Forced to dash out of his area as Beavon chased Doyle's through-ball he saw the City substitute's delicate flick roll
fractionally wide but went down clutching his left thigh and had to be helped off.
Taison's through-ball presented Alex Teixeira with a clear run at goal and his flick rolled
narrowly wide of the far post.
Fast transitions into flick rolls
or the application of full power to recover from spins mean the throttle has to be activated quickly.
The home side went close again late in the first half when Don Cowie's flick rolled
wide of the far post after good work by Helguson.
The South African's clever first-time flick rolled
into the path of the incoming Osman to arc a scorching right-footed drive beyond the rooted Kostolis from the edge of the area.
84min: Giggs' 70-yard run setsup a chance for Earnshaw but the flick rolls
wide when a more firmer connection was needed.
Once he had been dispossessed, full-back Marc Edworthy raced down the right, outpacing Stephen Clemence before whipping in a low cross that found Neil Shipperley goal-side of Vega and his flick rolled
in just inside the far post.
Owen had a half chance to add a third but his deft flick rolled
across the goalmouth and within minutes the nightmare of a Newcastle repeat surfaced when Birmingham pulled a goal back.