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Birmingham City 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton striker Jermaine Beckford (left) puts his side ahead against Birmingham

Bolton hung on to secure their first Championship win of the season with victory over Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Jermaine Beckford capitalised on a blunder from defender Dan Burn to slot home and give the visitors the lead.

Beckford then headed against the crossbar, before Neil Danns nodded home after Blues keeper Darren Randolph failed to deal with a cross.

Nikola Zigic looped in a header for Birmingham before Bolton survived a late penalty appeal to claim victory.

Midfielder Liam Feeney appeared to block Callum Reilly's shot with his arms in the area but referee David Coote did not point to the spot.

The win will help ease the pressure on Bolton manager Dougie Freedman after his side's poor start to the season.

Birmingham did not help their cause with some crucial mistakes. The first came when centre-back Burn misjudged a clearance, allowing striker Beckford to race through and net his first goal of the season.

The hosts had scored 11 goals in their past three home games, but they struggled for a breakthrough against a stubborn Bolton side.

The closest they came to an equaliser in a scrappy first half was a 25-yard curler from Reilly which keeper Adam Bogdan palmed around the post.

Bolton should have made Blues pay for some sloppy play but a six-yard Beckford header from Feeney's cross came back off the crossbar.

However, when Randolph failed to clear another cross, Danns headed in from close range to double their advantage.

Zigic's goal - his first of the season, following a Chris Burke free-kick - and the late penalty appeal made sure Bolton had to endure a nervous finale, but they held on to move within two points of their opponents.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It's not a relief because I strongly believe that if you work hard and you study the game, you get your rewards and that's what we've certainly done here.

"I've tried to stay calm. I've had good support from the chairman in a difficult moment, but we've certainly not been far away having registered five draws.

"You have to go through some bad moments to get your reward and that's what we've done."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"They're just individual errors from two lads who have been brilliant for us all season.

"They're human beings, we all make mistakes. Unfortunately for the two lads, their errors have cost us goals.

"There's no finger-pointing at them. Our general first-half performance, in terms of not being the driving force we have been in our previous three home games, was the catalyst for the result."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 3MurphyBooked at 29minsSubstituted forCaddisat 79'minutes
  • 17Reilly
  • 4Robinson
  • 6Burn
  • 7C Burke
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 25GreenSubstituted forZigicat 57'minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forNovakat 57'minutes
  • 9Lingard

Substitutes

  • 5Bartley
  • 12Novak
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Zigic
  • 20Lee
  • 27Ferguson
  • 31Caddis

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 44Kamara
  • 4MillsBooked at 50mins
  • 5Ream
  • 18DannsSubstituted forLee Chung-yongat 76'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forDaviesat 86'minutes
  • 21PratleyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKnightat 70'minutes
  • 26Feeney

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 11Hall
  • 12Knight
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 28Davies
  • 31Wheater
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
13,627

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zat Knight.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers).

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Medo.

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

Attempt blocked. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Hand ball by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies replaces Jermaine Beckford.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Medo with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis replaces David Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Neil Danns.

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

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

Offside, Birmingham City. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

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

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zat Knight replaces Darren Pratley.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Bolton Wanderers 2. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Bogdan tries a through ball, but Darren Pratley is caught offside.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Bolton Wanderers 2. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range to the top left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Burnley118211426
2QPR108201026
3Leicester11722623
4Nottm Forest11641822
5Watford116321121
6Blackpool11551420
7Reading11542519
8Bournemouth11515-616
9Blackburn10433515
10Derby11434315
11Ipswich11434315
12Huddersfield11353314
13Leeds11425-314
14Brighton11344-113
15Middlesbrough11263-112
16Doncaster10334-212
17Wigan8323311
18Millwall11326-1111
19Birmingham11317-210
20Bolton11155-98
21Charlton10145-67
22Sheff Wed10064-66
23Yeovil11128-125
24Barnsley11128-165
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