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Birmingham City 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Callum McManaman booked Wigan's Championship play-off place and left Birmingham on the brink of relegation.

The midfielder took advantage of some lax defending in the third minute to curl in his fourth goal of the season.

Birmingham's fifth defeat in a row extended their run without a home league win to 18 games - which stretches back to 1 October.

Lee Clark's side remain third from bottom, and will drop into League One if they lose at Bolton on Saturday.

Even a victory will not be enough to secure survival for the 2011 League Cup winners if other results go against them.

Losing FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan had been limping towards the play-offs after successive defeats against Burnley and Blackpool.

But they made a fast start at St Andrew's as Jordi Gomez surged through the home defence and played the ball left to McManaman, who took a couple of paces forward before curling his low right-footed shot past keeper Darren Randolph.

Clark's side could have drawn level after 29 minutes, but Scott Carson denied them with a stunning save.

Birmingham captain Chris Burke's blocked volley dropped on the right-hand edge of the penalty area for Emyr Huws, whose curling shot looked destined for the top corner until Carson somehow palmed it away.

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Blues have not lost belief - Clark

Clark sent on 6ft 8in striker Nikola Zigic at half-time but he struggled to find a way past Wigan's impressive central defensive pairing of captain Emerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell.

When he did find an opening in the 69th minute, meeting a cross from right-back Paul Caddis, his weak header from six yards was comfortably dealt with by Carson.

The Wigan goalkeeper came to the rescue twice in a frantic finish - first diving bravely at the feet of Federico Macheda to deflect his shot away for a corner, before diving low to his right to cling on to a drive from Hayden Mullins.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark on his team's failure to win a home league game since 1 October:

"It's not good enough for us, for me or the players, but most importantly not good enough for the fans. They're the ones I'm feeling for.

"It's imperative we get a result on Saturday. Our away form has been very good. But like I've said many times, the players need to walk the walk when they get out on the grass and deliver what's got to be delivered."

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"Overall the achievement from when I came in on 9 December has been fantastic.

"The effort the players have put in is monumental to get to 73 points in such a short time.

"We're not over excited, we're keeping calm and we know what we want to achieve but we've achieved the first hurdle, though there are more hurdles to come."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 36Huws
  • 38Mullins
  • 23Spector
  • 7C Burke
  • 24AdeyemiBooked at 80minsSubstituted forShinnieat 83'minutes
  • 9Macheda
  • 26AllanSubstituted forIbeat 60'minutes
  • 12NovakSubstituted forZigicat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 8Ibe
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 22Shinnie
  • 33Gray

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 22Beausejour
  • 30Kiernan
  • 5Caldwell
  • 17Boyce
  • 15McManamanSubstituted forMaynardat 84'minutes
  • 16McArthur
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forFortunéat 61'minutes
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 10MaloneySubstituted forBarnettat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Crainey
  • 18Espinoza
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 29Maynard
  • 32Fortuné
  • 34Collison
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
20,427

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home22
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.
Attempt saved. Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).
Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

Booking

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.
Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).
Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).
Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett replaces Shaun Maloney.
Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).
Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).
Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).
Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Scott Carson.
Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.
Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).
Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordi Gómez.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces Callum McManaman.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Tom Adeyemi.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jordon Ibe.

Booking

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).
Attempt saved. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.
Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.
Attempt missed. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).
Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).
Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.
Hand ball by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).
Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.
Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match James Perch (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jordon Ibe replaces Scott Allan.
James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).
Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.
Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).
Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4530963999
2Burnley45261453592
3Derby45259113284
4QPR452211121577
5Wigan452110141473
6Reading451913131470
7Brighton451815121469
8Blackburn45171612767
9Bournemouth45181215266
10Ipswich45171414565
11Nottm Forest45161712465
12Middlesbrough45151614961
13Watford451515151360
14Bolton45141615-158
15Leeds4516821-856
16Sheff Wed45131418-153
17Huddersfield45131121-1050
18Charlton45121221-2348
19Blackpool45111321-2546
20Millwall45101520-2945
21Doncaster45111123-3044
22Birmingham45111024-1643
23Barnsley4591224-3239
24Yeovil4581324-2837
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