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Birmingham   1 - 3   West Brom

James Morrison and Jerome Thomas
Morrison (left) celebrates his unstoppable goal

By Saj Chowdhury

A stunning 20-yard strike by James Morrison helped West Bromwich beat local rivals Birmingham to ease their Premier League relegation fears.

After a quiet first half, Youssouf Mulumbu sparked the match into life when he poked in from close range.

Just over a minute later, Jean Beausejour equalised for the Blues when he turned in Lee Bowyer's low cross.

Morrison's left-foot drive restored the Baggies lead at St Andrews before Paul Scharner headed in the third.

It was a deserved scoreline for Roy Hodgson's team. They looked far more spritely than Birmingham, who appeared sluggish a week after their epic Carling Cup final win.

Win could be crucial - Hodgson

However, neither team will look back at the first half with any great fondness.

The only occasions on which a goalmouth was threatened came from two efforts by Birmingham's Cameron Jerome.

His first was a weak shot from 20 yards that trickled past Scott Carson's left-hand upright, the former Cardiff forward then directing a stooping header wide of the same post.

But the yawn-inducing first half was soon a distant memory two minutes into the second, when Mulumbu bravely slotted in from 12 yards.

Substitute Peter Odemwingie, brought on after the restart, fed Congolese midfielder Mulumbu who took a knock en route to beating Ben Foster with his shot.

But the cheers of the visiting fans were short-lived - 79 seconds, to be precise.

It was a simple Blues move that led to the equaliser. Full-back Stephen Carr found Bowyer and the former Newcastle midfielder delivered a precise square ball into the six-yard area for Beausejour to turn in.

If that goal was admirable for its simplicity then West Bromwich's second was admirable for its audacity.

Blues defending angers McLeish

Midfielder Morrison, returning to the starting XI, collected a pass from Steven Reid before pushing the ball a foot past Curtis Davies and letting fly.

It was sensational strike, similar in brilliance to the one he scored against Manchester United earlier this season.

Odemwingie then blazed over from eight yards after Chris Brunt's shot smacked Foster's left-hand post and landed in the Nigerian's path.

But the visitors' third finally came when the dogged Scharner popped up at the far post to head in Morrison's cross from what seemed an impossible angle to wrap up a vital win.

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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-3 West Brom FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Beausejour 48
  • Mulumbu 47
  • Morrison 58
  • Scharner 72

Birmingham

Substitutes

West Brom

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 27,013
BIRMINGHAM
WEST BROM

Possession

  • Birmingham 53%
  • West Brom 47%

Attempts on target

  • Birmingham 4
  • West Brom 5

Attempts off target

  • Birmingham 5
  • West Brom 4

Corners

  • Birmingham 7
  • West Brom 3

Fouls

  • Birmingham 8
  • West Brom 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:03 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+3:12 A cross is delivered by Gonzalo Jara, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:29 Centre by Paul Scharner, clearance by Stephen Carr.
  • 90:00+0:26 Short corner worked by Chris Brunt.
  • 89:45 Nicky Shorey fouled by Obafemi Martins, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.
  • 87:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid by Keith Fahey. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 87:22 Booking Booking for Keith Fahey for unsporting behaviour.
  • 86:49 The ball is crossed by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 85:44 Foul by Roger Johnson on Paul Scharner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steven Reid.
  • 84:35 Centre by David Murphy, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 83:32 Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 83:07 Outswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
  • 81:27 Chris Brunt delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Peter Odemwingie misses to the left of the goal.
  • 78:59 Substitution David Murphy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Ridgewell.
  • 77:56 Paul Scharner takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 76:51 The ball is swung over by Keith Fahey, Header by Obafemi Martins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 76:51 Substitution James Morrison goes off and Gabriel Tamas comes on.
  • 74:42 The ball is delivered by David Bentley, save made by Scott Carson.
  • 73:01 Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, Header on goal by Curtis Davies from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • Correction - 71:34 Assist by James Morrison.
  • 71:34 The assist for the goal came from James Morrison.
  • 71:34 GOAL - Paul ScharnerBirmingham 1 - 3 West Brom Paul Scharner finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Birmingham 1-3 West Brom.
  • 68:50 Corner taken by David Bentley.
  • 67:04 Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area striking the post. Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
  • 65:57 Substitution Kevin Phillips replaces Jean Beausejour.
  • 65:57 Substitution Jerome Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 64:31 The ball is sent over by Obafemi Martins, clearance by Steven Reid.
  • 63:43 Keith Fahey sends in a cross, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 63:39 Centre by Stephen Carr, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 63:35 Jean Beausejour delivers the ball.
  • 63:23 The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
  • 62:57 David Bentley delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Reid.
  • 62:28 The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour. The ball is sent over by Stephen Carr, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 61:04 The official flags Peter Odemwingie offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:45 Centre by Cameron Jerome, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 59:36 Unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Jonas Olsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 58:48 James Morrison crosses the ball, clearance by Curtis Davies. Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Brunt, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 58:36 David Bentley takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 57:17 Assist on the goal came from Steven Reid.
  • 57:17 GOAL - James MorrisonBirmingham 1 - 2 West Brom James Morrison finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-2 West Brom.
  • 56:23 Chris Brunt challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 54:19 David Bentley delivers a pass corner to short, save by Scott Carson.
  • 51:49 Booking Liam Ridgewell is shown a yellow card.
  • 51:49 Booking Paul Scharner is shown a yellow card.
  • 51:47 Paul Scharner concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:45 Lee Bowyer challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 50:45 Booking Lee Bowyer is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 49:16 Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Steven Reid results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 48:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Lee Bowyer. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
  • 47:43 Assist on the goal came from Lee Bowyer.
  • 47:43 GOAL - Jean BeausejourBirmingham 1 - 1 West Brom Jean Beausejour fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 West Brom.
  • 46:24 Assist by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 46:24 GOAL - Youssouf MulumbuBirmingham 0 - 1 West Brom A goal is scored by Youssouf Mulumbu from deep inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 West Brom.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • 45:01 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Peter Odemwingie coming on for Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:22 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:42 Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Carson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 44:12 Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Steven Reid makes a clearance.
  • 42:47 The ball is sent over by Curtis Davies, Abdoulaye Meite makes a clearance.
  • 41:58 Chris Brunt crosses the ball, save by Ben Foster.
  • 41:11 Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:11 Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:59 Obafemi Martins handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 36:34 Headed effort from inside the area by Cameron Jerome misses to the right of the target.
  • 33:52 Effort from just outside the area by Chris Brunt goes over the bar.
  • 32:28 The ball is swung over by David Bentley.
  • 31:57 The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
  • 30:13 The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
  • 29:44 Jerome Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Carr. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 29:14 Effort from 20 yards by Cameron Jerome. Blocked by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 27:11 Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 22:52 Curtis Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 21:56 The offside flag is raised against Marc-Antoine Fortune. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 21:04 Effort on goal by Keith Fahey from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 20:19 Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Steven Reid results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by David Bentley, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 19:05 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 18:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Jerome Thomas. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 16:14 Outswinging corner taken by David Bentley.
  • 13:45 Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, save made by Scott Carson.
  • 13:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on David Bentley. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:47 The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey.
  • 10:53 David Bentley decides to take the corner short.
  • 5:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Paul Scharner. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 5:03 The referee blows for offside. Jonas Olsson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:26 Centre by Jerome Thomas, Chris Brunt takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
  • 1:47 The ball is sent over by Steven Reid, save by Ben Foster.
  • 0:38 Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Obafemi Martins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 28 35 60
2 Arsenal 28 30 57
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 27 25 48
5 Tottenham 27 7 47
6 Bolton 29 2 40
7 Liverpool 28 1 39
8 Sunderland 29 -2 38
9 Newcastle 29 3 36
10 Everton 28 0 36
11 Fulham 29 1 35
12 Stoke 29 -6 34
13 Aston Villa 29 -13 33
14 Blackburn 29 -12 32
15 Blackpool 28 -13 32
16 West Brom 29 -15 32
17 West Ham 29 -13 31
18 Birmingham 27 -12 30
19 Wolves 28 -15 28
20 Wigan 29 -23 27

see also
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