LiveMATCHDAY LIVE: Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

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  • WELCOME to St Andrew's for Blackburn Rovers' must-win Championship match against relegation-threatened Birmingham City. Keep up with the action with our matchday live blog.

5:07pm

FULL-TIME Birmingham 2 Rovers 4.

4:53pm

Six minutes of injury-time.

4:48pm

Blues, who are now playing with 10 men after Emyr Huws went off injured, and having used their three subs, pulla another back through Demarai Gray, who beat Paul Robinson at his near post.

4:46pm

GOAL 2-4 Birmingham. Demarai Gray. 84 mins.

4:45pm

SUB for Rovers. Chris Taylor on, Craig Conway off. 83 mins.

4:37pm

SUB for Rovers as Liam Feeney replaces Josh King.

4:29pm

Bit of a Blues rally, Paul Robinson saving at his near post from Peter Lovenkrands.

4:28pm

Blues pull one back, Callum Reilly's cross from the left headed home by sub Nikola Zigic.

4:26pm

GOAL 1-4 Birmingham. Nikola Zigic. 63 mins.

4:23pm

Markus Olsson not far away with a tremendous half-volley from just outside the area.

4:22pm

SUB for Rovers as hat-trick hero Rudy Gestede is replaced by Luke Varney. 59 mins gone. 4-0.

4:19pm

1,001 Rovers supporters in the 17,291 crowd.

4:16pm

Josh King plays Jordan Rhodes through on goal but he is denied by the overworked Darren Randolph.

4:15pm

Darren Randolph in action again, saving Rudy Gestede's deflected shot after a Jordan Rhodes pull back.

4:11pm

Both keepers make saves, Darren Randolph from Markus Olsson from outside of the box, before Paul Robinson makes an even better stop from Federico Macheda.

4:08pm

Second half under way.

3:52pm

HALF-TIME Birmingham 0 Rovers 4.

3:51pm

From the resulting Craig Conwa corner Rudy Gestede and makes it a hat-trick - and a hat-trick of headers. 

3:50pm

GOAL 4-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 45 mins.

3:49pm

Josh King cross from the right flicked on by Rudy Gestede to Craig Conway who cuts inside on to his right foot and sees his rising drive tipped over.

3:43pm

After Birmingham's best spell of the match, Josh King stings the hands of the home keeper with an angled drive after a sharp pass out wide from Corry Evans.

3:28pm

Rovers running riot. More good work down the right from Josh King ends with Todd Kane firing in a 25-yard drive which took a deflection which wrong-footed Darren Randolph on its way into thet net.

3:27pm

GOAL 3-0 Rovers. Todd Kane. 24 mins.

3:23pm

Rudy Gestede gets his second, and it's another header, thumped home from a Craig Conway free kick from the side of the box.

3:22pm

GOAL 2-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 20 mins.

3:14pm

That was Rudy Gestede's eighth goal for Rovers - six of which have come with his head.

3:13pm

What a way to make amends. Craig Conway cross to the back post found Josh King. His first touch wasn't the best but he recovered to stand the ball up to the back post where Rudy Gestede rose highest to head home.

3:11pm

GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 10 mins.

3:10pm

Shocking miss by Rudy Gestede. Josh King played a sharp one-two with Jordan Rhodes to escape down the left. He cut back inside on to his right foot and passed the ball across the box to the unmarked Gestede, who skied over with the goal at his mercy.

3:04pm

Inswinging free kick from Emyr Huws flicked over by Will Packwood. Paul Robinson had it covered.

3:02pm

Rovers have kicked us off.

2:58pm

The teams are out. Rovers in their changed strip of red.

2:51pm

As bad as Birmingham's home run is, Rovers' recent record here isn't great. They have lost six and drawn one of their last seven visits to St Andrew's.

2:39pm

The teams in full are...

Birmingham: Randolph, Packwood, Thorpe, Blackett, Reilly, Burke, Caddis, Huws, Howard, Macheda, Lovenkrands. Subs: Doyle, Martin, Hancox, Lee, Shinnie, Gray, Zigic.

Rovers: Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, Conway, Evans, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Varney, Dabo, Feeney, Taylor, Lenihan, Rittenberg.

2:38pm

Birmingham, who have not won any of their last 15 league home matches, a shocking run of eight defeats and seven draws stretching back to October 1, have made five changes from the team that started their 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Will Packwood, Tyler Blackett, Brian Howard, Federico Macheda and Peter Lovenkrands come in for Paul Robinson, Jonathan Spector, Mitchell Hancox, Shane Ferguson and Nikola Zigic.

 

2:37pm

Rovers have been forced to make four changes to their side for this afternoon’s must-win Championship match at struggling Birmingham.

Full-backs Michael Keane and Tommy Spurr and midfielders Tom Cairney and Lee Williamson all picked up injuries in Good Friday’s frustrating 0-0 home draw with Yeovil Town and miss out.

They are replaced in the starting line-up by Todd Kane, Markus Olsson, Josh King and Corry Evans.

And to make matters worse for Rovers, who are four points off the play-off places with three games to play, former Birmingham midfielder David Dunn is also ruled out with a calf problem.

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3:58pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

Looks like I may be correct after all COME ON YOU BLUES from a Claret we can have The Derby Next year where it belongs in the Top Flight
Looks like I may be correct after all COME ON YOU BLUES from a Claret we can have The Derby Next year where it belongs in the Top Flight Burnley59/60
  • Score: 26

4:00pm Mon 21 Apr 14

RoversSwiss says...

4 nil up at half time without Williamson, perhaps it's just a coincidence!
4 nil up at half time without Williamson, perhaps it's just a coincidence! RoversSwiss
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Good call says...

Three points in the bag, certainly a comeback from Friday's shambles.Nice one lads, keep it up in the 2nd Half.
Three points in the bag, certainly a comeback from Friday's shambles.Nice one lads, keep it up in the 2nd Half. Good call
  • Score: 9

4:05pm Mon 21 Apr 14

wilddog says...

Come on Brighton!
Come on Brighton! wilddog
  • Score: -12

4:29pm Mon 21 Apr 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

4-0 up and pressing . Oh dear we have had another master substitution he has just brought the hat trick hero off Gestede that Birmingham can't handle with still loads of time to go. brought Varney on it doesn't make sense, now Birmingham has just scored. Why Gestede off as he also helps in defence. Now we are under the cosh. Don't be shocked if it ends 4-4. We will see.
4-0 up and pressing . Oh dear we have had another master substitution he has just brought the hat trick hero off Gestede that Birmingham can't handle with still loads of time to go. brought Varney on it doesn't make sense, now Birmingham has just scored. Why Gestede off as he also helps in defence. Now we are under the cosh. Don't be shocked if it ends 4-4. We will see. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: -4

5:00pm Mon 21 Apr 14

wilddog says...

Lancs top dogs are promoted guys!
Lancs top dogs are promoted guys! wilddog
  • Score: -4

5:00pm Mon 21 Apr 14

juanbbien says...

Why does he keep taking key players off when we are on a run,more goals leaked in the last minutes
Why does he keep taking key players off when we are on a run,more goals leaked in the last minutes juanbbien
  • Score: -1

5:10pm Mon 21 Apr 14

thresholdweller says...

juanbbien wrote:
Why does he keep taking key players off when we are on a run,more goals leaked in the last minutes
Possibly so they are still available for the last 2 games and to see if the fringe players can do a job.
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: Why does he keep taking key players off when we are on a run,more goals leaked in the last minutes[/p][/quote]Possibly so they are still available for the last 2 games and to see if the fringe players can do a job. thresholdweller
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Mon 21 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Have to give the 'faithful' something to complain about, FFS! 4-0 up at half time, away from home, and still they moan.
Have to give the 'faithful' something to complain about, FFS! 4-0 up at half time, away from home, and still they moan. greenscreener
  • Score: 1

5:27pm Mon 21 Apr 14

unclejacklegend says...

wilddog wrote:
Lancs top dogs are promoted guys!
No we're not.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: Lancs top dogs are promoted guys![/p][/quote]No we're not. unclejacklegend
  • Score: 8

5:29pm Mon 21 Apr 14

wilddog says...

that banner on the main page says different
that banner on the main page says different wilddog
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bluerob says...

wilddog wrote:
that banner on the main page says different
Congratulations on your promotion, thoroughly deserved.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: that banner on the main page says different[/p][/quote]Congratulations on your promotion, thoroughly deserved. bluerob
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Mon 21 Apr 14

77'sss says...

First of all, Well done Burnley, you've been a class act all season
So the dropped points against Sheffield wed and Yeovil games , are really to starting to hurt
A victory against charlton , and we would have done enough, more than likely
Now it's still out of our hands when we play Wigan
Will the real Blackburn Rovers please step forward
First of all, Well done Burnley, you've been a class act all season So the dropped points against Sheffield wed and Yeovil games , are really to starting to hurt A victory against charlton , and we would have done enough, more than likely Now it's still out of our hands when we play Wigan Will the real Blackburn Rovers please step forward 77'sss
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Mon 21 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Reports of a transistor radio being thrown through a house window about 3:30 this afternoon, Police said they are not concerned as apparently it was thrown from the inside. Are you OK Dave ?
Reports of a transistor radio being thrown through a house window about 3:30 this afternoon, Police said they are not concerned as apparently it was thrown from the inside. Are you OK Dave ? greenscreener
  • Score: 0

5:51pm Mon 21 Apr 14

George Oghani's Ironing Board says...

Nothing's changed for me I'm afraid, top bloke deserves a medal and a job for life. Sadly it can't be a number one as to be conceding yet again won't cut it next year, we have the spine of a great team, Hanley,Cairney,Geste
de/Rhodes. Yes I'm waiting for ok then who do we get and I understand that, however we need a bit of know how subs wise and also someone to kick arse when required. Not sure if "Gaz" would work with a new face, but it's what's needed and you can't tell me any different, we will batter teams next year with just a bit of direction. Venkys won't or shouldn't even be asked to make any decisions, anyone got John Williiams mobile number. Come on Rovers keep moving forward, well done GB lad but you know it's got to happen RTID
Nothing's changed for me I'm afraid, top bloke deserves a medal and a job for life. Sadly it can't be a number one as to be conceding yet again won't cut it next year, we have the spine of a great team, Hanley,Cairney,Geste de/Rhodes. Yes I'm waiting for ok then who do we get and I understand that, however we need a bit of know how subs wise and also someone to kick arse when required. Not sure if "Gaz" would work with a new face, but it's what's needed and you can't tell me any different, we will batter teams next year with just a bit of direction. Venkys won't or shouldn't even be asked to make any decisions, anyone got John Williiams mobile number. Come on Rovers keep moving forward, well done GB lad but you know it's got to happen RTID George Oghani's Ironing Board
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bring back the good old days says...

Burnley59/60 wrote:
Looks like I may be correct after all COME ON YOU BLUES from a Claret we can have The Derby Next year where it belongs in the Top Flight
Well done to BFC. They have performed out of their skins this term and fully deserve their reward.
[quote][p][bold]Burnley59/60[/bold] wrote: Looks like I may be correct after all COME ON YOU BLUES from a Claret we can have The Derby Next year where it belongs in the Top Flight[/p][/quote]Well done to BFC. They have performed out of their skins this term and fully deserve their reward. bring back the good old days
  • Score: 1

6:43pm Mon 21 Apr 14

yyy's1 says...

Rovers Swiss, I would rather have Williamson any day than Jason Lowe, the performances started to improve when Lowe wasn't playing.
Rovers Swiss, I would rather have Williamson any day than Jason Lowe, the performances started to improve when Lowe wasn't playing. yyy's1
  • Score: -1

6:53pm Mon 21 Apr 14

A Darener says...

Suppose we have to eat humble pie, never thought they would do it. But, well done to Burnley......God that hurt!
Suppose we have to eat humble pie, never thought they would do it. But, well done to Burnley......God that hurt! A Darener
  • Score: -1

6:54pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bluewindow says...

God some rovers fans are thick if you're winning 4-0 and the game is won you take your best players off to rest them for important up and coming games
God some rovers fans are thick if you're winning 4-0 and the game is won you take your best players off to rest them for important up and coming games bluewindow
  • Score: 1

7:56pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Abruzzorover says...

Firstly, congratulations to the Clarets. Well done.
Secondly, I think with have the "Jeykell & Hyde" team with GB. Having said that, let's analyse the first half at Brum, they, the home team were pathetic in the first half, even Yeovil would have put four or more past them. Rovers are in tune as a team, but step on the terf for the 2nd. Half they suddenly 'switch' to 'Hyde'! Then they are under pressure from a home team that has been given the 'hair dryer' lecture at half time, and it all back in defence. Can someone explain to me why Robinson has not been instructed to understand that the 'modern' football will travel further than previous makes of ball, and that he should only pass it out to the out-players to use and build up a steady attack, rather than hoofing it up to within a metre of the goal line preventing even the most athelitic of player getting half a chance to get the ball under control?
Hence the 2nd half developed in to 'all hand to the pumps' to defend what should have been a four goal cushion. Yet they still allowed Brum to score two goals!

You have to question the 'touch line' directions of GB, why did he allow the 'hoof-ball' technics of Robinson to give ball back to the opposition, rather than control the ball and remain in control?

Perhaps the answer is within the psychological thinking of GB in that the farther away the ball is from our goal, the less damage it will cause!!!!

The more I try to understand the Management of BRFC, the more I realise that they are not yet ready for return to the Premier League.

Putting aside the Pune Pluckers, they are way out of their depth in football, where would BRFC get any financial support if they decided to off load their debt??? Not many takers I would suggest. So perhaps it is best to leave it as is un til we become more attractive? Then maybe there will be some entity who may what to put money in the club.

Again, well done the Clarets, you have done your the team proud.

I hope that we get into the playoff situation, but cannot quite see it happening to be realistic.
Firstly, congratulations to the Clarets. Well done. Secondly, I think with have the "Jeykell & Hyde" team with GB. Having said that, let's analyse the first half at Brum, they, the home team were pathetic in the first half, even Yeovil would have put four or more past them. Rovers are in tune as a team, but step on the terf for the 2nd. Half they suddenly 'switch' to 'Hyde'! Then they are under pressure from a home team that has been given the 'hair dryer' lecture at half time, and it all back in defence. Can someone explain to me why Robinson has not been instructed to understand that the 'modern' football will travel further than previous makes of ball, and that he should only pass it out to the out-players to use and build up a steady attack, rather than hoofing it up to within a metre of the goal line preventing even the most athelitic of player getting half a chance to get the ball under control? Hence the 2nd half developed in to 'all hand to the pumps' to defend what should have been a four goal cushion. Yet they still allowed Brum to score two goals! You have to question the 'touch line' directions of GB, why did he allow the 'hoof-ball' technics of Robinson to give ball back to the opposition, rather than control the ball and remain in control? Perhaps the answer is within the psychological thinking of GB in that the farther away the ball is from our goal, the less damage it will cause!!!! The more I try to understand the Management of BRFC, the more I realise that they are not yet ready for return to the Premier League. Putting aside the Pune Pluckers, they are way out of their depth in football, where would BRFC get any financial support if they decided to off load their debt??? Not many takers I would suggest. So perhaps it is best to leave it as is un til we become more attractive? Then maybe there will be some entity who may what to put money in the club. Again, well done the Clarets, you have done your the team proud. I hope that we get into the playoff situation, but cannot quite see it happening to be realistic. Abruzzorover
  • Score: 0

8:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
Have to give the 'faithful' something to complain about, FFS! 4-0 up at half time, away from home, and still they moan.
Glad I couldn't see some of these comments yesterday, unbelievable. LOL.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Have to give the 'faithful' something to complain about, FFS! 4-0 up at half time, away from home, and still they moan.[/p][/quote]Glad I couldn't see some of these comments yesterday, unbelievable. LOL. owd nick
  • Score: 0

8:42am Tue 22 Apr 14

bluewindow says...

Abruzzorover wrote:
Firstly, congratulations to the Clarets. Well done.
Secondly, I think with have the "Jeykell & Hyde" team with GB. Having said that, let's analyse the first half at Brum, they, the home team were pathetic in the first half, even Yeovil would have put four or more past them. Rovers are in tune as a team, but step on the terf for the 2nd. Half they suddenly 'switch' to 'Hyde'! Then they are under pressure from a home team that has been given the 'hair dryer' lecture at half time, and it all back in defence. Can someone explain to me why Robinson has not been instructed to understand that the 'modern' football will travel further than previous makes of ball, and that he should only pass it out to the out-players to use and build up a steady attack, rather than hoofing it up to within a metre of the goal line preventing even the most athelitic of player getting half a chance to get the ball under control?
Hence the 2nd half developed in to 'all hand to the pumps' to defend what should have been a four goal cushion. Yet they still allowed Brum to score two goals!

You have to question the 'touch line' directions of GB, why did he allow the 'hoof-ball' technics of Robinson to give ball back to the opposition, rather than control the ball and remain in control?

Perhaps the answer is within the psychological thinking of GB in that the farther away the ball is from our goal, the less damage it will cause!!!!

The more I try to understand the Management of BRFC, the more I realise that they are not yet ready for return to the Premier League.

Putting aside the Pune Pluckers, they are way out of their depth in football, where would BRFC get any financial support if they decided to off load their debt??? Not many takers I would suggest. So perhaps it is best to leave it as is un til we become more attractive? Then maybe there will be some entity who may what to put money in the club.

Again, well done the Clarets, you have done your the team proud.

I hope that we get into the playoff situation, but cannot quite see it happening to be realistic.
What a bell end clearly not a rovers fan. All negative to rovers after winning 4-2 and couldn't stop saying well done to dingles
[quote][p][bold]Abruzzorover[/bold] wrote: Firstly, congratulations to the Clarets. Well done. Secondly, I think with have the "Jeykell & Hyde" team with GB. Having said that, let's analyse the first half at Brum, they, the home team were pathetic in the first half, even Yeovil would have put four or more past them. Rovers are in tune as a team, but step on the terf for the 2nd. Half they suddenly 'switch' to 'Hyde'! Then they are under pressure from a home team that has been given the 'hair dryer' lecture at half time, and it all back in defence. Can someone explain to me why Robinson has not been instructed to understand that the 'modern' football will travel further than previous makes of ball, and that he should only pass it out to the out-players to use and build up a steady attack, rather than hoofing it up to within a metre of the goal line preventing even the most athelitic of player getting half a chance to get the ball under control? Hence the 2nd half developed in to 'all hand to the pumps' to defend what should have been a four goal cushion. Yet they still allowed Brum to score two goals! You have to question the 'touch line' directions of GB, why did he allow the 'hoof-ball' technics of Robinson to give ball back to the opposition, rather than control the ball and remain in control? Perhaps the answer is within the psychological thinking of GB in that the farther away the ball is from our goal, the less damage it will cause!!!! The more I try to understand the Management of BRFC, the more I realise that they are not yet ready for return to the Premier League. Putting aside the Pune Pluckers, they are way out of their depth in football, where would BRFC get any financial support if they decided to off load their debt??? Not many takers I would suggest. So perhaps it is best to leave it as is un til we become more attractive? Then maybe there will be some entity who may what to put money in the club. Again, well done the Clarets, you have done your the team proud. I hope that we get into the playoff situation, but cannot quite see it happening to be realistic.[/p][/quote]What a bell end clearly not a rovers fan. All negative to rovers after winning 4-2 and couldn't stop saying well done to dingles bluewindow
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