Blackpool were never able to respond after Liam Ridgewell's first-half opener
By John Oakley
Birmingham earned their first Premier League victory since August after outclassing Blackpool at St Andrew's.
Liam Ridgewell gave the hosts the lead just before the break, nodding home from two yards after Nikola Zigic's header came back off the crossbar.
Star midfielder Charlie Adam then gave the ball away in his own six-yard box and allowed Zigic to double the lead.
Blackpool were enterprising but lacked a cutting edge as the home side closed out a comfortable win.
The Seasiders went into the match with the best away record in the Premier League and must have had hopes of further success on the road with Birmingham struggling to repeat the form which saw them go unbeaten for so long last season.
Holloway outwitted by wily old McLeish
But the resilience and belief that inspired Ian Holloway's side to wins at Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool never really materialised at a soggy St Andrew's.
Fahey fizzed a shot just past the post moments later, but Blackpool responded and Marlon Harewood should have done better with a tame effort straight at Ben Foster.
Garry O'Connor - back in the Birmingham side after a loan spell at Barnsley - then dawdled on the ball when clean through and allowed Craig Cathcart to slide in and clear the danger.
A sliding Gary Taylor-Fletcher then evoked memories of Paul Gascoigne against Germany in Euro '96 by just failing to connect with a Stephen Crainey cross at the other end.
But it was the hosts who continued to look the most likely, and their pressure paid off just before the break.
A teasing corner from Larsson led to a Zigic header which cannoned off the bar, but straight to Ridgewell and the left-back was in an ideal position two yards out to nod home.
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Blackpool needed to hit back straight after the break but Adam's blunder left them with a mountain to climb.
Again a Larsson corner caused all sorts of confusion but with a Ridgewell pull-back begging to be cleared, the Scot took an ill-advised touch in his own six-yard box and allowed Zigic to stab home a second.
After such an impressive start to the season, it was a highly uncharacteristic mistake from the otherwise excellent Blackpool captain and to make matters worse, the Scot was forced off shortly after with a bad gash sustained in the same incident.
Birmingham never really looked in trouble after moving two ahead, with Larsson a constant danger from dead ball opportunities and right-back Stephen Carr a bundle of energy down the right flank, despite his advancing years.
To their enormous credit, Blackpool remained positive and industrious to the last kick, with David Vaughan producing their best effort in the final minute when he forced Foster into a full-stretch save.
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