Bolton hung on to secure their first Championship win of the season with victory over Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Jermaine Beckford capitalised on a blunder from defender Dan Burn to slot home and give the visitors the lead.

Beckford then headed against the crossbar, before Neil Danns nodded home after Blues keeper Darren Randolph failed to deal with a cross.

Nikola Zigic looped in a header for Birmingham before Bolton survived a late penalty appeal to claim victory.

Midfielder Liam Feeney appeared to block Callum Reilly's shot with his arms in the area but referee David Coote did not point to the spot.

Trotters relief

Bolton's victory meant they avoided matching their start to the 1902-03 season, when they failed to win any of their first 11 league games

The win will help ease the pressure on Bolton manager Dougie Freedman after his side's poor start to the season.

Birmingham did not help their cause with some crucial mistakes. The first came when centre-back Burn misjudged a clearance, allowing striker Beckford to race through and net his first goal of the season.

The hosts had scored 11 goals in their past three home games, but they struggled for a breakthrough against a stubborn Bolton side.

The closest they came to an equaliser in a scrappy first half was a 25-yard curler from Reilly which keeper Adam Bogdan palmed around the post.

Bolton should have made Blues pay for some sloppy play but a six-yard Beckford header from Feeney's cross came back off the crossbar.

However, when Randolph failed to clear another cross, Danns headed in from close range to double their advantage.

Zigic's goal - his first of the season, following a Chris Burke free-kick - and the late penalty appeal made sure Bolton had to endure a nervous finale, but they held on to move within two points of their opponents.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It's not a relief because I strongly believe that if you work hard and you study the game, you get your rewards and that's what we've certainly done here.

"I've tried to stay calm. I've had good support from the chairman in a difficult moment, but we've certainly not been far away having registered five draws.

"You have to go through some bad moments to get your reward and that's what we've done."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"They're just individual errors from two lads who have been brilliant for us all season.

"They're human beings, we all make mistakes. Unfortunately for the two lads, their errors have cost us goals.

"There's no finger-pointing at them. Our general first-half performance, in terms of not being the driving force we have been in our previous three home games, was the catalyst for the result."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 23 Spector
  • 03 Murphy Booked (Caddis - 79' )
  • 17 Reilly
  • 04 Robinson
  • 06 Burn
  • 07 Burke
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 25 Green (Zigic - 57' )
  • 22 Shinnie (Novak - 57' )
  • 09 Lingard

Substitutes

  • 05 Bartley
  • 12 Novak
  • 13 Doyle
  • 19 Zigic
  • 20 Lee
  • 27 Ferguson
  • 31 Caddis

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 17 McNaughton
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 44 Kamara
  • 04 Mills Booked
  • 05 Ream
  • 18 Danns (Lee Chung-yong - 76' )
  • 06 Spearing
  • 10 Beckford (Davies - 86' )
  • 21 Pratley Booked (Knight - 70' )
  • 26 Feeney

Substitutes

  • 07 Eagles
  • 11 Hall
  • 12 Knight
  • 24 Lonergan
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong
  • 28 Davies
  • 31 Wheater
Ref: David Coote
Att: 13,627

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

5 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

14 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

90:00 +4:49 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

90:00 +4:02

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zat Knight.

90:00 +3:13

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

90:00 +3:13

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

90:00 +1:44

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:44

Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers).

89:20

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:20

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

87:30

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Medo.

87:25

Attempt blocked. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:21

Attempt blocked. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

86:44

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

86:07

Hand ball by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

85:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies replaces Jermaine Beckford.

83:29

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Medo with a headed pass.

82:08

Attempt blocked. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

81:00

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

81:00

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

79:02

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

79:02

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

78:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis replaces David Murphy.

75:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Neil Danns.

74:40

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

74:40

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:35

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Reilly.

73:02

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Spector.

71:26

Offside, Birmingham City. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

70:47

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:47

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

69:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zat Knight replaces Darren Pratley.

69:19

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

69:19

Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 2. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a set piece situation.

67:22

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

67:22

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

65:16

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Bogdan tries a through ball, but Darren Pratley is caught offside.

64:46

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

64:46

Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Bolton Wanderers 2. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range to the top left corner.

62:34

Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass.

61:56

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

61:07

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.

60:48

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:47

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

60:14

Attempt missed. Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

59:42

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

58:39

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

58:39

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:59

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

57:59

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Andrew Shinnie.

56:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Matthew Green.

55:44

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

52:28

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

52:28

Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:11

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:11

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

50:37

Hand ball by David Murphy (Birmingham City).

50:10

Attempt blocked. David Murphy (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:29 Booking

Booking Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:24

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:24

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

48:08

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

46:56

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

46:56

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:30

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:30

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

45:00 +3:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

45:00 +2:15

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Murphy with a headed pass.

45:00 +1:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +1:31

Delay in match Chris Burke (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:58 Booking

Booking Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:49

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:49

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

43:36

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:36

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

40:09

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Matthew Green is caught offside.

39:36

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

39:17

Attempt saved. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Spector.

31:18

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

31:15

Attempt blocked. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

30:43

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

29:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:17

Delay in match Medo (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

27:54

Foul by David Murphy (Birmingham City).

27:54

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

21:47

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:47

Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers).

20:52

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

20:07

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

14:27

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

14:27

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

14:00

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Medo.

13:04

Hand ball by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

11:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Bolton Wanderers 1. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

11:05

Attempt saved. David Murphy (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

10:35

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

10:35

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:56

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

9:28

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

9:22

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Murphy.

7:14

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

6:40

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

6:40

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

5:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

5:13

Delay in match Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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