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  • English Npower Championship
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Oakwell Stadium
  • Attendance: 9,191
BarnsleyBarnsleyvBirminghamBirmingham
1
  • Greening, 38
2
  • Davies, 35
  • Davies, 77

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Match ends, Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 2.

90+5 mins:Second Half ends, Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 2.

90+4 mins:Foul by Curtis Davies (Birmingham City).

90+4 mins:Craig Davies (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

90 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

90 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

90 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

90 mins:Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

90 mins:Jack Butland (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

89 mins:Corner, Barnsley.

86 mins:Offside, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

85 mins:Substitution, Birmingham City. Morgaro Gomis replaces Robert Hall.

84 mins:Foul by Matt Done (Barnsley).

84 mins:Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

82 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

82 mins:Attempt saved. Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

80 mins:Foul by Craig Davies (Barnsley).

80 mins:Steven Caldwell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

77 mins:Goal! Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 2. Curtis Davies (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Hall.

76 mins:Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

76 mins:Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

75 mins:Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75 mins:Foul by Wade Elliott (Birmingham City).

75 mins:Craig Davies (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

74 mins:Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

74 mins:Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

73 mins:Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Craig Davies (Barnsley). Craig Davies should be disappointed.

73 mins:Penalty conceded by Steven Caldwell (Birmingham City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

72 mins:Corner, Barnsley.

68 mins:Substitution, Barnsley. Matt Done replaces David Perkins.

68 mins:Substitution, Barnsley. Craig Davies replaces Chris Dagnall.

67 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

67 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

66 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

62 mins:Offside, Barnsley. Stephen Dawson tries a through ball, but Stephen Dawson is caught offside.

59 mins:Foul by James O'Brien (Barnsley).

59 mins:Robert Hall (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

58 mins:Attempt saved. Robert Hassell (Barnsley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved.

56 mins:Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

56 mins:Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

55 mins:Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Barnsley).

55 mins:Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

53 mins:Substitution, Birmingham City. Chris Burke replaces Nathan Redmond.

52 mins:Foul by James O'Brien (Barnsley).

52 mins:Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Attempt missed. Robert Hall (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49 mins:Foul by Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City).

49 mins:John Stones (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

47 mins:Foul by Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City).

47 mins:David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Attempt missed. Chris Dagnall (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Second Half begins Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 1.

45+2 mins:First Half ends, Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 1.

45 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

45 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

45 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

42 mins:Attempt missed. Jonathan Greening (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

40 mins:Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38 mins:Goal! Barnsley 1, Birmingham City 1. Jonathan Greening (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

35 mins:Goal! Barnsley 0, Birmingham City 1. Curtis Davies (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert Hall.

34 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

31 mins:Foul by Hayden Mullins (Birmingham City).

31 mins:James O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

27 mins:Attempt missed. James O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25 mins:Offside, Barnsley. Chris Dagnall tries a through ball, but Chris Dagnall is caught offside.

24 mins:Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

24 mins:John Stones (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

23 mins:Offside, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

20 mins:Corner, Barnsley.

19 mins:Offside, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

17 mins:Offside, Barnsley. Scott Golbourne tries a through ball, but Scott Golbourne is caught offside.

16 mins:Attempt saved. Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) header from outside the box is saved.

15 mins:Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

15 mins:Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

13 mins:Corner, Barnsley.

12 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

11 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

8 mins:Corner, Birmingham City.

7 mins:Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley).

7 mins:Steven Caldwell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

6 mins:Foul by Chris Dagnall (Barnsley).

6 mins:Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) wins a free kick.

5 mins:Corner, Barnsley.

1 mins:Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

1 mins:Jimmy McNulty (Barnsley) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Oakwell Stadium
  • Attendance: 9,191
BarnsleyBarnsleyvBirminghamBirmingham
1
  • Greening, 38
2
  • Davies, 35
  • Davies, 77

match report

Curtis Davies settled a thrilling Boxing Day contest 2-1 in Birmingham's favour against fellow Championship strugglers Barnsley at Oakwell.

The centre-back nodded the visitors in front amid pouring rain in the 35th minute, only for Jonathan Greening to equalise almost immediately from long range with his first goal since joining on loan from Nottingham Forest last month.

Barnsley were the better side and missed plenty of chances against a Blues outfit who were disorganised defensively, with Craig Davies, a boyhood Blues fan who scored four goals in September's 5-0 rout at St Andrew's, blazing over a second-half penalty after Steven Caldwell's handball.

And the hosts were punished almost immediately as Curtis Davies, unmarked from another set-piece, converted his fourth header in six games to clinch matters in the 77th minute.

Barnsley enjoyed the better of proceedings early on, Jim O'Brien seeing an effort blocked by Curtis Davies although the visitors did force a succession of three corners in which they failed to prosper.

Luke Steele was still to be called upon as the half-hour mark passed, with Barnsley much the stronger.

But, out of nowhere, Curtis Davies headed Birmingham in front. Robert Hall delivered another excellent set-piece, Birmingham's main threat, which Davies nodded home unchallenged at the near post.

However, the lead did not last long as Birmingham's frailties in defence were fully exposed. Barnsley applied pressure almost straight from kick-off with Dawson seeing a strike blocked and, with the visitors struggling to fully clear their lines, the ball broke for Greening, who converted low from distance.

The visitors' defence was exposed again within a minute of the restart but a swift move ended when Chris Dagnall could only slide the ball behind.

John Stones saw an effort blocked by a late Blues tackle and, with the game flowing from end to end, Barnsley were awarded a spot-kick in the 73rd minute for a somewhat harsh handball decision against Caldwell. But Craig Davies, who had only been on the pitch five minutes, blazed his spot-kick high over the bar.

A superb stop from Jack Butland kept out a header from fellow sub Matty Done before Curtis Davies then settled matters in the 77th minute via another inch-perfect delivery from Hall.

team line-up

1Luke Steele
2Robert Hassell
3Scott Golbourne
34John Stones
15Jimmy McNulty
28Jonathan Greening
11David Perkins68
8James O'Brien
7Stephen Dawson
29Marcus Tudgay
13Chris Dagnall68

substitutes

12Ben Alnwick
9Craig Davies68
19Tomasz Cywka
10Matt Done68
16Marlon Harewood
14Scott Wiseman
27Emile Sinclair

referee

Carl Boyeson

team line-up

1Jack Butland
30Paul Robinson
27Mitch Hancox
6Curtis Davies
4Steven Caldwell
22Nathan Redmond53
8Hayden Mullins
15Wade Elliott
33Callum Reilly
29Robert Hall85
19Nikola Zigic

substitutes

5Pablo Ibáñez
13Colin Doyle
12Ravel Morrison
14Morgaro Gomis85
7Chris Burke53
31Emmitt Delfouneso
20Jake Jervis

referee

Carl Boyeson

match stats

possession %6633
shots on target33
shots off target41
corners514
tackles won00
offsides33