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Birmingham City 0-1 Wigan Athletic

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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.

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."

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
  • 7Burke
  • 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
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

  8. Booking

    Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett replaces Shaun Maloney.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester45309682433999
2Burnley452614570353592
3Derby452591183513284
4QPR4522111257421577
5Wigan4521101458441473
6Reading4519131368541470
7Brighton4518151253391469
8Blackburn451716126659767
9Bournemouth451812156765266
10Ipswich451714145853565
11Nottm Forest451617126662465
12Middlesbrough451516145849961
13Watford4515151573601360
14Bolton451416155758-158
15Leeds45168215866-856
16Sheff Wed451314186263-153
17Huddersfield451311215464-1050
18Charlton451212213861-2348
19Blackpool451113213863-2546
20Millwall451015204574-2945
21Doncaster451111233969-3044
22Birmingham451110245672-1643
23Barnsley45912244274-3239
24Yeovil45813244371-2837
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