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  • Date:22 May 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:36,119
Birmingham are relegated
  • Pavlyuchenko (48) Pavlyuchenko (90)
  • Gardner (78)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:45 +1.45

Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, Roger Johnson has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the goal.

91:11 +1.11

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross, Aaron Lennon makes a clearance.

90:38 +0.38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

89:10

Niko Kranjcar has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

87:01

Aaron Lennon fouled by Liam Ridgewell, the ref awards a free kick. Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.

85:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Liam Ridgewell. Free kick crossed right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from right wing, clearance by Barry Ferguson.

85:35

Matt Derbyshire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ledley King. Direct free kick taken by Ledley King.

85:24

Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

85:09

Matt Derbyshire receives a caution.

83:38

Raniere Sandro produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

82:34

Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Keith Fahey results in a free kick. Niko Kranjcar replaces Tom Huddlestone. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

80:10

Danny Rose challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner.

78:13

A goal is scored by Craig Gardner from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Birmingham.

77:42

Corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line, clearance by Younes Kaboul.

77:12

Foul by Raniere Sandro on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

75:28

Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Danny Rose takes the free kick.

75:07

The referee blows for offside against Roger Johnson. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

74:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Pavlyuchenko on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

74:02

Matt Derbyshire replaces Sebastian Larsson.

73:49

Effort from the edge of the area by Keith Fahey goes wide of the left-hand post.

73:21

Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Roman Pavlyuchenko makes a clearance.

72:45

Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

71:36

Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

71:09

Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

68:18

Jean Beausejour is ruled offside. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.

67:18

Cameron Jerome delivers the ball, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

63:23

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Dawson.

62:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Raniere Sandro makes a clearance.

61:50

Foul by Raniere Sandro on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Ledley King.

60:58

Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

60:06

Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.

57:20

The official flags Luka Modric offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

56:27

Effort from outside the penalty box by Roman Pavlyuchenko goes wide right of the target.

56:10

Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.

53:45

Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

53:28

Corner taken by Aaron Lennon.

53:16

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.

50:30

Booking for Liam Ridgewell for unsporting behaviour.

50:11

Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.

48:42

Goal scored by Roman Pavlyuchenko from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Birmingham.Danny Rose provided the assist for the goal.

48:02

The ball is swung over by Raniere Sandro, save by Ben Foster.

47:33

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.

47:16

Luka Modric fouled by Stephen Carr, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

46:17 +1.17

Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

45:43

Keith Fahey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

43:57

Foul by Barry Ferguson on Younes Kaboul, free kick awarded. Booking for Barry Ferguson. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

42:56

Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.

41:21

Danny Rose produces a cross, clearance made by Craig Gardner.

38:55

Roman Pavlyuchenko on for Peter Crouch.

37:59

The ball is swung over by Tom Huddlestone, clearance by Stephen Carr.

35:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Luka Modric, Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.

35:32

Luka Modric takes a short corner.

34:30

Danny Rose takes a shot. Blocked by Jean Beausejour.

31:44

The ball is sent over by Danny Rose, Barry Ferguson manages to make a clearance.

29:59

Sebastian Larsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.

28:27

Tom Huddlestone handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

25:53

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

25:40

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.

20:04

Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

18:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Danny Rose. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.

18:12

Peter Crouch challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

15:32

Handball decision goes against Jermain Defoe. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

13:54

Headed effort from inside the area by Raniere Sandro misses to the right of the target.

13:29

Corner taken by Luka Modric played to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson.

13:15

Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

12:59

Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.

10:59

Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.

9:50

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric, Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Keith Fahey gets a block in.

9:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Ledley King. Free kick taken by Ledley King.

8:17

Luka Modric decides to take the corner short.

7:39

The ball is crossed by Danny Rose, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.

1:49

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line.

Match Preview

Redknapp mulling over Woodgate future Jonathan Woodgate could play his last match of a troubled spell at Tottenham on Sunday, with manager Harry Redknapp admitting that he is no closer to deciding whether to offer the injury-plagued defender a new contract when his current one expires this summer. Woodgate signed in an #8million deal from Middlesbrough in 2008 and was a regular in Redknapp's line-up before he was hit by a serious groin injury that kept him out of action for 15 months. The defender, who has been capped eight times by England, expressed his joy at returning against AC Milan in February, but his comeback was shortlived after it emerged that he had suffered an adductor muscle injury in the same match. The former Real Madrid man has been dogged by injuries throughout his career but he is now back in full training and could feature in Spurs' last match of the season against Birmingham on Sunday. Redknapp would be reluctant to let go of a man he considers as one of the most talented defenders in the league, but he admits his injury-prone career makes it difficult to justify offering him a new deal. "It's a difficult one with Woody. His contract is up and he hasn't played for two years," Redknapp said. "If we don't keep him then he is worth a gamble for someone on a pay-as-you-play deal because if you can get him fit you will have one of the best centre-halves anywhere. "If I wasn't at Tottenham I would take a gamble on him. He could be a fantastic signing because he is training this morning (Friday) and he feels fit for the first time in two years." Lifelong Birmingham fan Craig Gardner admits he would willingly swap his Carling Cup winners medal for Barclays Premier League safety. Gardner is facing "the biggest game" of his career when he returns from suspension for the Spurs clash. Blues are only above the bottom three on goal difference from Blackpool and Wigan, who visit Manchester United and Stoke respectively. Nine-goal leading scorer Gardner told Press Association Sport: "It's a massive game. Everyone wants to play in the Premier League. "The Carling Cup win was fantastic and it's something we will never forget. To lift a trophy for the fans and the club after so long was fantastic. "But this game is our career, it's bigger than the cup final and we need to go out there and give it every single ounce for this club. "On a personal level this has been my first full season at Premier League level and it's been a great season for me. "But I'd give up every single goal now just to stay in the league. In fact, I'd give my winners medal back to stay in the league. "If we end up in the Championship next season, it's a failed season for me. "We owe it the fans, we owe it the gaffer (Alex McLeish). everyone owes it each other to go out there and put a performance on." Gardner believes a lengthy injury list has taken its toll on City but is confident they can obtain a positive result at White Hart Lane. He said: "To be honest, the injuries and suspensions have hit us hard in the last few weeks and I think we shouldn't be in this position. "But look at West Ham, they've got a great team and they've already been relegated. It just shows you how good this Premier League is at the minute. "It has been so tight all season and in the last few weeks we've been sucked into it. "But we're good enough to get a result on Sunday. We are not going to roll over. "Everyone has got the same attitude and we are going to go there on Sunday and give it every last little bit." Defender Liam Ridgewell will also be available after suspension and McLeish is optimistic striker Cameron Jerome will have recovered from his ankle injury. But doubts persist over the fitness of Lee Bowyer (hamstring) and Martin Jiranek (ankle) and they will have late tests.

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 451Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Younes Kaboul
  • Michael Dawson
  • Ledley King
  • Danny Rose
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Tom Huddlestone
  • Raniere Sandro
  • Luka Modric
  • Peter Crouch
  • Jermain Defoe
  • SUBS
  • Heurelho Gomes
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Wilson Palacios
  • Niko Kranjcar
  • Vedran Corluka
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto

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Match Report

Blues relegated again Birmingham were relegated from the Barclays Premier League after a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Blues looked set to maintain their Barclays Premier League status when lifelong Birmingham fan Craig Gardner equalised Roman Pavlyuchenko's opener with a sublime strike in the 79th minute. But Wolves' second goal of their 3-2 defeat at Blackburn meant Birmingham needed to win to survive and as they surged forward in injury time, Pavlyuchenko raced up the other end and fired a 20-yard shot past Foster that went in off the bar to seal the midlanders' relegation. The result, and Liverpool's defeat at Aston Villa, means that Spurs will join Birmingham in the Europa League. Questions will now be asked of Birmingham manager Alex McLeish's future after his team's form suffered a dramatic slump that started after February's Carling Cup final win over Arsenal. Owner Carson Yeung, who will make the decision of whether to dispense with the Scot or not, watched on as his side were made to endure a nervy opening 45 minutes amid a tense atmosphere in north London. Blues had the first chance of the game through Keith Fahey, who fired into Carlo Cudicini's arms, but otherwise the visitors were on the back foot throughout the half. Barry Ferguson appeared to use his arm inside his own box but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on before Ben Foster saved well to keep Sandro out with two efforts in quick succession. Peter Crouch then fired just wide from 18 yards before he just failed to get on the end of Danny Rose's whipped cross. The away fans cheered loudly twice as news filtered through that fellow relegation candidates Blackpool and Wolves had gone behind and Yeung afforded a mild grin from the directors' box. His team still had a big task on their hands as Spurs pushed for the opener. Aaron Lennon skipped into the box after playing a brilliant one-two with Younes Kaboul but Curtis Davies kept his cool to tackle the England winger inside the box. Crouch clashed heads with Davies as he went up for a challenge, the ball dropped to Defoe and he drew another save out of Foster. In a rare Birmingham attack, Liam Ridgewell forced Kaboul off the ball and delivered a low cross that Cudicini gathered at the second attempt. Crouch, clearly affected by his clash with Davies, came off for Pavlyuchenko in the 39th minute as Spurs looked to grab an opener just before the break, but it did not come despite Kaboul's fierce shot from 20 yards. Birmingham fans' spirits were high at the start of the second half as their team looked on course to stay up but they soon had their heads in their hands when Pavlyuchenko opened the scoring with a superb 25-yard curler. The Russian picked the ball off Danny Rose, took a touch and whipped a brilliant shot that beat Foster at his far post. Ridgewell's studs sunk into Sandro's calf and he earned a booking as Yeung cut an unimpressed figure in the stands. Spurs looked for a second and they almost got it when Jermain Defoe raced past three Birmingham defenders before Davies blocked his shot with a brave header. Tottenham were playing some excellent football, with Modric, Lennon and Sandro all showing off their skills to demonstrate the gulf in class between the two sides. Gardner wrestled the lively Rose to the ground to earn a booking as the travelling fans looked on miserably. Blackpool's second goal at Old Trafford put Birmingham second bottom, destined for the drop, but McLeish's side were failing to test Cudicini. The Scot barked orders from the sidelines knowing an equaliser would keep his team up at that point and they responded by surging forward before Roger Johnson headed a brilliant opportunity wide. Dawson cleared a Jerome cross from five yards before the England defender denied Keith Fahey with a good challenge inside the box moments later. Lennon skinned Johnson before delivering a cross to Tom Huddlestone, who half-volleyed wide as the game entered a nail-biting final quarter. McLeish, who cut an anxious figure on the touchline, brought on Matt Derbyshire for Sebastian Larsson with 16 minutes left. The Birmingham manager and their travelling fans were sent into ecstasy with 12 minutes left when a Jean Beausejour corner found its way to Craig Gardner and he smashed a strike through a crowded penalty area past Cudicini. The midfielder raced over to celebrate in front of the delirious away support but Wolves' second goal at Molineux meant that Blues dropped into the bottom three on goals scored. The news filtered through to McLeish who urged his players on to score a winner they needed to stay up. Three minutes of injury time were added and Foster came forward for a corner, but the cross sailed through the box and Spurs survived. Pavlyuchenko raced up the other end and with 15 seconds of play and his strike flew in off the bar, sealing Birmingham's demise.

Form Guide

    DDLDLW
  • Tottenham
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • WLLDLL

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 04/12/2010
  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 30/01/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 29/08/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 4 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 01/03/2008
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 3
  • Birmingham
  • 02/12/2007
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 18/03/2006

Top Scorers

Tottenham

  • R Van der Vaart 9
  • R Pavlyuchenko 7
  • G Bale 7
  • J Defoe 4
  • P Crouch 4
  • A Lennon 3
  • N Kranjcar 2
  • T Huddlestone 2
  • A Hutton 2
  • L Modric 2
  • M Dawson 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • S Bassong 1
  • RG Sandro 1

Birmingham

  • C Gardner 6
  • N Zigic 5
  • L Bowyer 4
  • L Ridgewell 4
  • S Larsson 3
  • C Jerome 3
  • R Johnson 2
  • JA Beausejour 2
  • S Dann 2
  • K Phillips 1
  • K Fahey 1
  • A Hleb 1

Goals

Tottenham

    • Total goals 98
    • Goals per game 53
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 81
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 12 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 11 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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