Birmingham City 2:0 Leicester City
A change of referee at half time also led to a change in City’s fortunes and a 2-0 defeat at St Andrews on Sunday afternoon…
Sven, not surprisingly, sent out the same side that beat Derby 4:0 in their last outing before the international break, but they didn’t pick up where they left off.
BBC1 viewers on Match of the Day Live sat through the most tedious first half imaginable, with both sides cancelling each other out in front of a small, subdued crowd.
Virtually nothing noteworthy happened beyond a Mills shot that was well saved by Myhill at his near post in the 28th minute.
Kevin Wright replaced Graham Salisbury as referee due to a pulled calf and the second half began in much more lively fashion.
Birmingham’s Chilean international Beausejour hit a 25 yarder that struck the left hand upright, and soon afterwards he was involved in the incident that turned the game. With Beausejour and King contesting a through ball inside the area King managed to toe poke the ball away but the attacker went over his foot. The new ref had a big decision to make and he got it wrong, pointing to the spot.
Marlon King planted his spot-kick into the bottom right hand corner, sending Schmeichel the wrong way with 50 minutes on the clock.
Four minutes later the home side should have been reduced to ten men when Beausejour hauled Peltier over as the City right-back attempted to get round him. It was an obvious yellow to match th eone he had received in the first half, but Mr Wright didn’t think so.
A minute later he did have his red card out, however, when Mills lunged into a tackle with Gomis. He won the ball, but it was a little too aggressive for Wright who slowly produced a red card.
City’s afternoon was now falling apart.
Sven brought on three subs in the following ten minutes: Wellens, Beckford and Pantsil replacing Abe, Vassell and Danns,
The ten men gave a decent account of themselves, though Schmeichel did well to block efforts from Wood and King to keep City in the game.
The equaliser should have come in the 81st minute when King was blocked off by Ridgewell as he wriggled his way through the Birmingham back-line. Wright again infuriated the visiting supporters, seeing nothing wrong with a challenge that halted the Welsh international’s progress.
With City pressing forward in search of an equaliser gaps were opening up at the back and Birmingham sealed their win in the 84th minute with a sweeping upfield move that saw King deliver a perfect ball for Wood, who comfortably rounded Schmeichel before finding the empty net.
It wasn’t a great performance by City by any means, but with the four major decisions of the second half all going against them it was always going to be an uphill task.
Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Ibanez, Caldwell, Ridgewell, Burke, Fahey, Gomis, Beausejour (Elliott 86), King, Wood (Zigic).Unused Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Spector.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky, Abe (Wellens 63), Danns (Pantsil 58), Fernandes, King; Vassell (Beckford 66), Nugent. Unused Subs: Weale, Johnson.
Attendance: 17,102. Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire) (Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire 46).
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