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Birmingham   1 - 1   Wolverhampton

Steven Fletcher gives Wolves an early advantage from the penalty spot
Fletcher scored early in the contest but Wolves could not build on their lead

By Paul Fletcher

Wolves missed the opportunity to climb out of the bottom three after they were held to a draw by 10-man Birmingham.

Steven Fletcher put Wolves ahead with a penalty after Ben Foster fouled Stephen Ward early in the contest.

Sebastian Larsson hit the crossbar and later struck the equaliser after a poor header from Michael Mancienne.

Craig Gardner picked up a second yellow before the break but a scrappy and goalless second half left Wolves 19th in the table, one point from safety.

And Mick McCarthy's team could even finish Sunday propping up the Premier League if West Ham defeat Manchester City in the late game.

But the result edged Blues a point nearer to safety as Alex McLeish's team are now four clear of the bottom three with three games left.

Wolves lacked magic - McCarthy

The Carling Cup winners, thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool in their previous league game, face matches against Newcastle, Fulham and Tottenham.

Wolves have now gone five games without a victory and take on Black Country rivals West Brom in their next fixture before ending the season with matches against Sunderland and Blackburn.

It promises to be a tight and edgy end to the campaign for the men from Molineux, as McCarthy's team look to avoid a return to the Championship after two seasons in the top flight.

Certainly, Sunday's contest at St Andrew's was more about feisty tackles than finessed passing.

The second half was particularly disappointing, with hardly any chances of note for either team.

In truth, it was up to Wolves to make the running on a hot day in the Midlands.

With Gardner off and defender Roger Johnson limping through the latter stages of the match after picking up an injury, Wolves had to press home the opportunity to claim a vital three points but Blues looked relatively comfortable.

Wolves had got off to the ideal start when Fletcher's penalty - a low left-foot strike that sent Foster the wrong way - gave them the lead after seven minutes.

Foster was at fault for the goal, gifting possession to Matt Jarvis with an atrocious kick under no pressure, before bringing down Ward after he had been played through.

If anything the early goal served to further enliven a contest that had started at a furious pace, and Gardner and Jamie O'Hara were both booked after squaring up to each other.

The Blues midfielder had taken exception to a heavy tackle from his opponent and their clash led to a melee that required the intervention of several players.

Birmingham seemed to produce the majority of the precious moments of true quality and the impressive Larsson saw his free-kick crash against the crossbar after Gardner was cynically brought down by Richard Stearman on the edge of the area.

Fletcher scuffed a rare opening for Wolves when a corner reached him at the far post before Blues drew level when Larsson pounced on Mancienne's error.

The defender tried to head a long upfield kick by Foster to his own keeper but did not get enough power on the ball.

The alert Larsson nipped in and drilled a right-foot strike beyond Wayne Hennessey for his 27th-minute equaliser, but their celebrations were cut short when Gardner was dismissed shortly afterwards.

Point not enough for McLeish

The midfielder went down under pressure from Jody Craddock but referee Kevin Friend adjudged that there had been no contact between the players and booked the Birmingham man for simulation.

The recalled Kevin Phillips was sacrificed shortly afterwards, with midfielder Jean Beausejour replacing him to ensure the home side were not overrun in the middle of the park.

There was one final chance before the break but Kevin Foley snatched at his shot 12 yards from goal, with his effort drifting wide.

Wolves replaced defender Stearman with attacking midfielder Adam Hammill at the restart as they attempted to take advantage of their numerical supremacy.

However, the match became an increasingly ragged and bad-tempered affair.

Lee Bowyer and Karl Henry tussled several times, with the Wolves skipper booked for a late tackle on the Blues midfielder.

Jarvis dispossessed Bowyer close to the Blues box but snatched his shot disappointingly wide as the game petered out.

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-1 Wolves FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Larsson 27
  • Fletcher (pen) 7

Birmingham

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 26,072
BIRMINGHAM
WOLVES

Possession

  • Birmingham 48%
  • Wolves 52%

Attempts on target

  • Birmingham 1
  • Wolves 2

Attempts off target

  • Birmingham 7
  • Wolves 5

Corners

  • Birmingham 0
  • Wolves 2

Fouls

  • Birmingham 10
  • Wolves 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:28 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:10 Steven Fletcher is penalised for a handball. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:29 Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Vokes on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:43 Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Elokobi. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:33 Stephen Carr delivers the ball, clearance made by Jody Craddock.
  • 86:59 The ball is sent over by Stephen Hunt, save by Ben Foster.
  • 86:39 Handball by Barry Ferguson. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:25 Shot by Karl Henry. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
  • 85:23 Adam Hammill handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:12 Stephen Hunt crosses the ball, Jean Beausejour makes a clearance.
  • 83:35 The ball is sent over by Stephen Hunt, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.
  • 81:54 Substitution Sam Vokes comes on in place of Stephen Ward.
  • 81:20 The ball is delivered by Adam Hammill, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
  • 79:16 The ball is crossed by Adam Hammill, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:31 Booking Lee Bowyer is cautioned.
  • 78:07 Lee Bowyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
  • 77:48 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 75:55 Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball.
  • 74:28 The referee blows for offside against Stephen Ward. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 74:07 Centre by Stephen Hunt.
  • 73:37 The ball is delivered by Adam Hammill, save made by Ben Foster.
  • 72:56 The ball is crossed by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
  • 71:33 Centre by Steven Fletcher.
  • 71:10 The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:52 Foul by Adam Hammill on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:39 Lee Bowyer has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 69:12 The ball is swung over by Stephen Hunt.
  • 68:18 Centre by Stephen Hunt, Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 67:46 Jean Beausejour gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 66:47 Substitution Stephen Hunt comes on in place of Matthew Jarvis.
  • 66:15 Shot from deep inside the area by Matthew Jarvis goes over the bar.
  • 65:45 The ball is sent over by Adam Hammill, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:02 Stephen Ward challenges Martin Jiranek unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 62:58 Foul by Lee Bowyer on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
  • 60:49 Kevin Foley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson.
  • 58:53 Centre by Jamie O'Hara, save by Ben Foster.
  • 57:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Jean Beausejour. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 57:16 Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:26 Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 53:26 Booking Karl Henry goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Lee Bowyer.
  • 52:44 Adam Hammill produces a cross.
  • 51:47 The ball is sent over by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 51:11 Shot from just outside the box by Lee Bowyer goes over the target.
  • Correction - 50:11 Lee Bowyer challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Foley takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:11 Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry. Kevin Foley takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:20 Long range shot by Michael Mancienne goes over the target.
  • 48:45 Short corner worked by Jamie O'Hara, Centre by Kevin Foley, clearance made by Barry Ferguson.
  • 46:29 The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Richard Stearman goes off and Adam Hammill comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:17 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:21 Lee Bowyer fouled by Jamie O'Hara, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel.
  • 45:00+0:22 Shot by Stephen Ward from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 44:10 Karl Henry challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 42:45 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Shot by Kevin Foley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 41:09 Stephen Carr takes a shot. Blocked by George Elokobi.
  • 40:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Stephen Ward. Free kick taken by Lee Bowyer.
  • 37:37 Matthew Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:52 Unfair challenge on Michael Mancienne by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:02 The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Michael Mancienne.
  • 32:41 Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:41 Booking The referee shows Jody Craddock a yellow card.
  • 32:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Jody Craddock.
  • 31:54 Steven Fletcher delivers the ball.
  • 30:57 Substitution Jean Beausejour on for Kevin Phillips.
  • 30:44 Strike by Cameron Jerome from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
  • 30:15 Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
  • 28:51 Sent off Craig Gardner receives a red card.
  • 28:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Ward. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 26:32 GOAL - Sebastian LarssonBirmingham 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Sebastian Larsson fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 26:01 Short corner worked by Kevin Foley, The ball is sent over by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 22:10 Roger Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right wing.
  • 20:51 A cross is delivered by Karl Henry.
  • 20:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Michael Mancienne.
  • 19:34 The ball is sent over by Lee Bowyer, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 18:59 Richard Stearman challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 13:56 Foul by Richard Stearman on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,
  • 12:08 Foul by Stephen Ward on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:31 Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.
  • 8:02 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson.
  • 8:02 Booking Jamie O'Hara is shown a yellow card.
  • 7:58 Booking Craig Gardner is cautioned.
  • 7:06 Jamie O'Hara challenges Craig Gardner unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 6:08 Assist by Ben Foster.
  • 6:08 GOAL - Steven FletcherBirmingham 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Steven Fletcher scores a placed penalty. Birmingham 0-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 5:24 Booking Ben Foster goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 4:49 Penalty awarded for a foul by Ben Foster on Stephen Ward.
  • 3:46 Barry Ferguson delivers the ball.
  • 2:35 The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:09 A cross is delivered by Karl Henry, Kevin Foley takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Barclays Premier League results

1 May 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 35 38 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 35 32 67
4 Man City 34 22 62
5 Liverpool 35 15 55
6 Tottenham 34 7 55
7 Everton 35 5 48
8 Bolton 35 0 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Stoke 35 0 43
11 West Brom 35 -14 43
12 Newcastle 35 -2 41
13 Aston Villa 35 -13 41
14 Sunderland 35 -13 41
15 Birmingham 35 -17 39
16 Blackburn 35 -14 38
17 Blackpool 35 -22 35
18 Wigan 35 -23 35
19 Wolves 35 -23 34
20 West Ham 35 -23 32

see also
McCarthy rues missed opportunity
01 May 11 |  Premier League
Premier League as it happened
01 May 11 |  Football
Sunday's football photos
01 May 11 |  Football


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