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Barnsley 0-3 Birmingham City

Paul Caddis

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

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

Substitutes

  • 7Burke
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Scotland.

  6. Post update

    Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Butland.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Booking

    Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean replaces Nikola Zigic.