Apr 21, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​St Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
Zigic (63'), Gray (84')
Macheda (59'), Reilly (70'), Zigic (88')
FT(HT: 0-4)
Gestede (10', 20', 45'), Kane (24')
Hanley (74')

Half-Time Report: Rudy Gestede hat-trick leaves Blackburn Rovers in control

A general view of Birmingham City's St Andrews stadium on February 25, 2012
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A Rudy Gestede hat-trick helps Blackburn Rovers to a 4-0 lead over Birmingham City at St Andrews.

A first-half hat-trick from Rudy Gestede has left Blackburn Rovers in control in their match against Birmingham City in the Championship this afternoon.

The Frenchman missed a chance to open the scoring after just six minutes, but made amends shortly after when he headed in from close range from a Joshua King cross into the box.

Jordan Rhodes tried to double Blackburn's lead in the 16th minute, but his effort was blocked, allowing Chris Burke to try a volley down the other end, but it went well over.

The visitors did add a second 20 minutes in as Craig Conway curled the ball in from a free kick finding the head of Gestede for his second of the day.

Birmingham's defence let Blackburn in again a couple of minutes later with Todd Kane extending their lead with his shot taking a deflection to ease past Darren Randolph.

Gestede added his third headed goal of the day with the last action of the first half to complete his hat-trick, converting from a corner as the Birmingham players left the pitch to boos from the home fans.

Will Packwood of Birmingham in action during the npower Championship match between Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic at St. Andrews Stadium on August 18, 2012
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