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Barnsley 0-3 Birmingham City

Birmingham moved six points clear of the relegation zone by defeating fellow Championship strugglers Barnsley, who sacked boss David Flitcroft afterwards.

Blues right-back Paul Caddis scored twice, opening the scoring as he ended a run with a powerful shot.

The Scotland U21 defender extended the lead from the penalty spot after a Jean-Yves M'Voto foul on Nikola Zigic.

Zigic chipped in a third before half-time as Birmingham secured a fifth league win of the campaign.

The defeat left Barnsley at the bottom of the table, six points from safety.

The home side did not help themselves as they played a hand in the visitors taking the lead.

M'Voto did well to take the ball off City striker Jesse Lingard, before giving the ball away to Caddis, who shrugged off challenges from David Perkins and Paddy McCourt before to rifling in a shot.

Zigic went down following a M'Voto challenge after a corner and referee Kevin Wright pointed to the spot. Caddis then stepped up to send ex-Blues keeper Jack Butland the wrong way.

Caddis also had a hand in the third goal when his misplaced pass was diverted into the path of Zigic by Jim O'Brien and the Birmingham forward dinked an effort over Butland.

Barnsley rarely mustered a goal threat as Birmingham saw out the game.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark, speaking before Flitcroft's sacking:

"We've been on the end of some strange decisions this season and we've had to dust ourselves down, I'm sure David [Flitcroft] is frustrated with that.

"He did have a conversation as Nikola [Zigic] came off and he asked him hand on heart did he think it was a penalty, and Nikola replied that he did.

"The referee seemed to be in a good position."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 12Butland
  • 14Wiseman
  • 4Kennedy
  • 11PerkinsSubstituted forMellisat 45'minutes
  • 6Cranie
  • 22Mvoto
  • 7O'BrienSubstituted forCywkaat 45'minutes
  • 8Dawson
  • 50TudgaySubstituted forScotlandat 59'minutes
  • 20PedersenBooked at 81mins
  • 42McCourtBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 2Hassell
  • 3Ramage
  • 9Scotland
  • 19Cywka
  • 21Mellis
  • 23Etuhu
  • 34Fox

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 17Reilly
  • 6Burn
  • 4Robinson
  • 12NovakBooked at 68mins
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forMcLeanat 75'minutes
  • 9Lingard
  • 27FergusonSubstituted forElliottat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7C Burke
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Elliott
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 34Dudka
  • 35McLean
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
10,077

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.
Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.
Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Scotland.
Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Butland.
Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wade Elliott with a cross.
Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.
Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).
Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Novak with a headed pass.

Booking

Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).
Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi.
Attempt saved. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.
Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean replaces Nikola Zigic.

Booking

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).
Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.
Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Jason Scotland is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Burn.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.
Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Reilly.
Attempt saved. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Scotland.
Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wade Elliott replaces Shane Ferguson.

Booking

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).
Attempt blocked. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.
Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Tomasz Cywka is caught offside.
Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Darren Randolph.
Attempt saved. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Marcus Tudgay.
Hand ball by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).
Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wiseman.
Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Dawson with a cross.
Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).
Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.
Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).
Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jacob Mellis replaces David Perkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka replaces Jim O'Brien.

Half Time

First Half ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.
Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.
goal

As It Stood

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2Burnley1710521635
3QPR171052935
4Blackpool17872731
5Reading17773628
6Nottm Forest17764627
7Leeds17827426
8Derby16745725
9Brighton17674525
10Watford17656323
11Ipswich17656323
12Huddersfield17656223
13Blackburn17656223
14Wigan15645422
15Middlesbrough17476119
16Bolton17476-519
17Bournemouth17548-1019
18Doncaster17548-1119
19Birmingham17539-218
20Charlton17458-617
21Millwall17458-1517
22Yeovil173311-1112
23Sheff Wed16187-911
24Barnsley172510-1911
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