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Last Five: Birmingham City

19 November 2013

A look at recent meetings with The Blues

Birmingham City are no strangers to Blackpool, but one man has continued to sneak under the radar to hurt The Seasiders in recent years.

Thankfully for Pool, Curtis Davies moved on to pastures new over the summer, meaning he can’t score past us for a fourth successive game.

Despite the defender’s best efforts, Blackpool are unbeaten in four games against The Blues, and saw off Chris Houghton’s side in the 2012 play-off semi-finals.

On Saturday they meet again, and Paul Ince’s men will be hoping for a first victory in three meetings against City.

Here are the last five meetings.

5/3/13 – Birmingham 1-1 Blackpool

The first goal under Ince’s management came at St Andrews in March, as Kirk Broadfoot earned Blackpool a point.

For most of the second half Pool had been trailing, after Davies headed the hosts in front on the stroke of half time.

Birmingham missed a number of chances after the break, and were made to pay when Broadfoot headed home Neal Eardley’s corner to earn a share of the spoils.

27/11/12 – Blackpool 1-1 Birmingham

Like at St Andrews, Davies was the thorn in Blackpool’s side, earning his side a point with another header.

Thomas Ince had put the hosts ahead, slotting home after Matt Phillips’ effort had been blocked.

However, Blackpool were condemned to a fourth successive draw, when Davies converted Wade Elliott’s corner.

9/5/12 – Birmingham 2-2 Blackpool

The most memorable of the previous five meetings came in the 2012 play-offs, at Blackpool reached Wembley with a nervy draw at St Andrews.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Stephen Dobbie’s volley squeezed past Colin Doyle to give Blackpool breathing space.

Now in the ascendancy, Phillips then tucked home his side’s second, before Nikola Zigic reduced the deficit for City.

Yet another Davies header made it 2-2 on the night, but a dramatic equaliser overall didn’t arrive, and Blackpool were heading back to Wembley.


4/5/12 – Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham

The Seasiders’ 1-0 win in the first leg proved crucial, and yet again involved Birmingham’s centre half, Davies.

Ince’s long range striker cannoned off the defender and flew into the net for the only goal.

Dobbie came close to doubling Blackpool’s lead, whilst Marlon King grazed the post for the uninspiring Blues.
 
31/12/11 – Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool

The theme throughout has been Davies, and keeping with the previous meetings, he was on target against Blackpool in the final game of 2011.

The defender headed home the opener on the brink of half time.
 
King then double the lead for the dominant hosts, racing clear before slotting home.

Nathan Redmond put the gloss on the score line with a third from the edge of the box, inflicting defeat on the visitors, who had Barry Ferguson and Ian Holloway sent off.


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