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Nikola Zigic celebrates scoring against Ipswich

Zigic winner heaps pressure on Jewell

Nikola Zigic scored in injury time to give Birmingham a dramatic late victory over struggling Ipswich.

The towering striker latched on to Curtis Davies's flick-on and finished well to give the Blues the points with his second goal of the game.

Zigic had put the home side ahead early on with a header straight from a David Murphy long throw.

Lee Martin's 20-yard strike soon after the opener looked to have given Ipswich a draw until Zigic's late intervention.

This ensured that Birmingham capitalised on one of the two games they had in hand over their play-off rivals. Chris Hughton's side are now ninth in the table, two points behind fifth-placed Reading.

Ipswich's defeat, though, was their 11th in 14 matches and leaves them 20th in the division, just three points above the relegation zone.

Travelling to St Andrews, where Birmingham are unbeaten this season, was always going to be a tough challenge for Town, but they gave as good as they got.

In the first half, Boaz Myhill had to palm away Grant Leadbitter's stinging set-piece from the left channel after debutant Town keeper Alex McCarthy got down comfortably to another flicked Zigic header from a Murphy free-kick at the other end.

After the break, Jason Scotland saw an effort deflected wide for Town, while Jonathan Spector failed to find the well-placed Marlon King 12 yards out.

Ipswich could have snatched a potential late winner themselves, but their appeals for a penalty were waved away after Steven Caldwell's tackle on Martin in the box.

However, Zigic had the final word, settling the game in Birmingham's favour in the 91st minute.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 2-1 Ipswich FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Zigic 9
  • Zigic 90+1
  • Martin 18

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill (Doyle 46)
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Beausejour (Redmond 73)
  • 14 Gomis (Mutch 82)
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King
  • 19 Zigic

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle,
  • 06 Ridgewell,
  • 12 Mutch,
  • 22 Redmond,
  • 17 Rooney

Ipswich

  • 32 McCarthy
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 20 Smith
  • 31 Sonko
  • 06 Leadbitter yellow card
  • 07 Edwards
  • 09 Emmanuel-Thomas (Ellington 74)
  • 11 Martin
  • 17 Drury
  • 14 Scotland (Chopra 79)
  • 27 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett,
  • 22 Carson,
  • 29 Ainsley,
  • 10 Chopra,
  • 18 Ellington
Ref: LewisAtt: 16,528
BIRMINGHAM
IPSWICH

Possession

  • Birmingham 50%
  • Ipswich 50%

Attempts on target

  • Birmingham 5
  • Ipswich 7

Attempts off target

  • Birmingham 3
  • Ipswich 1

Corners

  • Birmingham 5
  • Ipswich 5

Fouls

  • Birmingham 6
  • Ipswich 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:31 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:26 Ibrahima Sonko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:04 Jonathan Spector is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Edwards.
  • Correction - 90:00+0:33 GOAL - Nikola ZigicBirmingham 2 - 1 Ipswich Nikola Zigic grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-1 Ipswich.
  • 90:00+0:33 Curtis Davies provided the assist for the goal.
  • 90:00+0:33 GOAL - Nikola ZigicBirmingham 2 - 1 Ipswich Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 2-1 Ipswich.
  • 89:38 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Burke, Ibrahima Sonko makes a clearance.
  • 88:39 Chris Burke crosses the ball.
  • 87:37 Chris Burke produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 85:19 The referee blows for offside. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 84:12 The official flags Nathan Ellington offside. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.
  • 83:15 Booking Grant Leadbitter is given a yellow card.
  • 83:06 Curtis Davies fouled by Michael Chopra, the ref awards a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.
  • 81:20 Substitution Jordon Mutch replaces Morgaro Gomis.
  • 80:57 Daryl Murphy crosses the ball, Carlos Edwards produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
  • 79:27 Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Keith Fahey takes the free kick.
  • 77:24 Substitution Michael Chopra replaces Jason Scotland.
  • 77:24 Chris Burke fouled by Jason Scotland, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
  • 73:59 Centre by Jason Scotland, clearance by Jonathan Spector. Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies. Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line, clearance made by Curtis Davies.
  • 73:19 Substitution Nathan Ellington joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 72:55 Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Nathan Redmond coming on for Jean Beausejour.
  • 72:12 The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, Effort from inside the box by Marlon King hits the post.
  • 71:53 Chris Burke produces a cross, Ibrahima Sonko makes a clearance.
  • 71:01 The ball is swung over by Andy Drury, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.
  • 69:17 Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.
  • 68:56 Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Grant Leadbitter results in a free kick. Keith Fahey takes the free kick.
  • 68:17 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Andy Drury results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
  • 67:18 Lee Martin takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in. Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line, clearance by Morgaro Gomis.
  • 63:37 Jonathan Spector produces a cross, save made by Alex McCarthy.
  • 62:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Carlos Edwards. Alex McCarthy takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:08 Marlon King delivers the ball.
  • 60:55 The ball is crossed by Jonathan Spector.
  • 58:40 Aaron Cresswell sends in a cross, clearance made by Curtis Davies.
  • 54:56 Lee Martin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
  • 54:30 The ball is swung over by Lee Martin, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 53:18 The ball is sent over by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
  • 52:49 A cross is delivered by Jonathan Spector.
  • 51:58 The offside flag is raised against Lee Martin. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.
  • 51:44 Carlos Edwards produces a cross.
  • 49:41 The ball is swung over by Carlos Edwards, save by Colin Doyle.
  • 49:08 Corner taken by Chris Burke played to the near post, Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.
  • 48:04 The ball is swung over by Grant Leadbitter, clearance by David Murphy.
  • 47:40 Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter, Jean Beausejour makes a clearance.
  • 47:24 Jason Scotland takes a shot. Steven Caldwell gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Colin Doyle on for Boaz Myhill.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:58 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:30 The ball is crossed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, David Murphy makes a clearance.
  • 42:43 Foul by Lee Martin on David Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 40:33 Corner taken by Chris Burke, Grant Leadbitter manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:08 Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.
  • 38:05 Andy Drury takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 37:59 Carlos Edwards crosses the ball, clearance made by Jonathan Spector.
  • 36:13 The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour, Aaron Cresswell makes a clearance.
  • 34:42 Centre by David Murphy, Carlos Edwards gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Burke.
  • 33:21 Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 32:11 Unfair challenge on Lee Martin by Jonathan Spector results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Grant Leadbitter from the free kick, Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 31:03 Jean Beausejour challenges Ibrahima Sonko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Edwards takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:41 Grant Leadbitter takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.
  • 29:22 The ball is delivered by Carlos Edwards, blocked by Steven Caldwell.
  • 28:23 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.
  • 27:43 The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, Ibrahima Sonko manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:49 The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 25:28 Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 24:45 Lee Martin challenges David Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Burke restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:37 The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour, Carlos Edwards makes a clearance.
  • 23:40 Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.
  • 22:24 Jason Scotland challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 21:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Andy Drury. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
  • 20:46 Foul by Grant Leadbitter on Keith Fahey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
  • 19:24 The referee blows for offside against Jason Scotland. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 17:29 GOAL - Lee MartinBirmingham 1 - 1 Ipswich Goal scored by Lee Martin from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Ipswich.
  • 16:59 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 14:22 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke played to the near post, Header from close in by Nikola Zigic misses to the left of the target.
  • 14:16 The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, Carlos Edwards makes a clearance.
  • 13:57 The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell, clearance made by Morgaro Gomis.
  • 13:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Carlos Edwards. Free kick taken by Carlos Edwards.
  • 12:14 Jonathan Spector crosses the ball, Ibrahima Sonko makes a clearance.
  • 9:39 Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:08 Assist on the goal came from David Murphy.
  • 8:08 GOAL - Nikola ZigicBirmingham 1 - 0 Ipswich Nikola Zigic scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 1-0 Ipswich.
  • 7:06 The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.
  • 5:52 Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caldwell.
  • 5:00 Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Daryl Murphy. Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Championship results

11 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Southampton 25 19 47
2 West Ham 25 17 47
3 Cardiff 25 14 45
4 Middlesbrough 25 7 45
5 Reading 25 7 39
6 Hull 25 1 39
7 Blackpool 25 8 38
8 Leeds 25 3 38
9 Birmingham 24 7 37
10 Derby 25 -3 37
11 Burnley 25 4 36
12 Crystal Palace 25 0 36
13 Leicester 25 5 35
14 Brighton 25 -2 35
15 Peterborough 25 3 33
16 Barnsley 25 -3 33
17 Portsmouth 24 2 31
18 Watford 25 -7 30
19 Bristol City 25 -11 27
20 Ipswich 25 -14 27
21 Millwall 25 -4 26
22 Nott'm Forest 25 -18 24
23 Doncaster 25 -21 22
24 Coventry 25 -14 19

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