Lee Novak's double secured a 2-1 away victory for Birmingham as 10-man Blackpool failed to win for the 15th Championship game in a row.

The Seasiders went ahead when Richard Keogh volleyed in following a corner.

But Novak equalised for the visitors with a drive from the edge of the area after good work by Nikola Zigic.

And after Jack Robinson was sent off, Novak headed Birmingham to only their second league win of 2014 and lifted them above their hosts into 16th.

Blackpool's caretaker boss Barry Ferguson was hoping to record his first win since taking over from Paul Ince six games ago.

His side lived dangerously early on, Blues' Federico Macheda missing his kick with the goal gaping and then heading over from close range.

Blackpool made the most of their good fortune with loan signing Keogh putting the ball beyond Darren Randolph after Birmingham struggled to clear a corner.

Chris Burke wasted a chance to level when he failed to beat home keeper Matt Gilks after being put clean through by substitute Zigic.

But Birmingham finally drew level when top scorer Novak latched on to a knock-down from the influential Zigic and fired home with his left foot.

The home side were reduced to 10 men for the final quarter-hour when Robinson was shown a straight red for bringing down substitute Jordon Ibe when clear through on goal.

Blackpool did their best to cling on, but with eight minutes to go Novak netted his second of the game, heading low beyond Gilks from an Emyr Huws cross.

Blackpool caretaker boss Barry Ferguson:

"We're in a dogfight now. Simple.

"I wasn't happy when we came in at half-time and we were only one-nil up. The game should have been dead and buried in the first half.

"We started well enough in the second half and we got a sloppy goal against us again.

"Even then we still had chances in the second half we should have put away. We're not clinical enough.

"I'll never stop learning and improving and I'll do that again on Monday."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

On loan signing Jordon Ibe from Liverpool: "Not bad is he? Not bad. Power, pace.

"We've done unbelievable to get him, I've got to thank (Liverpool manager) Brendan Rodgers. I've pestered him to get him.

"There were so many other clubs in for him.

"So hopefully this reputation I've got where I can do not-too-bad things with these big clubs' young players is helping us get the edge over some of my rivals, in terms of trying to help them on in their development.

"I'm so excited by him."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 02 McMahon Booked
  • 03 Robinson Dismissed
  • 31 Martínez (Grandin - 59' )
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 15 Haroun
  • 04 Perkins Booked
  • 09 Davies (Fuller - 59' )
  • 24 Keogh
  • 33 Dobbie (Halliday - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Chopra
  • 12 Bishop
  • 14 Halliday
  • 17 Basham
  • 19 Fuller
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 39 Grandin

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 23 Spector
  • 18 Hancox
  • 24 Adeyemi (Zigic - 45' )
  • 14 Packwood
  • 04 Robinson
  • 07 Burke (Ibe - 71' )
  • 20 Lee
  • 09 Macheda (Caddis - 90' )
  • 36 Huws
  • 12 Novak

Substitutes

  • 06 Martin
  • 08 Ibe
  • 13 Doyle
  • 19 Zigic
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 31 Caddis
  • 35 Rusnák
Ref: Andy Haines
Att: 14,628

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

7 7

Corners

4 5

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 2.

90:00 +5:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 2.

90:00 +5:04 Booking

Booking Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:50

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +4:50

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

90:00 +2:15

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

90:00 +2:15

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

90:00 +1:41

Attempt missed. Faris Haroun (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gary Mackenzie with a headed pass.

90:00 +1:04

Faris Haroun (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:04

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

89:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis replaces Federico Macheda.

88:37

Foul by Andrew Keogh (Blackpool).

88:37

Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:45

Attempt missed. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

86:16

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:16

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

85:01

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

84:59

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

81:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 2. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross.

81:03

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

80:59

Attempt blocked. Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emyr Huws.

80:08

Offside, Birmingham City. Lee Novak tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

78:27

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:27

Foul by Will Packwood (Birmingham City).

78:02

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Spector.

75:42

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:41 Dismissal

Dismissal Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the red card.

74:05

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

74:05

Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:43

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

70:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday replaces Stephen Dobbie.

70:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Jordon Ibe replaces Chris Burke because of an injury.

69:35

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

68:39

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

68:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:47

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

62:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 1. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

61:12

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

61:12

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

59:21

Attempt saved. Faris Haroun (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

59:18

Attempt saved. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Keogh.

58:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Ricardo Fuller replaces Steve Davies.

58:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Elliot Grandin replaces Ángel.

57:55

Offside, Blackpool. Steve Davies tries a through ball, but Stephen Dobbie is caught offside.

55:22

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a through ball.

54:34

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:34

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

53:59

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

49:49

Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:49

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

49:21

Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Andrew Keogh.

47:56

Offside, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie tries a through ball, but Andrew Keogh is caught offside.

47:18

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oliver Lee.

46:34

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a through ball.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Tom Adeyemi.

45:00 +1:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 0.

44:13

Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:13

Foul by Will Packwood (Birmingham City).

43:35

Foul by Andrew Keogh (Blackpool).

43:35

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

41:26

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

41:26

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:12

Attempt blocked. David Perkins (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:44 Booking

Booking David Perkins (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:35

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

38:35

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

36:51

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

35:50

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

33:29

Offside, Blackpool. Kirk Broadfoot tries a through ball, but Andrew Keogh is caught offside.

31:58

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

31:44

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:44

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

29:41

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

29:23

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

29:23

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

27:51

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

27:51

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:14

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

27:14

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:51

Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Andrew Keogh is caught offside.

24:16

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

23:03

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 0. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Davies with a headed pass following a corner.

20:56

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

20:52

Attempt blocked. Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

17:53

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

17:42

Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross.

17:08

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:08

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

15:38

Offside, Blackpool. Steve Davies tries a through ball, but Stephen Dobbie is caught offside.

12:43

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:43

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

12:09

Attempt missed. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Faris Haroun following a fast break.

11:17

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

11:17

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

10:15

Attempt missed. Faris Haroun (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Keogh.

4:55

Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Spector with a cross.

4:06

Offside, Blackpool. Kirk Broadfoot tries a through ball, but Andrew Keogh is caught offside.

1:59

Foul by Faris Haroun (Blackpool).

1:59

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:08

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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