Tuesday February 15, 2011 Day 18 Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 0 - 2 Newcastle United

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  1. Newcastle win in Birmingham

    Newcastle win in Birmingham

    Hard-working Newcastle claimed all three points at Birmingham with a 2-0 victory in their rearranged Premier League clash at St Andrew's. More

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    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Newcastle United
    • 90+5' FULL TIME! It's all over at St. Andrews! Newcastle take all three points from Birmingham, and they're thoroughly-deserved. Thanks for joining our live coverage!
    • 90+4' Ranger is felled now, some 25 yards from goal. Free kick Newcastle
    • 90+3' Ranger refuses to retreat at a free kick in the middle of the park, and goes into the referee's book. Needless yellow card, that
    • 90+1' Ranger tries to hold the ball up in the corner, but is barged off the ball. Birmingham back in possession
    • 90' Tiote fires the ball out wide right to Barton in acres of space, but the midfielder holds the ball up and plays forwards along the wing to Ranger
    • 89' We'll have five minutes of added time at St. Andrews andf if anything, Newcastle look the more likely to score!
    • 88' That's all three players involved in both Newcastle's goals off the pitch, then, as Alan Pardew looks to rest on his side's laurels with three centre-backs
    • 87' Newcastle sub: Jonas Gutierrez off, Sol Campbell on
    • 86' Murphy launches into a challenge through the back of Joey Barton, and rightly goes into the book. Newcastle line up one more change...
    • 85' And they're coming thick and fast now! Phillips takes a tumble under a high ball, and that goes into the 'seen 'em given' catagory, with Williamson the culprit. Credit to Phillips, he gets straight back up onto his feet and trots off without complaint
    • 84' Birmingham have the ball with Bentley on the left now. He squares to Jerome in the box, who fluffs his shot to the right of the goal and PHILLIPS IS THERE! HE MISSES THE BALL! What a chance for Birmingham!
    • 83' Birmingham head clear, and look to counter. Jerome carries the ball forwards to the edge of the area, and slips the ball left to Gardner, but Tiote is back to block the shot
    • 82' Gutierrez advances with the ball, and Newcastle win a corner on the right. Absolutely no sign that Birmingham are going to force some late drama here...
    • 81' Newcastle just knocking the ball around the middle of the park at the moment, under surprisingly little pressure from Birmingham. Alex McLeish will not be pleased.
    • 80' Sustained pressure from Birmingham, who win another corner from the left. Bentley lifts it to the back stick, and Tiote thunders a header clear. They're working so hard at the moment, Newcastle
    • 79' The corner is swung into the box and HEADED BY JOHNSON! STRAIGHT AT HARPER WHO HOLDS ONTO THE BALL!
    • 78' Carr whips a lovely ball into the box from the right, but Nolan slides in to knock the ball out for a corner ahead of Jerome. Brilliant defending
    • 77' That's more like it! Birmingham playing with Zigic, Jerome, and Kevin Phillips then, as Alex McLeish quite rightly goes for broke. Newcastle, in contrast, replace their second goalscorer - Leon Best - and replace with Danny Guthrie with an aim to defend their lead.
    • 76' Birmingham sub: Sebastian Larsson, Kevin Phillips on
    • 76' Newcastle sub: Leon Best off, Danny Guthrie on
    • 75' Not the most exciting change if you're a Birmingham fan, then. Just under a quarter of an hour remaining, and fullback Murphy's first act is to get bundled off the ball in the middle of the park for a Birmingham free kick
    • 74' No, in short. Birmingham sub: Martin Jiranek off, David Murphy on.
    • 74' Birmingham should have scored, and they're lining up another change. Could that be an ignominious end to Zigic's night?
    • 73' Birmingham break now, and Ridgewell swings a ball in from the left wing to ZIGIC! HEADED OVER THE BAR!
    • 73' Newcastle move the ball swiftly up the other end of the field, and Best lays back to Tiote, who SHOOTS! HELD BY FOSTER!
    • 72' The ball is knocked back into the Newcastle box from the right wing, and Johnson hits an overhead kick well wide of the right stick
    • 71' Lifted deep into the box, and headed clear by the Newcastle defence
    • 71' Newcastle are good value for their two-goal lead at the moment, but Birmingham win a corner on the left after Bentley's cross is deflected behind by Barton
    • 70' Foster gets lucky as a sliced clearance goes straight to Carr on the right wing
    • 69' Simpson clatters into Bentley with a strong, strong challenge, before hoofing the ball upfield again
    • 68' Coloccini launches a high ball into the box, which Nile Ranger nods backwards with a curious header. Birmingham can break with Bentley
    • 67' Barton plays a long ball forwards along the right, and Johnson makes a desperate interception to knock the ball out of play on the right
    • 66' Simpson doesn't fall for Bentley's dummy on the right flank, and Newcastle are back on the ball with less than 25 minutes remaining
    • 65' Newcastle sub: Peter Lovenkrands off, Nile Ranger
    • 64' Lovenkrands looks to be in some trouble here - possible still from that earlier knock. Alan Pardew is lining up a change, and it could be the end of the goalscorer's evening
    • 63' Credit to Ridgewell there, who talked to the referee to try and stop Barton getting the yellow card. Cracking sportsmanship
    • 62' Lovenkrands is back up, and Barton goes up for a header with Ridgewell now, and is penalised for putting an elbow into the Birmingham player's back. Yellow card Barton
    • 62' Lovenkrands goes up for a header with Ridgewell, and stays down
    • 61' Carr fires a ball along the right for Cameron Jerome to chase, but Harper gets there first
    • 61' It's a decent ball in, but Birmingham head clear
    • 60' Newcastle win another corner on the left, and Barton's in no rush to take it
    • 58' Birmingham sub: Obafemi Martins off, Cameron Jerome on
    • 58' That'll be Martins's final contribution to this match, and it's been far from an ideal night for the Nigerian against his former club. Birmingham lining up a change
    • 58' Martins races onto a long ball over the top, before being felled by Harper! Birmingham's fans want a red card, but the Nigerian is offside.
    • 57' Coloccini receives the ball, and tries to play it low through the defence but it's straight out for a goal kick
    • 56' Gutierrez makes a real nuisance of himself on the right wing, holding the ball up before playing back to Barton
    • 55' Zigic gets a talking to after a petulant challenge on Barton under a high ball - he's not having the best game, the Serbian
    • 54' Birmingham are going to have change something, and quickly. Birmingham aren't a side who score many goals, and it's going to be a long way back from 2-0 down
    • 53' Coloccini sends a long ball forwards to Best, but it goes straight out of play
    • 52' Birmingham head the ball clear, but Newcastle can smell blood at the moment. Lovenkrands chases a long ball, but Foster gets there first and clears
    • 51' Brilliant finish from Best, and a second assist for Gutierrez! The Argentine is back on the ball and beats three men in the middle of the pitch before winning a corner!
    • 50' GOOOOOAL!! Gutierrez has the ball for Newcastle on the left - he turns Larsson inside out on the edge of the box, swings in a cross to BEST WHO HEADS PAST FOSTER FOR A SECOND NEWCASTLE GOAL!
    • 50' Barton knocks the ball to the dead ball line, where it's kept in by a Birmingham head
    • 49' It's all got very scrappy at the start of this half, as Barton and Ferguson get involved in some handbags in the middle of the pitch
    • 48' Barton plays a lovely low ball through the Birmingham defence for Lovenkrands to chase, but the Newcastle striker is flagged offside this time
    • 47' We start the second half much in the same vain as we spent the first half - with Zigic being flagged for offside. He's Serbia's answer to Inzaghi, this fella
    • 46' Welcome back for the second half in Birmingham!
    • 45+4' HALF TIME! That's it for the first half in Birmingham! It was an electrifying start thanks to Peter Lovenkrands's 2nd-minute opener, but neither side was able to live up to it in the remaining 46 minutes of cloggy, low-quality football. Join us in a few moments for part two.
    • 45+2' It's end to end stuff to finish, but without any real chances at either end. Lee Mason blows for a Birmingham free kick in the middle, which leads to some more head-tennis inside the Newcastle half
    • 45' We'll have four minutes of injury time at St. Andrews
    • 44' Another high ball is sent into the Newcastle box from the left, and Zigic, Williamson, and Harper all go up for the ball. Harper holds onto the ball, but stays down after a bruising collision with the lanky Birmingham striker
    • 43' Newcastle lift the ball long to Best, who heads left to Lovenkrands, who lays the ball back to Best. Best hits a limp left-foot shot wide of the near post, but that's nice build-up play from the visitors
    • 42' That was a difficult chance for Best, but he would've hoped to hit the target, at least.
    • 42' Newcastle counter with Jose Enrique on the left, who swings a left-foot cross into the box for BEST TO HEAD! OVER THE BAR!
    • 41' Bentley runs into space on the left wing, and pulls the ball back across the box towards Martins! Hacked clear by Coloccini!
    • 40' He should've hit the target at the very least there, but Gardner leathered the ball a couple of yards wide.
    • 39' Birmingham break, and Larsson finds Gardner inside the box in a central position, and GARDNER SHOOTS! WIDE OF THE RIGHT POST!
    • 38' Lovenkrands thinks he's found space behind Johnson as the ball bounces over the Birmingham defender, but the referee says the Newcastle striker has committed a foul
    • 37' Eight minutes left until half time, as Harper hoofs a goal kick deep into Birmingham's half
    • 36' Bentley races along the left channel, and is crudely brought down by Nolan - who goes into the book
    • 36' The players are clearly struggling in the conditions at the moment. Ferguson tries to pick out Martins on the left wing, but the ball skids off the surface and Martins is offside anyway
    • 35' Coloccini tries to pick out Best inside the Birmingham penalty area, but Martin Jiranek comes across with a lovely sliding tackle to clear the ball
    • 34' The referee blows for a foul under the high ball, which Coloccini will take
    • 33' Ferguson picks out Carr on the right wing, who sends a hopeful ball forwards to Zigic on the edge of the Newcastle area
    • 31' Simpson mis-hits a clearance, which is sliced straight back to Harper who holds onto the ball. The crowd say backpass, Lee Mason says play on
    • 30' Both players go off, before coming straight back on. Birmingham regain possession from the drop-ball and we're back underway at St Andrews!
    • 29' Lee Mason immediately stops play, and both players receive treatment. They'll both be fit to continue, I'm sure, but it was a heavy knock
    • 28' Zigic wins a header on the edge of the Newcastle area, and Coloccini and Cheik Tiote come together to head on the second ball - clattering into each other and staying down
    • 27' Ferguson has the ball in the centre for Birmingham, and howls at himself as he lifts it over the Newcastle defence and straight to Steve Harper
    • 26' Barton trots across to take it... and lofts it hopelessly straight out of play, high over the far post
    • 25' The first corner is cleared, but behind the goal for a second corner
    • 25' Danny Simpson eventually plays a ball along the right flank for Best to chase, and Newcastle win a corner
    • 24' Jose Enrique plays a one-two with Gutierrez on the half way line, as Newcastle play possession football
    • 23' Birmingham break, and Carr finds Larsson on the right. Larsson lifts the ball into the box, but Newcastle come away witg possession
    • 23' Barton to take the free kick... headed clear by Gardner
    • 22' Newcastle win a corner up the other end, as Kevin Nolan's shot is well blocked by Ferguson
    • 21' Jose Enrique plays his way into trouble again though, and loses out to Martins on the left wing! Martins finds Zigic in the area, who turns and SHOOTS! SAVED BY HARPER! Cracking save by the Newcastle keeper - low to his right
    • 20' Foster hoofs a long ball to the Newcastle box, which Coloccini again clears to Jose Enrique
    • 19' The free kick is curled to the back stick by Larsson towards JOHNSON! HEADED WIDE! Glorious chance for Birmingham, who should be level
    • 18' Fabricio Coloccini does well to nick the ball away from Larsson, before laying the ball off to Jose Enrique, who gives the ball away before conceding a foul on Larsson trying to win the ball back
    • 17' Birmingham are setting up camp in Newcastle's half at the moment. Carr has the ball wide right, and playsa a quick one-two with Gardner before the ball is fired up the right wing for Larsson to chase
    • 16' Well, this is massively improved from Birmingham. Carr plays forwards to Martins, who is shepherded off the ball by Mike Williamson
    • 15' Gardner lifts a first-time ball across the Newcastle defence to Zigic! He's offside again!
    • 14' Ridgewell holds the ball up under pressure inside the Newcaslte third, as Birmingham look to apply some pressure
    • 13' Birmingham back on the ball, playing neat triangles in the middle despite the inhospitable conditions
    • 12' Martins is booed by the travelling support as he gets involved in a decent spell for Birmingham, but Gardner's eventual header from another diagonal goes straight to a black and white shirt, and Gutierrez absolutely flies off along the left wing
    • 12' Birmingham break down the attack, though, and Stephen Carr exchanges passes with Sebastian Larsson on the right
    • 11' Gardner lifts a long ball forwards, which is shipped left to Bentley. Bentley reaches the byline and crosses! Calmly cleared by Tiote, and Newcastle can break!
    • 10' Both sides enjoy a bit of head tennis in the middle of the park, before the ball is whipped from the right wing long to Zigic, who is again caught offside
    • 9' Barry Ferguson passes out left to David Bentley, who is knocked off the ball by Barton. Typically combative start to the match from him, but it's another Birmingham free kick
    • 8' The free kick is lofted long towards Liam Ridgewell, but he's caught offside. Birmingham look slightly clueless at the moment.
    • 8' Joey Barton clatters into Craig Gardner in the middle of the pitch, and is penalised for a foul
    • 7' Birmingham pass it across the back four, but it's lost to Gutierrez, who tries to race along the left wing and is ajudged to have carried the ball out of play
    • 7' Birmingham with the ball at the back, trying to settle onto the ball.
    • 6' Leon Best tries to pick out Lovenkrands with another ball over the top, but the ball goes straight out of play. Expect a lot of that give the conditions!
    • 5' Again, Birmingham hoof the ball forwards trying to pick out Nikola Zigic, but the 6'7" Serbian is offside
    • 4' St. Andrews is in shock at the moment - Birmingham can't get a foothold on the ball at all. Newcastle dominant
    • 3' Birmingham hump the ball forwards from the restart, and Steve Harper has a goal kick
    • 2' GOOOOAL! NEWCASTLE TAKE THE LEAD IN UNDER TWO MINUTES! Gutierrez lifts the ball back into the box with his left foot, and Peter Lovenkrands fires the ball inside the near post first-time ahead of Roger Johnson! Cracking finish, and what a start for Newcastle!
    • 2' Jose Enrique storms down the left wing, and fires in a good low ball into the box which is cleared to Jonas Gutierrez
    • 1' We're off! Newcastle playing from right to left in their black and white stripes, and Birmingham in their traditional blue shirts
    • 19:45 It's absolutely chucking it down in Birmingham tonight. The pitch is looking particularly cloggy, and we're likely to be in for a typically English game of football!
    • 19:40 The players are emerging from the tunnel, and we're five minutes away from kick-off at St. Andrews! A win tonight will lift Birmingham into the top half of the league, at the visitors' expense. Plenty to play for here tonight!
    • 19:35 So both sides field unchanged sides for tonight's match. McLeish keeps faith with the side that gained a last-gap home win over Stoke at the weekend, and Pardew retains the same side that fought out a goalless draw at Blackburn. Which means that Martins will line up to face his former club, and will be hoping to extend Newcastle's winless run to six straight matches.
    • 19:30 The referee this evening is Lee Mason, from Lancashire
    • 19:25 NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, and Best. Subs: Krul, Campbell, Guthrie, Perch, Ranger, Ferguson, and Kuqi.
    • 19:20 TEAMS! BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bentley, Martins, and Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Bowyer, Phillips, Jerome, Fahey, and Beausejour
    • 19:15 Ryan Taylor is also working his way back to fitness for the Magpies after an ankle injury, but Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling (both knee), Alan Smith (ankle) and Hatem Ben Arfa (broken leg) remain on the sidelines.
    • 19:10 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew doesn't have any fresh injury concerns but notable absences include central defender Steven Taylor, who has returned to training after a hamstring injury and is expected to play for the reserves next week, and striker Shola Ameobi who will travel to America on Thursday to have a protective mask for his fractured cheekbone fitted and he could be available for Bolton's visit to St James' Park on February 26.
    • 19:05 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury worries as his side search for a third successive Premier League win. Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins could start again while Cameron Jerome is also in contention. McLeish has a full squad to choose from, with the exception of long-term injury victims James McFadden and Scott Dann.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Birmingham's rearranged Premier League clash against Newcastle at St Andrew's! Kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 UK time...
  • Summary

    • 84' Birmingham have the ball with Bentley on the left now. He squares to Jerome in the box, who fluffs his shot to the right of the goal and PHILLIPS IS THERE! HE MISSES THE BALL! What a chance for Birmingham!
    • 79' The corner is swung into the box and HEADED BY JOHNSON! STRAIGHT AT HARPER WHO HOLDS ONTO THE BALL!
    • 73' Birmingham break now, and Ridgewell swings a ball in from the left wing to ZIGIC! HEADED OVER THE BAR!
    • 73' Newcastle move the ball swiftly up the other end of the field, and Best lays back to Tiote, who SHOOTS! HELD BY FOSTER!
    • 50' GOOOOOAL!! Gutierrez has the ball for Newcastle on the left - he turns Larsson inside out on the edge of the box, swings in a cross to BEST WHO HEADS PAST FOSTER FOR A SECOND NEWCASTLE GOAL!
    • 42' Newcastle counter with Jose Enrique on the left, who swings a left-foot cross into the box for BEST TO HEAD! OVER THE BAR!
    • 39' Birmingham break, and Larsson finds Gardner inside the box in a central position, and GARDNER SHOOTS! WIDE OF THE RIGHT POST!
    • 21' Jose Enrique plays his way into trouble again though, and loses out to Martins on the left wing! Martins finds Zigic in the area, who turns and SHOOTS! SAVED BY HARPER! Cracking save by the Newcastle keeper - low to his right
    • 19' The free kick is curled to the back stick by Larsson towards JOHNSON! HEADED WIDE! Glorious chance for Birmingham, who should be level
    • 2' GOOOOAL! NEWCASTLE TAKE THE LEAD IN UNDER TWO MINUTES! Gutierrez lifts the ball back into the box with his left foot, and Peter Lovenkrands fires the ball inside the near post first-time ahead of Roger Johnson! Cracking finish, and what a start for Newcastle!
    • 19:25 NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands, and Best. Subs: Krul, Campbell, Guthrie, Perch, Ranger, Ferguson, and Kuqi.
    • 19:20 TEAMS! BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bentley, Martins, and Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Bowyer, Phillips, Jerome, Fahey, and Beausejour

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • M. Jiránek Substitution Out (73′)
      • L. Ridgewell
      • C. Gardner
      • B. Ferguson
      • S. Larsson Substitution Out (76′)
      • D. Bentley
      • N. Žigic
      • O. Martins Substitution Out (58′)

      Subs

      • K. Phillips Substitution In76′
      • L. Bowyer
      • D. Murphy Substitution In73′ Yellow Card
      • C. Doyle
      • C. Jerome Substitution In58′
      • K. Fahey
      • J. Beausejour
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Harper
      • D. Simpson
      • M. Williamson
      • F. Coloccini
      • José Enrique
      • C. Tioté
      • K. Nolan Yellow Card
      • J. Barton Yellow Card
      • J. Gutiérrez Substitution Out (87′)
      • P. Løvenkrands Goal Substitution Out (65′)
      • L. Best Goal Substitution Out (75′)

      Subs

      • S. Campbell Substitution In87′
      • S. Kuqi
      • J. Perch
      • D. Guthrie Substitution In75′
      • T. Krul
      • N. Ranger Substitution In65′ Yellow Card
      • S. Ferguson
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