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Birmingham City 3-1 Wigan Athletic

Clayton Donaldson celebrates his hat-trick against Wigan
Summer signing Clayton Donaldson last scored a hat-trick for Crewe in April 2011

Birmingham City's resurgence continued as Clayton Donaldon's hat-trick piled more misery on Malky Mackay's Wigan.

The Latics were on their way to an eighth loss in 10 league games when Donaldson nodded in David Cotterill's cross on 67 seconds, before tapping home after Andrew Shinnie hit the post.

James McClean curled one in for Wigan, but Donaldson helped in Demarai Gray's header for his hat-trick.

Blues have now won seven of their 11 league games under boss Gary Rowett.

The St Andrew's side were down in 22nd when Rowett arrived from Burton, but they have lost just twice in the Championship since then and are up to 12th, seven points off the play-offs.

Mackay has been unable to conjure a similar affect at Wigan, who have lost six of their eight games under the Scot and are five points adrift of safety.

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The visitors were lacklustre for large parts of the game, but had a mountain to climb when Donaldson, who now has five goals in two games, headed in the opener with barely a minute gone.

His second of the day came when Shinnie's effort rebounded back off the post and the striker was the first to react to turn it in.

The Latics looked uninspired going forward, but McClean, who had already missed a presentable close-range chance, cut inside and bended in a superb shot from outside the area.

Ex-Blues defender Liam Ridgewell was fortunate to stay on the pitch on his Wigan debut after he appeared to elbow David Davis.

And, while McClean and Shaun Maloney forced saves from Darren Randolph in the second half, Donaldson finished off the game by getting a faint touch to Gray's header.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"Clayton Donaldson always does so much for the team.

"His role is so pivotal to us and he does it brilliantly, working hard, holding the ball up, chasing things. He's a real team player and the way he took all three goals - each very different - was excellent."

Wigan boss Malky Mackay:

"I think we shot ourselves in the foot, giving the ball away in a really poor area and against any team, you're going to be punished. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb with both of the first half goals.

"Then we settled and getting a goal settled us down more. We were in the ascendancy after that and had two or three chances early in the second half. You've got to take those, but we didn't and then the third goal deflated us."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forNovakat 74'minutes
  • 33GraySubstituted forThomasat 87'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 6Edgar
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 23Spector

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 24Perch
  • 27RidgewellSubstituted forWaghornat 45'minutes
  • 4RamisSubstituted forBarnettat 66'minutes
  • 30Kiernan
  • 3A Taylor
  • 10Maloney
  • 7McCannBooked at 5mins
  • 29Forshaw
  • 19CowieSubstituted forWatsonat 31'minutes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 8Watson
  • 13Nicholls
  • 17Boyce
  • 25Barnett
  • 32Fortuné
  • 33Waghorn
  • 43Cosgrove
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
16,117

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Wigan Athletic 1.

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. David Davis tries a through ball, but Wes Thomas is caught offside.

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Demarai Gray.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Watson.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rob Kiernan.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett replaces Iván Ramis because of an injury.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Wigan Athletic 1. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Wigan Athletic).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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