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  1. Zigic helps Blues beat West Ham

    Zigic helps Blues beat West Ham

    Birmingham City climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers West Ham United at Upton Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Birmingham City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes, and Birmingham's second away win of the season lifts them out of the bottom three!
    • 90+3' Another booking for a West Ham player, this time for Da Costa for a foul on Carr.
    • 90+2' Obinna catches Ferguson very late and the Nigerian picks up a booking.
    • 90+1' The ball lands at the feet of Parker inside a crowded penalty area, and he can't get a clean shot away. Foster gathers gratefully.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time are signalled just after Obinna curls an effort well wide. Can the Hammers salvage a point here?
    • 89' Jacobsen sends in a diagonal ball to the far post that Da Costa heads back across goal... it bounces wide of the far post!
    • 87' Birmingham are looking to win their second PL match at Upton Park. Their only other PL away win at West Ham was their first ever PL encounter in October 2002 (1-2). (Infostrada)
    • 86' Obinna tries to bend a shot past Foster from distance, but it takes a deflection and it's an easy catch for the keeper.
    • 85' West Ham and throwing it all at Birmingham now. They have three forwards on the pitch, but Ba, Cole and Obinna are often getting in each other's way.
    • 84' Foster comes for it and doesn't get there, but fortunately for Birmingham the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 83' O'Neil's ball into the box is not the best but Larsson has to head behind for another corner.
    • 82' Manuel da Costa liens up a strike from some way out and the low shot is parried by Foster! It bounced just in front of the keeper before he pawed it awat from goal.
    • 81' Gardner tracks Parker's run to the byline well and concedes a corner. Bridge's corner is overhit and misses everyone in the box.
    • 80' Jacobsen sends a long ball into the West Ham box. Foster doew well to jump and claim it with Cole rising with him.
    • 79' Bridge's foot cathces Carr as West Ham continue to pile the pressure on the visitors.
    • 77' Bridge fires in a free-kick from deep. The ball lands at the feet of Ba who fires his strike off the near post! So close to a leveller for West Ham!
    • 76' West Ham substitution: Demba Ba replaces Keane to make his Premier League debut.
    • 74' Referee plays advantage and Birmginham come forward. Bowyer finds Zigic who is shepherded away from goal before committing a foul.
    • 72' Nikola Zigic scores the 42nd goal of this match round in the Premier League, breaking the previous record of 41 goals in a Premier League match round since a 20-team league (1995-96). (Infostrada)
    • 71' The corner is headed well clear, before Keane concedes a free-kick.
    • 70' Bowyer wins another corner off Da Costa, although the last touch was off him. Birmingham have been a different side since Larsson's introduction.
    • 69' Bridge gets to the Birmingham byline but he concedes a goal kick.
    • 68' The West Ham fans are singing a certain familiar chant in criticism of the referee. Chris Foy has denied them three penalty claims in this match, but none of them were what you would call stonewall.
    • 67' Larsson fires a dangerous low ball across the six-yard box, but no one can get a touch.
    • 67' That's only Zigic's fourth league goal of the season, but it could prove priceless for Birmingham.
    • 66' GOAL!! Larsson's delivery curls wickedly to Zigic at the far post and the Serb rises comfortably above his marker and heads past Green to give Birmingham the lead!
    • 65' The delivery is cleared but Bentley wins another free-kick, this time off Noble.
    • 65' Da Costa is robbed of the ball by Bentley and then fouls the winger. Somehow he escpaes a booking. Larsson will send the free-kick in...
    • 64' The corner is headed into the air and Zigic glances the ball out of play for a goal kick.
    • 63' Birmingham lose the ball and West Ham break! Parker has option on either side but his pass through for Obinna is disappointing. Birmingham win a corner at the other end.
    • 61' Cole almost makes an immediate impact with a twinkle-toed run across the edge of the box. He loses the ball eventually but now Keane twists and turns insid ethe box and sends a low ball across... cleared before it can find a team-mate! Lovely football from West Ham's forwards.
    • 60' West Ham substitution: Carlton Cole replaces Piquionne.
    • 59' Zigic is played through by Larsson and he fires over the bar... but he was offside anyway.
    • 58' Bentley swings in the free-kick, which yields a corner. The set piece doesn't beat the first man.
    • 57' Birmingham substitution: Sebastian Larsson replaces Jerome.
    • 56' Da Costa fouls Bowyer and Birmingham prepare to send in the free-kick from deep.
    • 55' This is the fourth time Birmingham are level at the break in an away match this Premier League season. They could not convert any of the previous three into a win, losing at Arsenal and drawing at Villa and Man City. (Infostrada)
    • 54' Keane looks to be through on goal and goes under after contact from Johnson... again the referee waves away the appeals! To be fair, Keane was not too vociferous in his claim.
    • 53' The Portuguese defender has certainly been in the thick of it since his half-time introduction. This time Jerome fouls him and they both tussle for the ball.
    • 52' Good defending by Da Costa, who shields the ball played forward for Jerome before turning and passing calmly to Jacobsen.
    • 51' Decent curling cross from Bentley and it finds Zigic at the far post... headed wide! The Serb claims he was shoved as he went for the header, but he could have done better with it.
    • 50' Da Costa and Zigic tangle inside the box as they await a cross and they haul each other down. The referee saw it as a 50/50 and play continues.
    • 49' Obinna surges forward through the middle. He has Keane to his left and Piquionne to his right but he goes for the left-footed strike... blocked en route to goal.
    • 47' Noble floats the free-kick to Da Costa at the far post... the header is caught and held by Foster.
    • 46' Ferguson fouls Obinna and West Ham have a free-kick in a central position some 30 yards from goal.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • HT West Ham substitution: Manuel da Costa replaces Upson.
    • 45+2' The whistle blows to end a decent first half.
    • 45+1' Obinna turns swiftly inside the box and has a solid strike from a tight angle come off Johnson's arm! Once again, not sure how much Johnson knew about it. West Ham come again and Keane controls and fires over the bar!
    • 45' Just the one minute of added time is signalled.
    • 44' Jacobsen strikes the ball against Ridgewell's arm inside the box! Appeals for handball but there was nothing the Birmingham full-back could do about that.
    • 43' Parker charges down a Jiranek clearance and gets to the byline. He tries to pick out Keane but the cross is blocked.
    • 43' Obinna does well to take the ball off Bentley and clear. He's been popping up all over the place in this first half.
    • 42' Bentley and Johnson link up well to get the latter back into the box, but the defender's square pass across the edge is intercepted.
    • 41' Birmingham win a corner. Johnson heads it back across goal but West Ham clear the immediate danger.
    • 40' Birmingham only get the set piece cleared at the third attempt and Noble fouls David Bentley as the Blues winger tries to break. Noble gets the first booking of the game.
    • 39' Jiranek concedes a free-kick on the left. Plenty of claret and blue inside the visitor's box.
    • 38' Lovely reverse pass by Obinna which Jacobsen meets and pings in a cross. Birmingham will be happy to get to half-time on level terms at this rate.
    • 37' Upson looks to be in some discomfort. The defender has been struggling with an Achilles problem, and is only in the team as a late replacement for James Tomkins. Manuel da Costa is on the bench.
    • 36' Noble's latest corner causes problems in the Birmingham box but they escape with a goal kick.
    • 35' Obinna motors down the left wing and fires in a dangerous cross bound for Piquionne... Johnson clears for a corner with a diving header!
    • 34' West Ham have used 31 different players this season, the joint-most along with Aston Villa. (Opta)
    • 32' The corner doesn't produce a chance but Birmingham retain the ball. The second ball comes in from Bowyer and Johnson glances his header high and wide!
    • 31' Birmingham send plenty up for their first corner of the game. Zigic is back on the field...
    • 30' West Ham have picked up 13 home points this season – only Blackpool (11) have fewer home points in the division. (Infostrada)
    • 29' Noble's ball across the six-yard box is hacked away by Carr and Parker's follow-up shot is wide.
    • 28' First-half possession: West Ham 58%-42% Birmingham.
    • 27' Noble's corner breaks loose in the box and Winston Reid stumbles as he tries to shoot on the turn. The whistle blows for a foul on Martin Jiranek by the Kiwi defender.
    • 26' West Ham look to press home their one-man advantage by committing plenty forward. Johnson heads Obinna's cross behind for a corner.
    • 25' Zigic has been led downt he tunnel. He might be having that cut stitched up. Birmingham will be down to 10 men for a little while.
    • 24' Zigic has sustained a cut to the cheek. The West Ham fans are annoyed that the big Serb is taking his time in leaving the field to have it treated and change his shirt.
    • 23' Jacobsen slings in a long throw, but Birmingham's aerial dominance comes to the fore.
    • 22' The Hammers have exactly the same record as they did after 25 league games last season: W5 D9 L11. At this point last season Birmingham had 10 more points than they do currently (24). (Opta)
    • 21' Keane feeds Obinna this time, and the Nigerian drills a shot from 20 yards wide of the target. West Ham on top here.
    • 20' Lovely little backheel flick from Keane to Piquionne on the edge of the box, but the ball gets stuck under the Frenchman's feet and his eventual effort on goal is tame.
    • 19' A long ball up from Ridgewell which neither Zigic nor Jerome show any interest in chasing.
    • 18' If Keane scores today, he becomes the first player to score in his first two Premier League matches for West Ham. (Infostrada)
    • 17' Johnson and Piquionne collide and both takes knocks to their knees, but the pair are both fine to continue.
    • 16' West Ham pressing the Birmingham defence every time they have the ball. Foster's hurried clearance is taken out of play by the swirling wind.
    • 15' Bowyer gets his head to the cross first and Foster reacts quickly to gather it up. At the other end, Craig Gardner fires a strike over the bar from range.
    • 14' Ridgewell concedes a free-kick on the right wing. Noble will aim for one of several West Ham players inside the box...
    • 13' Nikola Zigic can't control Bowyer's flick on and West Ham break. Piquionne gets past Johnson but the ball runs into the arms of Foster.
    • 12' A tight battle in midfield ends with O'Neil fouling Bowyer.
    • 11' West Ham look to keep hold of the ball and build patiently from the back.
    • 10' After a bright start from Victor Obinna, the Nigerian tries a bizarre crossfield ball that almost turns into a good cross for Birmingham! He's immensely talented, but very erratic.
    • 9' Birmingham have only won one of the last eight Premier League matches against West Ham. (Opta)
    • 8' Noble sprays the ball wide to Gary O'Neil, whose touch is heavy. He manages to get his cross in but it's high and an easy catch for Foster.
    • 7' Liam Ridgewell shields the ball from Frederic Piquionne inside the Birmingham box, and the big French striker shoves the defender over and concedes a foul.
    • 6' Ben Foster has to leap forward and punch away another lethal delivery into the Birmingham box. Bright start from the Hammers.
    • 5' A West Ham free-kick is fired in from the right, but it flies through the box without anyone getting a touch.
    • 4' Noble's corner is very deep and Robbie Keane controls and has his shot on the turn blocked. The Irishman is making his home debut, having scored in his Hammers bow at Blackpool.
    • 3' Wayne Bridge wins the game's first corner off Carr. Mark Noble will send it in...
    • 2' Barry Ferguson pings a long diagonal ball down the right channel for Stephen Carr to chase, but it's too far ahead of the Blues captain.
    • 1' Former Hammers midfielder Lee Bowyer is caught on the shin by Lars Jacobsen. He gets up to his feet and limps away.
    • 1' West Ham kick off and we're underway!
    • 13:27 OK - it's Matthew Upson who is promoted to the starting line-up in Tomkins's place. The two teams are ready to come out on to the pitch and face each other for the third time in a month.
    • 13:25 News of a possible late change in the West Ham team: James Tomkins has pulled up with a problem in the warm-up, and Manuel da Costa could come into the side in his stead. The Portuguese hasn't played for the first team since injuring an ankle against Arsenal in October.
    • 13:20 Today's referee is Chris Foy. The St Helens official is the most lenient in the top flight, having shown just 38 yellow cards in his 17 matches thus far this season, and he is yet to send anyone off. He spared Gary Neville a red card in Manchester United's win over West Brom on New Year's Day in what turned out to be the right-back's final match before announcing his retirement earlier this week.
    • 13:15 HEAD-TO-HEAD: West Ham United and Birmingham City have met 83 times in the league. West Ham have won 27, Birmingham City 37 and there have been 19 draws. They have met nine times in the Premier League. West Ham have won four, Birmingham City two and there have been three draws. This is their fourth meeting of the season. They drew 2-2 in the league at Birmingham and each won one leg of the Carling Cup semi-final, with the Blues' 3-1 win sending them to Wembley. (Infostrada)
    • 13:10 Striker Cameron Jerome (ankle), midfielder Barry Ferguson (ankle) and central defender Roger Johnson (calf) have all been cleared to play for the Blues. Johnson's ability to play means January signing Curtis Davies is on the bench, while on-loan striker Obafemi Martins is still waiting for a work permit.
    • 13:05 West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne has come through a late fitness test to start. Carlton Cole also did, but only makes the bench. Jack Collison and Thomas Hitzlsperger continue their recovery from long-term injuries. Manuel Da Costa played an hour for the reserves earlier this week, his first competitive action since October, and he's on the bench. Skipper Scott Parker will hope to cap off a weekend which has seen him called up for England with a match-winning display.
    • 13:00 WEST HAM: Green, Jacobsen, Reid, Tomkins, Bridge, O'Neil, Parker, Noble, Obinna, Piquionne, Keane. Subs: Boffin, Cole, Kovac, Upson, Sears, Ba, da Costa /// BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Bentley, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Jerome, Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Larsson, Phillips, Fahey, Beausejour, Davies.
    • 12:55 Another huge moment for the club's fighting against relegation has happened at The Hawthorns - West Brom have sacked their manager Roberto di Matteo. The Baggies has won just one of their last nine league matches, but it's still shocking news. The former Italy international has officially been 'relieved of his duties' and placed on gardening leave. In other words, sacked. More on this breaking story
    • 12:50 This match will have huge ramifications for the relegation battle. Both the Hammers and the Blues are in the bottom three, both on 24 points as are bottom side Wolves. A win for either side would lift them out of the bottom three and up to 16th. Premier League table
    • 12:45 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the Premier League clash between West Ham United and Birmingham City at Upton Park!
  • Summary

    • 89' Jacobsen sends in a diagonal ball to the far post that Da Costa heads back across goal... it bounces wide of the far post!
    • 82' Manuel da Costa liens up a strike from some way out and the low shot is parried by Foster! It bounced just in front of the keeper before he pawed it awat from goal.
    • 77' Bridge fires in a free-kick from deep. The ball lands at the feet of Ba who fires his strike off the near post! So close to a leveller for West Ham!
    • 66' GOAL!! Larsson's delivery curls wickedly to Zigic at the far post and the Serb rises comfortably above his marker and heads past Green to give Birmingham the lead!
    • 61' Cole almost makes an immediate impact with a twinkle-toed run across the edge of the box. He loses the ball eventually but now Keane twists and turns insid ethe box and sends a low ball across... cleared before it can find a team-mate! Lovely football from West Ham's forwards.
    • 54' Keane looks to be through on goal and goes under after contact from Johnson... again the referee waves away the appeals! To be fair, Keane was not too vociferous in his claim.
    • 51' Decent curling cross from Bentley and it finds Zigic at the far post... headed wide! The Serb claims he was shoved as he went for the header, but he could have done better with it.
    • 45+1' Obinna turns swiftly inside the box and has a solid strike from a tight angle come off Johnson's arm! Once again, not sure how much Johnson knew about it. West Ham come again and Keane controls and fires over the bar!
    • 44' Jacobsen strikes the ball against Ridgewell's arm inside the box! Appeals for handball but there was nothing the Birmingham full-back could do about that.
    • 35' Obinna motors down the left wing and fires in a dangerous cross bound for Piquionne... Johnson clears for a corner with a diving header!
    • 32' The corner doesn't produce a chance but Birmingham retain the ball. The second ball comes in from Bowyer and Johnson glances his header high and wide!
    • 29' Noble's ball across the six-yard box is hacked away by Carr and Parker's follow-up shot is wide.
    • 21' Keane feeds Obinna this time, and the Nigerian drills a shot from 20 yards wide of the target. West Ham on top here.
    • 20' Lovely little backheel flick from Keane to Piquionne on the edge of the box, but the ball gets stuck under the Frenchman's feet and his eventual effort on goal is tame.
    • 13:00 WEST HAM: Green, Jacobsen, Reid, Tomkins, Bridge, O'Neil, Parker, Noble, Obinna, Piquionne, Keane. Subs: Boffin, Cole, Kovac, Upson, Sears, Ba, da Costa /// BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Bentley, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Jerome, Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Larsson, Phillips, Fahey, Beausejour, Davies.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • L. Jacobsen
      • W. Reid
      • M. Upson Substitution Out (45′)
      • W. Bridge
      • S. Parker
      • M. Noble Yellow Card
      • G. O'Neil
      • Obinna Yellow Card
      • F. Piquionne Substitution Out (60′)
      • R. Keane Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • C. Cole Substitution In60′
      • J. Faubert
      • R. Boffin
      • M. da Costa Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • D. Ba Substitution In76′
      • R. Kovác
      • F. Sears
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster Yellow Card
      • S. Carr
      • R. Johnson
      • M. Jiránek
      • L. Ridgewell
      • B. Ferguson
      • C. Gardner
      • D. Bentley
      • L. Bowyer
      • C. Jerome Substitution Out (57′)
      • N. Žigic Goal

      Subs

      • K. Phillips
      • D. Murphy
      • C. Doyle
      • S. Larsson Substitution In57′
      • C. Davies
      • K. Fahey
      • J. Beausejour
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