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Birmingham City 2-4 Bournemouth

Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring Bournemouth's opening goal

Bournemouth boosted their outside hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs as Birmingham failed at home again.

The Cherries, who have won six of their last seven games, stormed into a 3-0 lead through Matt Ritchie and a Lewis Grabban double, his second a penalty.

Ian Harte curled in a fourth for Bournemouth before Birmingham rallied.

On-loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda was twice on target for City after half-time, but it is now 15 winless home games for Birmingham.

Bournemouth's fine run of form has propelled them to within five points of sixth-placed Reading.

Three goals in a 13-minute first-half spell helped the Cherries to maintain an unbeaten record at Birmingham in seven visits.

The home side had no answer to Bournemouth's attacking intent as they created an impressive opening goal which was initiated by Ian Harte.

His low cross from the left was collected by Grabban who picked out Ritchie on the right and the striker made no mistake with a well-struck cross-shot past keeper Darren Randolph.

Grabban was on hand to tap home a simple second at the far post after Marc Pugh's cross was deflected into his path.

Randolph's afternoon got worse when he unnecessarily brought down Grabban, who scored from the penalty spot for his 19th goal of the season.

Harte compounded Birmingham's embarrassment with a 52nd-minute strike from distance which arced into Randolph's net.

To their credit, Birmingham fought back and Macheda grabbed Birmingham's first when he scored with a low left-footed shot following a headed pass from Jordon Ibe.

Macheda notched his second with a 20-yard volley but Bournemouth were deserved victors.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark: "We scored twice at home and do not get a point. This tells me where we have to improve massively.

"The goals sent us tumbling and knocked us for six. We knew they would be a threat down the wings and it was so disappointing."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on his side's play-off hopes: "It is going to be difficult. If you look at the clubs above us, their destiny is in their hands not ours.

"They are the team with experience but if we carry on the way we are playing and showing a fearless attitude, then who knows what we are capable of achieving."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1RandolphBooked at 28mins
  • 23Spector
  • 37Blackett
  • 17Reilly
  • 6MartinSubstituted forLovenkrandsat 79'minutes
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Burke
  • 31CaddisBooked at 85mins
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forNovakat 56'minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forMachedaat 34'minutes
  • 8Ibe

Substitutes

  • 9Macheda
  • 11Lovenkrands
  • 12Novak
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 27Ferguson
  • 35Rusnák

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 8ArterSubstituted forWardat 90+3'minutes
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 32O'Kane
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forSurmanat 78'minutes
  • 9GrabbanBooked at 90mins
  • 7PughSubstituted forFraserat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 4Surman
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
13,875

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Bournemouth 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Bournemouth 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Lewis Grabban tries a through ball, but Matt Ritchie is caught offside.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward replaces Harry Arter.

  7. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Harry Arter is caught offside.

  10. Booking

    Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ian Harte from a direct free kick.

  18. Booking

    Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester38267572353785
2Burnley392213464333179
3QPR392010948331570
4Derby392091069452469
5Wigan381891151371463
6Reading3916121160461460
7Nottm Forest39141695648858
8Ipswich391513115144758
9Brighton381511123933656
10Bournemouth391510145355-255
11Watford3813131260471352
12Blackburn381313124950-152
13Middlesbrough391116124943649
14Sheff Wed391212154847148
15Leeds38138175258-647
16Huddersfield391210175054-446
17Bolton391015145055-545
18Doncaster391110183557-2243
19Blackpool391012173354-2142
20Birmingham391010194959-1040
21Charlton36811172647-2135
22Barnsley38811193865-2735
23Millwall39712203769-3233
24Yeovil39711213762-2532
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