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Kirchberg 0 Birmingham City 7

Birmingham City found their opening pre season game an easy one as they beat Austrian side Kirchberg hitting seven goals along the way.

Kirchberg are a non league side so it was no surprise that Blues won the game and Kevin Phillips scored two in his first outing in a Birmingham shirt.

McSheffrey opened the scoring for Blues in the first half from the penalty spot and ten minutes later he added a second direct from a corner.

Liam Ridgewell got the third in first half stoppage time when he connected with a flick on from O`Connor.

In the second half O`Connor made it four when he fired the ball into the bottom corner

And half time substitute Phillips opened his account on 62 minutes with an easy goal after being set up by O`Connor.

David Murphy made it 6-0 when he flew in and headed a Jordon Mutch corner into the net and with 17 minutes of the game left, Phillips grabbed his second and

Birmingham`s seventh when he chested the ball down from an O`Connor cross and fired home an unstoppable shot.

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Date:Tuesday July 15 2008

Time: 11:52PM

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Good start but nothing to get very excited about, it was only like playing Kidderminster Harriers
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16/07/2008 00:01:00

Non league side or not, it was a confidence boosting win and a great start
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16/07/2008 10:56:00

"You hand pick the opposition when you come to these places, just like the Germans and the Dutch do," explained McLeish. "We selected an easier game to start with to try and score a few goals and to keep our disciplines while doing that, and that's what we did. "You don't come to look for perfection in pre-season. "We are trying to hone the players in terms of their fitness and also try to get them back into the good habits again that we would encourage them to have during the season. "It does no harm to play games and score goals and boost the confidence. "From that point of view we could have had a few more. "We were very profligate in the first half and missed a few chances but maybe that wee bit of tiredness crept in because the players have trained very hard since we've been out here."
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16/07/2008 17:12:00

Still it must have been nice to give them a spanking.
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20/07/2008 02:22:00


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