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Summary

  • BIRMINGHAM 1 ALBION 0
  • Thomas heads winner (52)
  • Blues edge drab contest
  • Teixeira makes debut off the bench
  • Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday

4:54pm

4:53pm

Albion had an attack deep in four added minutes but Chicksen’s cross was too high for Calderon coming in from the far post.

And with that Birmingham had their first home league win in almost 11 months.

4:50pm

Teixeira has seen a lot of the ball, mainly out on the left, and tried a few tricks to get through a massed defence.

But the only effort of any note was a deflection by Chicksen of a cross – which sent the ball looping over.

4:41pm

Any hopes of a comeback were almost well and truly ended when Stockdale dropped a Cotterill shot. Greer, though, responded quicker than Donaldson and poked the ball away.

4:36pm

Then Albion had a free-kick, 25 yards out and centrally placed. Teixeira left no one in any doubt that it was his and curled about a yard over, right-footed.

Before the goal kick was taken, Albion sent on Fenelon for Mackail-Smith and Blues replaced attacking player Novak with defender Robinson.

4:34pm

As Will Buckley went on for his Premier League debut a few miles away at West Brom, this Albion so nearly fell two down at St Andrew’s.

Greer looked a bit unfortunate to be penalised for a challenge centrally placed just outside the box and Cotterill curled the free-kick narrowly wide.

 

4:26pm

Teixeira has the no.17 shirt.

Birmingham replaced injured midfielder Davis with ex-MK Dons man Stephen Gleeson - again, like for like.

4:25pm

Teixeira has slotted into LuaLua's role behind the front two.

A combination of their own increased urgency and some Birmingham nerves have led to the Seagulls coming more into the contest.

4:22pm

Calderon was bundled over five yards outside the Blues box just to the right of goal.

Forster-Caskey curled the free-kick left-footed over the wall and Randolph was well placed to tip over.

The ball was not in the top corner but was heading just under the bar.

Albion sent on Teixeira for LuaLua moments later.

4:18pm

Cotterill’s cross for the goal was one of the few bits of quality in a drab affair so far.

Bruno and Calderon combined nicely down the right a few minutes ago to win a corner but it was cleared.

Then Bruno chipped a free-kick towards Calderon’s run and his header back across goal caused a few problems until Mackail-Smith volleyed high and wide from a near impossible angle.

Remember Birmingham have gone 18 league games at home without a win.

4:12pm

Att: 14,955 (1,018 away)

4:11pm

4:10pm

Within seconds of the restart, Albion work O'Grady into the Blues box but Spector saves his side with a last-ditch tackle.

4:08pm

A cross comes in from the Birmingham right and THOMAS is in space to bury a header past Stockdale from close range.

4:07pm

Albion's best effort so far comes from a corner won by Mackail-Smith down the right.

LuaLua delivers an accurate flag kick into the path of O’Grady’s run towards the near post and his glancing, downward header is saved by Randolph.

But then Blues go ahead....

 

4:04pm

Early second-half action sees Randolph catch a cross at one end and Ince head one away at the other.

Albion now attacking the goal closest to the away fans' section.

4:00pm

3:58pm

3:49pm

Birmingham fans around us clapped their team off.

I'd imagine Albion supporters in the far corner did likewise.

But it was a half lacking in quality.

 

3:48pm

Action involving two players of whom we had not seen enough – O’Grady and Randolph.

The former is released to the left of goal and tries to slide a shot across the latter, who dives low to his left and holds. LuaLua provided the pass to create that situation of a little promise for the Seagulls.

And that’s half-time....

3:45pm

3:44pm

Chicksen has just shown good awareness to prevent a potential moment of crisis for the Seagulls.

They failed to deal with a high ball into the box and, as it dropped towards Novak in front of goal, Chicksen was sweeping across behind his centre-backs  to slide in and knock it away from the oncoming Blues striker.

3:36pm

Better now from Birmingham and Stockdale has two saves to make around the half-hour mark.

Routine saves, first low down from Caddis and then above his head from a powerful Spector shot when most of us expected a cross.

But saves all the same and enough to encourage home players and fans alike.

There was also a terrific run by Donaldson which took him away from Ince but was ended by a perfect tackle from Greer just outside the box.

3:31pm

Remember David Lopez’s volley into the Tilton End goal two seasons ago?

Bruno maybe does as he has just tried a volley of his own at that end – but it flew well over from outside the box.

He hit it first time after a poor Forster-Caskey free-kick had just been as poorly cleared!

At the other end, oohhs and aahs as the hosts are just unable to get on the end of a tempting low cross.

3:30pm

3:24pm

3:24pm

Home fans have just really found their voices as their side harried, hassled and hurried the Seagulls in possession.

It was tenacious stuff and the home supporters loved it as Albion were forced all the way back to Stockdale.

Albion, though, successfully kept the ball all that time, kept passing and eventually won a corner – from which Mackail-Smith’s back header dropped just over the bar.

3:20pm

Birmingham look marginally the brighter team so far.

Although he started on the left, Novak is a central striker and could potentially offer an additional threat.

He gravitated into a central position and let fly with a 25-yarder which went wide with Stockdale covering that post.

Stockdale earlier earnt applause from Albion fans when he came a long way to safely hold a free-kick hung up into the penalty area.

3:16pm

3:13pm

It has been a subdued spectacle so far but Birmingham lifted their supporters momentarily with a move down the right which led to Davis forcing a corner which Bruno hacked clear.

3:10pm

We have pretty much a midfield diamond from Albion but LuaLua, at its most forward point, seems to have freedom.

He has drifted wide to the left a couple of times already.

No incidents of note as yet.

 

3:08pm

Albion had to clear an early cross rather hurriedly but Stockdale has just given a great example of his distribution skills with a drilled 50-yard pass to LuaLua.

The Seagulls fans have one half of one end, that closest to Stockdale's goal in the first period.

3:01pm

And we're under way...

3:01pm

3:00pm

As the teams walk out - with Albion in their NEw red and black away strip - a reminder of the Seagulls line-up (with confirmed formation).

                     STOCKDALE

CALDERON   GREER  HUGHES   CHICKSEN

                         INCE

            BRUNO            F-CASKEY

                     LUALUA

            M-SMITH    O'GRADY

2:58pm

With Mr Blue Sky blasting out of the loudspeakers and echoing around the stands, what better time to start the live report from Birmingham?

The sun is coming out to brighten a very chilly, grey day here at St Andrew's - just as it as when Albion kick-started their season here a year ago.

That was their third league game of the campaign. This is their second.

But, like their hosts, Albion have yet to register a point this term. Both sides will see this as a good chance to change that.

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3:10pm Sat 16 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Can you believe lingard started for Man utd today, taken off after 24 mins, no wonder Swansea won.

Please dont come back
Can you believe lingard started for Man utd today, taken off after 24 mins, no wonder Swansea won. Please dont come back ringtone
  • Score: -4

3:12pm Sat 16 Aug 14

tug509 says...

61% Albion possession according to the BBC !
61% Albion possession according to the BBC ! tug509
  • Score: -1

3:16pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Seagulls Flying says...

ringtone wrote:
Can you believe lingard started for Man utd today, taken off after 24 mins, no wonder Swansea won.

Please dont come back
He was injured. Maybe that's WHY Swansea won!
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Can you believe lingard started for Man utd today, taken off after 24 mins, no wonder Swansea won. Please dont come back[/p][/quote]He was injured. Maybe that's WHY Swansea won! Seagulls Flying
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Sat 16 Aug 14

tug509 says...

Leo just scored
Leo just scored tug509
  • Score: 1

3:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

tug509 wrote:
Leo just scored
Bitter sweet.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Leo just scored[/p][/quote]Bitter sweet. Alfie T
  • Score: -2

3:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

tug509 wrote:
Leo just scored
Bitter sweet.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Leo just scored[/p][/quote]Bitter sweet. Alfie T
  • Score: -2

3:25pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

And Ulloa has just scored for LCFC - damnblast it.
And Ulloa has just scored for LCFC - damnblast it. Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Ulloa has scored for Leicester.

8 million, should have been double that
Ulloa has scored for Leicester. 8 million, should have been double that ringtone
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Claude Back says...

Need Tex on instead of JFC
Need Tex on instead of JFC Claude Back
  • Score: 7

3:47pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

A poor free kick from JFC, now there's a surprise!
A poor free kick from JFC, now there's a surprise! Alfie T
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Sat 16 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Dean Hammond is on Leicester city bench, you cant make this stuff up.

Why wasn't he in England's world cup squad in Brazil?

Could have made all the difference
Dean Hammond is on Leicester city bench, you cant make this stuff up. Why wasn't he in England's world cup squad in Brazil? Could have made all the difference ringtone
  • Score: -1

3:53pm Sat 16 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Only took Ulloa 22 minutes to score his first PL goal.
Only took Ulloa 22 minutes to score his first PL goal. sussexram40
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Albion now a goal DOWN 1--0 BHM!!!
Albion now a goal DOWN 1--0 BHM!!! mikeygit
  • Score: -2

4:10pm Sat 16 Aug 14

rolivan says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Only took Ulloa 22 minutes to score his first PL goal.
Just waiting for the injured Will Buckley to come off of the bench now and score.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Only took Ulloa 22 minutes to score his first PL goal.[/p][/quote]Just waiting for the injured Will Buckley to come off of the bench now and score. rolivan
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

As things stand we are 2 from bottom - in the bottom 3 with Blackpool and Huddersfield.
Source BBC sport website.
As things stand we are 2 from bottom - in the bottom 3 with Blackpool and Huddersfield. Source BBC sport website. sussexram40
  • Score: -1

4:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

To baldly go says...

We get O'Grady from Barnsley, they pick up Lita on a free and guess what? Lita scores!
We get O'Grady from Barnsley, they pick up Lita on a free and guess what? Lita scores! To baldly go
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Sat 16 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Absolute tripe.

You get what you pay for, oh sorry we aint bought anthing, except for a goalie who can't keep a clean sheet.
Absolute tripe. You get what you pay for, oh sorry we aint bought anthing, except for a goalie who can't keep a clean sheet. ringtone
  • Score: -1

4:55pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

I know it is only Game2 but NO goals same old story.
Hope this coming week sees a change in our fortunes on the transfer front!!
I know it is only Game2 but NO goals same old story. Hope this coming week sees a change in our fortunes on the transfer front!! mikeygit
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Please wake up says...

O'Grady pure lower league rubbish that no other clubs wanted.Vile Yes man takes off CMS LOL.Vile freeloading YES man
O'Grady pure lower league rubbish that no other clubs wanted.Vile Yes man takes off CMS LOL.Vile freeloading YES man Please wake up
  • Score: -4

4:56pm Sat 16 Aug 14

sjonesbb says...

I feel sorry for Hyppia. He's gonna end up losing his job because our inability to deal in the transfer market!! Even the most die hard Albion optimist would have to say survival in the championship would be seen as a good season!!
I feel sorry for Hyppia. He's gonna end up losing his job because our inability to deal in the transfer market!! Even the most die hard Albion optimist would have to say survival in the championship would be seen as a good season!! sjonesbb
  • Score: -1

4:57pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

BHM firsts home win in 11 months and it had to be against US!!!
BHM firsts home win in 11 months and it had to be against US!!! mikeygit
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Sat 16 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Very poor, A lack of quality all over the pitch.
2 matches played against very poor opposition and no points.
Lose at Leeds on Tues and we are in big trouble.
Very poor, A lack of quality all over the pitch. 2 matches played against very poor opposition and no points. Lose at Leeds on Tues and we are in big trouble. sussexram40
  • Score: 1

4:57pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Please wake up says...

Crawley outstanding yet again on gates of 3K and players on half the money of Dunk and JFC
Crawley outstanding yet again on gates of 3K and players on half the money of Dunk and JFC Please wake up
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Justin says...

Two results that could have gone either way. Cue mass panic from flappers on here ...
Two results that could have gone either way. Cue mass panic from flappers on here ... Justin
  • Score: -1

5:03pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Major Bloodboil says...

Following upon Hull FC's application to change their name to 'The Tigers' the Albion seek to change their name to 'Brighton Nil'

It's similar to last year save that we are letting in goals.

We have now played two of the weaker teams in the division and have failed to find the net in either game. I, like countless others cannot understand the managements policies. Premiership ready??? You're having a laugh. Perhaps they want to reduce the queues at the Amex by reducing the size of the crowd. We have a couple of weeks to sign some quality players but frankly I can't see it happening. I hope I am proved wrong.
Following upon Hull FC's application to change their name to 'The Tigers' the Albion seek to change their name to 'Brighton Nil' It's similar to last year save that we are letting in goals. We have now played two of the weaker teams in the division and have failed to find the net in either game. I, like countless others cannot understand the managements policies. Premiership ready??? You're having a laugh. Perhaps they want to reduce the queues at the Amex by reducing the size of the crowd. We have a couple of weeks to sign some quality players but frankly I can't see it happening. I hope I am proved wrong. Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 3

5:04pm Sat 16 Aug 14

To baldly go says...

Justin wrote:
Two results that could have gone either way. Cue mass panic from flappers on here ...
And what positives would you take out of the 2 results so far? Considering both Wednesday and Birmingham are relegation candidates, where does that leave us!
[quote][p][bold]Justin[/bold] wrote: Two results that could have gone either way. Cue mass panic from flappers on here ...[/p][/quote]And what positives would you take out of the 2 results so far? Considering both Wednesday and Birmingham are relegation candidates, where does that leave us! To baldly go
  • Score: 2

9:58am Sun 17 Aug 14

portugal35 says...

Promotion by 10 clear points .Foster Caskey is the future .Season 2016/2017 league division 2.
Promotion by 10 clear points .Foster Caskey is the future .Season 2016/2017 league division 2. portugal35
  • Score: 0

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