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Birmingham City 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Dan Burn
Dan Burn's goal was his first for Wigan since signing from Fulham ahead of the current season

Former Birmingham City loan player Dan Burn hit the only goal of the game against his old club, as Wigan Athletic improved their chances of escaping an immediate return to League One.

Burn's 19th-minute strike earned the Latics a first win in five Championship games to lift them within two points of safety with 10 games remaining.

Blues were booed off at half-time and again at the final whistle.

Gianfranco Zola's side have won just twice in his 17 games in charge.

Zola, who admitted afterwards that he was considering his future, showed faith in his City players when he named an unchanged starting line-up from the side that outplayed promotion-chasing Leeds for an hour in Friday night's luckless home defeat.

But, in front of 15,596, their second-lowest home gate of the season, that loyalty was not rewarded as Blues put in as poor a first-half display as they have produced all season.

With Omar Bogle always a threat, Wigan could have had more than one goal to show for their half-time lead.

That came when Jamie Hanson's corner was flicked on by Gabriel Obertan for Burn to crash home from close range - a first goal for the club for the man who spent half a season with Blues on loan from Fulham three seasons ago.

Zola responded with two half-time substitutions, bringing on top scorer Lukas Jutkiewicz and winger Kerim Frei.

But Blues were not a great deal better after the break, managing only two efforts on target all night. And, when they tried from range, Gardner and Frei both put free-kicks over the bar, while Frei also volleyed just over late on.

Wigan have now won five times on the road this season, compared to their tally of only three at home, with their last three all coming in the Midlands, at Burton, Wolves and now at St Andrew's.

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola told BBC Sport:

"This was unacceptable to the club and to the fans. I do not understand how a team can play as well as we did four nights ago and then play like this.

"I feel embarrassed. We are eight points away (from the Championship relegation zone). If we play like this, then how can we say we are safe?

"A lot of players were hiding, not looking for the ball. You cannot play football that way. That is not acceptable.

"I'd have changed more than eight players if I could - and the manager. I'm the person responsible. But it is not about systems. It is about players."

Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce told BBC Sport:

"You can't look at the table and think about just trying to keep in touch. You've got to look at winning every game.

"If you look at a form table over the past nine games, we'd be up there. We've given ourselves a chance with the points we've picked up of late.

"We've actually played some of our better football against the better sides. Our worst performances have been against the sides down there with us."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 25CogleySubstituted forFrei Koyunluat 45'minutes
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Robinson
  • 2Nsue
  • 26DavisSubstituted forMaghomaat 86'minutes
  • 7Tesche
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 45'minutes
  • 33KeitaBooked at 88mins
  • 12Gardner
  • 14Adams

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 15Jutkiewicz
  • 19Maghoma
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
  • 31Bielik

Wigan

  • 35Gilks
  • 12Connolly
  • 3Buxton
  • 33Burn
  • 17Jacobs
  • 26Hanson
  • 6PowerSubstituted forPerkinsat 44'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 23Warnock
  • 7GilbeySubstituted forWeirat 78'minutes
  • 11ObertanSubstituted forLaurentat 73'minutes
  • 14Bogle

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 21Bruce
  • 27Colclough
  • 37Laurent
  • 39Mandron
  • 40Evans
  • 47Weir
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
15,596

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Laurent (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Cheick Keita (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Nsue (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces David Davis.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner tries a through ball, but David Davis is caught offside.

Cheick Keita (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Weir (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Weir.

Attempt missed. Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Weir replaces Alex Gilbey.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie Hanson (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Laurent replaces Gabriel Obertan.

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kerim Frei.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Alex Gilbey tries a through ball, but Omar Bogle is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic).

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

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Cheick Keita (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Booking

David Perkins (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Hand ball by Cheick Keita (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross following a set piece situation.

Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle36245769294077
2Brighton36228660312974
3Huddersfield3521594639768
4Leeds362051150361465
5Reading36197104946364
6Sheff Wed361881048351362
7Fulham351512860411957
8Norwich36158136154753
9Preston361411114845353
10Derby361410123933652
11Barnsley36148145452250
12Brentford35138145451347
13Cardiff36138154952-347
14QPR36137164150-946
15Aston Villa361112133539-445
16Ipswich361014123643-744
17Birmingham361110153753-1643
18Nottm Forest36117185161-1040
19Burton36911163548-1338
20Blackburn35910164051-1137
21Wolves3499164046-636
22Bristol City3698194553-835
23Wigan36810183141-1034
24Rotherham3645273281-4917
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