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Birmingham   0 - 0   Wigan

Franco Di Santo lies injured on the left of picture as Craig Gardner is shown the red card
Gardner was shown a straight red after scything down Di Santo

By James Standley

Birmingham City extended the longest unbeaten home record in the top flight to one day short of a year as they fought out a goalless draw with Wigan.

Wigan's Hugo Rodallega and City's Roger Johnson were booked after a flare-up before Johnson and Cameron Jerome came close to giving the hosts the lead.

Jerome was denied by Ali Al Habsi in the best chance of the second half.

Birmingham's Craig Gardner was sent off for going over the top as he tried to tackle Franco Di Santo late on.

There was plenty of endeavour but little cutting edge from either side at St Andrew's, although Wigan will be delighted with a point that lifts them out of the bottom three.

Unbeaten home record delights McLeish

And despite the result meaning Birmingham equal the club record of 18 successive home games unbeaten, they have now won only two of their last 16 Premier League matches.

The hosts handed Alexander Hleb, on a season-long loan from Barcelona, his home Premier League debut and the Belarus international could have opened the scoring inside two minutes.

However, Hleb, who scored his first Blues goal against Milton Keynes Dons in the Carling Cup in midweek, dragged his volley wide of the far post.

Wigan soon crafted a chance of their own after the lively Charles N'Zogbia escaped down the left, but from his pull-back Scott Dann flung himself in the way of Rodallega's shot.

It was always likely to be an uncomfortable afternoon for N'Zogbia, who turned down a move to Birmingham just before the transfer window closed at the end of August, and every time the Wigan winger touched the ball he was roundly abused by the home fans.

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Unfortunately for the Blues faithful he was being granted the freedom of the city down the Birmingham right and he twice tried his luck from distance, stinging the hands of goalkeeper Ben Foster with his second effort.

The visitors were looking the more likely scorers but Birmingham began to get a grip midway through the half and Jerome twice tried his luck, to no effect, with headers for the hosts.

As the half wore on the match settled into a stalemate and when Rodallega and Johnson suddenly clashed it came out of the blue.

Colombia international striker Rodallega was the worst offender, appearing to push his face into the Birmingham defender's after the pair squared up following an aerial challenge.

And when referee Mark Clattenburg decided to caution both players, an aggrieved Johnson was none too impressed.

The incident woke the hosts up and they twice went close to breaking the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Martinez happy with battling draw

First a fired-up Johnson looped a header just past the post, before Jerome was hauled down by Steve Gohouri just outside the area in the dying seconds of the half.

Wigan keeper Al Habsi spilled Larsson's free-kick at the feet of Jerome but managed to recover in time to prevent the Birmingham striker forcing the ball home.

The second half was initially a livelier affair but once again there was more effort than end product on display.

Maynor Figueroa rifled a shot wide for Wigan before Liam Ridgewell headed wide at the other end, and Foster saved low down after N'Zogbia tried his luck.

The best chance of the half fell to Jerome, who was put through one-on-one with Al Habsi, but the Latics keeper kept his nerve to deny the Birmingham striker.

The hosts brought on Kevin Phillips for Jerome with less than 15 minutes left but it was Wigan who went closest to scoring, Rodallega producing a sweet shot on the turn but finding the alert Foster equal to it.

The home side ended with 10 men after Gardner went over the top as he slid in on Di Santo - who had to be replaced as a result of the challenge - and Clattenburg had no hesitation in showing a straight red card.

Ben Watson forced a low save from Foster with the resulting free-kick, but a draw was a fair result.


Birmingham boss Alex McLeish:
"The unbeaten record is a phenomenal achievement, a great credit to everybody at the club, but the players are the guys who have to go out there and do it and they deserve a pat on the back.

"Wigan were a handful. We probably had the best of the chances but had to be on our toes for their quick movement up front, they gave us some problems but our two centre backs were immense.

"Gardner's studs were a little high and nowadays when your studs show and you make contact it usually results in red card. A couple of years ago maybe it would have been a booking, but I don't think we will be appealing."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez:
"I am satisfied with the result. We knew we had to restrict Birmingham and go with their threat because they have developed a way to win games and at home are very successful.

"Our concentration was there at all times and I felt we had our moments, we had more corners and attempts than the home side which is pleasing - it is a very difficult place to come and I'm very pleased with the performance.

"Gardner really caught Di Santos's leg and it is a worry to see what the extent of the injury is."

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 0-0 Wigan FT
(HT 0-0)

      Birmingham

      Substitutes

      Wigan

      Substitutes

      Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 22,186
      BIRMINGHAM
      WIGAN

      Possession

      • Birmingham 52%
      • Wigan 48%

      Attempts on target

      • Birmingham 4
      • Wigan 10

      Attempts off target

      • Birmingham 6
      • Wigan 7

      Corners

      • Birmingham 4
      • Wigan 7

      Fouls

      • Birmingham 12
      • Wigan 18
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+5:15 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 90:00+5:03 Sebastian Larsson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+3:36 The ball is crossed by Charles N'Zogbia.
      • 90:00+3:07 Sebastian Larsson takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
      • 88:39 Ben Watson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Ben Foster.
      • 88:39 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Victor Moses coming on for Franco Di Santo.
      • 88:39 Sent off Red card for Craig Gardner.
      • 88:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Craig Gardner.
      • 85:01 Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
      • 84:10 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
      • 80:53 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charles N'Zogbia.
      • 80:53 Substitution Ben Watson replaces Mohamed Diame.
      • 80:53 Scott Dann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega.
      • 80:34 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
      • 79:17 Unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Hugo Rodallega has an effort direct from the free kick, Barry Ferguson gets a block in.
      • 78:52 Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Mohamed Diame.
      • 77:20 Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by James McCarthy.
      • 77:20 Substitution Kevin Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Cameron Jerome.
      • 77:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by Mohamed Diame.
      • 76:29 Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
      • 74:00 The assistant referee flags for offside against Sebastian Larsson. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
      • 73:40 Franco Di Santo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 67:42 Free kick crossed left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia, save by Ben Foster.
      • 67:42 Booking Scott Dann receives a yellow card.
      • 67:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Franco Di Santo.
      • 64:43 The official flags Franco Di Santo offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
      • 64:02 Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Hendry Thomas results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
      • 61:54 Cameron Jerome fouled by Steve Gohouri, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
      • 60:24 Direct free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
      • 60:24 Substitution Alexander Hleb goes off and Jean Beausejour comes on.
      • 60:24 Substitution Nikola Zigic is brought on as a substitute for Lee Bowyer.
      • 60:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Steve Gohouri.
      • 59:25 Foul by Emmerson Boyce on Alexander Hleb, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
      • 58:42 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Franco Di Santo coming on for Ronnie Stam.
      • 58:05 Effort on goal by Maynor Figueroa from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
      • 56:43 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
      • 55:57 Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Hendry Thomas manages to make a clearance.
      • 55:46 Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
      • 54:18 Scott Dann fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
      • 52:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Hendry Thomas. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Close range header by Liam Ridgewell misses to the right of the target.
      • 52:01 Maynor Figueroa produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 51:39 Corner taken by Ronnie Stam.
      • 50:32 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ronnie Stam, clearance by Roger Johnson.
      • 50:02 Corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
      • 47:32 Scott Dann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega. Hendry Thomas takes the free kick.
      • 47:21 Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Diame. Hendry Thomas restarts play with the free kick.
      • 47:07 Foul by Ronnie Stam on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
      • 45:50 Effort from inside the area by Charles N'Zogbia misses to the right of the target.
      • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+3:04 It is the end of the first-half.
      • 45:00+2:12 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
      • 45:00+2:12 Booking Steve Gohouri is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
      • 45:00+1:49 Steve Gohouri concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome.
      • 44:49 James McCarthy challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Roger Johnson misses to the right of the target.
      • 43:44 Sebastian Larsson has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 41:32 Ronnie Stam concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Hleb. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.
      • 39:55 Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
      • 39:55 Booking Ronnie Stam is cautioned.
      • 39:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ronnie Stam on Craig Gardner.
      • 38:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bowyer on James McCarthy. Antolin Alcaraz restarts play with the free kick.
      • 37:48 Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
      • 37:36 Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Gohouri.
      • 34:49 Unfair challenge on Antolin Alcaraz by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
      • 34:24 Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 31:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
      • 30:51 Booking Hugo Rodallega goes into the book.
      • 30:37 Booking Roger Johnson booked.
      • 30:21 Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 27:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Ferguson on Charles N'Zogbia. Ronnie Stam takes the free kick.
      • 27:18 Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross.
      • 26:26 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Hugo Rodallega.
      • 25:16 Header from close in by Cameron Jerome misses to the left of the goal.
      • 21:41 The official flags Cameron Jerome offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
      • 21:35 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
      • 20:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Cameron Jerome. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
      • 19:45 Roger Johnson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the indirect free kick.
      • 18:30 Shot from outside the box by Lee Bowyer misses to the left of the goal.
      • 17:19 Foul by Cameron Jerome on Emmerson Boyce, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Emmerson Boyce.
      • 16:35 Ronnie Stam takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.
      • 16:07 Liam Ridgewell crosses the ball, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
      • 14:46 Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Alexander Hleb.
      • 14:10 Corner taken short by Charles N'Zogbia.
      • 13:48 Charles N'Zogbia takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.
      • 13:34 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
      • 11:44 Shot from long range by James McCarthy misses to the right of the target.
      • 11:29 Charles N'Zogbia decides to take the corner short.
      • 11:16 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
      • 10:35 Emmerson Boyce takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
      • Correction - 9:54 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
      • 9:54 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
      • 8:18 Emmerson Boyce crosses the ball.
      • 6:20 Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, save by Ali Al Habsi.
      • 5:05 The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
      • 4:40 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
      • 3:53 The ball is crossed by Stephen Carr, save by Ali Al Habsi.
      • 3:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hendry Thomas on Craig Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Lee Bowyer.
      • 2:26 Shot by Alexander Hleb from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
      • 2:19 The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson.
      • 2:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by James McCarthy. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
      • 1:30 The ball is delivered by Maynor Figueroa, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
      • 0:23 Charles N'Zogbia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Lee Bowyer takes the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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