Burke timing is perfect for Birmingham

Birmingham City 2 Burnley 1

St Andrew's

A stoppage-time goal by Chris Burke snatched the points for Birmingham last night after Burnley had threatened to become the fourth team this season to hamper the home side's progress in the Championship by leaving here with a draw.

The Scottish midfielder's fifth goal of the season, fired home from close range after David Murphy had crossed low from the left, consigned Burnley to a fourth straight defeat and ensured that Jean Beausejour's goal after a minute and 48 seconds was not wasted and Marlon King would not be still more embarrassed by what may well be Birmingham's miss of the season.

King somehow shot wide of an open goal from six yards after Nikola Zigic had set him up to give Chris Hughton's team a two-goal half-time lead and Burnley did not spare his blushes, drawing level four minutes into the second half and looking good value for a point until man of the match Burke, who had hit the woodwork in the build-up to the opening goal, pounced at the death to move Birmingham to eighth in the table, two points outside the top six, with games in hand of all those above them.

Hughton admitted the result was a relief in the light of King's miss and after failing to beat Leeds and then Peterborough in their last two home fixtures. "They are a determined group of players but we should have made things easier for ourselves and we do need to win our home games," Hughton said.

Burnley's calamitous start followed a mistake by centre-back David Edgar. Goalkeeper Lee Grant pushed Burke's shot against the bar but could do nothing as Beausejour pounced on the loose ball, the winger driving the ball home impressively from a tight angle.

The Chilean's first League goal of the season ensured Burnley would fail to keep a clean sheet for the eighth match in a row, but after King's miss, following another mistake by Edgar and an unselfish squared pass by Zigic 10 minutes before half-time, Burnley struck.

A free-kick by Ross Wallace came off the Birmingham wall for a corner, quickly taken by Keith Treacy. Wallace delivered a cross, from which Zigic's clearing header went only as far as Marvin Bartley, whose volley beat Boaz Myhill from just outside the box.

Burnley's poor run has left them only two points outside the bottom three. "We lost to a late goal against Leeds on Saturday and to do so again is tough to take," manager Eddie Howe said.

Birmingham City (4-4-2): Myhill; Carr, Davies, Caldwell, Murphy; Burke, Spector, Fahey, Beausejour (Redmond, 69); King (Wood, 88), Zigic. Substitutes not used Doyle (gk), Ibañez, Elliott.

Burnley (4-4-2): Grant; Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Easton; Wallace, Bartley, McCann (Marney, 59), Treacy (Amougou, 88); Rodriguez, Vokes. Substitutes not used Stewart (gk), Stanislas, Hines.

Referee R Madley (West Yorkshire).

* Cardiff moved up one place to third in the Championship table but were denied victory at the Ricoh Arena when Lucas Jutkiewicz scored his seventh goal of the season to level Peter Whittingham's strike, as struggling Coventry gained only their second point in six matches.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Reimagined: Gwyneth Paltrow and Toni Collette in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma
books
Arts and Entertainment
Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan
Cannes 2015Dheepan, film review
Sport
sport
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine