Blues 0 Mallorca 1
By Brian Cartlidge
Updated Saturday, 7th August 2010
Blues' only pre-season home friendly ended in a 1-0 defeat against Real Mallorca.
The first 45 minutes of the game at St Andrews ended goalless but Blues did go close to scoring on numerous occasions.
Keith Fahey saw his 20-yard effort sail just wide of the post on 29 minutes and on 35 minutes Craig Gardners free kick into the box landed at Garry O'Connor's feet but the Blues striker's shot from four yards out was smothered by Mallorca keeper Dudu Aouate.
The closest Blues came to opening the scoring, however, came just five minutes before the break when Roger Johnson's header from Gardner's right wing free-kick hit the crossbar.
Alex McLeish made three changes for the start of the second half with Lee Bowyer replacing Fahey, Nikola Zigic replacing O'Connor and David Murphy replacing Scott Dann who had received treatment on an ankle injury just before the end of the first half.
Blues started the second half as they had finished the first, attacking well, but they were undone defensively by the Spaniards on 63 minutes. A right wing cross by Victor Casadesus found Emilio Nsue completely unmarked in the Blues penalty area and the Mallorca midfielder beat Ben Foster with ease from seven yards out.
Substitute James McFadden twice went close to equalising for Blues with shots from just outside the penalty box whilst Enrique Valles saw his left footed effort from ten yards out well blocked by Aouate.
Just before the final whistle substitute Kevin Phillips received lengthy treatment on the touchline on what appeared to be a knee injury and never made it back onto the pitch for the final few moments.
Blues: Foster, Gardner, Johnson, Dann (Murphy, h/t), Ridgewell, Larsson (McFadden, 68), Michel (Valles, 68), Ferguson (Mutch, 73), Fahey (Bowyer, h/t), Jerome (Phiilips, 73), O'Connor (Zigic, h/t).
Mallorca: Dudu Aouate, Pablo Cendros (Marti Crespi h/t), Ivan Ramis, Emilio Nsue, Sergi Enrich (Pierre Webo, 64), Gonzalo Castro (Tomas Pina, 74), Jonathan De Guzman (Enrique Corrales, 79), Jose Nunes, Ayoze Diaz, Victor Casadesus (Alhassane Keita, 74), Lluis Marti.
Referee: Chris Foy
Blues' pre-season schedule concludes on Tuesday night when a Blues XI play away at Harrow Borough.