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Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool

Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway and captain Barry Ferguson were sent off as Birmingham cruised to victory.

Centre-back Curtis Davies headed a dominant City in front in first-half stoppage time before Marlon King raced clear after the break to make it 2-0.

Former Blues player Ferguson was sent off on his return to St Andrew's as he appeared to elbow Guirane N'Daw with Holloway dismissed for his reaction.

Nathan Redmond added a late third from the edge of the penalty area.

Whatever Holloway's anger at Ferguson's dismissal, he could have no complaints about the overall result as his side suffered only their second defeat in 10 games.

Birmingham - the only side unbeaten at home in the Championship - were worthy winners.

And the hosts were on the front foot from the start, although King sent the only chance of the opening stages wide after 12 minutes. The striker was then inches away from connecting with Jean Beausejour's cross.

Blackpool goalkeeper Mark Howard also produced a superb double save to deny first Davies and then Nikola Zigic.

Davies eventually put his team ahead on the brink of half-time as he connected with Chris Burke's corner to send a header past Howard. Burke was again the provider after half-time as King was sent through to double the lead.

The game's flashpoint arrived in the 55th minute with the dismissals of Ferguson and Holloway and from then on it was one-way traffic, Redmond deservedly making it three a minute from the end of normal time.

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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Davies 45+1
  • King 52
  • Redmond 89

    Birmingham

    • 01 Myhill
    • 03 Murphy
    • 04 Caldwell
    • 23 Spector
    • 24 Davies
    • 07 Burke (Redmond 77)
    • 08 N'daw
    • 11 Beausejour
    • 18 Fahey
    • 09 King yellow card (Wood 82)
    • 19 Zigic (Mutch 79)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Doyle,
    • 06 Ridgewell,
    • 12 Mutch,
    • 22 Redmond,
    • 39 Wood

    Blackpool

    • 29 Howard
    • 03 Crainey
    • 06 Evatt
    • 15 Baptiste
    • 20 Cathcart
    • 08 Grandin (Basham 61)
    • 14 Sylvestre
    • 16 Ferguson red card
    • 23 M Phillips
    • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (K Phillips 71)
    • 39 McManaman (Ince 61)

    Substitutes

    • 05 Eardley,
    • 17 Basham,
    • 07 Clarke,
    • 09 K Phillips,
    • 36 Ince
    Ref: PawsonAtt: 19,995
    BIRMINGHAM
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Birmingham 52%
    • Blackpool 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Birmingham 10
    • Blackpool 2

    Attempts off target

    • Birmingham 7
    • Blackpool 2

    Corners

    • Birmingham 9
    • Blackpool 1

    Fouls

    • Birmingham 5
    • Blackpool 8
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:04 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Chris Basham. Ludovic Sylvestre restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:59 Chris Wood is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
    • 88:48 Assist on the goal came from Chris Wood.
    • 88:48 GOAL - Nathan RedmondBirmingham 3 - 0 Blackpool Nathan Redmond gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool.
    • 87:04 Keith Fahey produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 83:49 The ball is crossed by Alex Baptiste, Chris Basham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Boaz Myhill. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 82:48 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.
    • 81:59 Substitution Chris Wood replaces Marlon King.
    • 81:11 Inswinging corner taken by Nathan Redmond from the left by-line, clearance by Ian Evatt.
    • 80:23 The ball is delivered by Nathan Redmond. The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour.
    • 79:30 Jordon Mutch takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
    • 79:18 Nathan Redmond crosses the ball, Mark Howard makes a save.
    • 79:10 The ball is delivered by Jordon Mutch, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
    • 78:22 Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Jordon Mutch coming on for Nikola Zigic.
    • 78:22 Guirane N'Daw fouled by Ludovic Sylvestre, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
    • 77:32 Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Save made by Mark Howard.
    • 76:01 Substitution Nathan Redmond is brought on as a substitute for Chris Burke.
    • 75:08 Corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the left by-line, Guirane N'Daw manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:32 Marlon King has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
    • 73:21 Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, clearance by Ian Evatt.
    • 72:42 Ian Evatt takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
    • 71:35 Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.
    • 70:46 Substitution Kevin Phillips on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 69:44 Unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Matt Phillips results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 69:04 The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.
    • 67:05 David Murphy challenges Thomas Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
    • 65:44 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke.
    • 64:56 Stephen Crainey handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed by David Murphy, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
    • 64:37 The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, clearance made by Mark Howard.
    • 63:26 Gary Taylor-Fletcher is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
    • 62:51 Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.
    • 60:02 Substitution Callum McManaman goes off and Thomas Ince comes on.
    • 60:02 Substitution Elliot Grandin goes off and Chris Basham comes on.
    • 60:02 Corner taken by Chris Burke, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:35 Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line to the near post, David Murphy has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal. Save made by Mark Howard.
    • Correction - 54:35 Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw. Curtis Davies restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 54:35 Sent off Barry Ferguson is shown a red card.
    • 54:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw by Barry Ferguson. Curtis Davies takes the free kick.
    • 54:35 Sent off The referee shows Barry Ferguson a red card.
    • 51:56 Chris Burke provided the assist for the goal.
    • 51:56 GOAL - Marlon KingBirmingham 2 - 0 Blackpool Marlon King finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool.
    • 49:47 Centre by Chris Burke, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
    • 49:00 Foul by Callum McManaman on David Murphy, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
    • 47:55 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line.
    • 46:07 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:14 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:42 Assist on the goal came from Chris Burke.
    • 45:00+0:42 GOAL - Curtis DaviesBirmingham 1 - 0 Blackpool Curtis Davies grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Birmingham 1-0 Blackpool.
    • 44:03 Shot from deep inside the area by Elliot Grandin clears the crossbar. Jonathan Spector crosses the ball, Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke,
    • 43:06 Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 42:17 Ian Evatt is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 42:17 The referee blows for offside against Ian Evatt. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 41:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Caldwell on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
    • 40:28 Corner from left by-line taken by Chris Burke.
    • 38:16 Mark Howard takes the free kick.
    • 38:16 Booking Marlon King receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 37:49 Marlon King concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Evatt.
    • 36:52 Chris Burke takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Phillips manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:30 The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Barry Ferguson.
    • 35:54 Marlon King takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
    • 35:41 Jean Beausejour sends in a cross, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:01 Ian Evatt challenges Marlon King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
    • 31:11 Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 29:41 David Murphy crosses the ball, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
    • 27:06 Stephen Crainey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. David Murphy takes the free kick, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Mark Howard.
    • 26:26 Jean Beausejour sends in a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
    • 24:20 Barry Ferguson has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the target.
    • 21:55 Chris Burke takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Matt Phillips manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:55 Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Howard takes the free kick.
    • 17:09 Guirane N'Daw takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Howard.
    • 14:58 Foul by Keith Fahey on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded. Elliot Grandin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by David Murphy.
    • 13:34 The ball is crossed by Ludovic Sylvestre.
    • 12:19 The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by David Murphy.
    • 11:23 Centre by Jean Beausejour, Close range shot by Marlon King misses to the left of the target.
    • 6:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Ian Evatt. David Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 3:42 Chris Burke sends in a cross. A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Barry Ferguson.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 31 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Southampton 24 22 47
    2 Middlesbrough 24 10 45
    3 West Ham 24 16 44
    4 Cardiff 24 12 42
    5 Reading 24 9 39
    6 Hull 24 2 39
    7 Burnley 24 5 36
    8 Crystal Palace 24 1 36
    9 Blackpool 24 5 35
    10 Leeds 24 2 35
    11 Derby 24 -4 34
    12 Birmingham 22 6 33
    13 Barnsley 24 -1 33
    14 Leicester 24 4 32
    15 Peterborough 24 3 32
    16 Brighton 24 -5 32
    17 Watford 24 -5 30
    18 Portsmouth 23 0 28
    19 Ipswich 23 -11 27
    20 Millwall 24 -3 26
    21 Bristol City 24 -12 24
    22 Nott'm Forest 24 -20 21
    23 Coventry 24 -13 19
    24 Doncaster 24 -23 19

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