mark Howard
  • Chris Basham
  • Martinez Angel
  • Thomas Ince
  • Callum McManaman

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Match Report

Zigic rescues point for Blues Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic came off the bench to rescue a late point as Blues claimed a 2-2 draw at Blackpool in the npower Championship. Blues took a 29th-minute lead as Marlon King notched his fifth goal of the season before Stephen Crainey levelled for the home side and his fellow full-back Neal Eardley produced a magnificent drive shortly before the hour to put the Seasiders in front. But Zigic claimed an 87th-minute leveller a few moments after he had headed a golden chance past the post at Bloomfield Road. The point edges Blackpool into the play-off places at the expense of Hull on goal difference, with their opponents a point further back Lomana LuaLua had been a surprise omission from Blackpool's matchday 16 for the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough after missing a team meeting. He returned to Ian Holloway's side in attack alongside winger Matt Phillips, making a first start since his loan spell at Sheffield United, while Eardley came into the Seasiders defence in place of the injured Craig Cathcart, with Alex Baptiste reverting to centre-back. Birmingham boss Chris Hughton made one change from the side that beat Burnley in midweek, as Wade Elliott replaced Zigic. And the game's first chance fell Elliott's way after Chris Burke sprung the Blackpool offside trap to collect King's pass. His cross found Elliott, whose shot from inside the area was deflected to safety. Phillips responded for the hosts, firing narrowly wide at the end of a probing run. Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks displayed inspired form at the Riverside Stadium last week and he produced another magnificent stop to tip King's header from Burke's 17th minute cross over the bar. However King won the next duel between the two when he was played in by Elliott and slotted Blues into a 29th minute lead. Blackpool's response was instantaneous. LuaLua's pass found Crainey marauding in the Birmingham area and the Scotland international was able to prod past Boaz Myhill. King then headed another Burke centre into the side netting and Crainey's countryman Barry Ferguson could have sent Holloway's men in ahead at the break when he fired wide from 12 yards. The Seasiders started the second period in the ascendancy with Phillips slicing wide following Gary Taylor-Fletcher's knockdown. In the 57th minute, Blackpool took the lead in spectacular fashion, as LuaLua squared and right-back Eardley claimed his first goal for a year by sending an unstoppable 25-yard drive swerving into the top corner. Phillips' enterprising wing play was keeping Birmingham on the back foot, but when Blues attacked Burke's trickery was to the fore and the 27-year-old drew another superb fingertip save from Gilks. Zigic was introduced in the 71st minute in place of the largely anonymous Jean Beausejour, and his first significant contribution was a horrible miss, nodding wide from point-blank range after getting on the end of Keith Fahey's cross. But Blackpool did not heed the warning and the big Serbian was on hand to steer Jonathan Spector's centre beyond Gilks with three minutes remaining.

Form Guide

    WLLWWD
  • Blackpool
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • WWDLDW

Last Meetings

  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 24/01/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 20/09/2008
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 04/04/1972
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 25/09/1971
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 3
  • Blackpool
  • 26/12/1969
  • Blackpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 23/08/1969

Top Scorers

Blackpool

  • K Phillips 7
  • J Shelvey 5
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 4
  • L LuaLua 2
  • D Bogdanovic 2
  • T Ince 2
  • B Ferguson 1
  • B Ormerod 1
  • K Southern 1
  • A Baptiste 1
  • L Sylvestre 1

Birmingham

  • C Wood 8
  • C Burke 5
  • M King 1
  • K Fahey 1
  • N Zigic 1
  • C Davies 1
  • JA Beausejour 1
  • A Rooney 1

Goals

Blackpool

    • Total goals 49
    • Goals per game 28
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 21
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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