MATCHDAY LIVE: Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers
Updated 5:13pm Monday 21st April 2014 in Sport
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- WELCOME to St Andrew's for Blackburn Rovers' must-win Championship match against relegation-threatened Birmingham City. Keep up with the action with our matchday live blog.
FULL-TIME Birmingham 2 Rovers 4.
Six minutes of injury-time.
Blues, who are now playing with 10 men after Emyr Huws went off injured, and having used their three subs, pulla another back through Demarai Gray, who beat Paul Robinson at his near post.
GOAL 2-4 Birmingham. Demarai Gray. 84 mins.
SUB for Rovers. Chris Taylor on, Craig Conway off. 83 mins.
SUB for Rovers as Liam Feeney replaces Josh King.
Bit of a Blues rally, Paul Robinson saving at his near post from Peter Lovenkrands.
Blues pull one back, Callum Reilly's cross from the left headed home by sub Nikola Zigic.
GOAL 1-4 Birmingham. Nikola Zigic. 63 mins.
Markus Olsson not far away with a tremendous half-volley from just outside the area.
SUB for Rovers as hat-trick hero Rudy Gestede is replaced by Luke Varney. 59 mins gone. 4-0.
1,001 Rovers supporters in the 17,291 crowd.
Josh King plays Jordan Rhodes through on goal but he is denied by the overworked Darren Randolph.
Darren Randolph in action again, saving Rudy Gestede's deflected shot after a Jordan Rhodes pull back.
Both keepers make saves, Darren Randolph from Markus Olsson from outside of the box, before Paul Robinson makes an even better stop from Federico Macheda.
Second half under way.
HALF-TIME Birmingham 0 Rovers 4.
From the resulting Craig Conwa corner Rudy Gestede and makes it a hat-trick - and a hat-trick of headers.
GOAL 4-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 45 mins.
Josh King cross from the right flicked on by Rudy Gestede to Craig Conway who cuts inside on to his right foot and sees his rising drive tipped over.
After Birmingham's best spell of the match, Josh King stings the hands of the home keeper with an angled drive after a sharp pass out wide from Corry Evans.
Rovers running riot. More good work down the right from Josh King ends with Todd Kane firing in a 25-yard drive which took a deflection which wrong-footed Darren Randolph on its way into thet net.
GOAL 3-0 Rovers. Todd Kane. 24 mins.
Rudy Gestede gets his second, and it's another header, thumped home from a Craig Conway free kick from the side of the box.
GOAL 2-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 20 mins.
That was Rudy Gestede's eighth goal for Rovers - six of which have come with his head.
What a way to make amends. Craig Conway cross to the back post found Josh King. His first touch wasn't the best but he recovered to stand the ball up to the back post where Rudy Gestede rose highest to head home.
GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 10 mins.
Shocking miss by Rudy Gestede. Josh King played a sharp one-two with Jordan Rhodes to escape down the left. He cut back inside on to his right foot and passed the ball across the box to the unmarked Gestede, who skied over with the goal at his mercy.
Inswinging free kick from Emyr Huws flicked over by Will Packwood. Paul Robinson had it covered.
Rovers have kicked us off.
The teams are out. Rovers in their changed strip of red.
As bad as Birmingham's home run is, Rovers' recent record here isn't great. They have lost six and drawn one of their last seven visits to St Andrew's.
The teams in full are...
Birmingham: Randolph, Packwood, Thorpe, Blackett, Reilly, Burke, Caddis, Huws, Howard, Macheda, Lovenkrands. Subs: Doyle, Martin, Hancox, Lee, Shinnie, Gray, Zigic.
Rovers: Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, Conway, Evans, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Varney, Dabo, Feeney, Taylor, Lenihan, Rittenberg.
Birmingham, who have not won any of their last 15 league home matches, a shocking run of eight defeats and seven draws stretching back to October 1, have made five changes from the team that started their 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Will Packwood, Tyler Blackett, Brian Howard, Federico Macheda and Peter Lovenkrands come in for Paul Robinson, Jonathan Spector, Mitchell Hancox, Shane Ferguson and Nikola Zigic.
Rovers have been forced to make four changes to their side for this afternoon’s must-win Championship match at struggling Birmingham.
Full-backs Michael Keane and Tommy Spurr and midfielders Tom Cairney and Lee Williamson all picked up injuries in Good Friday’s frustrating 0-0 home draw with Yeovil Town and miss out.
They are replaced in the starting line-up by Todd Kane, Markus Olsson, Josh King and Corry Evans.
And to make matters worse for Rovers, who are four points off the play-off places with three games to play, former Birmingham midfielder David Dunn is also ruled out with a calf problem.
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