GOALS from Curtis Davies, Marlon King and Nathan Redmond saw Blackpool convincingly beaten against Birmingham.
Davies headed the home side into the lead in first half injury time before King beat the offside trap to double his side’s advantage on 52 minutes.
Moments later is was game over for Blackpool when Barry Ferguson was sent off for what looked to be an elbow, Ian Holloway’s protest also saw him sent to the stands.
Redman confirmed the win on 89 minutes when he fired a superb strike past Mark Howard in the Blackpool goal.
Follow our minute-by-minute report below.
FULL TIME: BIRMINGHAM CITY 3 BLACKPOOL 0
94 mins: One to forget for Blackpool here today, let’s hope we can get 2012 off to a good start on Monday.
90 mins: Four minutes time added on.
LATEST: BIRMINGHAM 3 BLACKPOOL 0
88 mins: GOAL TO BIRMINGHAM!
Nathan Redmond bursts into the box before firing a superb strike past Howard.
84 mins: Game has died here, Birmingham happy to see it out and Blackpool struggling with ten men. Shame to end 2011 on this note.
75 mins: Blackpool have settled things down here. Have to say Holloway’s men haven’t looked like scoring all afternoon.
71 mins: Gary Taylor-Fletcher is replaced by Kevin Phillips.
68 mins: Alex Baptiste bursts down the right and fires one into the box, no-one in the middle sadly.
66 mins: As you’d expect Blackpool are really struggling now. It’s a case of keeping the score down here.
62 mins: Ian Holloway now sat a few rows infront of the press box, he looks livid.
61 mins: Elliot Grandin and Callum McManaman come off to be replaced by Chris Basham and Tom Ince.
58 mins: Zigic forces another good save from Howard. This time a header from eight yards.
56 mins: Captain sent off, manager sent to the stands and 2-0 down. It’s not looking good here, to say the least.
55 mins: It’s going from bad to worse here for Blackpool as Ian Holloway is sent to the stands. He’s livid that Marlon King only recieved a yellow for an elbow on Ian Evatt in the first half.
54 mins: Barry Ferguson has been sent off. The Blackpool skipper appears to elbow Zigic.
LATEST: BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 BLACKPOOL 0
52 mins: GOAL FOR BIRMINGHAM
Marlon King beats the Blackpool offside trap before calmly slotting past Howard. Nice finish.
45 mins: Birmingham kick-off the second half.
HALF-TIME: BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 BLACKPOOL 0
46 mins: GOAL TO BIRMINGHAM!
Curtis Davies meets a corner, totally unmarked, to put the home side ahead from six yards.
46 mins: Another fantastic save from Mark Howard. This time he got down to his right to save from Chris Burke.
45 mins: ONE minute time added on.
44 mins: Gary Taylor-Fletcher glances a header over at the near post from a Matty Phillips cross. Better from the Seasiders.
44 mins: Elliot Grandin fires a ball right accross the Birmingham six yard box, no-one is on the end of it.
43 mins: Ian Evatt forces a superb save from Boaz Myhill with a header from seven yards. Linesman’s flag was raised in the end.
42 mins: Blackpool have done well here so far, but could easily be behind. Need to do more in the final third.
41 mins: Steven Caldwell rises well from a corner to head wide for the home side.
38 mins: Marlon King is booked for what looked to be an elbow into the face of Ian Evatt. The big man looks dazed, but is ok.
32 mins: Marlon King scuffs a chance wide after a good run from Chris Burke down the right, difficult spell for Blackpool as the home side through everything forward.
27 mins: SENSATIONAL double save from Mark Howard. First Keith Fahey headed towards goal, then Zigic looked to have an easy tap-in from three yards, only for Howard to somehow beat it away. Brilliant stuff from Blackpool’s number back-up keeper.
25 mins: Barry Ferguson tries one from all of 30-yards out. I think it landed in Coventry. Worth a pop though.
19 mins: Blackpool look very composed this afternoon so far. Passing it well and look like a side full of confidence.
18 mins: Long range effort by Guirane N’Daw is easily saved by Mark Howard in the Blackpool goal.
14 mins: Some brilliant football from Blackpool in midfield. Must have seen 20 passes before Ludo Sylvestre’s cross drifted out for a goal kick, decent stuff.
12 mins: Chance for Birmingham as Marlon King fired wide after meeting a left-wing cross by Guirane N’Daw. Good defending by Ian Evatt was enough to put the striker off.
8 mins: Blackpool have settled down now and are keeping the ball well, home fans silent.
4 mins: Lively start by the home side who seem up for it this afternoon. Neither team creating anything of note so far though.
3pm: Blackpool kick-off. Come on you Pool!
2:57pm: Here come the teams, Blackpool in white shirts, tangerine shorts and tangerine socks.
PRE MATCH: WE bring you all the latest as Blackpool travel to St Andrews to face Birmingham City.
Ian Holloway made one change to the side that beat Barnsley on Boxing Day.
Elliot Grandin comes into the starting eleven in place of the injured LuaLua.
Pool: Howard, Baptiste, Crainey, Evatt, Cathcart, Ferguson, Sylvestre, Grandin, Taylor-Fletcher, McManaman and M Phillips.
Subs: Eardley, Clarke, K Phillips, Basham and Ince.