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Birmingham City V Bolton Wanderers

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English Football League - Championship

Birmingham City

0 - 1

Bolton Wanderers

  • Connolly (71)
St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium

Live Commentary

Full-time: Blues 0 Bolton 1

A disappointing night for Blues as Connolly's 71st minute header ultimately proves decisive

Jota hit the post before the goal and Adams is dramatically denied in added-time but it unfortunately was a below-par #BCFC

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90+3 - Huge chance for the equaliser! Adams sidefoots at goal from close range, Matthews gets down to parry it behind

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90 - Five minutes of added time is indicated

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88 - Bolton defending resolutely to stop Blues picking holes through or behind them. The visitors dealing with stuff via the aerial route, too

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82 - Maghoma helps work an angle for a Mrabti cross from the left and it swings over invitingly but Matthews comes out to claim it

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80 - Davis returns to action for Blues, replacing Gardner. He gets a rousing reception

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79 - Adams tees-up Colin from a Harding cross and he bashes goalbound, it takes a deflection for a corner, which is wasted

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76 - Free-kick for Blues on the right edge of the area, Gardner takes it but curls it just over the crossbar

Vassell comes on for Kieftenbeld, Blues second substitution of the evening

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GOAL - 0-1 - Bolton take the lead from a left wing free-kick

Murphy delivers the ball and Connolly scores with a downward, spearing header coming over the back of his marker, in the 71st minute

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Tonight's attendance is 21,682 with 398 away fans

Thank you for your loyal support

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62 - Blues rouse and attack from left to right, Jota comes in on the angle and cracks a shot onto the upright, Matthews getting a vital touch to the attempt

Mrabti then replaces Jota in Blues first change of the night

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60 - Still no joy for Blues as Bolton are growing in confidence; the visitors are working hard and making it difficult as well as probing when they can.
Harding is booked for scything down Donaldson.

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49 - Almighty scramble in the Blues box after Wheater powers a header down from a corner, Noone flies in and sticks the ball wide amid a crowd of bodies

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We're back underway and there's a change for Bolton, with Murphy on and O'Neil off

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45+1 - A cross by Colin from the left is dealt with by Wheater and Beevers as Jutkiewicz goes in, the loose ball comes out to Gardner whose half-volley on the run from 18 yards goes over

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24 - It's been hard going so far against a competitive Bolton, but Blues just showing signs of finding better positions and more space in which to threaten. It remains deadlocked, however

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5 - Early sparring, with Blues again using their diamond midfield while the visitors elect to go with a back five

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Team Line-ups

Birmingham City

# Player
1 Lee Camp
5 Maxime Colin
12 Harlee Dean
45 Wes Harding
28 Michael Morrison
23 José Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo Kerim Mrabti 63'
6 Maikel Kieftenbeld Isaac Vassell 76'
20 Gary Gardner David Davis 80'
19 Jacques Maghoma
10 Lukas Jutkiewicz
9 Che Adams

Substitutes

# Player
18 Kerim Mrabti
8 Craig Gardner
26 David Davis
7 Connor Mahoney
11 Isaac Vassell
3 Kristian Pedersen
27 Connal Trueman

Bolton Wanderers

# Player
20 Remi Matthews
5 Mark Beevers
18 Marc Wilson Josh Vela 65'
12 Craig Noone
16 Pawel Olkowski
31 David Wheater
17 Callum Connolly
4 Jason Lowe
19 Gary O'Neil Luke Murphy 45'
28 Josh Magennis
8 Clayton Donaldson

Substitutes

# Player
35 Connor Hall
1 Ben Alnwick
10 Sammy Ameobi
6 Josh Vela
11 William Buckley
15 Luke Murphy
2 Mark Little

Head to Head Stats

Possession (%)

56%
44%

Shots

13
6

Shots on target

3
2

Corners

3
4

Fouls

10
14

Saves

1
3