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Birmingham City 1-0 Blackpool

Andrew Shinnie
Andrew Shinnie headed in Birmingham's first-half winner

Lee Clark's return to St Andrew's ended in disappointment as a goal from Andrew Shinnie left his Blackpool side adrift at the foot of the Championship.

Clark was back at the Blues for the first time since being sacked in October and desperate for a first away win of the season.

But Shinnie's second goal of the season, headed in before the break, was enough to give City back-to-back wins.

The result leaves Blackpool 15 points away from a position of safety.

Birmingham gave a debut to on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche, 27, and he played a part in the decisive goal.

Top scorer Clayton Donaldson had just missed an excellent chance for the home side when Tesche played a long ball forward and Shinnie eluded the Blackpool defence to head over advancing keeper Elliot Parish.

Former Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso had gone close before the break as Blackpool matched Gary Rowett's side.

But they couldn't force the breakthrough and saw their last chance of taking a point disappear when keeper Darren Randolph kept out substitute Tom Barkhuizen's attempted chip with 17 minutes to go.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark:

"It'll be the biggest miracle in football if we stay up now. We have 11 games to go and we're 16 points behind with our goal difference really.

"We need to get five wins and a draw more than three of our rivals. When we have only won four so far, it's a tough one.

"We're still in there fighting and I'm prepared to fight myself. I have one eye on next season and the rebuilding job of the club."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

Commenting on two challenges from Blackpool midfielder Jamie O'Hara: "They were two very poor challenges which were the most unsavoury part of the evening.

"One was a forearm smash on David Davis and the other was a stamp on Clayton Donaldson.

"I'm not here to whine about that but it's not nice when it goes unpunished. The referee didn't see either of them but I find it hard to believe when he is five yards away."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23Spector
  • 15Kiernan
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisBooked at 65mins
  • 13TescheSubstituted forReillyat 81'minutes
  • 11Cotterill
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forThomasat 67'minutes
  • 33GraySubstituted forNovakat 83'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 40Dyer

Blackpool

Formation 5-3-2

  • 21Parish
  • 3MaherBooked at 47minsSubstituted forMcMahonat 67'minutes
  • 32Hall
  • 17Addison
  • 2Aldred
  • 25Ferguson
  • 4Perkins
  • 34TelfordSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 58'minutes
  • 31O'Hara
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 24Madine

Substitutes

  • 6Clarke
  • 20Oliver
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 29McMahon
  • 30Sene
  • 42Boney
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
15,111

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

  4. Post update

    Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

  8. Post update

    David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool).

  10. Post update

    Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Miles Addison (Blackpool).

  15. Post update

    Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Demarai Gray.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Madine (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly replaces Robert Tesche.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Hall (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Miles Addison with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough35199753242966
2Derby35198866372965
3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich35188966382862
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich35179955381760
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Blackburn351212114545048
11Sheff Wed351113113134-346
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Birmingham351112124050-1045
14Cardiff351111134246-444
15Leeds35128153846-844
16Huddersfield35119154560-1542
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Wigan35710183247-1531
23Millwall35710183056-2631
24Blackpool35410212969-4022
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