Rudy Gestede scored a hat-trick at St Andrew's as Blackburn recorded a comfortable victory to heighten Birmingham's relegation worries.

The away side went 3-0 up within the first 24 minutes, as Gestede struck twice before Todd Kane slotted home.

And Rovers grabbed their fourth on the stroke of half-time as former Cardiff striker Gestede headed in his third.

Lee Clark's men rallied. Nikola Zigic nodded in and Demarai Gray scored the second but the damage was already done.

Home troubles

Birmingham have the worst home record in the Championship and have now gone 16 games without a win at St Andrew's

The result leaves Birmingham in 21st position, one place above third-bottom Blackpool on goal difference, while Blackburn are now just two points off a place in the play-offs.

Gestede took just 10 minutes to get off the mark as he rose highest to head home Josh King's lob to the far post.

Ten minutes later, the visitors doubled their advantage as the same players combined with the same results, Gestede heading in King's free-kick.

Gary Bowyer's men effectively ended the contest after just 22 minutes when Kane's shot was deflected past the helpless Darren Randolph.

And a minute before the interval, Gestede completed a hat-trick of headers for a 4-0 lead. He could have had a fourth but saw his effort kept out by goalkeeper Randolph.

Birmingham pulled goals back through Zigic and Gray, but the defeat leaves them in deep trouble at the wrong end of the table, with three games remaining.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark: "I am confident in the players. We have to have the mentality that we have shown in second halves during this wretched run.

"We have to show this form from the first whistle. It seems that there is a domino effect. We concede the first goal and it results in two or three goals and four in the first half on this occasion.

"If we were to win our two home games then we should be okay.

"We were really punished and it was not good to watch. We responded well in the second half, but we certainly need to perform and our future is in our own hands.

"We have to get rid of the negative thoughts and go again."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer: "I thought we were terrific first half.

"Our football was good and the big man, Rudy Gestede, was unplayable. He took his goals ever so well.

"We always knew Birmingham would come and fight in the second half and that is exactly what they did, although we were disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

"But overall we have come away from home and scored four goals, which must be pleasing.

"We are now unbeaten in the last 10 games. It has been a very busy period for us and the quality of the squad shone through against Birmingham as we lost four players from last Friday.

"Everyone played their part and we now have to see what happens on Saturday."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 14 Packwood
  • 17 Reilly Booked
  • 31 Caddis
  • 05 Thorpe
  • 37 Blackett (Hancox - 45' )
  • 07 Burke
  • 36 Huws
  • 11 Løvenkrands (Gray - 68' )
  • 09 Macheda Booked
  • 10 Howard (Zigic - 29' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 06 Martin
  • 13 Doyle
  • 18 Hancox
  • 19 Zigic
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 33 Gray

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Kane
  • 14 Olsson
  • 29 Evans
  • 05 Hanley Booked
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 32 Conway (Taylor - 83' )
  • 06 Lowe
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Gestede (Varney - 59' )
  • 07 King (Feeney - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Varney
  • 19 Taylor
  • 22 Feeney
  • 23 Dabo
  • 26 Lenihan
  • 30 Rittenberg
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 17,291

Match Stats

Shots

16 20

On target

6 12

Corners

4 3

Fouls

16 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 4.

90:00 +6:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 4.

90:00 +5:53

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

90:00 +4:31

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:31

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

90:00 +4:13

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

90:00 +3:36

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

89:36

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

89:34

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

89:21

Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:41 Booking

Booking Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:35

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:35

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

86:08

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

86:08

Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:23

Delay in match Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

83:59

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:59

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

83:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 4. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

82:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Craig Conway.

80:48

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:48

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

79:31

Attempt blocked. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mitch Hancox.

77:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:40

Delay in match Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

75:15

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

74:46

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Thorpe with a cross.

74:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Joshua King.

73:34 Booking

Booking Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:23

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

73:23

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

72:40

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

72:40

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

70:40

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

69:52 Booking

Booking Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:40

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:40

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

69:03

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:03

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

68:55

Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

67:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Peter Løvenkrands.

66:47

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

64:53

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

64:50

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 4. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Reilly with a cross.

61:40

Offside, Birmingham City. Emyr Huws tries a through ball, but Peter Løvenkrands is caught offside.

60:57

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:57

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

60:13

Attempt missed. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Robinson.

59:36

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:36

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

58:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Rudy Gestede.

58:08 Booking

Booking Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:42

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:42

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

54:45

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Todd Kane with a cross.

52:36

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua King.

51:21

Attempt blocked. Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Løvenkrands.

50:21

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Grant Hanley following a fast break.

49:15

Attempt blocked. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

48:35

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

47:03

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Reilly.

45:59

Attempt saved. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:37

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:37

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 4.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Mitch Hancox replaces Tyler Blackett.

45:00 +3:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 4.

45:00 +2:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 4. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:50

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

45:00 +1:48

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

42:36

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

41:59

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

41:05

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:05

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

40:57

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Corry Evans.

39:59

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:59

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

36:09

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

35:37

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

34:22

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:22

Foul by Chris Burke (Birmingham City).

30:19

Attempt missed. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

28:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Brian Howard.

28:04

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:04

Foul by Brian Howard (Birmingham City).

26:11

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Corry Evans.

24:58

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

23:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 3. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

22:48

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

22:48

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

19:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

18:37

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:37

Foul by Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City).

16:59

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

15:40

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

14:58

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Olsson.

9:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

7:24

Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:44

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:44

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

5:50

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Joshua King.

1:48

Attempt missed. Will Packwood (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Emyr Huws following a set piece situation.

1:28

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

1:28

Will Packwood (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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