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Birmingham City 0-2 Bournemouth: Cherries win at St Andrew's to end Blues' unbeaten start

Dominic Solanke scored on the break as Bournemouth won away from home for the second time in five days
Dominic Solanke scored on the break as Bournemouth won away from home for the second time in five days

Bournemouth maintained their amazing record at St Andrew's as two late second-half goals ended Birmingham City's unbeaten start to the season.

On a ground where the Cherries have never lost in 13 visits they looked there for the taking at half-time, having failed to get a single effort on target.

But Scott Parker's side kept their cool with a much-improved display after the break, capped by Dominic Solanke's excellently taken 77th-minute opener, followed by Jaidon Anthony's 87th-minute second to secure the three points.

Bournemouth are one of six unbeaten Championship sides on seven points from three games.

On-loan Tahith Chong was Birmingham City's best player before the break
On-loan Tahith Chong was Birmingham City's best player before the break

Having heavily beaten MK Dons in the EFL Cup, then drawn 2-2 at home to West Brom in the first league game, Saturday's win at Nottingham Forest came at a cost when Bournemouth had creative spark David Brooks sent off.

Without the suspended midfielder, and continued speculation that Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma is about to move to La Liga side Villarreal, it made for an unsettled backdrop on their latest trip to their favourite away ground.

Blues, again playing in front of a vastly-reduced 9,922 crowd as two sides of St Andrew's await safety certificates, had the better of the first half in which most of their best moments came through Tahith Chong.

The on-loan Manchester United winger sparked the first opening when he cut in from the right to test keeper Mark Travers with a left-foot shot.

The Cherries, by contrast, did not manage a single effort on target. But it was a different story after the break.

Blues went into the game still to concede their first goal after successive 1-0 wins at Sheffield United and Colchester in the EFL Cup, followed by Saturday's home 0-0 draw with Stoke City. But the Cherries' two late goals ruined the chance of a fourth straight clean sheet for Lee Bowyer's side.

First Solanke latched onto Ben Pearson's through ball, held off Marc Roberts and steered a low right-foot shot across Matija Sarkic into the far corner. Anthony then pounced to hook home Zeno Ibsen Rossi's knockdown.

Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio WM:

"We created some good chances but didn't take them. We just didn't get that little bit of luck you need.

"The scoreline flattered them, but we've taken a good team all the way.

"They had to change their shape to get through us. Even then, it was only a half chance.

"It was the first shot they'd had on target and it was handball too. He nudged it into his path with his hand, but the linesman couldn't keep up with play."

Bournemouth manager Scott Parker told BBC Radio Solent:

"We had to be patient. The first half we huffed and puffed a little bit and I didn't think we were at our best in terms of tempo of our game.

"Second half I asked the guys to inject a little more pace and then Dominic Solanke scores a lovely goal and then we work a good set-piece and see out the game very comfortably.

"Dominic is a focal point for us in terms of how he works out of possession and I'm really pleased he got his goal tonight as well.

"The players have been absolutely fantastic so far. We've been stretched for numbers, but they've worked very hard in the eight weeks they've been together and they're getting the just rewards."



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Sarkic
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3PedersenBooked at 73mins
  • 2Colin
  • 20Gardner
  • 6Woods
  • 11Bela
  • 7ChongSubstituted forSánchezat 87'minutes
  • 14LekoSubstituted forHoganat 79'minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forAnekeat 70'minutes


  • 5Friend
  • 9Hogan
  • 15Aneke
  • 17Sánchez
  • 23Familia-Castillo
  • 27Trueman
  • 34Sunjic


Formation 4-3-3

  • 42Travers
  • 6Mepham
  • 35Rossi
  • 5Kelly
  • 33Zemura
  • 29Billing
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 11MarcondesSubstituted forStanislasat 60'minutes
  • 20DavisSubstituted forPearsonat 69'minutes
  • 9Solanke
  • 32Anthony


  • 1Nyland
  • 19Stanislas
  • 22Pearson
  • 28Taylor
  • 38Saydee
  • 39Moriah-Welsh
  • 44Camp
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Iván Sánchez.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Iván Sánchez replaces Tahith Chong.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 0, Bournemouth 2. Jaidon Anthony (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Zeno Rossi with a headed pass following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Jordan Zemura (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tahith Chong (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

  14. Post update

    Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chuks Aneke (Birmingham City).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Zeno Rossi.

  17. Post update

    Gavin Kilkenny (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chuks Aneke (Birmingham City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Scott Hogan replaces Jonathan Leko.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).


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