Andrew Shinnie and Nikola Zigic scored the goals to secure Birmingham City's third away win in a row at Bournemouth.

Shinnie got his first league goal for the Blues when he turned home an Oliver Lee cross early on.

Zigic got his fourth of the season just after the half hour mark when he slid home to double their advantage.

Blues on a roll

Birmingham are enjoying their longest unbeaten run of the season - they have not lost any of their last six Championship matches.

Lewis Grabban pulled a shot wide before the break for Bournemouth and Blues keeper Darren Randolph turned away Ryan Fraser's header late on.

Birmingham, now without defeat in six Championship games, only had to wait three minutes for the opener as Shinnie, a summer signing from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, put them ahead.

The Cherries have now won just one of their last nine league outings but they responded well to going behind.

Randolph was forced into a save from a Marc Pugh drive soon after the opener and Cherries top scorer Grabban was then denied by the Birmingham keeper, who tipped his header around the post.

The visitors doubled their lead when Jesse Lingard's defence-splitting pass sent Zigic through in the 34th minute and he put the ball under Bournemouth keeper Lee Camp.

Grabban then dragged an angled effort wide of the post when through one-on-one with Randolph before the Blues keeper pushed away Pugh's powerful volley after the break.

Bournemouth were pushing forward to get an equaliser but it left them vulnerable at the back with Manchester United loanee Lingard stopped only by a last-ditch Tommy Elphick tackle.

Randolph then denied Fraser as Birmingham secured the win and moved up to 14th.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"It is difficult to sum up as I thought we were excellent.

"We were on a high going into the game and but for the early goal I thought we would have won the game comfortably.

"We did everything but score and were the most dominant team. I wouldn't change much about the performance, the level was very high. If we give that performance on average over 10 games we will probably win nine of them."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We are well aware of what is going on below us, we are not oblivious to that, but we do want to look at what is going on above us and try and crawl that deficit back.

"I knew all along when we had a few indifferent results at the start, and we had one or two blips along the way with not good enough performances, that the lads had given me everything.

"Confidence is high and they are now believing in each other and what we are telling them to do, as it is working. We have got to keep it going."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels (Pitman - 79' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie Booked
  • 08 Arter
  • 09 Grabban
  • 04 Surman (Fraser - 45' )
  • 07 Pugh (Rantie - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Pitman
  • 14 Harte
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 25 Flahavan
  • 28 Rantie
  • 36 Yennaris

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis Booked
  • 04 Robinson
  • 24 Adeyemi Booked
  • 05 Bartley Booked
  • 06 Burn
  • 07 Burke Booked (McLean - 63' )
  • 20 Lee Booked
  • 19 Zigic
  • 09 Lingard (Reilly - 75' )
  • 22 Shinnie

Substitutes

  • 08 Mullins
  • 13 Doyle
  • 17 Reilly
  • 29 Brown
  • 32 Bell
  • 33 Gray
  • 35 McLean
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 9,256

Match Stats

Shots

27 7

On target

9 2

Corners

14 3

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2.

90:00 +3:29

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

90:00 +3:29

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

90:00 +3:07

Attempt saved. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:04

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

90:00 +1:35 Booking

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

90:00 +1:30

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:30

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

89:18

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

89:18

Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:57

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

86:31

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

84:12

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

83:28

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

78:39

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steve Cook.

78:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Charlie Daniels.

77:47

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

77:47

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

76:55

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Andrew Shinnie is caught offside.

76:26

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

75:43

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

74:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly replaces Jesse Lingard.

74:19

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

73:57

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dan Burn.

72:29

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

72:13

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

71:54

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

70:04

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross following a set piece situation.

69:39 Booking

Booking Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:35

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:35

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

69:09

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

68:22

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

68:22

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:48

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:48

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

66:45

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

66:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Marc Pugh.

64:53

Offside, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

64:10

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Oliver Lee.

63:56

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

63:26

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

63:26

Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:27

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:27

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

62:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean replaces Chris Burke.

61:56

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

61:21

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

60:26 Booking

Booking Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:22

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

60:22

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

59:38

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

59:38

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:16

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

58:10

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

57:54 Booking

Booking Chris Burke (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

56:14

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:14

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

54:22

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

52:15

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

49:01

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:01

Foul by Chris Burke (Birmingham City).

48:02

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:02

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

47:07

Attempt missed. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

46:33

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

46:33

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

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Andrew Surman.

45:00 +4:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2.

45:00 +3:41

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +3:25

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dan Burn.

45:00 +3:00

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jesse Lingard.

45:00 +2:55

Attempt blocked. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:47

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

44:12

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Arter.

43:19

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a headed pass.

41:52

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:52

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

41:43

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:43

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

41:15

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

38:56

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:56

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

37:15

Offside, Birmingham City. Tom Adeyemi tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

35:01

Offside, Birmingham City. Tom Adeyemi tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

33:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a through ball.

31:32

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

31:32

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

31:27

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:24

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

30:31 Booking

Booking Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:25

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:25

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

28:50

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

25:45

Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Simon Francis is caught offside.

25:13

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:13

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

23:53

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Simon Francis.

23:10

Offside, Bournemouth. Charlie Daniels tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

21:32

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

21:21

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis.

20:41

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dan Burn.

19:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

18:02

Delay in match Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

18:01

Delay in match Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

16:53

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

16:53

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

16:25

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

14:43

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dan Burn.

14:40

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis.

13:10

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

12:32

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

9:46

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Surman following a set piece situation.

8:59 Booking

Booking Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:53

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:53

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

8:38

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:38

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

8:00

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

8:00

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

6:57

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

6:37

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Arter.

5:53

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

2:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 1. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Lee with a cross.

1:21

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:21

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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