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Birmingham   1 - 1   Tottenham

Sebastien Bassong celebrates his goal
Bassong (fourth from left) was quickest to the ball for the goal

By Saj Chowdhury

Craig Gardner's second-half header salvaged a point for Birmingham against Tottenham at St Andrew's.

Sebastien Bassong gave Spurs the lead when he lashed in from five yards after goalkeeper Ben Foster had punched away Gareth Bale's free-kick.

Gardner equalised with 10 minutes remaining when Scott Dann's punt was headed across the area by Nikola Zigic and met by the midfielder.

The draw keeps Spurs in fifth while Birmingham remain in 14th.

But it could have been so much better for Harry Redknapp's travelling side who looked comfortable for the win following their first-half display.

606: DEBATE

Tottenham had a couple of half-chances in the opening moments of the match. First, striker Peter Crouch chested down Aaron Lennon's cross before forcing Foster to push behind his low shot for a corner, even though it appeared to be going wide.

Then Jermain Defoe, starting in place of the injured Rafael van der Vaart, had his goalbound strike from 12 yards brilliantly blocked by Dann.

McLeish delight with Birmingham fight-back

The Blues defender was quick to the ball on that occasion but it was Spurs blocker Bassong who was fastest a few moments later when he pounced on the loose ball from Foster's punched clearance and smashed his effort high into the Birmingham goal.

The closest Birmingham came to a goal in the first 45 minutes was when Roger Johnson headed a left-wing corner three yards wide and Gardner drove a 20-yard angled shot comfortably wide of Heurelho Gomes' right-hand post.

Alex McLeish's side had as many chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half, when Gomes had to be alert to fist away Gardner's in-swinging free-kick before he was in the right place at the right time to save a Gardner header from eight yards.

Redknapp disappointed after first-half dominance

The former Villa man was the catalyst of the majority of Birmingham's good play and he supplied the ball for Cameron Jerome in the area which ended with William Gallas having to make a brave block on the forward's shot.

With 10 minutes remaining it seemed that Gardner's industry would go unrewarded, but that was until Dann fired in a hopeful ball upfield which was met by Zigic and then brilliantly headed into the Spurs net by the jubilant midfielder.


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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Gardner 81
  • Bassong 19

Birmingham

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 25,770
BIRMINGHAM
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Birmingham 47%
  • Tottenham 53%

Attempts on target

  • Birmingham 5
  • Tottenham 5

Attempts off target

  • Birmingham 8
  • Tottenham 5

Corners

  • Birmingham 6
  • Tottenham 11

Fouls

  • Birmingham 14
  • Tottenham 7
  • Final Result
  • 94:13 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:19 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross.
  • 90:00+3:08 The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon.
  • 90:00+2:47 Craig Gardner handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 89:32 Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 88:54 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton.
  • 88:24 The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr, clearance made by Wilson Palacios.
  • 88:18 The ball is swung over by Stephen Carr.
  • 86:57 A cross is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 86:06 William Gallas is penalised for a handball. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:16 Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick crossed by Luka Modric, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.
  • 84:07 Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 83:56 The ball is swung over by Wilson Palacios, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:17 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
  • 82:11 Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 80:35 The assist for the goal came from Nikola Zigic.
  • 80:35 GOAL - Craig GardnerBirmingham 1 - 1 Tottenham Craig Gardner finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 79:55 Substitution Jean Beausejour goes off and David Murphy comes on.
  • 78:28 Liam Ridgewell takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 77:53 Foul by Peter Crouch on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 77:53 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on in place of Jermain Defoe.
  • 77:13 Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.
  • 76:28 Effort on goal by Cameron Jerome from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 75:49 Jean Beausejour produces a cross, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 74:32 Drilled right-footed shot by Sebastian Larsson. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 73:58 Effort from the edge of the area by Jermain Defoe goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 73:06 Aaron Lennon is penalised for a handball. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:46 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, save made by Ben Foster.
  • 70:58 Substitution Sebastian Larsson is brought on as a substitute for Lee Bowyer.
  • 70:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Sebastien Bassong. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 68:33 Wilson Palacios fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:21 Foul by Peter Crouch on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Barry Ferguson. Cameron Jerome takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in. Jean Beausejour takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Liam Ridgewell produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 66:09 The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 65:31 A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:02 Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 63:52 Effort from just outside the area by Craig Gardner goes over the target.
  • 63:08 Effort on goal by Jermain Defoe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 61:12 Gareth Bale produces a cross, blocked by Jean Beausejour. Corner taken by Gareth Bale played to the near post, clearance by Nikola Zigic. Gareth Bale takes a outswinging corner.
  • 60:40 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
  • 59:34 Substitution Nikola Zigic on for Keith Fahey.
  • 58:25 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.
  • 57:50 Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:59 Corner from right by-line taken by Gareth Bale.
  • Correction - 56:20 The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell, Craig Gardner takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 56:20 Headed cross/shot by Liam Ridgewell, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 54:34 Foul by Scott Dann on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale, save by Ben Foster.
  • 52:39 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
  • 51:03 Handball by Aaron Lennon. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Gardner from left wing, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 50:26 Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour, William Gallas makes a clearance.
  • 49:38 Jean Beausejour produces a cross, clearance by William Gallas. Shot from just outside the area by Lee Bowyer goes over the bar.
  • 47:49 Cameron Jerome challenges Sebastien Bassong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 47:34 Liam Ridgewell crosses the ball, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:09 Jean Beausejour fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.
  • 45:35 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Scott Dann.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:10 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Ferguson on Jermain Defoe. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.
  • 43:44 Lee Bowyer has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 42:25 Keith Fahey sends in a cross, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 38:10 Liam Ridgewell challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
  • 36:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Barry Ferguson. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 35:42 Booking Wilson Palacios goes into the referee's book.
  • 34:42 Aaron Lennon produces a cross, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
  • 33:34 Jermain Defoe delivers the ball, clearance made by Scott Dann.
  • 32:33 Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Aaron Lennon results in a free kick. Lee Bowyer restarts play with the free kick. Effort from outside the penalty box by Craig Gardner goes wide left of the target.
  • 30:50 Keith Fahey crosses the ball, William Gallas makes a clearance. Corner taken by Keith Fahey, clearance by Peter Crouch.
  • 29:56 The ball is swung over by Craig Gardner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jean Beausejour misses to the right of the target.
  • 29:19 The ball is swung over by Keith Fahey, clearance made by Luka Modric.
  • 28:08 Stephen Carr sends in a cross, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:24 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Scott Dann. Short corner worked by Gareth Bale.
  • 24:48 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Craig Gardner.
  • 23:51 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon.
  • 22:35 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball.
  • 20:46 Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.
  • 20:37 Alan Hutton sends in a cross.
  • 19:32 Gareth Bale crosses the ball.
  • 18:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Gareth Bale.
  • 18:18 GOAL - Sebastien BassongBirmingham 0 - 1 Tottenham Sebastien Bassong gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 17:42 Booking The referee books Liam Ridgewell for unsporting behaviour.
  • 16:06 Shot by Wilson Palacios. Lee Bowyer gets a block in. Gareth Bale decides to take a short corner.
  • 14:57 Scott Dann concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Cameron Jerome. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:02 Craig Gardner challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 10:50 A cross is delivered by Keith Fahey, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
  • 9:40 Outswinging corner taken by Keith Fahey.
  • 8:42 Effort from the edge of the area by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 7:30 Lee Bowyer takes the inswinging corner, clearance by William Gallas. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Bowyer, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 6:08 Sebastien Bassong concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:31 Effort on goal by Stephen Carr from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 5:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermain Defoe. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:49 Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
  • 3:31 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save. Gareth Bale takes a outswinging corner.
  • 1:26 Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Barclays Premier League results

4 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 16 16 32
2 Man Utd 15 19 31
3 Chelsea 16 19 30
4 Man City 16 9 29
5 Tottenham 16 3 26
6 Bolton 16 5 23
7 Stoke 16 0 21
8 Blackburn 16 -4 21
9 Sunderland 15 1 20
10 Newcastle 15 1 19
11 Liverpool 15 -2 19
12 Blackpool 15 -6 19
13 West Brom 15 -6 19
14 Birmingham 16 -2 18
15 Everton 16 -2 17
16 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
17 Fulham 16 -4 15
18 Wigan 16 -15 15
19 West Ham 15 -12 12
20 Wolves 16 -13 12

see also
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04 Dec 10 |  Football
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