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  • ALBION 1 BIRMINGHAM 0
  • Albion move into top six
  • David Lopez volleys winner (58)
  • Randolph twice denies LuaLua in first half
  • Obika on for debut in 63rd minute
  • Crofts carried off injured
  • Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday

5:22pm

5:10pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says

The BBC text service suggested that Ulloa went off injured.

 

We'll check. He trudged off slowly looking unhappy and went straight to the bench, not down the tunnel.

I don't think either of us thought he looked injured.

 

 

4:58pm

4:58pm

4:57pm

City boss Lee Clark was clearly angered as Hancox hung up a hopeful cross which Kuszczak held easily.
Mullins became the third man booked for fouling LuaLua when he tripped the winger near the touchline.
Very little had been seen of Obika but he had a run into the City area before the ball got away from him for a goal kick.
Orlandi was booked for kicking the ball away after LuaLua committed a foul to put pressure back on his side.
But the resulting free-kick was punched away bravely by Kuszczak under heavy pressure – and Albion broke away with three against one.
They worked it well enough and Orlandi timed his pass to tee up Ince – but the midfielder tried to go around Randolph who snatched the ball as it ran away from him.
But Albion had done enough.
Final: Albion 1 Birmingham 0
 

4:48pm

4:48pm

Ward was livid when he was left facing both Caddis and Burke. Caddis sent Burke in behind Ward and into the area and his angled effort was pushed away by Kuszczak.
As Blues still pressed, another low cross fizzed across goal with no one there to apply a touch.
Albion sent on El-Abd to help shore things up as the game moved into six added minutes, David Lopez the man to make way.
 

4:45pm

Albion, so firmly in control for much of the match, were suddenly looking a little nervy as Birmingham sought a reply in the goalmouth nearest their fans.
David Lopez lifted the now rather subdued home crowd with a glorious crossfield ball to release LuaLua on the left but his low cross was cleared easily enough.

And nerves were back on edge when a cross from the left went right across the goalmouth with neither Zigic nor Burke able to get a telling touch.
 

4:40pm

Birmingham sent on Ferguson for Reilly in the 82nd minute.

But Albion fans were watching Crofts, impressive again, being helped off with what looked like a knee injury. Orlandi took his place.

4:39pm

4:36pm

Then Ince saw yellow for a foul as Birmingham started to have more of the ball.

4:34pm

4:34pm

David Lopez almost added another wonderful goal, this time with a left foot curler as he span away from a tackle. But his effort from outside the box flew narrowly wide.
Caddis slipped a clever pass to get Burke to the byline and there looked real danger. But Bruno read the winger’s cutback and intercepted it before running the ball away from the area.
Andrews was the first Albion man into the book, for kicking the ball away.
 

4:29pm

Lee was the second Birmingham midfielder to be booked for fouling LuaLua in the centre circle.

4:28pm

4:28pm

Burke still posed a potential threat down the Birmingham right. Albion were at full stretch to clear his low cross.

4:24pm

Good chasing by Ward forced a corner which came to nothing.
Obika made his debut in the 63rd minute by replacing a disappointed looking Ulloa.
At the same stoppage, Birmingham sent on Brown for Elliott.
Crofts almost extended the lead with an angled 25-yarder which Randolph saved well diving to his right.
 

4:19pm

Albion fans were sensing a breakthrough – and it came in sumptuous style. Bruno and David Lopez worked a clever move down the right and the latter’s ball in was met by a full-blooded drive from Crofts which Randolph blocked.
A follow-up by Ulloa was blocked by Mullins – but the ball looped back to DAVID LOPEZ who, from an unpromising angle, sent a perfect volley, possibly with a bit of curl off the outside of his foot, across Randolph and inside the far post.
 

4:13pm

4:10pm

4:10pm

As in the first half, Zigic made a bright start to the second period. He got his head on a cross and the ball bounced around in front of goal before Kuszczak forced it behind.
Lee’s attempt at a quick corner was picked off and for a moment it looked like Albion might muster a threatening counter attack in response. But Ulloa was hustled off the ball.
As Birmingham played themselves into trouble a few moments later, LuaLua pushed the ball ahead of him and ran but Randolph dived at his feet and swatted the ball away.
Burke, scorer of a long-range winner here last term, tried his luck with a 25-yard curler which cleared the top corner.
Still LuaLua looked the biggest threat. He span away from a marker and worked a slick one-touch move with Ulloa and Andrews before slipping as he shot right-footed and sending the ball rolling harmlessly wide.
 

4:01pm

3:47pm

Birmingham forced a corner in the one added minute but Ulloa got in front of Zigic to head clear.
Half: Albion 0 Birmingham 0
 

3:41pm

3:40pm

Bruno’s run off the ball was spotted by Andrews who angled a cross on to his head. Bruno nodded back across goal but handball claims were waved away as Crofts’ volley was charged down.
Then LuaLua went for goal with two shots in quick succession, both saved with real difficulty by Randolph. He dived to his left to parry the first and awkwardly flapped the second behind.
 

3:35pm

Birmingham were unhappy when Mullins was adjudged by the assistant referee to have clipped Crofts just outside the box.
The free-kick was wide of goal and David opted to chip the ball up to the far post – where it was nodded behind – rather than shoot.
The towering Zigic had no trouble heading away the corner.
 

3:29pm

3:28pm

Albion were trying to pick their way through the massed Birmingham ranks – and being implored to shoot by fans.
They got their wish when Ince’s tackle helped nudge the ball on to the left foot of David Lopez for a 20-yard curler which Randolph pushed wide diving to low to his right.
Ward was next to have a go with a low drive which was blocked after he was found at the far post.
But Burke engineered another right wing attack and Upson had to defend well again to concede a corner which came to nothing.
Reilly was first in the book for a foul on LuaLua in the centre circle.
 

3:24pm

There were groans as Bruno got right under a cross from the right. But he had spotted David Lopez all alone beyond the far post and the midfielder met the dropping ball with a sweetly-timed volley – but Birmingham cleared in the goalmouth.

3:22pm

3:21pm

The match and atmosphere were still just a little flat – and two misplaced passes in quick succession by Bruno did not lift the mood.
Greer had to hack a Novak cross over his own bar to concede a corner after a Blues move involving Burke on their right.
The resulting corner was headed down by Mullins and Andrews appeared to clear from close to the line in a congested goalmouth.
Albion replied quickly. This time LuaLua appeared on the right and got on the end of a clever Greer pass to force a force a corner.
That flag kick caused a few alarms but Crofts saw his shot blocked.
Bruno then worked a lovely combination with David Lopez, whose cross was met by Ulloa with a tame header when Andrews was better placed just behind him.
 

3:13pm

3:13pm

LuaLua again beat Caddis down the outside and again his low cross was cleared. This time it went as far as Andrews who was implored to shoot but instead fed David Lopez down the right. His cross was half cut out but good work by Ince kept the move alive until Ward fired an ambitious shot well over from outside the box.
Then Upson had to defend well to cut out a long crossfield ball by Novak aimed for Burke’s run.
 

3:08pm

Zigic offered an almost immediate glimpse of the threat he can pose. He was involved in a move, then made tracks to the far post as Elliott curled in a dangerous ball. Upson got there first to head behind and Zigic, all 6ft 8in of him, managed to head down the resulting corner before it was cleared.
There was a buzz of excitement on the first occasion the ball got to LuaLua.
He was closed down and, when a cross eventually came in, it was too high for Ulloa and defender Robinson at the back post.
LuaLua went down the outside next time he got the ball and eased past Caddis. His low cross was cleared for a corner from which David Lopez failed to clear the first defender.
 

3:03pm

3:02pm

3:01pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says

Birmingham seem to be going 4 at the back with 2 in front of them and 3 in midfield, is this a, 'park the bus,' line up?

 

 

Not really - Burke and Novak in particular are dangerous off Zigic and they have Elliott in there too today.

It works - six unbeaten away from home.

 

3:01pm

Albion going North to South in first half.

2:56pm

The January wheeling and dealing is well and truly under way.
Which is why we tread a sort of middle ground this afternoon as Albion host Birmingham City.
The Seagulls give a first call-up to Jonathan Obika, who signed on loan from Spurs  on Wednesday and is on the bench.
But they are missing Ashley Barnes, who joined Burnley yesterday and is on the bench for the Clarets at Yeovil today.
So we await more activity both in and out, while Birmingham come south in that interim period – after they have seen loan players leave and before they have got them back or brought in other reinforcements.
All of which is explained more fully in our team news stories which were uploaded earlier.
But it all adds intrigue to a game which sees the Seagulls look to break into the top six for the first time this season and Blues aim to extend the second best unbeaten away run in the division (behind Ipswich).
And the sun is out too.
We are almost ready to go.
 

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2:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

We score first and batter them, does that sound a tad too vitriolic?
We score first and batter them, does that sound a tad too vitriolic? VegasSeagull
  • Score: -4

3:01pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Birmingham seem to be going 4 at the back with 2 in front of them and 3 in midfield, is this a, 'park the bus,' line up?
Birmingham seem to be going 4 at the back with 2 in front of them and 3 in midfield, is this a, 'park the bus,' line up? VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

3:26pm Sat 11 Jan 14

ringtone says...

Still no early goal, west stand begining to turn on Oscar.
Still no early goal, west stand begining to turn on Oscar. ringtone
  • Score: -8

3:29pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

Why lopez and wht bruno? In form Calde and March please. Not happy at the monent; hope we scrape a win today.
Why lopez and wht bruno? In form Calde and March please. Not happy at the monent; hope we scrape a win today. bbb1969
  • Score: -5

3:32pm Sat 11 Jan 14

ringtone says...

News of a sunderland goal at fulham has rocked the Amex to the core.
News of a sunderland goal at fulham has rocked the Amex to the core. ringtone
  • Score: -10

3:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Not exactly battering them --maybe bettering them?? But we have 10 attempts to their one at the moment. Wonder when or if Oscar will bring on Obika---him and Lua Lua might be exciting!!
Not exactly battering them --maybe bettering them?? But we have 10 attempts to their one at the moment. Wonder when or if Oscar will bring on Obika---him and Lua Lua might be exciting!! mikeygit
  • Score: 4

3:53pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Birmingham have just one attempt, we have had 10, are we sure that they are not parking the bus, or is it just that we are dominating midfield there by stopping them before they get going?
Birmingham have just one attempt, we have had 10, are we sure that they are not parking the bus, or is it just that we are dominating midfield there by stopping them before they get going? VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

3:55pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Birmingham have just one attempt, we have had 10, are we sure that they are not parking the bus, or is it just that we are dominating midfield there by stopping them before they get going?
It sounds like we're pressing them high up the pitch and they haven't really got going yet. On their forums they're scared of LuaLua and would rip your arm off for a point (or was it a pint?).
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Birmingham have just one attempt, we have had 10, are we sure that they are not parking the bus, or is it just that we are dominating midfield there by stopping them before they get going?[/p][/quote]It sounds like we're pressing them high up the pitch and they haven't really got going yet. On their forums they're scared of LuaLua and would rip your arm off for a point (or was it a pint?). Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

4:03pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Birmingham have just one attempt, we have had 10, are we sure that they are not parking the bus, or is it just that we are dominating midfield there by stopping them before they get going?
It sounds like we're pressing them high up the pitch and they haven't really got going yet. On their forums they're scared of LuaLua and would rip your arm off for a point (or was it a pint?).
I bet it was a pint.
So we are taking the same approach that we had for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly.
Ulloa seems to be out the game up front, need to get some service into him.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Birmingham have just one attempt, we have had 10, are we sure that they are not parking the bus, or is it just that we are dominating midfield there by stopping them before they get going?[/p][/quote]It sounds like we're pressing them high up the pitch and they haven't really got going yet. On their forums they're scared of LuaLua and would rip your arm off for a point (or was it a pint?).[/p][/quote]I bet it was a pint. So we are taking the same approach that we had for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly. Ulloa seems to be out the game up front, need to get some service into him. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

4:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Nice one Dave.
Nice one Dave. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

4:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

1--0 Lopez now lets get another quick!!!
1--0 Lopez now lets get another quick!!! mikeygit
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

This could be interesting Obika on --Ulloa off As I said Lua Lua AND Obika could be good!!
This could be interesting Obika on --Ulloa off As I said Lua Lua AND Obika could be good!! mikeygit
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

All the attempts Crofty having surely he must score.
All the attempts Crofty having surely he must score. mikeygit
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

And another one bites the dust. Hopefully not as bad for Crofts as it apparently looks.
And another one bites the dust. Hopefully not as bad for Crofts as it apparently looks. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

4:42pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Oh dear---not another injury?? Crofts off with a knee injury!!
Oh dear---not another injury?? Crofts off with a knee injury!! mikeygit
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Good day's work, save for Crofty's injury.
Good day's work, save for Crofty's injury. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 4

4:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Phew --nervy last few minutes--3 POINTS!!!
Phew --nervy last few minutes--3 POINTS!!! mikeygit
  • Score: 4

4:59pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

In the play off places now!! See Barnes got 2 minutes!! Be good to hear from those at the match to see how OUR new lad Obika faired???
In the play off places now!! See Barnes got 2 minutes!! Be good to hear from those at the match to see how OUR new lad Obika faired??? mikeygit
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

The BBC text service suggested that Ulloa went off injured.
The BBC text service suggested that Ulloa went off injured. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

5:19pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

Brum came to defend and counter. Still wanted David off but played good when he scored; stopped March getting on although I still would have swapped him. Bruno did get better but gave the ball away far too much. Ulloa had no support but was also a yard off the pace. Obika seemed lively but needs to ffind his Albion feet. As I said before scraped the win and other results were kind. We should have had a few today but 1-0 is always a nervous time although glad we are seeing these resullts through and at least it is not a draw.
Brum came to defend and counter. Still wanted David off but played good when he scored; stopped March getting on although I still would have swapped him. Bruno did get better but gave the ball away far too much. Ulloa had no support but was also a yard off the pace. Obika seemed lively but needs to ffind his Albion feet. As I said before scraped the win and other results were kind. We should have had a few today but 1-0 is always a nervous time although glad we are seeing these resullts through and at least it is not a draw. bbb1969
  • Score: 6

5:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

Great result Brighton, clean sheet and 3 more points. In the play offs now, and hopefully we can continue to climb. Not much TK fear in this league, as long as we don't get another spate of injuries.
Great result Brighton, clean sheet and 3 more points. In the play offs now, and hopefully we can continue to climb. Not much TK fear in this league, as long as we don't get another spate of injuries. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 2

6:54pm Sat 11 Jan 14

OldGull says...

ringtone wrote:
Still no early goal, west stand begining to turn on Oscar.
Eres mi amigo, es un mando total de
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Still no early goal, west stand begining to turn on Oscar.[/p][/quote]Eres mi amigo, es un mando total de OldGull
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Sat 11 Jan 14

OldGull says...

bbb1969 wrote:
Brum came to defend and counter. Still wanted David off but played good when he scored; stopped March getting on although I still would have swapped him. Bruno did get better but gave the ball away far too much. Ulloa had no support but was also a yard off the pace. Obika seemed lively but needs to ffind his Albion feet. As I said before scraped the win and other results were kind. We should have had a few today but 1-0 is always a nervous time although glad we are seeing these resullts through and at least it is not a draw.
Were you there?
David & Bruno combined well today.
David was excellent
[quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: Brum came to defend and counter. Still wanted David off but played good when he scored; stopped March getting on although I still would have swapped him. Bruno did get better but gave the ball away far too much. Ulloa had no support but was also a yard off the pace. Obika seemed lively but needs to ffind his Albion feet. As I said before scraped the win and other results were kind. We should have had a few today but 1-0 is always a nervous time although glad we are seeing these resullts through and at least it is not a draw.[/p][/quote]Were you there? David & Bruno combined well today. David was excellent OldGull
  • Score: 1

7:23pm Sat 11 Jan 14

impose our game gull says...

3 points are 3 points. Crofts was man of the match till he was injured - great attacking play by him and really leading by example and wanting it.

Leo a little off colour today whilst new Jon in the 30 minutes we saw of him looks like he'll cause a few problems for defences and put the energy in and effort in.

Terrible first 25 minutes for Bruno today - playing with his usual arrogance which sis fine when playing well, 8 of the first 9 things he did were dreadful - unusually for him he turned this around for the last hour and played well.

Great warm up and stretching exercises by Calde, as ever - always ready.

Not the most inspiring of matches - sitting back for the last 20 minutes wasn't the best way to go about things - that said we could have had 2 - 3 more but not as many clear cut chances as we had against Bournemouth and Reading.

So, in to the play off places after a first half of season of a dreadful series of injuries - our strength, team effort and skill set in depth seems matched by Oscar's great management and tactical ability to make the most (and more) of what he has. A great manager for The Albion and the next few matches should prove very interesting. No JFC, Chicken, Buckley (or of course Bridcutt) even on the bench today - once we have our new striker and have spent some of our Bridders cash wisely we could look extremely potent!1

UTA!!
3 points are 3 points. Crofts was man of the match till he was injured - great attacking play by him and really leading by example and wanting it. Leo a little off colour today whilst new Jon in the 30 minutes we saw of him looks like he'll cause a few problems for defences and put the energy in and effort in. Terrible first 25 minutes for Bruno today - playing with his usual arrogance which sis fine when playing well, 8 of the first 9 things he did were dreadful - unusually for him he turned this around for the last hour and played well. Great warm up and stretching exercises by Calde, as ever - always ready. Not the most inspiring of matches - sitting back for the last 20 minutes wasn't the best way to go about things - that said we could have had 2 - 3 more but not as many clear cut chances as we had against Bournemouth and Reading. So, in to the play off places after a first half of season of a dreadful series of injuries - our strength, team effort and skill set in depth seems matched by Oscar's great management and tactical ability to make the most (and more) of what he has. A great manager for The Albion and the next few matches should prove very interesting. No JFC, Chicken, Buckley (or of course Bridcutt) even on the bench today - once we have our new striker and have spent some of our Bridders cash wisely we could look extremely potent!1 UTA!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 4

9:21pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

OldGull wrote:
bbb1969 wrote:
Brum came to defend and counter. Still wanted David off but played good when he scored; stopped March getting on although I still would have swapped him. Bruno did get better but gave the ball away far too much. Ulloa had no support but was also a yard off the pace. Obika seemed lively but needs to ffind his Albion feet. As I said before scraped the win and other results were kind. We should have had a few today but 1-0 is always a nervous time although glad we are seeing these resullts through and at least it is not a draw.
Were you there?
David & Bruno combined well today.
David was excellent
Yes was there and still out celebrating. Difference of opinion I think. Bruno in the first half failed several passes and passed to the opposition. David and Bruno did link well but only together; it's a team game. Calde for me should have started but again just an opinion. I would have played March before Lopez scored and OG saw it that wa too. Happy with the result though. Ince wad grrat todsy and so was Crofts and Andrewd
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: Brum came to defend and counter. Still wanted David off but played good when he scored; stopped March getting on although I still would have swapped him. Bruno did get better but gave the ball away far too much. Ulloa had no support but was also a yard off the pace. Obika seemed lively but needs to ffind his Albion feet. As I said before scraped the win and other results were kind. We should have had a few today but 1-0 is always a nervous time although glad we are seeing these resullts through and at least it is not a draw.[/p][/quote]Were you there? David & Bruno combined well today. David was excellent[/p][/quote]Yes was there and still out celebrating. Difference of opinion I think. Bruno in the first half failed several passes and passed to the opposition. David and Bruno did link well but only together; it's a team game. Calde for me should have started but again just an opinion. I would have played March before Lopez scored and OG saw it that wa too. Happy with the result though. Ince wad grrat todsy and so was Crofts and Andrewd bbb1969
  • Score: 2

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