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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.

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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Robert Tesche (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Saidy Janko (Bolton Wanderers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Saidy Janko replaces Mark Davies.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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