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Birmingham City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Clayton Donaldson
Clayton Donaldson (right) has scored twice in his last three games

Clayton Donaldson's first-half goal gave Birmingham a 1-0 win over Bolton, who are still without an away victory in the Championship this season.

Donaldson tucked away a low cross from Diego Fabbrini at the near post to claim his seventh goal of the season.

Blues are now just three points away from a play-off position after a first win in four games.

Bolton, who avoided a winding-up order on Monday after agreeing a £7.5m takeover, remain second from bottom.

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Gary Rowett on Birmingham win over Bolton

Former Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth, who heads the consortium which is set to take control at the Macron Stadium, again watched from the stands.

And he saw another toothless performance from a side missing top scorer Gary Madine after he was left out by manager Neil Lennon for disciplinary reasons.

Birmingham did not carry much threat but broke the deadlock when Donaldson flicked the ball home after being set up by former Watford midfielder Fabbrini on his first start for Blues.

They almost added a late second when substitute David Cotterill was denied by Paul Rachubka on his first league start for Bolton.

Derik Osede applauds the Bolton fans
Bolton have failed to win in 18 away games in the Championship, stretching back to last April

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"What we need to do is get the (transfer) embargo lifted and get some players in to bolster the squad. It's wafer thin at the moment.

"We do need a bit of strength in depth, it's something we've lacked for a while. It (the takeover) has not gone through yet so once it does we'll know what position we're in."

On his disciplinary action against Madine: "You have to set certain standards as a manager and I'm pretty fair with the players, but there are some things which you can't tolerate and you have to put a marker down and that's what I've done.

"It was at the weekend. I'm not going to go into it, it's been dealt with internally.

"It's up to Gary, the ball is in his court. He has to have a change in his thinking. There are things I will put up with and there are things I just can't, otherwise you'll have anarchy on your hands."

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Neil Lennon on Bolton's defeat by Birmingham

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"You always felt this was a really pivotal game. It was just a case of winning the game.

"We're not a free-scoring team, we didn't use the ball well enough but the one bit of quality in the game we ended up scoring from.

"We're still very much in the mix, something that, after 32 games, everyone at the club everyone would have been really pleased with."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 32Shotton
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forCotterillat 64'minutes
  • 7FabbriniBooked at 55minsSubstituted forToralat 64'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9DonaldsonBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 11Cotterill
  • 15Vaughan
  • 20Toral
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 31Caddis

Bolton

  • 13Rachubka
  • 15Derik
  • 4DerviteSubstituted forDannsat 34'minutes
  • 45Holding
  • 3MoxeyBooked at 68mins
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forWellingtonat 84'minutes
  • 7Feeney
  • 6VelaSubstituted forDobbieat 84'minutes
  • 21Pratley
  • 16DaviesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Clough

Substitutes

  • 18Danns
  • 22Wellington
  • 23Dobbie
  • 25Wilson
  • 30Woolery
  • 42Walker
  • 49Campbell
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
15,992

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral with a through ball.

Booking

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld tries a through ball, but Jon-Miquel Toral is caught offside.

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Wellington replaces Jay Spearing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Josh Vela.

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Hand ball by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Booking

Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Josh Vela.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Cotterill replaces William Buckley.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Foul by Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull32196748192963
2Burnley331711551262562
3Middlesbrough31187642172561
4Brighton331612545341160
5Sheff Wed331412750351554
6Derby321412643281554
7Birmingham3214993930951
8Cardiff33121384337649
9Preston33121293230248
10Ipswich32139104040048
11Brentford33127144651-543
12Nottm Forest321012103128342
13QPR33914103940-141
14Reading321010123433140
15Wolves331010134046-640
16Huddersfield33109144445-139
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Fulham33812135154-336
19Blackburn30713102827134
20Bristol City33810152952-2334
21MK Dons3388172645-1932
22Rotherham3375213658-2226
23Bolton33413163154-2325
24Charlton33510182761-3425
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