MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 3 Birmingham City 1

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4:56pm

All over. Deserved win for the Whites. Match report to follow.

4:53pm

Afobe on for Eagles, who also gets a great reception from the fans.

4:49pm

Alonso curls a free kick around the wall, which drops just wide.

4:48pm

Spearing gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Butterfield.

4:47pm

He had stood in the way of Bogdan's kick, then barged into Ream... crazy stuff.

4:46pm

Zigic sent off for two bookable offences in a minute!

4:43pm

Chung-Yong corner headed well by Alonso but the ball drops a foot wide of the post with Butland beaten.

4:42pm

Wanderers deserve to be two up. They have played much the better football on the day.

4:42pm

Andrews casually put it into the top corner.

4:38pm

GOAL WANDS

4:37pm

Andrews to take

4:37pm

Handball by Caldwell as he jumped with Davies

4:37pm

PENALTY WANDS

4:31pm

Chungy blasts over from the angle. Game stretching a little bit now.

4:29pm

Pratley has been excellent so far.

4:28pm

Hall tests Bogdan from 20 yards after some sloppy stuff in midfield from Wanderers.

4:26pm

Hesitant stuff from Alonso results in a shot at goal from Burke. Safely gathered by Bogdan.

4:24pm

Would be a crime to throw this one away, considering how well the Whites have played in the last hour.

4:24pm

Warning shot from Birmingham as Burke slips Elliott through too easily on the right. Poor cross, though.

4:22pm

ATTENDANCE – 17,068

4:21pm

Eagles getting closer, fizzing a bouncing shot just wide from the edge of the box.

4:19pm

Good turn from Pratley and equally impressive block from Caldwell to stop his effort from testing Butland.

4:18pm

Spector off, Elliott on for Brum.

4:17pm

Eagles blasts one from 25 yards. Well wide.

4:13pm

Butland claims well again. This time a good cross from Mears, with Pratley loitering at the far post for an unchallenged tap in.

4:12pm

Great play from Pratley until the final ball. Looked like there may have been an opening for Davies.

4:10pm

Eagles has a shot charged down. Alonso follows up but his effort is high and wide.

4:08pm

Pratley gets on the end of a move he started but can't get a good connection on his header from Eagles' cross.

4:07pm

Mysterious booking for Chung-Yong being reported on the BBC website. Think they may have got that one wrong, they missed one for Hancox.

4:05pm

Second half underway. More of the same please.

3:48pm

And it's cheers and applause at the break. Well deserved 2-1 lead for Wanderers.

3:46pm

Dodgy offside given there against Pratley. Officials have otherwise been okay so far.

3:45pm

Wanderers need to hold out this lead now until the break. Few silly free kicks being conceded.

3:42pm

Alonso got a cut to his head going for the goal. Hopefully some Terry Butcher-esque photos to follow...

3:37pm

Butland tips Kevin Davies' shot just wide. Good ball from Spearing to set him free.

3:34pm

Great cross from Mears has Butland at full stretch to push away

3:33pm

Davies played a great ball through for Chung-Yong, who beat Caldwell for pace then danced around Butland before chipping the ball into the unguarded net. Great finish.

3:31pm

GOAL Wanderers

3:31pm

Wanderers now playing much more incisive football.

3:29pm

Fans in good voice now as Spearing's shot is deflected wide.

3:27pm

Wanderers deserved that. They had passed their way back into the game and that has completely changed the mood now.

3:26pm

Mears crosses left-footed and finds Alonso, who gets across his marker to head past Butland. Excellent finish.

3:25pm

GOAL Wanderers

3:22pm

Wanderers have neatened up in possession this last few minutes. Football is better.

3:22pm

Backheel by Davies into Eagles' path. He tried a cross/shot that whistled across goal without anyone close enough to get a touch.

3:20pm

Reebok not a happy place right now.

3:19pm

And more boos as another exchange of passes break down near the half way line.

3:14pm

And there are the first boos of the afternoon as Eagles wastes a chance to shoot and Birmingham clear their lines. 15 minutes played.

3:13pm

Good header in the end by Zigic but the cross should have been closed down quicker.

3:12pm

Especially disappointing considering Spearing had gone so close at the other end.

3:12pm

Yet another clean sheet up the swanny.

3:11pm

Burke's deep cross headed home at the far post by Zigic ahead of Knight, who took a bang for his troubles.

3:10pm

GOAL Brum

3:10pm

Dipping shot from Spearing goes just wide. All came about from Alonso's excellent cross. Davies headed back towards Pratley and Caldwell made a brave clearance.

3:08pm

Robinson playing right back, by the way. Chungy against him at present but not seeing much of the ball.

3:07pm

Bit of trickery from Eagles on the right. Brings the ball on to his left and hits a low shot, gathered easily by Butland.

3:07pm

Two very similar formations. Needs the tempo to pick up a bit, or this could be a case of cancelling each other out.

3:05pm

Good defending from Ream, who stuck with Burke and forced him out of play. That'll do his confidence no harm.

3:04pm

Bogdan diffuses a long ball from Hancox.

3:03pm

Hall swings a free kick in for Brum. Couple of good blocks from Wanderers. Corner.

3:01pm

Not so that shot from Zat Knight, which cleared the bar by miles...

3:00pm

Early exchange between Spearing, Davies and Eagles is encouraging.

2:58pm

Not a massive crowd by any stretch of the imagination. Around 1,000 Brum fans maximum.

2:56pm

Players now out on the pitch - after the tribute to Stevens, which is not the usual...

2:55pm

Minute applause for Dennis Stevens, who passed away recently.

2:49pm

Think this is an important game for Chris Eagles, too. He has looked quite tired in recent weeks, nowehere near where he was earlier in the season. Needs a goal, as one or two of you have pointed out.

2:47pm

With Zigic up front, he will give some much-needed aerial presence too. Ream struggled against Sheff Weds until Alonso came on.

2:46pm

Show of faith in Marcos Alonso at left-back today. Thought he was quite tidy on Boxing Day coming on off the bench.

2:36pm

Predictions continue to roll in from the fans. Largely positive, and very few believe we should be looking down rather than up.

2:35pm

2:31pm Sat 29 Dec 12

nickyboy70 says

i feel that if we get the right players we can still make the play offs and are quite capable of going up through the playoffs but dougie needs to make the right decisions on who he brings in we need players who have premier league experience and have te heart for a championship surge donna and nick blackpool whites

2:35pm

Chungy better bring his best shinpads..

2:34pm

Brum lining up 4-5-1 today, with big man Nikola Zigic on his own up front. A return for Paul Robinson at the Reebok too. Hope he's lost none of his pace.

2:22pm

Just to explain a couple of the absences today - Ngog has twisted his ankle and Afobe has a slight hamstring problem but makes the bench. Andrews playing despite an Achilles issue.

2:21pm

2:16pm

2:16pm

2:16pm

2:15pm

So that's four changes for Wanderers - Marcos Alonso, Darren Pratley, Kevin Davies and Chung-Yong Lee in, Sam Ricketts, Benik Afobe, Martin Petrov and David Ngog out.

2:14pm

Today's teams: BWFC - Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Andrews, Spearing, Eagles, Pratley, Chung-Yong, K Davies

Subs: Lonergan, Ricketts, Petrov, Afobe, Sordell, Riley, Butterfield

 

Birmingham City: Butland, Caldwell, Davies, Burke, Mullins, Zigic, Spector, Hancox, Hall, Robinson, Reilly

Subs: Doyle, Ibanez, Elliott, Gordon, Jervis, Redmond, Delfouneso

1:58pm

1:58pm

1:58pm

I asked you on Twitter what the current state of play is at Wanderers, and whether you had predictions for 2013...

1:50pm

1:49pm Sat 29 Dec 12

nickyboy70 says

bolton need two defenders one midfilder and a top keeper then we might go up nick and donna blackpool

I wouldn't argue with that. I'm not as down on Adam Bogdan as some, but think defensive recruitments are an absolute must.

1:49pm

So no defeatist talk in the dressing room...

1:49pm

"I'm as hungry as every to do well. I'm still loving my role at the club. People talk about age but I'm still playing games and feeling good. Hopefully, I am able to play my part in helping the side climb the table into the play-offs and then possibly the top two."

1:48pm

Kevin Davies also chipped in with some interesting stuff in his programme notes...

1:46pm

"I know we have the ability in our squad to make this happen, and so we head into the New Year in a really positive frame of mind."

1:45pm

"Our target is to be in the top half of the table by the end of January. At that point I want the teams above us to be looking over their shoulder knowing Bolton Wanderers are making a charge for the top of the league."

1:44pm

Interesting stuff from Freedman in his programme notes...

1:42pm

That quarter-final clash seems a long, long time ago now, doesn't it?

1:41pm

That said, I thought they were worth the three points back in September. Dodgy penalty or not, they played quite well that night.

1:40pm

Birmingham haven't had much to shout about either in 2012. Money troubles, talk of takeovers and the sale of top players has dominated the agenda at St Andrew's.

1:39pm

We seem to have said it so many times this year, but IF Wanderers get on a charge, then who knows?

1:38pm

But... and this is an important but, it can all change with a single win.

1:37pm

Fabrice, Relegation, Championship failure - and all the financial issues that went with it - there hasn't been much cheer around this neck of the woods just recently.

1:35pm

This is the last game of 2012, a year in which sporting excellence has been celebrated up and down the country, but not so much here in Bolton... It's been a terrible 12 months.

1:34pm

Pitch looks in good nick. No suggestion there will be any issue with the weather, so that's one less thing to worry about...

1:33pm

Good afternoon. Bring your brolly if you are heading to the Reebok!

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1:49pm Sat 29 Dec 12

nickyboy70 says...

bolton need two defenders one midfilder and a top keeper then we might go up nick and donna blackpool
bolton need two defenders one midfilder and a top keeper then we might go up nick and donna blackpool nickyboy70
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2:16pm Sat 29 Dec 12

nickyboy70 says...

bolton are letting to many goals in we need to transfer prattley and sordell so we can us there wage bill on some defenders and chelsea owe us a player over the cahill deal we could raid them for a decent goalie nick and donna blackpool whites
bolton are letting to many goals in we need to transfer prattley and sordell so we can us there wage bill on some defenders and chelsea owe us a player over the cahill deal we could raid them for a decent goalie nick and donna blackpool whites nickyboy70
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2:31pm Sat 29 Dec 12

nickyboy70 says...

i feel that if we get the right players we can still make the play offs and are quite capable of going up through the playoffs but dougie needs to make the right decisions on who he brings in we need players who have premier league experience and have te heart for a championship surge donna and nick blackpool whites
i feel that if we get the right players we can still make the play offs and are quite capable of going up through the playoffs but dougie needs to make the right decisions on who he brings in we need players who have premier league experience and have te heart for a championship surge donna and nick blackpool whites nickyboy70
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9:49pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Reebok Al says...

Dougie Freedman must feel relieved, after what's happened to Henning Berg. Could this be the turning point, I ask myself for the umpteenth time. There have been too many false dawns.
Freedman now has the transfer window, but he also has the option to give youth a chance, which is what he is known for. Personally I am looking forward to seeing the likes of Holden,Riley and Vela's names on the team sheet.
Dougie Freedman must feel relieved, after what's happened to Henning Berg. Could this be the turning point, I ask myself for the umpteenth time. There have been too many false dawns. Freedman now has the transfer window, but he also has the option to give youth a chance, which is what he is known for. Personally I am looking forward to seeing the likes of Holden,Riley and Vela's names on the team sheet. Reebok Al
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