Birmingham 2-3 Wolverhampton- Match Report
Report of match 1st April 2013
Birmingham 2-3 Wolverhampton- Match Report.
Wolves shade derby thriller
Wolves climbed out of the npower Championship relegation zone thanks to three first-half goals which proved enough to see off battling local rivals Birmingham 3-2 in a full-bloodied derby at St Andrew's.
A devastating 17-minute spell stunned the home crowd into silence and proved enough to secure Wanderers' fourth win in five games, as well as their first league double over their neighbours in 14 years, despite a valiant fightback from the hosts.
Stephen Hunt converted the opener after 20 minutes following a largely quiet first quarter, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake taking advantage of some lackadaisical defending to head home a second.
Shane Ferguson clipped the outside of a post for Blues, who could feel somewhat hard done by on the overall balance of play as they then conceded a third, Kevin Doyle brought down by Jack Butland in the area and Ebanks-Blake slotting home the resulting penalty - with Smethwick-born David Davis playing his part in all three.
Yet Wade Elliott gave Blues hope early in the second half, converting a spot-kick and the home side had a host of further chances to reduce the deficit - Wes Thomas the most profligate figure, coming closest when he headed against a post.
Elliott set up a frantic finale when he converted his own rebound following a saved 95th-minute penalty but the thrilling derby defeat ended a three-match winning run for City, who despite being 10th in the table are themselves just five points off the drop zone.
Wolves centre-back Roger Johnson was roundly booed by the Blues faithful upon his return and it was the visiting defence who were the busier in the early exchanges, Nathan Redmond cutting inside and testing Dorus De Vries.
Yet that was as close as either side came until Wolves' 20th-minute opener.
Butland could only parry Davis' shot from 20 yards and Hunt latched on to the loose ball from a tight angle to fire in off Curtis Davies.
Blues responded positively, Mitch Hancox trying his luck from 25 yards before Nikola Zigic shot over from close range when he really should have done better.
Yet Wolves found themselves two-nil up with 27 minutes on the clock courtesy of some slack marking from the hosts.
Davis was allowed plenty of time in the right channel to pick a perfect cross for the unmarked Ebanks-Blake to head home from two yards.
Birmingham almost found an immediate reply, Ferguson clipping the outside of a post with his free-kick.
Yet St Andrew's was reeling after 37 minutes as Wanderers netted a third.
Davis, once more the creator, sent Doyle clear with a long ball, the Irishman, pursued by three blue shirts, rounded Butland, who stuck out a leg and brought him down, leaving Ebanks-Blake to do the rest from the spot.
The home side knew an early goal at the start of the second period could spark a revival and they got just that, Elliott converting from the spot when Thomas was clipped by Jamie O'Hara after Ravel Morrison's overhead had come back off a post.
Birmingham dominated the second period as they probed for a second, putting the visiting defence under serious pressure.
Thomas was denied by a great defensive block before clipping a post with a header in the 76th minute.
The on-loan Bournemouth striker then nodded over before dragging two chances wide, with Redmond wasting a clear opening of his own when he blazed over from a good position.
Elliott made it 3-2 deep into injury time, converting the rebound after his own penalty had been saved following Jack Robinson's handball, but Wanderers held on to celebrate three valuable points.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: St. Andrews Attendance: 19,630|
Elliott 55 (pen), 90+6
|2 - 3||Wolves
Ebanks-Blake 27, 37 (pen)
|90+0||Unfair challenge on Koby Arthur by Matt Doherty results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Wade Elliott, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.|
|90+0||The referee penalises Jack Robinson for handball. Penalty taken by Wade Elliott saved by Dorus De Vries. Birmingham 1-3 Wolverhampton.A goal is scored by Wade Elliott from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal.|
|90+0||Karl Henry is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.|
|90+0||The ball is sent over by Paul Robinson.|
|90+0||The ball is crossed by Paul Caddis.|
|90+0||Nouha Dicko challenges Paul Caddis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.|
|88||Unfair challenge on Nouha Dicko by Paul Caddis results in a free kick. Jack Robinson takes the direct free kick.|
|86||Shot from close range by Wes Thomas misses to the right of the target.|
|84||Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Thomas. Shane Ferguson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Danny Batth is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Hunt.|
|83||Shane Ferguson crosses the ball, clearance by Jack Robinson.|
|83||Peter Lovenkrands produces a cross, Roger Johnson makes a clearance. Corner taken by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Doherty makes a clearance.|
|81||Effort on goal by Nathan Redmond from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. Peter Lovenkrands joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Redmond.|
|80||Unfair challenge on Paul Caddis by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Jack Butland takes the direct free kick.|
|79||Nathan Redmond concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Kaspars Gorkss.|
|78||Wes Thomas has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.|
|77||Koby Arthur replaces Mitch Hancox.|
|76||A cross is delivered by Shane Ferguson, Header on goal by Wes Thomas from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|75||The ball is sent over by Mitch Hancox, Header by Wes Thomas from inside the area hits the post.|
|74||The ball is delivered by Mitch Hancox, clearance made by Roger Johnson.|
|72||The offside flag is raised against Nouha Dicko. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|71||Nikola Zigic challenges Matt Doherty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.|
|69||Stephen Hunt crosses the ball, Mitch Hancox manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, Jack Butland makes a save.|
|69||Free kick awarded for a foul by Nouha Dicko on Mitch Hancox. Wade Elliott delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Bjorn Sigurdarson manages to make a clearance.|
|68||Shane Ferguson produces a cross, clearance by Roger Johnson.|
|67||The assistant referee flags for offside against Wes Thomas. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.|
|66||Long range shot by Bjorn Sigurdarson goes wide right of the goal.|
|65||Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Dorus De Vries restarts play with the free kick.|
|65||Stephen Hunt delivers the ball.|
|64||Stephen Hunt produces a cross, Mitch Hancox manages to make a clearance.|
|63||(Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Nouha Dicko coming on for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.|
|60||Ravel Morrison takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a comfortable save.|
|59||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Wade Elliott. Stephen Hunt takes the free kick.|
|58||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson played to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.|
|56||The offside flag is raised against Roger Johnson. Karl Henry on for Jamie O'Hara. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|51||Shot by Ravel Morrison from inside the box hits the post. Wes Thomas fouled by Jamie O'Hara, the ref awards a Penalty. Wade Elliott scores a placed penalty. Birmingham 1-3 Wolverhampton.Wes Thomas provided the assist for the goal.|
|50||Jack Robinson challenges Wes Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Jack Robinson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Shane Ferguson, Stephen Hunt makes a clearance.|
|48||Free kick awarded for a foul by David Davis on Nathan Redmond. Booking for David Davis for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Wade Elliott, save by Dorus De Vries.|
|47||Kevin Doyle fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.|
|45||The ball is delivered by Wes Thomas.|
|45+0||A cross is delivered by Wade Elliott.|
|45+0||Roger Johnson challenges Wes Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Roger Johnson for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Wade Elliott from right channel.|
|43||The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Doyle. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.|
|42||Caution for Wade Elliott.|
|42||Shot from just outside the box by David Davis misses to the right of the target.|
|38||Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|37||Stephen Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Caddis. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|35||Jack Butland gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Booking for Jack Butland for unsporting behaviour. Placed penalty scored by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Birmingham 0-3 Wolverhampton.Kevin Doyle provided the assist for the goal.|
|34||Stephen Hunt is ruled offside. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.|
|33||Mitch Hancox challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.|
|31||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott by David Davis. Curtis Davies takes the direct free kick.|
|28||Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie O'Hara on Ravel Morrison. The referee cautions Jamie O'Hara for unsporting behaviour. Shane Ferguson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.|
|28||Centre by Mitch Hancox.|
|28||Corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson, save by Dorus De Vries.|
|26||Matt Doherty produces a cross, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scores a headed goal from close range. Birmingham 0-2 Wolverhampton.Matt Doherty provided the assist for the goal.|
|24||The offside flag is raised against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Jack Butland takes the free kick.|
|24||The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.|
|22||Effort on goal by Nikola Zigic from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|21||Mitch Hancox takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|20||Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is caught offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.|
|19||Stephen Hunt gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Wolverhampton.|
|18||Corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line, Dorus De Vries makes a save.|
|16||Kevin Doyle handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.|
|15||Nathan Redmond is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.|
|14||Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie O'Hara, Curtis Davies makes a clearance. Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Robinson.|
|14||Stephen Hunt fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.|
|12||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Paul Robinson. Free kick taken by Dorus De Vries.|
|11||Nikola Zigic fouled by Jack Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|10||The ball is crossed by Mitch Hancox, Dorus De Vries makes a fantastic save.|
|10||The ball is sent over by Curtis Davies, Matt Doherty makes a clearance.|
|9||The ball is sent over by Paul Caddis, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.|
|8||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott by Stephen Hunt. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.|
|7||Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|6||Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.|
|5||A cross is delivered by Kevin Doyle, Paul Caddis makes a clearance. Stephen Hunt takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Wade Elliott makes a clearance.|
|4||Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a fantastic save.|
|3||Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|2||Shane Ferguson crosses the ball, save made by Dorus De Vries.|
|1||Mitch Hancox sends in a cross, David Davis manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Wade Elliott from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Doyle.|
|-||Stephen Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Redmond. Free kick taken by Paul Caddis.|