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Bournemouth 0-2 Birmingham City

Birmingham's Andrew Shinnie

Andrew Shinnie and Nikola Zigic scored the goals to secure Birmingham City's third away win in a row at Bournemouth.

Shinnie got his first league goal for the Blues when he turned home an Oliver Lee cross early on.

Zigic got his fourth of the season just after the half hour mark when he slid home to double their advantage.

Lewis Grabban pulled a shot wide before the break for Bournemouth and Blues keeper Darren Randolph turned away Ryan Fraser's header late on.

Birmingham, now without defeat in six Championship games, only had to wait three minutes for the opener as Shinnie, a summer signing from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, put them ahead.

The Cherries have now won just one of their last nine league outings but they responded well to going behind.

Randolph was forced into a save from a Marc Pugh drive soon after the opener and Cherries top scorer Grabban was then denied by the Birmingham keeper, who tipped his header around the post.

The visitors doubled their lead when Jesse Lingard's defence-splitting pass sent Zigic through in the 34th minute and he put the ball under Bournemouth keeper Lee Camp.

Grabban then dragged an angled effort wide of the post when through one-on-one with Randolph before the Blues keeper pushed away Pugh's powerful volley after the break.

Bournemouth were pushing forward to get an equaliser but it left them vulnerable at the back with Manchester United loanee Lingard stopped only by a last-ditch Tommy Elphick tackle.

Randolph then denied Fraser as Birmingham secured the win and moved up to 14th.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"It is difficult to sum up as I thought we were excellent.

"We were on a high going into the game and but for the early goal I thought we would have won the game comfortably.

"We did everything but score and were the most dominant team. I wouldn't change much about the performance, the level was very high. If we give that performance on average over 10 games we will probably win nine of them."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We are well aware of what is going on below us, we are not oblivious to that, but we do want to look at what is going on above us and try and crawl that deficit back.

"I knew all along when we had a few indifferent results at the start, and we had one or two blips along the way with not good enough performances, that the lads had given me everything.

"Confidence is high and they are now believing in each other and what we are telling them to do, as it is working. We have got to keep it going."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-5-1

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forPitmanat 79'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30RitchieBooked at 61mins
  • 8Arter
  • 9Grabban
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forFraserat 45'minutes
  • 7PughSubstituted forRantieat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 25Flahavan
  • 28Rantie
  • 36Yennaris

Birmingham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31CaddisBooked at 9mins
  • 4Robinson
  • 24AdeyemiBooked at 70mins
  • 5BartleyBooked at 31mins
  • 6Burn
  • 7BurkeBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMcLeanat 63'minutes
  • 20LeeBooked at 90mins
  • 19Zigic
  • 9LingardSubstituted forReillyat 75'minutes
  • 22Shinnie

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 29Brown
  • 32Bell
  • 33Gray
  • 35McLean
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
9,256

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home27
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

  7. Booking

    Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

  11. Post update

    Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steve Cook.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Charlie Daniels.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Andrew Shinnie is caught offside.