Crystal Palace v Birmingham City 24/02/09

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 v 0 BIRMINGHAM CITY Hello and welcome to Selhurst Park for the Championship encounter between Crystal Palace and Birmingham City with myself Neil McSteen

Neil Warnock makes three changes from the 2-0 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday, Rui Fonte in for Scannell Matt Lawrence in for the injured Davis and Nick Carle replacing Derry, who is also injured.

Palace will line up with Speroni in goal, Lawrence, Hill, Jose Fonte and Clyne across the back, Carle, Danns, Oster in midfield with Lee, Rui Fonte and Victor Moses up front when Palace are on the attack. Expect Moses or Fonte to drop when the Eagles don't have the ball

As for Birmingham City, Scott Sinclair starts for the Blues. How Palace could have done with sealing his loan signing.

Enjoy the game!

Brum kick off

2 mins - Palace win a corner but Brum clear. The ball is hooked back in and Lee slides the ball across the face of the goal, but again Brum clear. Another corner to Palace, Oster curls it in, Larsson clears from a yard in front of the Brum goal. Bright start by Palace.

4 mins - Bent finds Larsson but he messes up his shot, and Palace break. Moses gets forward from midfield and sends a decent shot in that Taylor holds.

5 mins - Palace win their third corner of the match, Oster plays to Carle on the edge of the area, but the cross is blocked

7 mins - Moses puts a cross in from the left, trying to find Lee, but the ball bounces clear and appears to hit the standing Bowyer on the arm. Big shout for a pen, but the ref, Mr P Taylor, is right on the spot and waves the claims away.

12 mins - Larsson puts in a deep cross from the right, looking for Carlos Costly but a combination of Lawrence and Fonte ensure that the big Birmingham striker can't get his head to the ball.

14 mins - Costly is put through on goal, but is pulled back for offside. Brum are going to get that move right and punish Palace.

16 mins - Moses wins a corner after Brum have their first of the game. Oster takes, but Palace head behind. It's a decent game so far, with plenty of space for both sides.

18 mins - Oster shoots from distance - but it's well over.

25 mins - The game has hit a bit of a lull, but Carle did his best to try and liven things up by shooting from 25 yards - but his shot flies wide

28 mins - Moses is tackled on the right wing, Larsson nips in to take the ball and whips in a great deep cross, where the arriving Marcus Bent gets his head to the ball 10 yards out but heads wide. Should have scored.

30 mins - Danns goes down in the box under pressure from Ridgewell, another shout for a pen but nothing given.

33 mins - Birmingham's corner is cleared by Lawrence, but the ball finds its way to Murphy, who lashes a shot goalwards. Just wide.

36 mins - Moses is hacked down 40 yards from goal after dancing his way past a couple of Brum defenders. Oster shapes to shoot, but Fonte and Moses are over the ball. Fonte taps it to Moses who then drags it back and shoots on his right foot. Into the back of the the Whitehorse Lane end.

39 mins - Clint Hill brings down Bent on the wing. Larsson takes the free kick, but Palace clear.

42 min - Lawrence sends a free-kick forward - Brum try to shepherd the ball out but Rui Fonte wraps his leg round the last man and sends the ball back across goal and the Blues manage to clear for a corner. Taylor claims the resulting corner in the Brum goal, but his roll out is intercepted by Alan Lee on the edge of the area. Lee's low cross misses everyone and Palace spurn a great opportunity to take the lead.

45 mins - Danns is shoulder to shoulder with Keith Fahey on the edge of the box, but as Danns continues his run into the box, Fahey is all over the Palace man. It could have been a penalty, but Danns gets away from Fahey only for Taylor to rush off his line and smother the ball at his feet.

Half Time

A reasonably entertaining game, with plenty of space on offer for both sides. Both teams are getting forward and trying to take the lead, but neither has managed to take advantage yet. There will be goals in this game - lets just hope they are for Palace.

Palace kick-off the second half. No changes for either side.

47 mins - Fonte makes a mess of the clearance, the ball pops up and Lee Bowyer is on hand to miss from just inside the area. He should have scored.

49 mins - Larsson plays Costly in, Fonte is not keeping up with him, but the Brum striker gets to the edge of the area and decides to shoot, rather than going in closer on Speroni. But the shot is wide, and Palace are let off.

54 mins - Palace sub - Moses OFF (injured) Lee Hills ON. Hills will play on the left of midfield.

59 mins - Brum Sub - Costly OFF, Cameron Jerome ON

66 mins - Brum Sub - Sinclair OFF, Bouazza ON

67 mins - Oster gets into the box and crosses - Lee tries to shoot, but his shot is blocked. The ball falls to Rui Fonte, but his sweet volley from the edge of the area is blocked.

73 mins - Jose Fonte booked for kicking the ball away after being penalised for a soft foul

74 mins - Alan Lee booked for chatting back to the ref, again after a soft foul

Crowd - 12,847 with 489 from the Midlands

75 min - RED CARD - Carle is sent off, straight red, for raising both feet in the tackle. It looked like he won the ball, but both feet were off the ground and Jerome did stay down injured. As Carle goes off, Danny Butterfield comes on to replace Rui Fonte.

83 mins - Brum Sub - Larsson OFF, Damien Johnson ON - but Johnson then goes and gets booked with his first touch.

85 mins - Lee Hills is in space and through on goal, but he passes to Alan Lee, who then attempts the return pass, but Hills is shut down. A wasted opportunity.

87 mins - Palace Sub - Oster OFF, Johnny Ertl ON

89 mins - Lee Bowyer brings down Neil Danns just outside the area - YELLOW CARD. Danny Butterfield takes the free-kick but it's charged down by Damien Johnson.

5 mins of injury time being played

94 mins - Jose Fonte superbly blocks Bowyer as he is about to pull the trigger in the Palace box.

95 mins - Ridgewell crosses from the left, Jerome is arriving at the near post but he can't connect and Palace escape. It's the last action of the match.

A decent point for Palace against a Birmingham team full of attacking enterprise. Warnock's men had their chances, but as soon as Carle was sent off in the second half, taking a point became the height of their ambition. Watford away on Saturday, kick-off 3pm GMT is the next game - join the Cro G for all the action.

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