Birmingham moved six points clear of the relegation zone by defeating fellow Championship strugglers Barnsley, who sacked boss David Flitcroft afterwards.

Blues right-back Paul Caddis scored twice, opening the scoring as he ended a run with a powerful shot.

The Scotland U21 defender extended the lead from the penalty spot after a Jean-Yves M'Voto foul on Nikola Zigic.

Zigic chipped in a third before half-time as Birmingham secured a fifth league win of the campaign.

Birmingham end away run

Birmingham's win gave them their first back-to-back away victories in eight months

The defeat left Barnsley at the bottom of the table, six points from safety.

The home side did not help themselves as they played a hand in the visitors taking the lead.

M'Voto did well to take the ball off City striker Jesse Lingard, before giving the ball away to Caddis, who shrugged off challenges from David Perkins and Paddy McCourt before to rifling in a shot.

Zigic went down following a M'Voto challenge after a corner and referee Kevin Wright pointed to the spot. Caddis then stepped up to send ex-Blues keeper Jack Butland the wrong way.

Caddis also had a hand in the third goal when his misplaced pass was diverted into the path of Zigic by Jim O'Brien and the Birmingham forward dinked an effort over Butland.

Barnsley rarely mustered a goal threat as Birmingham saw out the game.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark, speaking before Flitcroft's sacking:

"We've been on the end of some strange decisions this season and we've had to dust ourselves down, I'm sure David [Flitcroft] is frustrated with that.

"He did have a conversation as Nikola [Zigic] came off and he asked him hand on heart did he think it was a penalty, and Nikola replied that he did.

"The referee seemed to be in a good position."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Barnsley

  • 12 Butland
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 11 Perkins (Mellis - 45' )
  • 06 Cranie
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 07 O'Brien (Cywka - 45' )
  • 08 Dawson
  • 50 Tudgay (Scotland - 59' )
  • 20 Pedersen Booked
  • 42 McCourt Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 03 Ramage
  • 09 Scotland
  • 19 Cywka
  • 21 Mellis
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 34 Fox

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 18 Hancox
  • 17 Reilly
  • 06 Burn
  • 04 Robinson
  • 12 Novak Booked
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 19 Zigic (McLean - 75' )
  • 09 Lingard
  • 27 Ferguson (Elliott - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Burke
  • 13 Doyle
  • 15 Elliott
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 34 Dudka
  • 35 McLean
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 10,077

Match Stats

Shots

14 16

On target

4 8

Corners

4 4

Fouls

11 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

90:00 +1:42

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

90:00 +1:23

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

90:00 +0:30

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Scotland.

89:16

Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:16

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

89:01

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Butland.

88:47

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wade Elliott with a cross.

85:22

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

84:34

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:34

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

81:27

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Novak with a headed pass.

80:33 Booking

Booking Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:16

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

80:16

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

79:32

Attempt missed. Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.

78:36

Attempt saved. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

75:51

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka with a cross.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean replaces Nikola Zigic.

74:19 Booking

Booking Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:01

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

74:01

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:50

Attempt saved. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

72:04

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Jason Scotland is caught offside.

71:42

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

71:39

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Burn.

70:44

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

70:42

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

69:56

Attempt saved. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Scotland.

68:18

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:18

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

67:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Wade Elliott replaces Shane Ferguson.

67:04 Booking

Booking Lee Novak (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:58

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:58

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

66:51

Attempt blocked. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.

63:31

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Tomasz Cywka is caught offside.

61:40

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:40

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

59:48

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

59:45

Attempt saved. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:55

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:55

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

58:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Marcus Tudgay.

57:07

Hand ball by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

56:25

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.

55:24

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Dawson with a cross.

54:54

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:54

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

54:08

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

51:49

Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

49:56

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

49:56

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

48:32

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

48:32

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

45:00

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jacob Mellis replaces David Perkins.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka replaces Jim O'Brien.

45:00 +4:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

45:00 +3:30

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +2:58

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

45:00 +1:48

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

45:00 +1:46

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:10

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +1:10

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

45:00 +0:20

Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcus Pedersen.

43:15

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

43:15

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

42:29

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wiseman with a cross.

41:14

Offside, Barnsley. Scott Wiseman tries a through ball, but Jim O'Brien is caught offside.

40:33

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Burn.

38:03

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:03

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

36:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

35:36

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:36

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

32:51

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

32:51

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

31:25

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

31:23

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

31:14

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

31:14

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

30:47

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:47

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

26:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:18

Delay in match Lee Novak (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

24:50

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:50

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

22:33

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:33

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

21:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 2. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

20:14

Penalty conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) after a foul in the penalty area.

20:14

Penalty Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic draws a foul in the penalty area.

19:31

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

16:58

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:58

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

14:33

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:33

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

12:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 1. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

7:10

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

7:10

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

6:45

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:45

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

4:34

Attempt saved. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick McCourt with a cross.

3:56

Attempt blocked. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:32

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

3:32

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:59

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

0:59

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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