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  • Date:04 May 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Bloomfield Road
  • Attendance:13,832
  • Curtis Davies - og (44)
Goal!

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90:19 +0.19

Marlon King produces a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box and hits the post.

88:18

Marlon King is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

81:28

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

79:42

Kevin Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

78:15

Thomas Ince is ruled offside. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.

77:06

Curtis Davies fouled by Kevin Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.

76:24

The official flags Kevin Phillips offside. Indirect free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

75:36

Chris Burke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian Evatt restarts play with the free kick.

74:27

Foul by Thomas Ince on Jordon Mutch, free kick awarded. Gary Taylor-Fletcher leaves the field to be replaced by Nouha Dicko. Stephen Dobbie goes off and Kevin Phillips comes on. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

73:49

Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

73:19

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

73:04

Jonathan Spector on for Nathan Redmond.

72:22

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

71:18

The ball is sent over by Neal Eardley, Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

68:44

Thomas Ince fouled by Guirane N'Daw, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Crainey has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

68:03

A cross is delivered by Neal Eardley, Pablo Ibanez makes a clearance.

67:45

Nathan Redmond challenges Alex Baptiste unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

64:34

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance. Shot from just outside the box by Chris Burke goes over the target.

64:20

David Murphy sends in a cross, Wade Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.

63:42

The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott.

62:14

Shot from deep inside the area by Stephen Dobbie clears the crossbar.

61:10

The official flags Marlon King offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

59:21

Volleyed right-footed shot by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Colin Doyle makes a save.

58:46

The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips, Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Ramage.

58:28

The ball is sent over by Barry Ferguson, clearance by David Murphy.

57:17

Unfair challenge on Martinez Angel by Guirane N'Daw results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

54:03

Effort by Matt Phillips from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

51:19

The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips, clearance by Curtis Davies.

46:15

Chris Burke sends in a cross, save made by Matthew Gilks.

46:06 +1.06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martinez Angel on Wade Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

45:43

Barry Ferguson challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Ramage.

45:35 +0.35

The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.

45:12 +0.12

Inswinging corner taken by Wade Elliott from the left by-line, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

44:26

Curtis Davies puts the ball into his own net. Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Thomas Ince.

43:41

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

39:28

Shot on goal by Marlon King from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

38:57

Centre by Matt Phillips, Pablo Ibanez makes a clearance.

37:53

Barry Ferguson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

37:25

The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, Pablo Ibanez manages to make a clearance.

33:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Ferguson on Chris Burke. Peter Ramage takes the direct free kick.

31:52

Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Ince from the right by-line.

31:41

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.

28:44

Foul by Marlon King on Alex Baptiste, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

24:32

Shot from deep inside the area by Martinez Angel clears the crossbar.

24:14

Corner taken by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

24:09

The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, David Murphy gets a block in.

23:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

22:37

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

21:52

Marlon King is caught offside. Ian Evatt takes the indirect free kick.

19:29

Shot from outside the box by Matt Phillips misses to the left of the target.

19:06

Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, Pablo Ibanez makes a clearance.

18:13

Guirane N'Daw has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.

17:22

Chris Burke takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

16:59

The ball is crossed by Stephen Dobbie, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Ian Evatt misses to the right of the target.

16:29

Matt Phillips decides to take a short corner.

16:22

The ball is crossed by Stephen Dobbie, Curtis Davies gets a block in.

14:55

Centre by Chris Burke, Shot on goal by Nathan Redmond from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

13:49

Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:40

The ball is sent over by David Murphy, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

13:03

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Colin Doyle makes a save.

12:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

9:23

Neal Eardley produces a cross, Ian Evatt takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

8:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Jordon Mutch. Shot on goal comes in from Stephen Dobbie from the free kick.

7:39

Centre by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Pablo Ibanez.

6:27

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke.

5:45

Corner taken by Wade Elliott, Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Stephen Crainey gets a block in.

5:29

Chris Burke produces a cross, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.

4:22

Thomas Ince is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

3:52

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

1:45

Guirane N'Daw concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

0:14

Stephen Dobbie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Holloway ready to enjoy play-offs Ian Holloway claims he could not have envisaged Blackpool being involved in the promotion shake-up following a chaotic pre-season at Bloomfield Road. The Seasiders host Birmingham in the first leg of their npower Championship play-off semi-final on Friday night, chasing an instant return to the Barclays Premier League. Such a scenario seemed unlikely as Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan led an exodus from Holloway's playing squad last summer and those that remained were riven by disputes over a reduction in wages on the back of relegation. "The energy around the place was hideous," Holloway said. "We won the first two games after a terrible pre-season - absolutely awful results. "I think we got beaten twice, didn't really play very well and everybody was moaning and arguing about their money because it went back down. "Luckily the chairman agreed to move nearly all of them back up because of the arguments that I was having with him and the club secretary. He didn't have to but he did it. I felt that settled things down." On-loan West Brom striker Roman Bednar could return to Blackpool's. Bednar has not featured for Ian Holloway's side since sustaining a knee injury during March's 3-3 draw with Leicester, moments after opening his account for the club. However, the 29-year-old played for the reserves against Manchester United on Tuesday night to put himself in contention to face Chris Hughton's men. Craig Cathcart will miss the match and continues to be assessed after suffering heart palpitations, but the former Manchester United centre-back is Holloway's only absentee. Marlon King insists the pressure is not on Birmingham. King, with 18 goals to his name, has spearheaded a City campaign which, it is fair to say, was relatively low on expectations last summer when the striker arrived on a free transfer from Coventry. An overhaul of the club's squad following relegation from the Barclays Premier League, a change in management, well-documented cash-flow problems and a gruelling Europa League campaign left supporters hoping for, rather than expecting, an immediate return to England's top flight. Sixty games later and Birmingham head to Blackpool having finished a commendable fourth in the table. King said: "My feeling is, being brutally honest, if we didn't have Europe and the other cup games I think we would have finished automatic (in the top two). But we've got a job to do and it's Blackpool. It's going to be a tough two games and then we'll take it from there." He continued: "If we considered (missing out on automatic qualification) a disappointment then I don't think we'd be at this stage discussing play-offs. If we dwelled on `what could have been' then I don't think we would have been able to have got to this stage of finishing fourth - strongly. We haven't lost in our last nine games, five draws and four wins is very, very strong by anybody's record. "And I don't think anybody in the play-offs would want to play us. I don't think the pressure is on Birmingham City, I think it's on other teams. Blackpool will want to get back to where they came from, West Ham have spent a lot of money and Cardiff have been in and around it. We're just a relaxed bunch and we've got a very calm and cool manager and staff, and we've got very passionate fans and people around the club." Nikola Zigic will be fit for Blues. The Serbian striker was forced off after just 19 minutes of the 2-0 win over Reading on the final day of the regular season having taken a knock to his ankle but has recovered. Guirane N'Daw made his return from a hamstring injury in the impressive victory and has suffered no ill-effects, while fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch (ankle) has benefited from being rested for the encounter and is okay. Right-back Jonathan Spector (thigh) was set to make his return to training on Wednesday and will be assessed ahead of the encounter, although fellow full-back Stephen Carr (knee) and midfielder Keith Fahey (groin) are a bit further away in their recoveries. Centre-back Steven Caldwell (groin) and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill (thumb) have been ruled out.

Formation:433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

Formation: 4411Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

  • Matthew Gilks
  • Neal Eardley
  • Alex Baptiste
  • Ian Evatt
  • Stephen Crainey
  • Barry Ferguson
  • Martinez Angel
  • Stephen Dobbie
  • Matt Phillips
  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher
  • Thomas Ince
  • SUBS
  • Mark Halstead
  • Keith Southern
  • Kevin Phillips
  • Nouha Dicko
  • Robert Harris

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