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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Birmingham City

Robert Tesche
Birmingham City's 10th-place finish in the Championship represents their best season in three campaigns

Birmingham finish the season 10th in the Championship after beating Bolton in the last match of their campaign.

Robert Tesche volleyed in the only goal after Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan had blocked the ball on the goal-line from Demarai Gray's inswinging corner.

Bolton had chances to score but Emile Heskey headed wide and Eidur Gudjohnsen had a goal ruled out for offside.

Wanderers, who end the season with only one victory from their final nine matches, finish 18th in the table.

It was a disappointing end for Neil Lennon's side, who finish only 10 points above the Championship relegation zone.

The hosts made a bright start with Gudjohnsen's powerful free-kick blocked, before Heskey shot just over the crossbar.

However, Birmingham took the lead just before half-time when Tesche finished from close range after Bolton had failed to clear the danger.

Gray had a chance to double the visitors' lead but curled an effort just off target, although Adam le Fondre could have earned Bolton a point but headed wide from six yards out.

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Lennon on Bolton v Birmingham

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "Maybe it was symptomatic of our season - we showed a bit of promise but in the end fizzled out.

"We have a mountain of work to do in terms of where we want to take the club. We have known that all along.

"It was important to get over the line in terms of staying up. We looked okay in November and December, but the volumes of injuries after that hit us really hard."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "The players have got to be given great credit for the way they moved the ball and looked a very controlled team.

"The game suited us - Bolton tried to play through us because they have good technical players in the middle of the park.

"It was about blocking up that area, breaking wide and counter-attacking. With a bit more composure and better timing in the final third, we could have scored one or two more with our breakaways."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 37Taylor
  • 5Ream
  • 3Moxey
  • 29BannanBooked at 15mins
  • 18DannsSubstituted forWalkerat 59'minutes
  • 16DaviesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJankoat 76'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forFeeneyat 69'minutes
  • 19Heskey
  • 9Le FondreBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 20Costa Rocha
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Twardzik
  • 47Janko
  • 51Coke
  • 52Walker

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 13TescheBooked at 90mins
  • 33Gray
  • 36FabbriniSubstituted forDavisat 63'minutes
  • 40Dyer
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forThomasat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 10Thomas
  • 11Cotterill
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 24Arthur
  • 26Davis
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
18,614

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 1.

Booking

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Saidy Janko (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Saidy Janko (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Saidy Janko (Bolton Wanderers).

Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Robert Tesche is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Walker with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Saidy Janko replaces Mark Davies.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Mark Davies tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mark Davies.

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Feeney replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Attempt missed. Quade Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Walker with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom Walker replaces Neil Danns.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dean Moxey with a cross.

Attempt saved. Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth462612898455390
2Watford462781191504189
3Norwich4625111088484086
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich4622121272541878
7Wolves4622121270561478
8Derby4621141185562977
9Blackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton461418145460-660
13Sheff Wed461418144349-660
14Nottm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham461116194667-2146
22Millwall46914234276-3441
23Wigan46912253964-2539
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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