Callum McManaman booked Wigan's Championship play-off place and left Birmingham on the brink of relegation.

The midfielder took advantage of some lax defending in the third minute to curl in his fourth goal of the season.

Birmingham's fifth defeat in a row extended their run without a home league win to 18 games - which stretches back to 1 October.

Lee Clark's side remain third from bottom, and will drop into League One if they lose at Bolton on Saturday.

Even a victory will not be enough to secure survival for the 2011 League Cup winners if other results go against them.

St Andrew's Blues

  • Birmingham's total of 14 home points is the lowest in England's top four divisions
  • The only two sides they have beaten in the league at St Andrew's this season are Sheffield Wednesday (4-1 on 21 September) and Millwall (4-0 on 1 October)
  • But Lee Clark's side have won nine away league games - the same number as fifth-placed Wigan

Losing FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan had been limping towards the play-offs after successive defeats against Burnley and Blackpool.

But they made a fast start at St Andrew's as Jordi Gomez surged through the home defence and played the ball left to McManaman, who took a couple of paces forward before curling his low right-footed shot past keeper Darren Randolph.

Clark's side could have drawn level after 29 minutes, but Scott Carson denied them with a stunning save.

Birmingham captain Chris Burke's blocked volley dropped on the right-hand edge of the penalty area for Emyr Huws, whose curling shot looked destined for the top corner until Carson somehow palmed it away.

Clark sent on 6ft 8in striker Nikola Zigic at half-time but he struggled to find a way past Wigan's impressive central defensive pairing of captain Emerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell.

When he did find an opening in the 69th minute, meeting a cross from right-back Paul Caddis, his weak header from six yards was comfortably dealt with by Carson.

The Wigan goalkeeper came to the rescue twice in a frantic finish - first diving bravely at the feet of Federico Macheda to deflect his shot away for a corner, before diving low to his right to cling on to a drive from Hayden Mullins.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark on his team's failure to win a home league game since 1 October:

"It's not good enough for us, for me or the players, but most importantly not good enough for the fans. They're the ones I'm feeling for.

"It's imperative we get a result on Saturday. Our away form has been very good. But like I've said many times, the players need to walk the walk when they get out on the grass and deliver what's got to be delivered."

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler:

"Overall the achievement from when I came in on 9 December has been fantastic.

"The effort the players have put in is monumental to get to 73 points in such a short time.

"We're not over excited, we're keeping calm and we know what we want to achieve but we've achieved the first hurdle, though there are more hurdles to come."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 18 Hancox
  • 36 Huws
  • 38 Mullins
  • 23 Spector
  • 07 Burke
  • 24 Adeyemi Booked (Shinnie - 83' )
  • 09 Macheda
  • 26 Allan (Ibe - 60' )
  • 12 Novak (Zigic - 45' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 06 Martin
  • 08 Ibe
  • 13 Doyle
  • 17 Reilly
  • 19 Zigic
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 33 Gray

Wigan Athletic

  • 01 Carson
  • 24 Perch
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 30 Kiernan
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 17 Boyce
  • 15 McManaman (Maynard - 84' )
  • 16 McArthur
  • 33 Waghorn (Fortuné - 61' )
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 10 Maloney (Barnett - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 25 Barnett
  • 26 Al-Habsi
  • 29 Maynard
  • 32 Fortuné
  • 34 Collison
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 20,427

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

5 2

Corners

3 4

Fouls

22 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

90:00 +5:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

90:00 +4:19

Attempt saved. Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +3:57

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +3:57

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

90:00 +2:31

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

90:00 +2:00 Booking

Booking Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:25

Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:25

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

90:00 +0:18

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

90:00 +0:18

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

89:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Leon Barnett replaces Shaun Maloney.

89:21

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

89:21

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:43

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:43

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

88:10

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

87:20

Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).

87:20

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

85:24

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Scott Carson.

85:21

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

84:31

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

84:31

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

83:57

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordi Gómez.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces Callum McManaman.

82:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Tom Adeyemi.

80:28

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jordon Ibe.

79:56 Booking

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

79:46

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:46

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

78:11

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:11

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

77:21

Attempt saved. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

76:49

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

75:54

Attempt missed. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

74:06

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

74:06

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

72:34

Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

71:28

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

69:45

Hand ball by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

69:19

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:19

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

68:09

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

66:48

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

64:27

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:27

Foul by Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City).

62:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:50

Delay in match James Perch (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

60:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Martyn Waghorn.

59:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Jordon Ibe replaces Scott Allan.

58:44

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:44

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

58:13

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

56:47

Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:47

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

55:49

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:49

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

54:32

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

53:04

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:04

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City).

52:08

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

50:35

Offside, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

49:23

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:23

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

45:51

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

45:51

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

45:15

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:15

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Lee Novak.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1.

45:00 +0:29

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:29

Foul by Chris Burke (Birmingham City).

42:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:51

Delay in match Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

41:07

Attempt blocked. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

36:23

Attempt missed. Robert Kiernan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Maloney with a cross following a set piece situation.

35:40

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:40

Foul by Scott Allan (Birmingham City).

35:20

Attempt blocked. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

33:52

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:52

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

32:05

Hand ball by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

28:57

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Scott Carson.

28:52

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Burke.

28:45

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

28:01

Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:01

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

26:58

Offside, Birmingham City. Hayden Mullins tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

26:37

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

26:37

Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:15

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

25:15

Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:03

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

24:40

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Adeyemi.

24:05

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

23:16

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:16

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

22:41

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

22:41

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

19:57

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:57

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

19:13

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).

19:13

Scott Allan (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:22

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

12:22

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:14

Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:12

Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:12

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

9:29

Offside, Birmingham City. Mitch Hancox tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

8:20

Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:20

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

3:20

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:20

Foul by Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic).

2:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 1. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

0:19

Hand ball by Scott Allan (Birmingham City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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