Grant McCann's superb free-kick rescued a point for Peterborough that keeps them above Birmingham in the Championship table.

It was the least Posh deserved after Marlon King steered home David Murphy's cross to put City into the lead.

Chris Burke and King had chances to put the home side further ahead, but Darren Ferguson's men grew into the contest.

They got their reward when George Boyd was fouled on the edge of the box and McCann fired into the top corner.

Chris Hughton's men made all the early running, with Jean Beausejour and Murphy proving a threat down the flanks.

It was Murphy's cross that helped give the home side the lead in the 22nd minute when, after a rampaging run down the left, he picked out King for his fourth goal of the season.

As Blues tried to turn the screw, Burke headed wide Stephen Carr's cross and King fired in a shot which Paul Jones dealt with.

They were still on top in the early stages of the second half, but Peterborough grew in confidence as City spurned more opportunities.

They brought on Leicester loanee Tom Kennedy and Emile Sinclair to try and find an equaliser, and the attacking substitutions paid dividends when McCann stepped up to fire home his free-kick in the 61st minute - only the second goal Blues have conceded in the league at St Andrew's this season.

Both sides went looking for the winner and the home side nearly snatched it when Nikola Zigic raced through on goal, only to be stopped in his tracks by an offside flag.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Carr
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Beausejour (Elliott - 84' )
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King
  • 39 Wood (Zigic - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 05 Pablo
  • 08 N'daw
  • 15 Elliott
  • 19 Zigic

Peterborough United

  • 28 Jones
  • 02 Little (Kennedy - 51' )
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 27 Alcock
  • 11 McCann (Tunnicliffe - 79' )
  • 14 Rowe (Sinclair - 57' )
  • 23 Frecklington
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 10 Boyd
  • 26 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 01 Lewis
  • 30 Kennedy
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 21 Kearns
  • 12 Sinclair
Ref: Webster
Att: 18,090

Match Stats

Shots

9 1

On target

5 1

Corners

7 5

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:48

Keith Fahey challenges Paul Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Bennett takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:49

Corner taken by Wade Elliott from the left by-line played to the near post.

90:00 +0:24

Paul Taylor challenges David Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

88:20

A cross is delivered by Marlon King.

87:07

Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

83:09 Substitution

Substitution Wade Elliott joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jean Beausejour.

83:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Gabriel Zakuani. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

82:46

Short corner taken by Lee Tomlin from the right by-line.

82:12

Lee Tomlin takes the outswinging corner, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

81:05

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Tomlin, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

80:38

The ball is sent over by David Murphy, Paul Jones makes a save.

78:27 Substitution

Substitution Grant McCann leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

78:10

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke.

76:29

David Murphy fouled by Emile Sinclair, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

75:33

Stephen Carr fouled by Paul Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

74:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Lee Tomlin. Jean Beausejour restarts play with the free kick.

72:17

Foul by Keith Fahey on Lee Frecklington, free kick awarded. Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

70:26 Substitution

Substitution Nikola Zigic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Wood.

67:30

Lee Frecklington sends in a cross.

63:30

Chris Burke sends in a cross, Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.

62:28

Foul by Emile Sinclair on Steven Caldwell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

61:47

Jean Beausejour gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Frecklington. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

60:34

Assist on the goal came from George Boyd.

60:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant McCann - Birmingham 1 - 1 Peterboro Free kick scored by Grant McCann. Birmingham 1-1 Peterborough.

59:40

Foul by Jean Beausejour on George Boyd, free kick awarded.

56:29 Substitution

Substitution Emile Sinclair replaces Tommy Rowe.

55:25

Marlon King is ruled offside. Gabriel Zakuani takes the indirect free kick.

54:41

Centre by Chris Burke, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by David Murphy misses to the right of the target.

53:55

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

52:59

A cross is delivered by Marlon King, blocked by Tom Kennedy. Corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line.

51:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Wood by Grant McCann. Keith Fahey restarts play with the free kick.

50:30 Substitution

Substitution Tom Kennedy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Little.

50:30

Chris Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:40

Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

43:52

Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

42:45

Corner taken by Jean Beausejour.

42:38

The ball is sent over by Marlon King, blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

42:10

Marlon King challenges Grant McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gabriel Zakuani.

41:32

Foul by Jean Beausejour on George Boyd, free kick awarded. Grant McCann takes the indirect free kick.

40:23

Effort on goal by Marlon King from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

36:47

The official flags Paul Taylor offside. Jonathan Spector takes the indirect free kick.

35:48

Marlon King fouled by Gabriel Zakuani, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stephen Carr from right channel.

35:13

The official flags Chris Wood offside. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

34:03

Corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line, clearance made by Grant McCann.

33:36

Lee Frecklington challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Murphy.

32:36

Jean Beausejour takes the inswinging corner, save made by Paul Jones.

32:29

The ball is delivered by Marlon King.

29:49

Craig Alcock challenges Chris Wood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jean Beausejour from right wing.

24:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boyd on Jean Beausejour. David Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

23:33

A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr, Chris Burke has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

23:04

Tommy Rowe challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Fahey restarts play with the free kick.

21:56

David Murphy provided the assist for the goal.

21:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon King - Birmingham 1 - 0 Peterboro Marlon King grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Peterborough.

17:50

Outswinging corner taken by Grant McCann, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.

17:43

The ball is crossed by George Boyd, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

16:37

Corner taken by Grant McCann, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

15:22

Marlon King takes a shot. Grant McCann gets a block in.

14:51

Centre by Chris Burke.

14:22

Jonathan Spector sends in a cross, save made by Paul Jones.

13:18

Jean Beausejour produces a cross, clearance by Craig Alcock.

12:31

Mark Little challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

10:48

David Murphy sends in a cross, Paul Jones makes a save.

7:39

Stephen Carr delivers the ball.

6:44

Mark Little delivers the ball, Keith Fahey manages to make a clearance.

4:47

Corner from right by-line crossed in by Jean Beausejour, save by Paul Jones.

4:32

George Boyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.

2:45

David Murphy delivers the ball, Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Jones.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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