Birmingham Clinically Dispose of Bournemouth
Saturday 14 December
Birmingham City continued their climb up the table with another away win at Bournemouth.
The form on the road for Birmingham is nothing short of impressive, if they can go on and sort themselves out at home, they could be in for a great second half to the season.
Just three minutes in, Chris Burke ventures forward out of midfield. Olly Lee goes around him on the right hand side, a strong ball in to Andrew Shinnie for his first goal for blues.
Well taken finish, Bournemouth lost the ball in midfield for Blues to break on them. When you give up possession in areas like that it is always a battle to get back and pick up the runners.
Disappointing start for them.
Bournemouth came back though, Lewis Grabban's glancing header had Randolph scrambling to cover. Good save from a half chance.
Grabban was sufficiently marked to be unable to get any power on the effort.
Bournemouth had far more of the game than Blues, but that didn't stop Jesse Lingard's perfectly weighted pass into Zigic.
Zigic let the ball come across him and rolled it under the keeper for 2-0. An impressive finish again from the big forward.
It is one of those goals where it is all about the pass. Lingard deserves plenty of credit for serving that one up.
Manchester United have a wonderfully talented young man.
Grabban continued to cause Birmingham problems but simply oouldn't find the net. One of his brighter chances, a ball in behind, he put wide of the right side post.
A good chance, he should of scored and there were plenty of those for Bournemouth to agonise over at the final whistle.
The second half was much of the same, with Darren Randolph deserved all of the credit for the scoreline remaining 2-0.
Blues should have used half time to regroup, instead it inspired Bournemouth. Not enough though, even a turn and shot from Marc Pugh was denied by Randolph.
Probably the most impressive of them all was the double stop Randolph saved towards the end. A strong shot pushed away, he then rose to deny the incoming header from the rebound.
Lee Clark will take credit for the recent run this Blues team are on, but I would dare too say that I wouldn't give him any for this game.
Impressively clinical from Blues and credit for that, but we really did not get into this game.
On another day who knows what the score could have been?
All the more reason to treasure these three points and a very happy birthday to Jesse today as he turns 21.