Report: Birmingham City 1 Blackpool 0

Blackpool suffered a rare defeat on the road in a 1-0 loss at Birmingham City.

The Seasiders can count themselves unlucky to taste defeat, after creating countless chances on the host's goal, but they just didsn't have the luck required on the day.

It was the hosts who had the first effort on goal in the opening 60 seconds. Jeremie Bela had the time and space outside of the area to try his luck from distance, but the strike hit the side netting and a goal kick was awarded.

Gary Madine had a good opportunity on goal on 20 minutes with a Blackpool counter-attack. Keshi Anderson did well on the left top get past his man and feed in a low cross into the danger area. Madine did well to get in front of his man, but the ball hit his standing leg and bounced out for a goal kick.

Blackpool were impressing in the final third and playing some wonderful and sharp football. The front four of Gary Madine, Demetri Mitchell, Keshi Anderson and Owen Dale were all in sync and were impressing. The Seasiders caught Birmingham on the counter yet again on 35 minutes, with Keshi Anderson playing a pass to Reece James on the overlap. His strike from the corner bobbled wide, however.

Demetri Mitchell then had an effort with a free-kick on the corner of the box moments later, which beat everyone including the goalkeeper, but went just wide of the post.

Despite numerous chances on goal for Blackpool, Birmingham held firm and it was level at the break.

Half-time: Birmingham City 0 Blackpool 0

Blackpool continued to press the opposition and were looking to control the game.

The first real chance of the second half came to the hosts, though, on the hour mark. Troy Deeney was teed up by Scott Hogan on the edge of the box, but his first time effort was sensationally blocked by Marvin Ekpiteta.

Josh Bowler was introduced momenta later and thought he'd found the back of the bet with a powerful drive at goal after some good link-up play with Owen Dale, but his effort was palmed away by the goalkeeper for a corner kick, which came to nothing.

Despite Blackpool threatening throughout, it was Birmingham who took the lead on 81 minutes. A cross in from the left was flicked on to Lukas Jutkiewicz at the far pot who bundled the b all home with a smart finish from close range. 

Despite the likes of Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates coming on towards the end, it wasn't to be for the Pool who went back home with nothing to show for their valiant efforts.

Full-time: Birmingham City 1 Blackpool 0
Starting XI: Grimshaw, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Husband, James, Dougall, Connolly, Mitchell (68' Bowler), Anderson, Dale (76' Lavery), Madine (84' Yates).
Substitutes Not Used: Moore, Gabriel, Gretarsson, Wintle.

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