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Match Report: Birmingham City 3-1 Wigan Athletic

Another defeat, more individual mistakes and lack of clinical finishing. What can we actually do now?

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Liam Ridgewell's dire debut combined with an inspired Clayton Donaldson performance meant that Wigan would have to carry on waiting for three points, that on a weekend that Blackpool also got a victory. That bottom relegation place is catching us very very quickly now.

It couldn't really have been a worse start to his Wigan career for Ridgewell who's mistake lead to Donaldson grabbing the opening goal within the first few minutes of the game. Former Wigan player David Cotterill providing the assist as Donaldson headed the ball in.

It was 2-0 inside 15 minutes. Birmingham working the ball well in the box managed to get a shot off with it rattling the post, Donaldson the quickest to the ball managed to tap in from close range. Wigan were deserving of being two goals behind in what was a very dire start to the game.

Things didn't pick up till Ben Watson was introduced for the inept Don Cowie. It was a much improved end to the first half, so much so we managed to get a goal back. James McClean managing to continue his goalscoring form with yet another fine strike.

Second half seemed to promise much more. Martyn Waghorn coming on for Liam Ridgewell and all of a sudden we seem to come alive with numerous players looking likely to score. That of course wasn't going to happen as we continued to look poor in front of goal.

All the promise suddenly came crashing down as Donaldson bagged his hat trick. There was still 25 minutes of the game left, but once that ball had hit the back of the net there was nothing left in our players.

Yet we march on. Its a local derby at weekend as we play Blackburn Rovers at the DW. Maybe a fiery atmosphere may spur the players on to a win.