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Blackpool 1-2 Birmingham City

Lee Novak

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."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahonBooked at 90mins
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 75mins
  • 31MartínezSubstituted forGrandinat 59'minutes
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 15Haroun
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 39mins
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forFullerat 59'minutes
  • 24Keogh
  • 33DobbieSubstituted forHallidayat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 12Bishop
  • 14Halliday
  • 17Basham
  • 19Fuller
  • 20Cathcart
  • 39Grandin

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 18Hancox
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forZigicat 45'minutes
  • 14Packwood
  • 4Robinson
  • 7C BurkeSubstituted forIbeat 71'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 9MachedaSubstituted forCaddisat 90'minutes
  • 36Huws
  • 12Novak

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 8Ibe
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Zigic
  • 22Shinnie
  • 31Caddis
  • 35Rusnák
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
14,628

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Birmingham City 2.

Booking

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

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

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.

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

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis replaces Federico Macheda.

Foul by Andrew Keogh (Blackpool).

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

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.

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

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

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.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

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

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

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

Foul by Will Packwood (Birmingham City).

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.

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

Dismissal

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the red card.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Substitution

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

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

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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.

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3222552771
2Burnley32171232463
3Derby3218772061
4QPR3116871256
5Nottm Forest32141351855
6Reading32148101350
7Wigan3114710849
8Brighton3112109646
9Blackburn3112109346
10Ipswich3211129645
11Leeds3112712443
12Watford32101210542
13Middlesbrough3291310540
14Huddersfield3211714-440
15Sheff Wed3181211036
16Birmingham329914-236
17Bournemouth319913-1436
18Blackpool3281113-1535
19Bolton3271213-1233
20Doncaster327916-2030
21Millwall3261016-2928
22Charlton296914-1427
23Barnsley3151115-2126
24Yeovil316718-2025
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