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Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Birmingham City

Lee Novak

Lee Novak scored twice for Birmingham as they held on to beat Blackburn in a five-goal Championship thriller.

Blues went 3-0 up within 36 minutes, with Lee Novak scoring from close range and then with a 30-yard effort, before Chris Burke punished a defensive error for their third.

Jordan Rhodes gave Rovers hope with a header and then lofted the ball over Darren Randolph to set up a nervy end.

They almost equalised in injury time as Scott Dann's header hit the post.

For Birmingham, who are now unbeaten in nine league games, it was a first win at Ewood Park since 1968 as the Blues moved to within three points of 12th-placed Rovers, who had been unbeaten in four games.

Ruben Rochina made his first start since the opening day for Blackburn and almost had the first goal early on when he dragged his shot wide.

He was made to pay when Dan Burn squared for unmarked Novak to tap the ball home. The former Huddersfield striker then added a second from distance six minutes later.

Rhodes hit the post for Blackburn before they gifted Birmingham a third. Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood's poor clearance fell to Burke, who found space to fire home from the edge of the box.

After looking out of it at half-time, Blackburn were given hope when Rhodes headed home Ben Marshall's cross from close range. The Scotland international then lobbed Randolph from Dann's long ball six minutes later to reduce the deficit to a goal.

And, had Dann done better in injury time with his header, they would have rescued an unlikely point.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"I didn't think we were bad in the first half to be honest.

"I think Birmingham might have got in our half about three times and scored three goals. The level of performance first half was decent.

"We were happy enough at how we were with the ball, but they were poor goals from our point of view.

"The second half was absolutely outstanding and I've nothing but pride for them because we could quite easily have collapsed and died and showed no fight but this group of players don't know that and it's full credit to them because we turned that mentality around very quickly in a short space of time.

"On another day we might have got a point out of it."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"To come away from home and win any match is fantastic.

"The first-half performance was a terrific away performance. We contained Blackburn and restricted them to minimum chances and scored some terrific goals on the break ourselves and could have scored a couple more so we're absolutely delighted.

"There were a few anxious moments but I've just said to the players if there were prizes given out in the division for heart, desire, commitment, passion, pride in the shirt and playing for the fans and club, they'd be running away with the division.

"Towards the end, the players to a man, when all those crosses were coming in - were different class."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 13Eastwood
  • 27Henley
  • 3Spurr
  • 6LoweBooked at 90mins
  • 16Dann
  • 5Hanley
  • 45Cairney
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forGestedeat 46'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 23RochinaSubstituted forJudgeat 67'minutes
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 10Campbell
  • 14Olsson
  • 19Taylor
  • 25Judge
  • 34Kean
  • 39Gestede

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 4Robinson
  • 20Lee
  • 5Bartley
  • 6Burn
  • 7C BurkeSubstituted forLøvenkrandsat 88'minutes
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forReillyat 34'minutes
  • 19ZigicBooked at 67mins
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forFergusonat 76'minutes
  • 12NovakBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Ferguson
  • 29Brown
  • 33Gray
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
14,344

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home25
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Birmingham City 3.

Attempt blocked. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Dann with a headed pass.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City).

Booking

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Chris Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Ben Marshall.

Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Shane Ferguson replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Birmingham City 3. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Dann.

Attempt saved. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke.

Booking

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Alan Judge replaces Rubén Rochina.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Birmingham City 3. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Lee.

goal

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17Birmingham237792928128
18Bolton236892732-526
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20Millwall2357112546-2122
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