BIRMINGHAM CITY 0, SPURS 2...ST ANDREWS, JULY 22, 2006
THE KEY ACTION...
4mins: Good spell of possession ends with Defoe's 25-yarder deflected just wide for a corner.
6mins: Fulop out quickly to save at feet of Jerome as the striker attempted to get onto Campbell's pass.
6mins: Play switched straight up the other end as Keane flashed a shot just wide.
7mins: Berbatov's first sight of goal, Defoe slid pass into him 18 yards out and he hit low drive that Maik Taylor held low to his right.
9mins: Speculative effort from Defoe, picked up bouncing ball fully 35 yards out, spotted Maik Taylor off his line and hit immediate volley that didn't quite carry.
10mins: CHANCE. Opportunity knocked for Dawson to open his account - Routledge dinked cross in as Birmingham pushed out following a corner, Dawson onside and clear, brought the ball down well but low shot from the angle saved by Maik Taylor's feet.
12mins: GOAL - BERBATOV. Reward for early pressure and Berbatov's first goal. Keane got hold of ball from quick free-kick and picked out Berbatov's clever run between Kelly and Martin Taylor, Berbatov fine control on chest and finished low across Maik Taylor into bottom corner.
Birmingham 0, Spurs 1
14mins: GOAL - BERBATOV. Absolute stunner from the Bulgarian. Ghaly again provided the pass and Berbatov this time controlled on thigh before smashing a thunderbolt of a volley that rocketed past Maik Taylor and home off the underside of the crossbar.
Birmingham 0, Spurs 2
17mins: Huddlestone fizzed a 25-yarder just over.
19mins: Huddlestone again tried his luck, this time sliced wide from similar distance.
20mins: Important defensive header from Dawson as Jerome tried to get on to Pennant's cross.
21mins: CHANCE. Another slick passing move from back to front, Defoe onto Keane's pass but impossible angle, Maik Taylor out to meet him and saved with his feet.
22mins: CHANCE. Ghaly's cross from our right missed by Martin Taylor handed Defoe sharp chance on the half-volley that he fired just over from 16 yards.
24mins: Fulop comfortable save diving to his right from Campbell.
27mins: Another fine clearance from Dawson after Pennant wriggled his way clear down our left and drove low cross across goal.
29mins: Dunn fierce drive over after Pennant's corner evaded everyone.
34mins: CHANCE. More good possession this time ended with Routledge's deflected cross landing perfectly for Tainio who headed wide from eight yards.
38mins: Keane threaded pass inside Sadler to onrushing Routledge, couldn't quite take it in his stride and Maik Taylor out to collect.
41mins: Fulop comfortable save from Jerome's toe-poke from the edge of the box.
43mins: Ghaly dragged shot wide from 25 yards.
Half-time: Birmingham 0, Spurs 2
47mins: Campbell run and low shot saved easily by Fulop.
57mins: SUB. Ziegler for Ghaly.
61mins: CLOSE. Clever play from Huddlestone and Defoe in tight space in box opened up half a yard for Berbatov who managedto get a shot off despite the close attentions of Taylor, ball flashed just wide.
64mins: SUB. Murphy for Keane.
66mins: CLOSE. Closest yet for Birmingham as Taylor headed Pennant's corner just wide.
66mins: SUB. Davenport for King, Ifil for Routledge.
69mins: Forrsell onto loose pass and able to run at Dawson, into box, Dawson block managed to take pace off shot and Fulop saved comfortably.
71mins: SUB. Barnard for Berbatov.
72mins: Barnard straight into the action, low shot from corner of the box forced Taylor into action.
75mins: Tainio into Barnard, right side of box, hit dipping volley straight at Taylor.
79mins: Birmingham struggled to clear corner, Huddlestone great close control, beat his man and cut ball back from byline to Murphy whose goalbound shot was block by Johnson.
86mins: SAVE. Long spell of possession ended with Huddlestone in space 30 yards out, composed himself before cracking low drive that Taylor did well to cling on to to his left.
86mins: SUB. O'Hara for Defoe.
Full-time: Birmingham 0, Spurs 2
Team: Fulop, Routledge (Ifil, 66), King (Davenport, 66), Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Ghaly (Ziegler, 57), Tainio, Defoe (O'Hara, 86), Keane (Murphy, 64), Berbatov (Barnard, 71). Unused sub: Cerny.
Birmingham City: Maik Taylor, Kelly, Sadler (Painter, 71), Martin Taylor (Bruce, 66), N'Gotty, Johnson, Dunn (Clemence, 57), Danns (Aluko, 84), Pennant, Jerome (Forrsell, 66), Campbell. Subs: Doyle, Kilkenny, Oji, Till.
Referee: M Riley.
All the action from Saturday's friendly win at St Andrews as Dimitar Berbatov netted twice including a stunning volley.