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FA Cup Leeds 1 Blues 1 #bcfc #bcfcfan.co.uk

FA Cup Leeds 1 Blues 1 #bcfc #bcfcfan.co.uk | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

Luciano Becchio was Leeds's saviour once more as his second-half goal against Birmingham kept them in the FA Cup. The in-form Argentinian scored his 19th goal of the season on the hour to keep United in with a chance of making the fourth round, although a replay was the last thing either managers wanted.

Neil Warnock, absent through sickness, and Lee Clark have long injury lists to deal with and could have done without another game, now in the diary after Becchio's cancellation of Wade Elliott's opener.

The goals were the only real high points on an otherwise forgettable afternoon, with clear-cut chances at a premium, although Birmingham could make a case for being the better team.

Already down to the bare bones owing to injuries and suspension, the visitors started well as Elliott, Ravel Morrison and Nathan Redmond all took it in turns from the edge of the box to make Jamie Ashdown work .

It was then Leeds's chance to attack and Jason Pearce's downward header from a Ross McCormack free-kick rebounded off the post, before David Norris was denied by Colin Doyle, deputising for the in-demand Jack Butland, who was rested on the bench.

Despite the low-key atmosphere generated by a lower-than-average crowd, the game continued to offer up chances and Redmond should have done better than miscue when he was played in down the left of the box by Morrison.

The running of Morrison was causing Leeds a number of problems, forcing them to sit deeper and, with 33 minutes gone, they were finally caught out. Elliott ran with the ball from the halfway line and, 25 yards out, fizzed one past Ashdown and into the top-right hand corner for a spectacular opener.

Leeds took a while to respond and threw on El Hadji Diouf at half-time in a bid to do so, but were not helped by Becchio getting his feet mixed up as he got clear.

Birmingham continued to impress at the other end and Redmond was unfortunate to see his cross-shot after a jinking run loop to safety, and the near-miss came back to haunt City as Becchio found his range on the hour, neatly slotting under Doyle after Norris showed good feet to send him clear.

A nasty-looking injury to teenager Will Packwood then held play up for five minutes, although Redmond should have made their readjustment easier when he burst through past Pearce, only to fire wide.

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Arbroath striker Steven Doris coming to Blues? #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Arbroath striker Steven Doris has been offered an opportunity to impress at Birmingham during a trial spell. #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Lee Clark puts the record straight #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

Lee Clark puts the record straight #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

Lee Clark puts the record straight regarding Leroy Lita and Keith Fahey #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Birmingham v Cardiff Preview #bcfc

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TEAM NEWS

Birmingham will be without suspended Nikola Zigic, while Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf), and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) are all sidelined.

Midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Darren Ambrose (knee) are also out.

Cardiff striker Rudy Gestede will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up at Birmingham having been the matchwinner against Millwall.

Don Cowie, Jordon Mutch and Kim Bo-Kyung are all waiting in the wings having been in and out of the side.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• Goals from Craig Bellamy and Mark Hudson proved sufficient for a 2-1 win over Birmingham on 2 October, which maintained Cardiff's 100% home record for the season and sent them to the top of the table.

• Now Malky Mackay's side are hoping to complete their first league double over the Brummies since 1967.

• This fixture has produced two successive 1-1 draws, but Birmingham are unbeaten in 12 league encounters with Cardiff at St Andrews, and have lost only one of the last 22.

Birmingham City

• Birmingham lie two places and seven points above the danger line, having failed to win eight of their last 10.

• Lee Clark's side have drawn their last two at St Andrews, and are chasing a third win in six on their own ground.

• Blues last kicked off a new year with victory in 2006.

Cardiff City

• Five points clear at the top, Cardiff are chasing an unrivalled 18th Championship victory and a fourth on the bounce.

• Three points will complete a hat-trick of away league victories for the Bluebirds, who've not been beaten in four on the road since the trip to Charlton on 6 November.

• The joint top scorers in the second tier have found the net in each of their last 23 league games, and have scored the opening goal in 17 matches this term. #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

 

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Blues starting XI V Bolton Wanderers: #bcfc

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Blues starting XI V Bolton Wanderers: Butland; Robinson, Davies, Caldwell (c), Hancox; Burke, Mullins, Spector, Reilly, Hall, Zigic., And on the Blues bench: Doyle, Ibanez, Delfouneso, Gordon, Elliott, Redmond, Jervis. #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk

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Bolton Vs Blues Preview #bcfc

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NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIPVenue: Reebok Stadium

 

Date: Saturday 29 December Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

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TEAM NEWS

Bolton captain Kevin Davies (suspension) is expected to return to the side after missing their Boxing Day defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Marvin Sordell is pushing for inclusion but Mark Davies (shoulder) and Stuart Holden and David Wheater (both knee) are still unavailable.

 

 

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark could field an unchanged side following their 2-1 Boxing Day win at Barnsley.

Jonathan Spector (ankle) faces a late fitness test after three games out.

 

 

VIEW FROM THE TRAINING GROUND

Blues defender Curtis Davies told BBC WM:

"There's a lot of heart in this side. It wasn't pretty but we won on Boxing Day. Hopefully, we can produce a similar performance against Bolton.

"If we can stay unbeaten over Christmas that would be a big thing.

"Rob Hall's only played eight games, but he's already had six assists. I've now got three goals in two, all based on him. When you've got a delivery like that, it makes it easy putting it in the back of the net."

 

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• Birmingham are hoping to complete a hat-trick of league wins over Bolton, having won the last two 2-1.

• Blues have not done the double over Bolton since 2003-04, in the Premier League.

• Their 1-0 win through a Mikael Forssell goal in October 2003, is Birmingham's only victory in 21 league matches on Bolton turf.

Bolton Wanderers

• Bolton suffered single-goal defeats to two of the Championship strugglers either side of Christmas (5-4 at Peterborough, and 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday), but have not experienced three straight losses at this level since December 1999.

• The Trotters have given away an unrivalled 21 points from winning positions so far this term (D6, L3).

• Should they let in one goal, it'll be the 2,500th they will have conceded in home league football.

Birmingham City

• If they avoid defeat, Birmingham will have built their longest unbeaten sequence under Lee Clark of four matches.

• Blues remain the only club without a goal in the first 15 minutes of a Championship game, and 69% of their goals have been netted in the second-half (22 of 32).

• If he plays, Curtis Davies will be making his 250th career league appearance.

 

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Barnsley vs Blues Starting X1 26/12/2012

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Blues starting X1 Butland, Robinson, Hancox, Davies, Caldwell, Hall, Elliott, Mullins, Reilly, Redmond, Zigic
Blues subs: Pablo, Burke, Morrison, Doyle, Gomis, Jervis, Delfouneso

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More time for Papa #bcfc

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Papa Bouba Diop has signed a one-month contract extension keeping him at Blues until January 17 2013 #bcfc
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Guess the Goal with EZE Group #bcfc

Guess the Goal with EZE Group #bcfc | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

win tickets to see Blues vs Burnley on the 22nd December at St Andrews. EZE group are giving Blues fans the chance to win two tickets to see Blues take on The Clarets at St Andrews

all you need to do is guess the goal time or get near to the first Blues goal against Crystal Palace, the game is open to both our facebook and Forum members.

good luck winning those tickets courtesy of Blues official Sponsors EZE Group Lifestyle Experts. Don't forget to visit the Sponsors EZE group website http://www.ezegroup.com/ #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk


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Guess the Goal with EZE Group #bcfc

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win tickets to see Blues vs Burnley on the 22nd December at St Andrews. EZE group are giving Blues fans the chance to win two tickets to see Blues take on The Clarets at St Andrews

all you need to do is guess the goal time or get near to the first Blues goal against Crystal Palace, the game is open to both our facebook and Forum members.

good luck winning those tickets courtesy of Blues official Sponsors EZE Group Lifestyle Experts. Don't forget to visit the Sponsors EZE group website http://www.ezegroup.com/ #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk


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Guess the Santa game on the forum, win DVD's!! #bcfc 'The Original!'

Guess the Santa game on the forum, win DVD's!! #bcfc 'The Original!' | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

things are hotting up in our guess the Santa game on the forum and on facabook as we fast approach the last few rounds, all you need to do is turn up and post which well known Blues personality is behind the Santa disguises to have a chance to win Blues DVDs. well done to all that got the last two Santa's, another two Santa's on the way. check your scores here http://birminghamcityforum.co.uk  Merry Christmas from the forum. #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk


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Guess the Goal with EZE Group #bcfc

Guess the Goal with EZE Group #bcfc | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

win tickets to see Blues vs Burnley on the 22nd December at St Andrews. EZE group are giving Blues fans the chance to win two tickets to see Blues take on The Clarets at St Andrews

all you need to do is guess the goal time or get near to the first Blues goal against Crystal Palace, the game is open to both our facebook and Forum members.

good luck winning those tickets courtesy of Blues official Sponsors EZE Group Lifestyle Experts. Don't forget to visit the Sponsors EZE group website http://www.ezegroup.com/ #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk


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BIH Announce Appointment of New Auditor #bcfc

BIH Announce Appointment of New Auditor #bcfc | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it
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The Board is pleased to announce that, with effect from 11 December 2012, JH CPA Alliance
Limited has been appointed as the auditor of the Company to fill the casual vacancy created
following the resignation of BDO Limited and will hold office until the conclusion of the nextannual general meeting of the Company.

full PDF Here http://202.66.146.82/listco/hk/birminghamint/announcement/a121211.pdf #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk

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Blues starting XI V Leeds United: 05/01/2013 #bcfc #bcfcfan.co.uk

Blues starting XI V Leeds United: 05/01/2013 #bcfc #bcfcfan.co.uk | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

Blues starting XI V Leeds United: Doyle; Packwood, Davies, Caldwell, Robinson; Burke, Reilly, Gomis, Elliott, Redmond, Morrison And on the Blues bench: Butland, Ibanez, Gordon, Hancox, Gnahore, Hales, Henry-Francis. #bcfc #bcfcfan.co.uk

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Ref Watch Chris Foy with birminghamcityforum.co.uk #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Saturday 5th January 2013
FA CUP 3rd Round
Leeds United vs Birmingham City
Referee Christopher Foy
Assistant Referees Peter Bankes & Richard West
Fourth Official Gary Hilton

Christopher J. Foy (born 20 November 1962 in St. Helens, Lancashire, is an English professional football referee who officiates in the Premier League. Since his first appointment as an official in the Football League in 1994, Foy has refereed a number of notable matches, including the FA Community Shield and the finals of the FA Trophy, Football League Cup and FA Cup.

Blues have never lost a home game that has been reffed by Chris Foy although that we be of little comfort Saturday when he takes charge of Blues 3rd round FA Cup game vs Leeds United. It will be the first time he has reffed Blues in the FA Cup however he has taken charge of Blues vs Leeds before, Last season at St Andrews when a solitary Nikola Zigic goal was enough to secure Blues all three points. so far this season he has officiated 18 games and given out 32 yellow cards and no red cards which must a record of some kind, he has given two penalties this season 1/home 1/away.

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Blues XI V Cardiff City 01/01/2013 #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

Blues XI V Cardiff City 01/01/2013 #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk | birminghamcityforum.co.uk | Scoop.it

Blues starting XI V Cardiff City: Butland; Packwood, Caldwell (c), Davies, Robinson; Hall, Mullins, Spector, Elliott; Redmond, Morrison.
And on the Blues bench this afternoon: Doyle, Ibanez, Gomis, Hancox, Reilly, Burke, Jervis.  #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Bolton 3-1 Birmingham #bcfc

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Bolton came from behind to earn a valuable victory against lowly Birmingham, who also had striker Nikola Zigic sent off late on.

Zigic had given Birmingham the lead with an early header.

But the hosts hit back to lead by half-time with goals from Marcos Alonso and Lee Chung-yong.

A second-half penalty from Keith Andrews settled the game and Zigic then saw red as Birmingham's three-match unbeaten run came to an end.

The result means Birmingham slip to 20th and are seven points above the relegation zone, while Bolton move up to 14th.

Bolton started brightly but it was Lee Clark's side who seized the advantage. Chris Burke's right-wing corner hung in the air and Zigic came through a crowded scene to nod home from six yards for his fifth of the season.

But the hosts did not have to wait much longer for the goal their dominance deserved after Tyrone Mears burst down the right and delivered a teasing ball for Alonso to provide the headed finish; outmuscling Curtis Davies to do so.

It got even better for Dougie Freedman's side just past the half-hour mark, Lee skipping past two defenders, rounding Jack Butland and squeezing the ball in from a tight angle.

The impressive Jay Spearing linked well with Kevin Davies and the veteran striker forced a smart stop from Butland as Bolton finished the half on top.

After the break Burke saw his 20-yard strike well held by Adam Bogdan as Birmingham began to grow into the game.

But after Steven Caldwell handled in the box, Andrews stepped up to calmly steer the spot-kick past Butland for 3-1.

Zigic was given his marching orders late on after picking up two bookings in little over a minute.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"Today we put everything together and to do it in front of the home fans is all the more pleasing.

"We targeted the midfield as an area where we could dominate the game today and we certainly did that throughout.

"We moved the ball around well and to get the win was great for everyone."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We didn't play well at all. It was our most inept performance for many weeks.

"We allowed (Jay) Spearing and Andrews to dictate the game, which was what we had planned not to let them do.

"I heard a few rumblings from our supporters that we should be playing four-four-two, but (after Zigic was sent off) we now don't even have a fit or available striker for the next match, so how are we meant to do that?

"I'm absolutely furious with that performance today and I'll be working hard to address it." #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Bolton Vs Blues Match Preview #bcfc

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Bolton v Blues preview

Blues end 2012 with a trip to the Reebok Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Trotters, in 16th, are only ahead of their 19th-placed opponents on goal difference with both sides locked on 29 points.

While Blues were extending their unbeaten run to three games with a 2-1 victory at Barnsley on Boxing Day, Bolton slipped to their second consecutive loss with a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Only the American duo of Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector are likely to bolster Lee Clark's squad ahead of this weekend's match. Versatile Packwood was ruled out of the Barnsley win with illness and will be assessed before the fixture at the Reebok. Meanwhile Spector has made good progress on the ankle injury he sustained at Wolves on December 8 and trained with the squad this week.

Clark is once again likely to turn to some of the young guns that haven't disappointed in recent fixtures and the Blues boss admits that the continued involvement of his teenage crop has helped to create a feelgood factor in the camp.

“It’s the best feeling in the business," said Clark when asked about blooding youngsters in his first-team. "It was something that I did in my other job. I inherited quite an old squad and in my first couple of windows I changed it by bringing in younger, hungrier players that I thought were more vibrant. Here the majority have come in from the academy which is even better because you don’t have to go into the transfer market to bring the players in.

“I’ve been delighted with their response, their enthusiasm, their passion and their desire – not just in matches but also on the training ground. When you put on training sessions and you talk to them to try to coach them, they listen and hang on every word because they want to improve.  They want to make the club and the team better so it’s a win-win situation.

“I’ve been a believer that if you’re a supporter and you see your fellow Bluenose getting the chance to be in the team, you’re going to give them that extra support because he’s one of your own and you’re going to look after each other like a big family.

"If supporters see local lads in there fighting for the jersey then they can be sympathetic to the odd mistake or two, which they will make because they are young players still learning. It’s been a positive response from them all individually but more importantly there’s been a response from them collectively.

"I know that I can sit here and safely say that at the Reebok come 3pm on Saturday there will be no questions asked with regards to commitment, desire and work ethic. The basic ingredients will be there in abundance."

While Clark feels that the kids are alright, he believes that the trip to Bolton will be their biggest test so far.

The Blues boss continued: "Bolton are similar to ourselves in the sense that they’ve not been consistent over the course of the season but when they hit top form then they look a very good team. 

"This will be the biggest challenge so far for our young lads – they’re away from home, tough enough as it is, but also at a big stadium."

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Barnsley 1 Blues 2 Boxing Day joy for Blues

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Barnsley 1 Blues 2

A Curtis Davies brace helped Blues seal the perfect gift of three points in an absorbing Boxing Day encounter in South Yorkshire.

Davies’ 35th minute header was quickly cancelled out by Jonathan Greening, then Barnsley’s Craig Davies missed from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.

His namesake Curtis made the Reds pay four minutes later, with a second header of the afternoon from Rob Hall’s free-kick.

During the opening stages the wet playing surface allowed sliding challenges aplenty to fly in, although this prevented both teams from grabbing a real foothold on possession.

Blues did manage to apply some pressure around the ten minute mark, though, as three consecutive Hall corners caused discomfort in Barnsley’s box.

But the early chances came the way of the home side.

Butland did well to keep hold of Stephen Dawson’s 20-yard volley, then five minutes later the England international spectacularly tipped away Marcus Tudgay’s powerful header, after Dawson whipped in a dangerous cross from the right.

There was little action to speak of for the next 20 minutes – that was until Davies and Greening found the net within 60 seconds of each other.

Blues initially edged ahead thanks to an unmarked Davies nodding home Hall’s corner from a couple of yards out.

However, Lee Clark’s men were soon pegged back after failing to clear their lines, which eventually led to Greening guiding the ball past Butland into the bottom corner.

Moments into the second-half and the Reds appeared set to score a second, with Tudgay finding Chris Dagnall in the area. The ex-Rochdale striker couldn’t quite get enough purchase to direct the ball on target, however.

Birmingham responded on 56 minutes via Wade Elliott’s free-kick, but the 34-year-old drifted his effort a couple of feet wide of Luke Steele’s left post.

Then just after the hour mark down the opposite end of the pitch, Davies prevented a certain goal by blocking John Stones’ shot.

Barnsley wasted an even better opportunity from the spot, after Caldwell was adjudged to have handled Davies’ header. Fortunately, the Barnsley forward blasted the penalty over Butland’s crossbar.

And shortly afterwards Butland did brilliantly to stop Hayden Mullins scoring an own goal with a diving header.

A dramatic ending was topped off by Davies winning all three points for Blues thirteen minutes from time.

Hall’s free-kick sliced the Reds’ defence open and this allowed an unopposed Davies to head past Steele, which sent the travelling Blues fans into rapture.

Birmingham suffered the odd scare as Barnsley piled forward to snatch a draw, but Blues also went close to scoring a third when Mullins’ lofted effort was tipped over the bar.

That proved of little significance, however, as Blues moved to within eight points of the play-off places.

Barnsley (in numerical order): Luke Steele (C), Bobby Hassell, Scott Golbourne, Stephen Dawson, Jim O’Brien, David Perkins (Matt Done 68), Chris Dagnall (Craig Davies 68), Jimmy McNulty, Jonathan Greening, Marcus Tudgay, John Stones.
Subs not used (in numerical order): Ben Alnwick, Scott Wiseman, Marlon Harewood, Tomasz Cywka, Emile Sinclair.

Goals: Greening (36)

Bookings: Tudgay (40)

Blues: Jack Butland, Paul Robinson, Curtis Davies, Steven Caldwell (C), Mitch Hancox, Rob Hall (Morgaro Gomis 86), Callum Reilly, Hayden Mullins, Wade Elliott, Nathan Redmond (Chris Burke 53), Nikola Zigic.
Subs not used: Colin Doyle, Pablo Ibanez, Emmitt Delfouneso, Ravel Morrison, Jake Jervis.

Goals: Davies (35, 77)

Bookings: Elliott (75)

Referee: C. Boyeson

Attendance: 9, 191 (826 Blues fans) from bcfc.com

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Blues 2 Burnley 2 #bcfc

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Blues began their festive campaign with a deserved 2-2 home draw against Burnley.Curtis Davies headed his side into a first half lead, but the Clarets hit back with two second-half strikes in the space of just two minutes. The visitors looked to be heading for all three points before Nikola Zigic scored with just one minute of normal time remaining.   A host of injuries meant that Lee Clark was forced into making seven changes to his starting line-up.  Leading scorer Marlon King missed out with a knee problem, Papa Bouba Diop with a hamstring injury and full-back Paul Robinson was taken ill on Friday.  To compound matters Peter Lovenkrands sustained a calf injury in the warm-up, meaning that Nathan Redmond was promoted from the bench and Josh Hawker was added to the squad as a last-minute substitute. Consequently the Blues boss named seven teenagers in his first X1 - six 19-year-olds and one 18-year-old. Blues were given an early warning as Martin Paterson found space in behind their defence but fortunately his low strike went just the wrong side of Jack Butland’s upright. The same Burnley player then forced the Blues keeper into making a brilliant left handed save, before Dean Marney blasted the ball over the bar. Although Sean Dyche’s side were having the majority of the early play, Blues were still managing to look a threat on the counter-attack.   Ravel Morrison went on a surging run directly through the middle but was brought down by Chris McCann 25 yards out, and the Burnley man earned himself a booking for his troubles. Unfortunately Blues failed to take advantage of the opportunity and the free-kick went to waste.  Having weathered the early pressure Clark’s side began to gain the upper hand and were consistently forcing Burnley back into their own half of the field.  With 30 minutes on the clock Joseph Mills was fortunate to escape with just a caution after a crude challenge that left Rob Hall writhing on the ground. The resultant free-kick was crossed in by Hall, but cleared back to him. He sent a second ball in, which was met by Curtis Davies who directed a fine glancing header into the back of the net.   Burnley had a glorious opportunity to level things after 38 minutes, but somehow Michael Duff managed to lift the ball over a gaping Blues goal from just four yards out. With half-time approaching Nathan Redmond let go with a fierce left-footed drive from distance, but his shot was superbly tipped behind by Burnley keeper Lee Grant for a corner. Then Hall tested Grant with a stinging shot after he had cut into the box from the right. Half-time: Blues 1 Burnley 0  The second began with Blues kicking towards the Tilton Road end and heavy rain beating down on St. Andrew’s. Just minutes in Blues went close to doubling their advantage as Redmond curled a shot just the wrong side of the far post. Blues picked then picked up two bookings in quick succession. Ravel Morrison was cautioned for encroaching at a free kick and Mitch Hancox received a yellow for bringing down Kieran Trippier.  The foul and booking were fortunate for Blues, as Charlie Austin put the ball in the back of the Blues net from the same passage as play, but the linesman had already flagged in the build up. Burnley made their first substitution of the game with just over an hour played as Keith Treacy replaced Martin Paterson. Burnley found themselves right back in the match when they levelled the scores on 66 minutes. Slack defending allowed Danny Ings to get in between Davies and Butland and turn Dean Marney’s cross home. Disaster struck two minutes later as Burnley fired home a second goal direct from a free kick. Ings was brought down by Davies as he ran through at the Blues defence, which earned the centre half a booking. Ross Wallace stepped up and fired a brilliant ball into the top left hand corner of the net, leaving Butland with no chance of stopping it Scottish winger Chris Burke was sent on for Morrison after 71 minutes and then five minutes later former Burnley favourite Wade Elliott replaced Rob Hall. Redmond fashioned a chance for himself when he chipped the ball over Lee Grant, but there was not enough pace on the effort and it was cleared just before it found the back of a an empty net. With the game heading into its closing stages Blues threw everybody forward, but the Burnley defence was standing firm. That was until the 89th minute when Nikola Zigic found a yard of space inside the Burnley area and drilled a shot underneath Grant to send the home support into raptures. 

Full-time: Blues 2 Burnley 2 

 

Blues: Jack Butland, Will Packwood, Curtis Davies, Steven Caldwell, Mitch Hancox, Rob Hall (Wade Elliott, 76), Callum Reilly, Hayden Mullins, Ravel Morrison (Chris Burke, 71), Nathan Redmond, Nikola Zigic.Subs not used: Colin Doyle, Pablo Ibanez, Emmitt Delfouneso, Morgaro Gomis, Josh Hawker.Bookings:  Morrison (50), Hancox (57), Davies (67), Mullins (74).Goals:  Davies (31), Zigic (89).  

 

Burnley: Lee Grant, Kieran Trippier, Daniel Lafferty, Michael Duff, Jason Shackell, Dean Marney (Sam Vokes, 90+3), Chris McCann, Danny Ings (Marvin Bartley, 88), Charlie Austin, Martin Paterson (Keith Treacy, 64), Ross Wallace. Subs not used: Sam Vokes, Junior Stanislas, David Edgar, Kevin Long, Brian Jensen.Bookings: McCann (15), Mills (30).Goals: Danny Ings (66), Wallace (68). 

 

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

 

Attendance: 17, 284 (735 Burnley fans)

 

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Birmingham 2-2 Crystal Palace #bcfc

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Birmingham came back from two goals down to earn a draw against promotion-chasing Crystal Palace at St Andrew's.
Palace had to withstand some concerted pressure before striker Glenn Murray put them ahead with a simple tap-in.
Some good work from Jonathan Parr allowed Murray to stab in another for the Eagles, who remain in second place.
But substitute Nikola Zigic's headed effort pulled one back for Blues and Papa Bouba Diop also nodded home to rescue a point.
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Palace's disappointment at failing to hold onto their lead will be tempered with the news that Championship leaders Cardiff were beaten at home by bottom side Peterborough.
Birmingham are struggling at the wrong end of the table but can take heart from their performance against Palace, along with the character they showed.
The home side actually made the brighter start and Chris Burke's 18-yard effort was saved by Palace keeper Julian Speroni.
Peter Lovenkrands also had an effort saved for Blues before Palace took the lead when Yannick Bolasie's break from the right gave Murray an easy finish.
Birmingham continued to put pressure on Palace but did not get any reward for their play and found themselves 2-0 down when Murray added his second with another close-range effort.
Zigic scored a minute after coming on to give the home side hope and Diop headed in Robert Hall's corner with eight minutes left to earn his side a share of the points.
Birmingham manager Lee Clark:
"I didn't think there was much in the first half. We gave away an awful goal when we didn't compete on the edge of their box. The second goal was something we had discussed all week. We didn't track the run and this was down to simple basics.
"When we were looking down the barrel we have once again produced the half an hour performance that enabled us to get back into the game and potentially win it.
"We were in the ascendancy at the final whistle and I've said to the players 'Why can't we play like that from the first whistle?'
"Why can't we play with that drive, determination, desire and aggressive running without the ball? We appear to have the shackles on when it's 0-0. We do not play with the freedom we show when we have to come from behind."
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway:
"The last time I was here we were 2-0 up and looked as if we were cruising and ended 2-2. It felt strangely strange. You have to give Birmingham credit but we made one or two mistakes after they sent on Zigic and we looked a little vulnerable.
"All in all I still thought it was a very good performance. I am probably disappointed with Birmingham's second goal as it was a free header from a corner.
"But the defining moment for me occurred when we had a breakaway before scoring the second goal. (Andre) Moritz hardly ever misses in situations like that but he went over.
"But give Birmingham full credit. Lee Clark's teams hardly give up. They are not having it easy and the season has not gone their way." #bcfc
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Blues starting XI V Crystal Palace:

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Butland; Caddis, Davies, Caldwell (c), Robinson; Burke, Diop, Reilly, Elliott, Lovenkrands, King And on the Blues bench: Doyle, Ibanez, Hancox, Morrison, Hall, Redmond, Zigic. #BCFC
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Guess the Goal with EZE Group #bcfc

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win tickets to see Blues vs Burnley on the 22nd December at St Andrews. EZE group are giving Blues fans the chance to win two tickets to see Blues take on The Clarets at St Andrews

all you need to do is guess the goal time or get near to the first Blues goal against Crystal Palace, the game is open to both our facebook and Forum members.

good luck winning those tickets courtesy of Blues official Sponsors EZE Group Lifestyle Experts. Don't forget to visit the Sponsors EZE group website http://www.ezegroup.com/ #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk


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It's a wrap

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The 2012 Blues Give a Gift campaign is in full swing after a wrapathon was held at St. Andrew’s on Thursday. #bcfc
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The 2012 Blues Give a Gift campaign is in full swing after a wrapathon was held at St. Andrew’s on Thursday.

A squad of volunteers, made up of club staff, supporters and local businesses, came armed with sticky tape and wrapping paper to help prepare for Blues’ annual Christmas hospital visits next week.

The club, first-team players and several local businesses have all chipped in to purchase a mountain of gifts which will be distributed to youngsters on the wards of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Heartlands Hospital.

Blues Give a Gift has already been tremendously supported by a host of companies who are based locally.

Bespoke investment management firm Quilter* purchased a host of electrical items including Xboxes, DVD players and DVDs and, as well as getting stuck into the wrapping, representatives will also be joining the squad on next week’s hospital visits.

John Lewis Solihull donated £1,000 worth of costs items while Sara Breen, their community liaison coordinator, has also been of great support throughout the campaign. Gifts were purchased and stored at nearby B&M Bargains and Toys R Us, who also both generously offered a discount.

Blues fan Paul Duffy, from Service Birmingham, also donated £215 following a fundraising event while supporter Matthew Farr’s company All 4 One T-Shirt Printing supplied branded clothing at a discount.

However the presents weren’t going to wrap themselves and that was the task set during the mammoth wrapping session. Hospital staff joined Bluenoses from Redditch Supporters Club, Forza Blues, Blues Trust, the BCFC Official messageboard, the Disabled Supporters Club, Often Partisan and Small Heath Alliance.

Blues boss Lee Clark also popped in with players Wade Elliott and Paul Robinson to offer their own support ahead of Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

Stay tuned to bcfc.com for further news on this year’s Blues Give a Gift campaign.

*Quilter is a specialist in personalised investment management services. For further information, please contact Dean Lomas or David Jupp on 0121 212 2120 or visit: www.quilter.com. #bcfc

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Guess the Santa game on the forum, win DVD's!! #bcfc 'The Original!'

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Our annual guess the Santa game on the forum and on facebook is now in full swing, all you need to do is turn up and post which well known Blues personality is behind the Santa disguise to have a chance to win Blues DVDs. well done to all that got the last two Santa's, another two Santa's on the way. check your scores here http://birminghamcityforum.co.uk  Merry Christmas from the forum. #bcfc birminghamcityforum.co.uk


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