Saturday, 30 January 2010

Birmingham City 1 - Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Premier League)

25 Hart, 02 Carr, 06 Ridgewell, 14 Johnson, 15 Dann, 04 Bowyer,(Marcos Madera 65), 07 Larsson (Fahey 58), 12 Ferguson, 10 Jerome, 11 Benitez, 16 McFadden

01 Taylor, 20 Queudrue, 27 Gregory Vignal, 17 Marcos Madera, 18 Fahey, 22 Johnson, 33 Gardner

01 Gomes, 03 Bale, 20 Dawson, 22 Corluka, 26 King, 05 Bentley (Jenas 89), 06 Huddlestone, 12 Palacios, 14 Modric, 15 Crouch, 18 Defoe(Keane 78)

27 Alnwick, 02 Hutton, 19 Bassong, 08 Jenas, 21 Kranjcar, 25 Rose, 10 Keane

Ref: Attwell
Att: 27,238

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish on striker Chucho:

"He carved out a great chance in the first half, maybe he should have put his laces through it and it was a powerpuff shot.
"But he's dangerous and if we can get more balls into him in the box, that's when he is really dangerous and comes alive.
"I thought we lacked a wee bit of quality and looked a little one-paced. But it was a marvellous result from a not very good performance from us, our aggression and will to win got us through it."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:

"We dominated the game, so I didn't really see the goal coming. It was a poor goal and it was pretty horrendous defending from a team that defended well all day and never were in any danger.
"We were in control of the game, we just had to continue playing the way we were. We had three points in the bag and threw two away.
"But we've only had one defeat in 12 games, so we're not in bad form. I was delighted with he way we played it's not an easy place to come to."

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Chelsea 3 - Birmingham City 0 (Premier League)

01 Cech, 02 Ivanovic, 03 A Cole, 06 Carvalho, 26 Terry, 08 Lampard, 10 J Cole (Zhirkov 81), 13 Ballack, 15 Malouda, 20 Deco, 39 Anelka (Sturridge 88)

22 Turnbull, 19 Ferreira, 33 Alex, 18 Zhirkov, 24 Matic, 23 Sturridge, 45 Borini

25 Hart, 02 Carr, 06 Ridgewell, 14 Johnson, 15 Dann, 04 Bowyer, 07 Larsson, 12 Ferguson, 10 Jerome (Fahey 56), 11 Benitez, 16 McFadden (Marcos Madera 72)

01 Taylor, 20 Queudrue, 27 Gregory Vignal, 17 Marcos Madera, 18 Fahey, 19 McSheffrey, 22 Johnson

Ref: Bennett
Att: 41,293

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"We use all the pitch to attack and so Frank is able to run into the box to score. I think he's the best running midfielder in the world. He has this fantastic quality to time his run into the box.
"It's good we are back at the top. We have one more point with a game in hand on United and two points more than Arsenal.
"That's important because on Sunday United play Arsenal. Maybe we can improve our position on Saturday."

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish:

"I don't think anyone has won here this season and they have battered better teams than us.
"I'm not disappointed with the players at all. They deserve tremendous credit for the run they have been on and they have the character to bounce back.
"Chelsea are a good side. They have the foreign flavour, the keep-ball and movement is excellent. They are one of the favourites for the Champions League, let alone the Premier League.
"We have kept the ball better than that and were wasteful in possession, but I'll forgive the players this one. There's no disgrace losing here."

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Everton 1 - Birmingham City 2 (FA Cup Fourth Round)

24 Howard, 03 Baines, 05 Heitinga, 15 Distin, 18 Neville, 07 Bilyaletdinov (Osman 46), 09 Donovan (Arteta 76), 17 Cahill, 20 Pienaar, 25 Fellaini, 08 Saha (Vaughan 69)

01 Nash, 31 Coleman, 34 Shane Duffy, 10 Arteta, 21 Osman, 14 Vaughan, 37 Baxter

25 Hart, 02 Carr, 06 Ridgewell, 14 Johnson, 15 Dann, 04 Bowyer, 07 Larsson,
12 Ferguson,18 Fahey, 11 Benitez(Jervis 79), 16 McFadden (McSheffrey 89)

01 Taylor, 20 Queudrue, 27 Gregory Vignal, 17 Marcos Madera, 19 McSheffrey, 22 Johnson, 32 Jervis

Ref: Webb
Att: 30,875

Everton manager David Moyes:

"We left ourselves a lot to do after being two down at the break. We were so poor, it was always going to be an uphill task.
"It needed a very good performance after that to turn it around. We did well, but it was not good enough.
"We must give Birmingham credit. They played well, scored two goals and deserved to go through. We went missing from the start and never really deserved any luck after that."

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:

"It was a marvellous first half, we scored two classy goals and Barry Ferguson's will be a rival for goal of the season.
"The intricate passing, the driving run, the expert finish, it was a wonderful goal.
"Benitez's goal was good, but Ferguson's was stunning. We stood up to them, particularly in the second half when we were facing an onslaught."

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Birmingham City 1 - Nottingham Forest 0 (FA Cup Third Round Replay)

Struggled to find highlights on this game. Finally found this highlights compilation of FA Cup third round replay matches. The Blues match is at 1:31.

25 Hart, 02 Carr, 06 Ridgewell, 14 Johnson, 15 Dann, 04 Bowyer (Fahey 64), 07 Larsson, 12 Ferguson, 10 Jerome, 11 Benitez (Phillips 68), 16 McFadden (Johnson 76),

01 Taylor, 05 Taylor, 20 Queudrue, 18 Fahey, 19 McSheffrey, 22 Johnson, 09 Phillips

Nottm Forest
01 Camp, 02 Perch, 04 Chambers, 05 Morgan, 08 McGugan, 15 Cohen, 19 Moussi (Gunter 72), 09 Adebola, 11 Tyson, 12 McCleary (Anderson 81), 17 McGoldrick(Garner 67)

21 Smith, 16 Gunter, 33 Lynch, 37 Moloney, 07 Anderson, 28 Majewski, 14 Garner

Ref: Friend
Att: 9,399

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish:

"It was a struggle. We didn't play at our best tonight but the guys showed their resilience.
"Forest started well and had a go at us. They are a good team and they were a handful.
"Joe has got a good a chance as anyone of being England goalkeeper in the summer."

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"We've now played Birmingham over two games and their goalkeeper has been the man of the match on both occasions.
"This was a big learning curve in terms of it being important to take your chances.
"I am very proud of the way the people we've put out on the pitch tonight performed and it was a great experience for them."