Saturday April 2, 2011 Day 31 Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 2 - 1 Bolton Wanderers

  • Phillips 4’
  • Gardner 59’
  • Elmander 71’

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  1. Birmingham sneak past Bolton

    Birmingham sneak past Bolton

    Birmingham City eased their relegation fears with a crucial 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League at St Andrews. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Bolton Wanderers
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    • 90' Full-time: Birmingham 2-1 Bolton. Birmingham hold on to secure a priceless victory in their bid for Premier League survivial.
    • 90+3' It's attack after attack for Bolton now, and they win a corner through Sturridge's pulsating run... and, from that the striker cannot turn in Gary Cahill's downwards header and the ball goes out for a Birmingham goal-kick.
    • 90+2' Excellent double save from Foster who first denies Davies with a point-blank save and then tips a Steinsson header from the resulting corner over his bar. A real defining moment
    • 90' Sturridge feeds Klasnic whose shot on the turn is charged down, as we enter four minutes of stoppage time.
    • 89' Not a lot of quality coming through the Bolton substitutes. It's just one long-ball after the other into the Birmingham box and they'll deal with them all day long.
    • 87' Kevin Davies flicks a header on, but no-one else reads it, and the ball travels through to Foster under little pressure.
    • 85' Daniel Sturridge claims that he was having his shirt pulled by Seb Larsson in the Blues penalty box as a Matty Taylor cross came in from the right. But, on closer inspection, it looked like Sturried was doing the same to Larsson.
    • 82' Matty Taylor whips in a corner, but it's that man Roger Johnson who comes to the Blues rescue again with an important header away from goal.
    • 79' Bolton sub: Matty Taylor comes on for Fabrice Muamba
    • 79' Marcos Alonso sends a deep free-kick beyond every Bolton target and out for a Birmingham goal-kick.
    • 77' Birmingham sub: Cameron Jerome comes off for Nikola Zigic
    • 76' Bolton are pressing forward for the equaliser, but Birmingham have been very resilient in defence since conceding.
    • 73' Bolton sub: Martin Petrov is coming off for Ivan Klasnic
    • 71' Excellent goal from Bolton to cut the arrears in half. A long-ball from Gretar Steinsson is chested down by Kevin Davies into the path of Johan Elmander who rifles home an unstoppable half-volley from just outside the box.
    • 70' GOAL FOR BOLTON! BIRMINGHAM 2-1 BOLTON (Johan Elmander)
    • 70' Birmingham sub: And that will be Carr's last action, as he is replaced by David Bentley for the final 20 minutes.
    • 68' Stephen Carr requires some treatment to his hamstring after tangling with Gary Cahill
    • 65' Ben Foster is on hand to save an effort from Tamir Cohen, following Elmander's cross. And that was Cohen's last contribution, as he was the player to make way for Lee.
    • 64' Birmingham sub: Keith Fahey replaces Lee Bowyer
    • 63' Bolton sub: Chong-Yong Lee is coming on...
    • 62' That's an important foot in from Roger Johnson as Bolton spring forward with their three strikers all looming in the Birmingham penalty area.
    • 59' Excellent, flowing move from Birmingham puts the home side 2-0 to the good. A smart ball into Cameron Jerome sees the striker unselfishly lay it off for Craig Gardner who drives low into Jaaskelainen's goal from 20 yards out; the ball ricoches off both posts before nestling in the back of the net.
    • 58' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM! BIRMINGHAM 2-0 BOLTON (Craig Gardner)
    • 57' Not so pretty this time from Foster, as the 'keeper fumbles a cross coming in from the Bolton left but it is cleared.
    • 56' Birmingham now back in the ascendancy, as Cameron Jerome takes an age to shoot and that allows Steinsson to recover and prod the ball out for a corner. From that set-piece, Roger Johnson forces Jaaskelainen into a brilliant reflex save with a cushioned strike from a few yards out. And, later, David Wheater has to head clear from deep inside his penalty area. Phew
    • 54' Another Bolton corner, this time outswinging, sees Kevin Davies get his head to it but Foster can claim easily.
    • 53' Marcos Alonso is booked for stopping Kevin Phillips in his tracks.
    • 52' Kevin Davies heads down and wide from a cross on the left, but Roger Johnson feels the need to help the ball on its way out. From the resulting corner, Stephen Carr is required to head clear from just infront of his 'keeper.
    • 51' Sturridge makes his way across the edge of the Birmingham box. When the striker eventually gets the shot away, it is tame and easy for Foster to gather.
    • 48' Birmingham come close to adding to their lead at the start of this half, but the goal is ruled offside. First, Phillips stings the palms of Jaaskelainen and, on the follow-up, Bowyer nods the ball across goal to Larsson who slots home. However, the Swede was adjuged offside from Phillips' initial shot, so the goal is ruled out.
    • 46' And Bolton get us underway for the second half.
    • 45' Birmingham end the half better, as another Larsson corner is met at the far post but Jaaskelainen is on hand to gather comfortably. And that's the half-time whistle: Birmingham 1-0 Bolton
    • 45' Gretar Steinsson is called on to stab away a low Barry Ferguson cross as we enter one miunte of stoppage time. Seb Larsson's resulting corner is headed clear at the near post.
    • 44' Cameron Jerome attempts a mazy run past several Bolton players on the edge of their penalty box, but is eventually intercepted and the Wanderers clear.
    • 43' That's the best save of the lot so far from Ben Foster in the Birmingham goal. Again, it's a strike from Sturridge, sprinting down the Bolton left. He aims for Foster's far post, and the 'keeper is called on to make an althletic fingertip save to prevent the Bolton equaliser. The resulting corner is then wasted. Birmingham hanging on in there at the moment.
    • 41' Chances are coming thick and fast, as Elmander cushions Kevin Davies' clipped delivery into the path of Daniel Sturridge. But his low strike towards the near post is well-smothered by Foster.
    • 39' Both sides are now wasting opportunities, as Birmingham's Cameron Jerome sprints towards goal with the ball but ends up striking miserably wide on the edge of the penalty box, even with the striker having Kevin Phillips unmarked in acres of space to his left.
    • 38' Another big chance for Bolton, as Marcos Alonso wins possession down the Bolton left before laying it off for Martin Petrov. The winger's deep cross is diverted wide by Roger Johnson, but only into the path of Kevin Davies, who ends up blazing over.
    • 36' Seb Larsson takes a free-kick wide out on the Bolton left, but it fails to beat the first Bolton man waiting to clear on the edge of the box.
    • 34' Bolton starting to crank up the pressure, as Sturridge finds himself on-side down the right-flank but Wheater cannot make proper contact with his cross. As the ball ricochets around, Elmander collects but his deflected drive at goal is hit straight at Foster for an easy claim.
    • 32' Fantastic low-save from Ben Foster to deny Daniel Sturridge, as Bolton go route-one. A long goal-kick from Jaaskelainen is pumped forward, which Davies flicks on and Sturridge stings the palms of Foster with a low drive.
    • 29' Craig Gardner bursts forward in the centre for The Blues but sends a 30-yard drive wide of Jaaskelainen's goal. From the way he striked it, the ball was always travelling away from the target.
    • 28' Now it's Bolton's turn to come close as Kevin Davies sends a looping cross back across the goal from the byline with his head, only for his fellow strikers to mis-time his delivery in attempting to make contact with the ball.
    • 26' Big chance for Birmingham to make it 2-0 as a Seb Larsson delivery across the box finds Lee Bowyer (after Muamba mis-times the clearance), but he rifles his shot over the bar.
    • 25' Kevin Davies has now been accused of jumping unfairly on two occasions, and if he keeps that up, a booking will soon be on the cards.
    • 23' End-to-end now, as Stephen Carr almost plays Cameron Jerome in after the full-back cut in off the right flank and, up the other end, the ball fails to break loose for Daniel Sturridge on the edge of the Birmingham penalty box and it trickels out of harms way.
    • 21' Certainly a scrappy affair at the moment, as both teams are giving away cheap free-kicks in the middle of the park. Bolton are the side most guilty of this, and they are certainly in need of some rhythm having gone a goal behind.
    • 20' David Wheater is booked for impeding Cameron Jerome 30 yards out. The resulting free-kick is headed out of harm's way but then, moments later, Jaaskelainen is called on to act quickly when clearing, as a Steinsson back-pass almost gives away a cheap corner for Birmingham.
    • 19' Lee Bowyer is almost played through on the Bolton goal, but the ball is over-hit as the midfielder was making a late diagonal run across the box.
    • 17' Birmingham 'keeper Foster comes out to comfortably collect a Bolton free-kick, taken 35 yards out and awarded for an infringement by Kevin Phillips.
    • 16' Seb Larsson feels he has won the ball fairly off Marcos Alonso deep down the Birmingham right-flank, but the referee signals for a foul. There were Blues bodies going forward i n support, had the Swede wrestled free fairly.
    • 15' Kevin Phillips almost gets on the end of another long ball pumped forward from the back, but he is hounded out of it by Cahill and David Wheater.
    • 14' Better from Bolton, as Martin Petrov sends Daniel Sturridge free down the left-flank but, after doing well to cut inside, the on-loan striker balloons his shot well over Foster's goal.
    • 12' Cameron Jerome attempts to run on to a long punt up field, but that's easy for Jaaskelainen to come and collect.
    • 11' Bolton's frustrations are clearly growing. Gary Cahill is perhaps lucky not to receive a booking after swiping Phillips off of his feet, and the Blues are certainly enjoying the lionshare of the running in the middle of the field.
    • 8' Johan Elmander finds some space deep in Blues territory, but sends a tame effort directly into the hands of 'keeper Ben Foster.
    • 7' Birmingham now have a spring in their step, and as a Larsson free-kick from the left is only half cleared, Craig Garden collects and sends a 25-yard drive wide of Jaaskelainen's far post.
    • 5' Fantastic start for Alex McLeish's men! Seb Larsson sends an outswinging corner towards Kevin Phillips who had peeled off his marker. The veteran striker controls and steadies himself, before sending a low drive, which Jaaskelainen can only get a hand to, into the Bolton goal from just inside the penalty area.
    • 4' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM! BIRMINGHAM 1-0 BOLTON (Kevin Phillips)
    • 4' A flowing move from the home team sees Craig Gardner control-and-volley from Lee Bowyer's knock-down, but his shot is deflected wide for a Birmingham corner.
    • 3' Both teams have been sloppy in posession at the start of this game. A through-ball over the top intended for Birmingham's Seb Larsson is gathered by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 1' And it will be Birmingham who get us underway kicking from left to right.
    • 14:58 Both teams now make their way out onto a sunny St Andrews pitch for this afternoon's game.
    • 14:55 But certainly the pressure today is on Alex McLeish's Birmingham. The Blues have won only two of their last nine Premier League matches, and goals have been a season-long problem for the team. The fact that defender Liam Ridgewell is their third-highest league scorer this term (with four goals) says it all, really.
    • 14:52 But, more importantly, the visitors today are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches against Birmingham, and Bolton have already won at St Andrews in 2011 - that being a dramatic 3-2 FA Cup quarter-final victory back in March
    • 14:50 In the head-to-head stakes, the two teams have met 13 times previously in the Premier League. Birmingham have won five, Bolton six and there have been two draws.
    • 14:45 For Bolton, with Stuart Holden out for the rest of the season (damaged cruciate knee ligaments) and Mark Davies absent (ankle), Fabrice Muamba and Tamir Cohen fill the vacant midfield berths. Chung-Yong Lee has scored in each of his previous two visits to St Andrews, but has to be content with a place on the Bolton bench.
    • 14:40 Birmingham welcome back Lee Bowyer in the starting XI after the midfielder overcome a hamstring complaint, but top scorer Nikola Zigic (groin) is declared only fit enough to start from the bench. Martin Jiranek misses out following toe surgery, as does Alexander Hleb despite having an injection on his troublesome knee.
    • 15:36 Team News... Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Parnaby, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Phillips, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Bentley, Fahey, Zigic, Beausejour, Mutch, Davies. /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Alonso, Cohen, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies, Sturridge. Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Taylor, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Lee. /// Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
    • 14:35 Birmingham City have scored fewer goals from outside the box than any other team in the Premier League, according to OptaJoe
    • 14:30 Bolton, meanwhile, come to St Andrew's today knowing a win will move them one step closer to a dream entry into Europe next season. It may remain an outside chance, but Owen Coyle's men are 7th in the table and are unbeaten in all seven Premier League matches against West Midlands opposition this season.
    • 14:25 It is a must-win game for Birmingham City who languish in 19th place in the Premier League table, with Alex McLeish's men on a miserable run since their famous League Cup triumph having secured only one point in their last three league games.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers
  • Summary

    • 90+3' It's attack after attack for Bolton now, and they win a corner through Sturridge's pulsating run... and, from that the striker cannot turn in Gary Cahill's downwards header and the ball goes out for a Birmingham goal-kick.
    • 90+2' Excellent double save from Foster who first denies Davies with a point-blank save and then tips a Steinsson header from the resulting corner over his bar. A real defining moment
    • 70' GOAL FOR BOLTON! BIRMINGHAM 2-1 BOLTON (Johan Elmander)
    • 58' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM! BIRMINGHAM 2-0 BOLTON (Craig Gardner)
    • 56' Birmingham now back in the ascendancy, as Cameron Jerome takes an age to shoot and that allows Steinsson to recover and prod the ball out for a corner. From that set-piece, Roger Johnson forces Jaaskelainen into a brilliant reflex save with a cushioned strike from a few yards out. And, later, David Wheater has to head clear from deep inside his penalty area. Phew
    • 43' That's the best save of the lot so far from Ben Foster in the Birmingham goal. Again, it's a strike from Sturridge, sprinting down the Bolton left. He aims for Foster's far post, and the 'keeper is called on to make an althletic fingertip save to prevent the Bolton equaliser. The resulting corner is then wasted. Birmingham hanging on in there at the moment.
    • 41' Chances are coming thick and fast, as Elmander cushions Kevin Davies' clipped delivery into the path of Daniel Sturridge. But his low strike towards the near post is well-smothered by Foster.
    • 39' Both sides are now wasting opportunities, as Birmingham's Cameron Jerome sprints towards goal with the ball but ends up striking miserably wide on the edge of the penalty box, even with the striker having Kevin Phillips unmarked in acres of space to his left.
    • 38' Another big chance for Bolton, as Marcos Alonso wins possession down the Bolton left before laying it off for Martin Petrov. The winger's deep cross is diverted wide by Roger Johnson, but only into the path of Kevin Davies, who ends up blazing over.
    • 32' Fantastic low-save from Ben Foster to deny Daniel Sturridge, as Bolton go route-one. A long goal-kick from Jaaskelainen is pumped forward, which Davies flicks on and Sturridge stings the palms of Foster with a low drive.
    • 26' Big chance for Birmingham to make it 2-0 as a Seb Larsson delivery across the box finds Lee Bowyer (after Muamba mis-times the clearance), but he rifles his shot over the bar.
    • 14' Better from Bolton, as Martin Petrov sends Daniel Sturridge free down the left-flank but, after doing well to cut inside, the on-loan striker balloons his shot well over Foster's goal.
    • 7' Birmingham now have a spring in their step, and as a Larsson free-kick from the left is only half cleared, Craig Garden collects and sends a 25-yard drive wide of Jaaskelainen's far post.
    • 4' GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM! BIRMINGHAM 1-0 BOLTON (Kevin Phillips)
    • 15:36 Team News... Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Parnaby, Johnson, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Phillips, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Bentley, Fahey, Zigic, Beausejour, Mutch, Davies. /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Alonso, Cohen, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies, Sturridge. Subs: Bogdan, Robinson, Taylor, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Lee. /// Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr Substitution Out (70′)
      • R. Johnson
      • L. Ridgewell
      • S. Parnaby
      • B. Ferguson
      • C. Gardner Goal
      • L. Bowyer Substitution Out (64′)
      • S. Larsson
      • K. Phillips Goal
      • C. Jerome Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • D. Bentley Substitution In70′
      • N. Žigic Substitution In76′
      • C. Doyle
      • C. Davies
      • J. Mutch
      • K. Fahey Substitution In64′
      • J. Beausejour
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • G. Steinsson
      • D. Wheater Yellow Card
      • G. Cahill
      • M. Alonso Yellow Card
      • F. Muamba Substitution Out (79′)
      • T. Cohen Substitution Out (64′)
      • J. Elmander Goal
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (73′)
      • D. Sturridge
      • K. Davies

      Subs

      • I. Klasnic Substitution In73′
      • R. Blake
      • &. Bogdán
      • C. Lee Substitution In64′
      • P. Robinson
      • M. Taylor Substitution In79′
      • Rodri
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