MATCHDAY LIVE: Birmingham City 1 Bolton Wanderers 2
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- Dougie Freedman makes no changes from the team that drew 0-0 at Blackpool on Tuesday night.
- BWFC team to face Birmingham: Bogdan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Spearing, Medo, Pratley, Feeney, Danns, Beckford. Subs: Lonergan, Knight, Wheater, Eagles, Chung-Yong, C Davies, Hall
- Follow all the news in the lead up to the game and live updates from the match here.
Match report up soon as possible.
All over! 2-1 Wanderers!
Time ticking down. Good work from Davies to hold ball up there.
Watch pointing, gesticulating, it's all going on.
Freedman pacing up and down like a tiger on the touchline.
@MarcIles before you ask feeney mom outstanding performance— @bwfcjgreen92 05 October 2013
Four mins added time to hold out here...
Looked like handball from Feeney as Reilly crashed a shot in on goal. Might level out that earlier decision on Robinson...
Lots of work still left to do for Wanderers. Birmingham not going down without a fight.
@MarcIles #BWFC Fenney best player on pitch today. Worked his socks off. Looked dangerous with every touch of the ball. Great crosses.— @mickkay2 05 October 2013
Craig Davies on for Beckford
Even a chant for Beckford after he created a chance for himself... times are a changin'
Feeney's name being chanted by the Wanderers' fans. He's been good this second half - a real outlet.
Would like to see Craig Davies thrown on to offer something different up front. Nothing really sticking at the moment and Wanderers having to do a lot of defending.
Backs to the wall stuff now for Whites.
Caddis on for Murphy for Brum
Feeney cross - Just in front of Beckford but Chungy got ball at far post and failed to find a man when he turned it back into the box.
Chung-Yong Lee on for Danns.
Knight getting a lovely welcome... not.
Zat Knight on for Wanderers, replacing Pratley.
Goal Birmingham - think it was Zigic
Feeney's cross again - misjudged by Randolph, who could only palm it down into the path of Danns to head home.
Wanderers creaking at the back...
Scramble in the Bolton box - Zigic making a nuisance of himself. Bogdan should perhaps have caught it but in the end Medo made the block from Adeyemi's shot and the danger was cleared.
Feeney's cross was perfect for Beckford, who got up well and made a great connection. Ball bounced down off the bar and was cleared. More bad luck for the striker!
Double sub for Brum: Green and Shinnie off , Novak and Zigic on
Beckford hits the bar.
Beckford hits the bar.
Just had to explain the meaning behind "Medo" Kamara. Not sure local journos got what I meant...
First time the on loan United winger has really got into the game.
Mills booked for foul on Lingard
Shinnie just skims a header from Burke's cross. Had he got a good connection it might have been 1-1.
375 Wanderers fans here out of a crowd of 13,627
Off again in the second half
RT @stujanson: @MarcIles definitely, look miles better at the back. Ream is a different class. His distribution and reading of the game is …— @Ickey25 05 October 2013
@MarcIles same. Can't believe nothing got given for beckford foul. Would have been 2-0. Looks like Robinson is still garbage as well— @Walkieee 05 October 2013
Back from the press room. Panic down there. Out of spoons.
@MarcIles Scrappy first half from both sides bonus we lead— @Yantzee39 05 October 2013
Half time and it's been quite encouraging for Wanderers. Birmingham have had plenty of possession late on, and Burke looking dangerous. But Whites looking a threat on the break.
Murphy's deep cross from the left just goes over the out-stretched foot of Green. Brum have finished half stronger.
Pratley on Burke
Three mins added time.
Medo has had a really good half for Bolton.
That was going in, no question, but Bogdan pulled off a superb stop.
Brilliant effort by Reilly, clawed away from just inside the post by Bogdan.
12:49pm Sat 5 Oct 13
Every body seems in good spirits today,that's very positive,come on whites.
Home crowd getting a bit frustrated. Music to Dougie Freedman's ears, I suppose.
Wanderers working the ball round well in the middle third. Few passes have gone astray looking for Beckford but a very definite change in style today. More direct.
Second corner - cleared. Bit of a waste.
Feeney gets at Murphy down the right and wins a corner.
He's coming back on now, though, which is good news. He has started well.
Medo now on the turf struggling. Went into a challenge with Murphy and looked to have turned his ankle.
Just seen a replay.... Definitely not a dive. How has the referee not punished that?
Robbo has just hacked down Beckford - not too far away from goal and got off without a warning.
Another decent cross from Burke - who always seems to play well against Bolton. Green went for the header but had he let it go, a team-mate was lurking at the far post unmarked.
Burke puts a dangerous cross in from the right but it's just ahead of Shinnie.
12:29pm Sat 5 Oct 13
CeBe from Sweden says
What a crucial goal from Beckord just as Birmingham was on he top.
Danns tries his luck from about 20 yards out but it's well over the bar. Confident stuff from Wanderers.
That was Beckford's fourth goal in six attempts against Brum.
The goal actually came as I was halfway through a post saying Birmingham were turning the screw a bit.
Beckford finally off the mark in the league. Feels good to write that. Wanderers have finally got a striker with a league goal to his name.
Long ball out of the back from Feeney, I think. Dan Burn totally misjudged it and Beckford kept his cool to slide home past Randolph. AT LAST!!
Murphy curls a free kick at goal - well pushed away by Bogdan.
Another corner for Brum. Pratley headed Shinnie's corner away.
Burke wins a corner after a good run on the edge of the Wanderers box.
I won't be doing this entire commentary in rhyme, by the way.
Medo hits it into the wall. But Wanderers still have the ball.
Danns wins a free kick 25 yards out. Where's Eagles when you need him? Mihgt be a chance for Medo.
Medo gaining a bit of hair, I have noticed. He's still some way short of his FIFA 14 representative... He looks like the fella from Coming to America, Soul perm and all.
Good run from Baptiste. Foul given on the edge of the box - but rather worrying that Danns didn't get a shot on target when it fell to him.
Wanderers in their neon orange kit for those not watching on the telly.
Wanderers fans, around 500 of them, are in the same stand as they were in the FA Cup game but segregated in around a third of the stand.
Teams being read out. Atmosphere nowhere near as loud as it has been in the past on my visits here... That's Sky TV at work...
@MarcIles I think dougie would take a point all day long but I think we will snatch it 2-1 COYWM!!— @aaron_bwfc 05 October 2013
12:07pm Sat 5 Oct 13
Cambridge White says
1 - 3 Birmingham
@MarcIles 2-1 for Bolton, Beckford & Davis!— @CarlericBergqvi 05 October 2013
@MarcIles 4-1 bwfc— @GarethHulme 05 October 2013
@MarcIles I fancy Beckford to score, Beckford is one of them who shines when the camera's are on.— @Big_Sharps 05 October 2013
@MarcIles Not because of team news - I'm just sticking with a 2-2 loss. Hope I'm wrong— @anthonyhart1109 05 October 2013
@MarcIles it's a strong line up and coming off the back of a good performance hopefully we can take some momentum from blackpool, 2-0 bwfc!— @fairclough22 05 October 2013
@MarcIles. 2-1 loss even— @anthonyhart1109 05 October 2013
@MarcIles 2-1 brum— @Yantzee39 05 October 2013
So there are the amateur opinions out of the way. What about the fans?
Tower's Mark Wilson didn't give a score earlier but reckons "a draw would be a good result."
Time for some score predicitions. Of the local press pack I have gone for 1-1, Trev Baxter from the MEN has gone 2-1 Birmingham, and Jack Dearden copied me... :-)
11:54am Sat 5 Oct 13
CeBe from Sweden says
The starting XI looks good today and it´s a strong bench too. Hopefully the gaffer let Davis come on to the pitch with enough time to get some scoring, he used to score at ST Andrews. Come on Bolton, today is the day!
Freedman named an unchanged team for his first two games, against Cardiff and Leicester last season, but struggling to find another occasion.
11:48am Sat 5 Oct 13
Beyond News Forum says
WE ARE THE ONE AND ONLY WANDERERS!!!
Oh how Wanderers could use a win heading into the international break. The Blackburn result left us all stewing for a fortnight. Can't afford that to happen again really.
He got a lot of stick in his final few months at Bolton and had definitely dropped out of form. But I felt for him, the lack of cover (in the squad) and the lack of protection from his wingers under Owen Coyle was astonishing.
On the subject of Paul Robinson, now the Birmingham captain, it's good to see him today.
@MarcIles Paul Robinson could probably tell you. Funny,I was glad to see the back of him...now I'd be glad to see him back.— @ppainsworth 05 October 2013
@MarcIles no, but let's hope it led to a win #coywm #bwfc— @martinjohnson81 05 October 2013
@MarcIles was it before the dawn of the prem?the days when clubs didn't have all the tv money and didn't have a number 44 in their squads?— @lewcur28 05 October 2013
@MarcIles Feels like 1934.— @darwendashers 05 October 2013
Well said Donna and Nick!
11:44pm Fri 4 Oct 13
hi everyone I would just like to say that we live right across from the blackpool stadium and the Bolton fans were the loudest we have heard in the 2yrs we have lived here the fans out sang them the players out played them they made us proud to be Bolton fans. If we do the same today we have a good chance of 3 points. come on Bolton same again hope he plays the same players to get some stability you don't see man u keep changing or Liverpool or Chelsea donna and nick blacpool whites.
When was the last time Wanderers named an unchanged team? Going to make it my mission to find out...
Birmingham: Randolph, Spector, Robinson, Burn, Murphy, Reilly, Adeyemi Burke, Shinnie, Lingard, Green
Subs: Doyle, Bartley, Lee, Caddis, Ferguson, Zigic, Novak
Craig Davies back after a foot problem. He hasn't featured since the Blackburn defeat before the last international break.
And, yes, that reads no Ngog on the bench.
So, BWFC team to face Birmingham: Bogdan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Spearing, Medo, Pratley, Feeney, Danns, Beckford
Subs: Lonergan, Knight, Wheater, Eagles, Chung-Yong, C Davies, Hall
They have also served up some nice sarnies and wedges, which being that the traffic on the M6 made me miss my traditional supermarket breakfast, was much needed!
I like this club, though. Some very happy memories of the FA Cup quarter-final, with the away supporters away to my right as I sit now.
Always amusing here at St Andrew's - a proper old school ground. Any TV staff are forced to climb up a stepladder in front of the press box. Don Goodman has just scaled the heights for Sky. Matt Murray did earlier.
Freedman chatted with me about Ream and Mills on Thursday, and reckons both are in their best form since his arrival at the club.
Interesting that Freedman makes no changes. He had hinted that Zat Knight may come into centre-half and Tim Ream moved out to left-back at the press conference the other day. But this is a big show of faith.
They don't get out to the Championship all that much these days, I suppose.
Just spotted on Twitter that Sky have announced one change in the Bolton team. Medo coming in for Kamara...
Wanderers team just out - no changes to Dougie Freedman's team, which is a story in itself!
Good afternoon folks. I'm in the hotseat now for Matchday Live.
Wanderers 6 Birmingham 0
NAT Lofthouse struck four goals in one game for the one and only time in his illustrious Wanderers career in a comfortable December victory for Bill Ridding’s side.
John Wheeler and Dennis Stevens scored the other two – although the Midlands side would go on to finish a few places above the Whites that season in eighth position.
It would prove to be a prolific spell for Lofthouse and Wanderers, with Chelsea put to the sword in a 4-0 win a week later when the famous number nine scored a hat-trick.
Wanderers 3 Birmingham 0
THREE goals in the last 18 minutes gave Gary Megson’s ever-improving Wanderers their third home victory on the spin.
After previous wins over Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at the Reebok, the Whites were starting to haul themselves clear of the bottom three in the top flight.
Kevin Nolan had a goal ruled out before Nicolas Anelka crossed for El-Hadji Diouf to score from close range in the 72nd minute.
Anelka then produced two typical pieces of opportunism in the last eight minutes to help himself to two goals.
They would prove to be his last in Bolton colours before signing for Chelsea in a £15million deal a month later.
Wanderers 3 Birmingham 2
CHUNG-Yong Lee’s header sealed a memorable FA Cup quarter-final victory at St Andrew’s and sent Wanderers on their way to Wembley.
Johan Elmander powered in a shot to put Owen Coyle’s side ahead before Cameron Jerome equalised with a half-volley for the Blues.
Kevin Davies restored Bolton’s lead when he struck from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Curtis Davies.
A dipping shot from Kevin Phillips, who also hit the post, levelled matters before Lee’s late effort in front of the Wanderers fans settled a pulsating cup tie and sent the Whites to a semi-final date with Stoke.
FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
(Wanderers 2008-2012) (Birmingham 2006-2008)
Muamba jumped ship to The Reebok after Birmingham’s relegation to the Championship in 2008. The popular Whites star retired in 2012 after going into cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham.
(Wanderers 1962-1970) (Birmingham 1970-1976)
Current chief of the PFA, Taylor was a boyhood Whites fan who made 281 appearances for the club. He then helped the Blues into Division One.
(Wanderers 1973-1987) (Birmingham 1981-1983)
Signed from school by Wanderers, Whatmore was a prolific goalscorer in four spells with the club. Birmingham signed him for a club record £340,000 in 1981.
LEE CLARK ON WANDERERS
“I believe Bolton are in a very false position. With the quality squad they have, the quality manager.
“We are having to stress don’t be looking at the table or the start Bolton have had, look at the quality of players have and we have to continue in the same vein.
“I don’t think come the end of the season they will be anywhere near where they are.
“With all groups of professional sports people they haven’t had the best of starts and it erodes their confidence a little bit.
“You have to rebuild that.
“We are not thinking it is a given, we know we’re going to have to be as good as we were on Tuesday to get the result.
“What we have to do is start the game as well as we did against Millwall and put doubts in the Bolton lads minds that it could be another tough afternoon for them like they’ve endured most of the season. We can’t let them get a foothold in the game and allow their confidence to build during the match.”
DOUGIE FREEDMAN ON BIRMINGHAM
“I respect them hugely and I think Lee has done a great job there because he has had to handle pressure of balancing the books and letting players leave he’d probably liked to have kept hold of. He’s used the loan market well too.
“They have changed their system a couple of times recently, moving away from three at the back and going 4-4-2, so we’ll have to be wary of that.
“It’s about being consistent and trying to remain so through the season. Birmingham are showing signs that they can do that now.”
ONE TO WATCH - TOM ADEYEMI
The former Oldham Athletic ball-winner has been likened to former Blues and Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba because of his energetic box-to-box style.
Although still raw in some aspects of his game, most notably distribution, the 21-year-old has forged himself a regular starting spot under Lee Clark playing in front of the back four.
He has also started to add goals to his game and scored his second of the season in the 4-0 win over Millwall on Tuesday night.
BIRMINGHAM SELECTION UPDATE
Lee Clark has no new injury problems after the comfortable victory over Millwall but welcomes Lee Novak and Hayden Mullins back into his squad after injury.
The Blues boss tinkered with his formation on Tuesday night, abandoning a 3-4-3 formation in favour of a 4-2-3-1 style that is also used by Dougie Freedman.
It looks likely that he will name a similar side, which will include ex-Wanderers star Paul Robinson on the left side of defence.
Possible line up (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Spector, Murphy, Byrne, Robinson; Adeyemi, Reilly; Burke, Finney, Lingaard; Green.
WANDERERS SELECTION UPDATE
Craig Davies returns to the squad after a foot injury but Dougie Freedman otherwise has no fresh injury problems.
Marc Tierney (foot), Stuart Holden (knee), Mark Davies (knee) and Joe Riley (knee) are all long-term absentees.
Possible line-up (4-2-3-1): Bogdan; McNaughton, Mills, Knight, Ream; Spearing, Medo; Eagles, Danns, Feeney; Ngog.
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