MATCHDAY LIVE: Birmingham City 2 Wanderers 1

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9:43pm

Match report should be up on the web soon. Won't make great reading. I'll also put up some reaction and answer a few q's on my way back tonight. Tweet me @MarcIles.

9:41pm

It's all over.... Birmingham City 2 Wanderers 1

9:41pm

Mills scurries one off the line. King should have scored. Through on goal.

9:39pm

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9:38pm

Alonso just brought a fine save out of Butland. Thought he'd grabbed an equaliser then.

9:37pm

Four minutes added time.

9:34pm

Alonso heads over the top from Eagles cross. Time fast running out now.

9:31pm

Another late half chance for Mark Davies. Another easy save for Butland.

9:31pm

He has been remonstrating with the fourth official for much of the second half.

9:28pm

Redmond has just forced Bogdan into a brilliant tip over the bar. That would have been game, set and match.

9:28pm

No sign of Whites getting back into this.

9:18pm

Redmond on for Burke. Now this guy really can shift...

9:16pm

Coyle going mental on the touchline over a throw in, given Bolton's way by the linesman, that has been over-ruled by the ref....

9:13pm

Will check if there's an injury. But none I know of.

9:13pm

 

9:12pm

Butland makes a fine save at Afobe's feet. Nearly scored. Burke then flashes a shot across goal at the other end.

9:06pm

Double sub: Ngog off, Afobe on. Petrov on, Chung-Yong off.

9:05pm

More so, yes. Just don't think Andrews is the same sort of player.

9:04pm

Attendance: 14,693

9:02pm

9:02pm

Sad to see Caddis leaving on a stretcher. Looks like a shoulder injury. Curtis Davies on.

9:01pm

9:01pm

8:57pm

Lita has just got round Bogdan and drilled into the side netting. It's coming apart quickly here...

8:57pm

Going back to the pen, hard to say whether the award was correct because it happened well off the ball.

8:56pm

Burke smashes a shot beaten away by Bogdan.

8:54pm

King with the pen... GOAL! Sends Bogdan the wrong way.

8:54pm

Penalty to Birmingham. Alonso's foul on King. Linesman gave the foul

8:52pm

Fahey on for Mullins for the Blues.

8:51pm

Players back out on the pitch. If I do go quiet this half, it's because I'm writing my match report!

8:50pm

Some quality soup served up by Birmingham at half time. Think it was golden vegetable.

8:46pm

And I've just been backed up by several people in the press box... it wasn't top corner, and it wasn't 35yds....

8:45pm

Just been told that Spearing's injury is a calf strain. Will try and update later on as to how long it could rule him out for.

8:43pm

No replays here pal. Was talked through the goal by the reporter next to me, so apologies if a TV feed has shown up something different. Had my head buried in a laptop writing tomorrow's paper.

8:40pm

He's just described it as a "pretty even game" and I wouldn't argue with that. Great to see you Fab.

8:39pm

Fab's voice isn't being picked up well by this sound system. Was always a nightmare to transcribe him after interviews!

8:38pm

Looking very smart and sporting his thick-rimmed specs, think he's going to be interviewed.

8:37pm

Fabrice Muamba being welcomed on to the pitch.

8:35pm

8:35pm

That's half-time. 1-1.

8:33pm

Chung-Yong booked for a foul on Elliott.

8:32pm

That was deserved. Eagles has been in good touch, and that free kick was nothing short of stunning. Curled it round the wall from 25 yards out into the bottom corner. Superb.

8:31pm

GOAL! Eagles equalises with a brilliant free kick.

8:30pm

Now Caldwell gets a booking for a blatant trip on Ngog. Looks like this half time team talk is going to have to be a belter...

8:27pm

Mark Davies booked for a high challenge on Burke.

8:25pm

Eagles clips a cross in for Ngog, who was unmarked eight yards out. He headed straight into the hands of Butland. Terrible miss.

8:24pm

8:24pm

Lovely ball from SKD with the outside of his foot to find Ngog. Just as he was about to pull the trigger, Murphy got back to tackle. Blues then broke and Knight was booked for a foul on Lita.

8:22pm

Twelve minutes to go in this half and the Whites are still asking questions. Birmingham do look so dangerous on the break, though.

8:17pm

SKD delivers a deep cross from the left, which so nearly picks out Chung-Yong at the far post.

8:16pm

Elliott plays a ball through for Burke, who sees his effort blocked by Bogdan. Should have scored.

8:15pm

He pulled up off the ball in the build up to the goal and didn't move. Didn't look great.

8:13pm

Mark Davies picks up on a flick from SKD and has his shot deflected wide.

8:12pm

In fairness, it was good football that got Caddis in down the right. Without seeing Lita's run on a replay, I can't say for sure that it could have been defended better in the middle.

8:06pm

Andrews' fitness really will be tested out now...

8:05pm

Well that came out of the blue. Whites had been on top, but it was a great bit of football down the right side from Burke and Caddis – who recently arrived from Swindon Town.

8:04pm

To make matters worse, Spearing has pulled up. Keith Andrews coming on.

8:03pm

GOAL! Great move from Birmingham down the right. Burke combines with Caddis to cross for Lita to slide in from six yards out.

8:00pm

Ngog and Mark Davies very busy early on. Encouraging start.

8:00pm

7:59pm

Burke drives a curling left footed shot from 20 yds. Bogdan holds on well.

7:57pm

Ngog has the ball in the net but it's ruled offside. Lovely ball by Eagles, though.

7:56pm

Butland punches clear with Chung-Yong loitering in the six yard box to pounce on Eagles' cross.

7:55pm

King heads just wide after Caddis swung a great cross in from the right. Blues get a corner - must have come off Mills - but it's cleared.

7:52pm

7:51pm

7:50pm

Eagles gets the first shot off in anger, deflected off Spector to give Butland an easy stop.

7:49pm

Little Fabrice Muamba chant breaks out in the Wanderers fans...

7:47pm

And we're off...

7:45pm

I thank you sir!

7:45pm

The temperature has dropped somewhat in the last 30 minutes too. Talk about Bluenoses...

7:44pm

ELO belting out from the speakers now as the players come out from the tunnel. I do love a bit of Mr Blue Sky...

7:42pm

They currently fill almost a sixth of the main stand behind the goal, where they famously packed in for that FA Cup quarter final just 18 months ago. Reckon 400 tops.

7:40pm

Five minutes to kick off, and it's safe to say that Wanderers fans haven't yet appeared in their droves to my right.

7:35pm

Links in tonight's squads - Derek Fazackerley, a former Wanderers coach, is now part of Lee Clark's backroom staff.

Wade Elliott is also a former charge of Owen Coyle's at Burnley, and we all know what happened the last time we came across him at Turf Moor in the League Cup...

7:32pm

So the line-ups again...

Birmingham (4-4-2): Butland, Spector, Mullins, Caldwell, Murphy, Burke, Ibanez, Elliott, Caddis, King,  Lita.

Subs: Doyle, Davies, Morrison, Lovenkrands, Fahey, Redmond, Asante

Wanderers (4-4-2): Bogdan; Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso; Chung-Yong, M Davies, Spearing, Eagles; K Davies, Ngog.

Subs: Lonergan, Andrews, Petrov, Afobe, Ricketts, Sordell, Pratley.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire)
 

7:31pm

I watched Birmingham tear Bury to shreds in pre-season and was glad to see Nathan Redmond starting on the bench. Very impressive young player.

Chris Burke also stood out for the Blues on that night, and he'll be starting up against Marcos Alonso down the Blues' right.

7:28pm

Would agree with that. But as a couple of people have pointed out, if Andrews isn't fit enough to start, should he be on the bench?

7:27pm

Aye, it's been saying that in The Bolton News since the day after the Hull game when he pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad...

7:27pm

Aye, it's been saying that in The Bolton News since the day after the Hull game when he pulled out of the Republic of Ireland squad...

7:24pm

Fabrice Muamba will be guest of honour in tonight's game, having represented both clubs, of course. Just been hearing a few of the things he's got in the pipeline over the next few months, and looks like he's going to be a busy lad!

7:18pm

Quite a few of you surprised to see Bogdan start ahead of Lonergan tonight. Needs a big game, in my opinion. Bogdan has lacked confidence so far this season.

7:12pm

It's a very attacking line-up. From what I have seen of Birmingham, they're quick on the break too. Might be an interesting night... although that might just have jinxed it.

7:05pm

That's certainly one school of thought.

7:05pm

Diverse opinion there on the line-up. One thing's for sure, we could do with a performance like the one I saw from this very spot in April 2011... 3-2, Chung-Yong header, Kevin Keegan on the pitch for ESPN with the FA Cup, dreams of Wembley anyone?

7:02pm

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7:02pm

7:01pm

Will ask for clarification later, but haven't heard anything about an injury.

7:00pm

6:59pm

I'd imagine the injury has forced Coyle's hand on that one. If it were about form, then surely Mark Davies would have been starting on the bench, wouldn't he?

6:56pm

Birmingham subs by the way: Doyle, Davies, Morrison, Lovenkrands, Fahey, Redmond, Asante

6:55pm

What do we make of that then? Andrews had been struggling with that Achilles injury and didn't play particularly well against Watford, but was bringing Mark Davies back into the middle the answer?

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6:54pm

Birmingham: Butland, Murphy, Caldwell, Ibanez, Burke, Mullins, King, Elliott, Spector, Caddis, Lita

6:53pm

So that's one change - Andrews out and Chung-Yong in from the team that beat Watford.

The subs are: Lonergan, Andrews, Petrov, Afobe, Ricketts, Sordell, Pratley

6:51pm

Tonight's Wanderers team: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, Chung-Yong, M Davies, Spearing, Eagles, K Davies, Ngog

6:50pm

Keep your tweets coming to me if you haven't made the trip to Birmingham tonight. For that matter, keep them coming even if you have! @MarcIles and I'll do my best to answer everything I can...

6:48pm

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6:47pm

But the line-up is a matter of much debate, and a few of you tweeted me @MarcIles earlier today to have your say...

6:47pm

Keith Andrews will also have an injection in an Achilles problem before the game, so should be fine to take his place in midfield.

6:46pm

Just got news that David Ngog should play a part in the squad tonight after the problem he suffered on Saturday was diagnosed only as cramp, and not a back/hamstring problem.

6:45pm

Good evening everyone. Just negotiated the narrow wooden stairs of the press box at St Andrew's to take my place (C19 if you're interested). The weather has brightened up after some early heavy showers in the Second City and the pitch looks great.

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7:48am Wed 19 Sep 12

SirTommy says...

Now that they no longer play football at the Reebok any suggestions on what we can do with the stadium?
Now that they no longer play football at the Reebok any suggestions on what we can do with the stadium? SirTommy
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11:29am Wed 19 Sep 12

hoboh2o says...

Dead man walking!
Dead man walking! hoboh2o
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1:23pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Alfieswhites says...

We don’t have the divine right to get a result every away game is this division, but three games without any points just isn’t good enough if we going get promoted at the first attempt.
We don’t have the divine right to get a result every away game is this division, but three games without any points just isn’t good enough if we going get promoted at the first attempt. Alfieswhites
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2:21pm Wed 19 Sep 12

rnorris says...

Coyle is slowly destroying BWFC. Gartside needs to man up and get rid of him. This has now been going on for 18 months. NEVER known someone to perform so poorly for so long and still keep his job. Attendancies already down at a time when the club needs the money. Cant beleive that Eddie Davies is allowing this to happen.
Coyle is slowly destroying BWFC. Gartside needs to man up and get rid of him. This has now been going on for 18 months. NEVER known someone to perform so poorly for so long and still keep his job. Attendancies already down at a time when the club needs the money. Cant beleive that Eddie Davies is allowing this to happen. rnorris
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4:36pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Reality50 says...

If we lose at Sheffield Wednesday I think Gartside will sack him.Enough is enough. Ian Holloway your carriage awaits!!!
If we lose at Sheffield Wednesday I think Gartside will sack him.Enough is enough. Ian Holloway your carriage awaits!!! Reality50
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5:40pm Wed 19 Sep 12

swager123 says...

Coyle, you and your so-called backroom staff are an utter discrace you have dragged bwfc down for over 18mths now please do the right thing and resign before you get the sack!!!!!! i thought megson was an arsehole!! you mr coyle are much worse !!!!!
Coyle, you and your so-called backroom staff are an utter discrace you have dragged bwfc down for over 18mths now please do the right thing and resign before you get the sack!!!!!! i thought megson was an arsehole!! you mr coyle are much worse !!!!! swager123
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