Coventry and Birmingham shared the points in a lacklustre West Midlands derby at the Ricoh Arena.

Former Blues forward Gary McSheffrey headed the home side into the lead with 20 minutes left.

But two minutes later Marlon King, who played for Coventry before joining his current side, got on the scoresheet, tapping in from a Peter Ramage cross.

Substitute Jordon Mutch was sent off for Birmingham late on for an apparent elbow on Alex Nimely.

It was a poor first half but the game came to life in the second period.

McSheffrey, who had four years at St Andrew's before rejoining Coventry in 2010, gave his side hope of climbing out of the relegation zone with a header from Carl Baker's cross which went beyond the reach of goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

But the away side were not behind for long as King, who was Coventry's top goalscorer last season, equalised from close range after hesitant defending.

With 10 minutes remaining, the visitors were reduced to 10 men as Mutch was shown a straight red card for what the referee perceived to be an elbow.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 15 Cranie
  • 26 Clarke Booked
  • 30 Cameron
  • 04 Clingan
  • 08 Baker (Thomas - 81' )
  • 16 Norwood
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 14 McDonald (Platt - 61' )
  • 18 Nimely Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 31 Christie
  • 12 Deegan
  • 32 Thomas
  • 22 Platt

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Ramage
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 08 N'daw (Mutch - 73' Dismissed )
  • 10 Huseklepp (Zigic - 61' )
  • 11 Townsend
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King (Elliott - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 05 Pablo
  • 12 Mutch
  • 15 Elliott
  • 19 Zigic
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 22,240

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

3 4

Corners

5 11

Fouls

6 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:21 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +7:11

Peter Ramage sends in a cross, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +6:39

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke.

90:00 +5:05

Clive Platt produces a cross, Jonathan Spector makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:03

Conor Thomas crosses the ball, brilliant save by Boaz Myhill.

90:00 +1:22

Conor Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

89:15

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

89:15 Substitution

Substitution Wade Elliott replaces Marlon King.

89:15 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Jordon Mutch a red card for serious foul play.

88:54

Alex Nimely fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick.

88:08

Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordon Mutch from left wing, Sammy Clingan makes a clearance.

88:08 Booking

Booking The referee books Jordan Clarke for unsporting behaviour.

87:59

Jordan Clarke challenges Andros Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick.

87:29

The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey.

86:14

Unfair challenge on Peter Ramage by Alex Nimely results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

85:34

Chris Burke crosses the ball, Headed effort from close range by Marlon King goes wide left of the target.

84:27

Marlon King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Cameron. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

83:51

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball, Peter Ramage gets a block in. Oliver Norwood has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

82:15

The ball is crossed by Andros Townsend.

80:40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, Joe Murphy makes a save.

80:24

Corner taken by Chris Burke played to the near post, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

80:04 Substitution

Substitution Conor Thomas on for Carl Baker.

76:58

Foul by Keith Fahey on Carl Baker, free kick awarded. Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

75:46

Chris Burke has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

74:55

Oliver Norwood has an effort at goal from just outside the area that bounces off the post.

74:26

Gary McSheffrey takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

74:18

Centre by Carl Baker, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

73:03

Shot on goal by Gary McSheffrey from just inside the area clears the crossbar. Alex Nimely is caught offside. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

72:37 Substitution

Substitution Jordon Mutch is brought on as a substitute for Guirane N'Daw.

71:26

Assist by Peter Ramage.

71:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon King - Coventry 1 - 1 Birmingham Marlon King finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Birmingham.

69:36

Assist by Carl Baker.

69:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary McSheffrey - Coventry 1 - 0 Birmingham Gary McSheffrey grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Coventry 1-0 Birmingham.

69:31

A cross is delivered by Carl Baker,

69:00

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

67:02

Chris Burke produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Nikola Zigic misses to the right of the goal.

66:44

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

66:03

Keith Fahey produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

65:56

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend, clearance by Nathan Cameron.

65:09

Peter Ramage takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

64:32

Oliver Norwood takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a comfortable save.

63:46

Corner from left by-line taken by Chris Burke.

62:34

Jordan Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Burke, clearance by Sammy Clingan.

60:48 Substitution

Substitution Cody McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Clive Platt.

60:48 Substitution

Substitution Nikola Zigic on for Erik Huseklepp.

58:41

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker.

58:06

Shot by Chris Burke. Save made by Joe Murphy.

57:40

Guirane N'Daw produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

57:16

Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Cameron.

56:10

Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

56:10 Booking

Booking Booking for Alex Nimely.

55:59

Steven Caldwell fouled by Alex Nimely, the ref awards a free kick.

54:48

Carl Baker handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andros Townsend from right wing, save made by Joe Murphy.

54:17

The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

53:33

Corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Keith Fahey.

52:27

Handball by Jordan Clarke. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.

50:17

A cross is delivered by Peter Ramage, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

49:04

The ball is crossed by Andros Townsend, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

48:06

Corner taken by Andros Townsend from the right by-line, clearance made by Oliver Norwood.

48:01

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

47:31

The ball is crossed by Chris Burke.

45:24

The ball is swung over by Peter Ramage, Gary McSheffrey gets a block in.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:01

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andros Townsend, Joe Murphy makes a save.

45:00 +0:36

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Richard Keogh gets a block in.

44:48

The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

44:11

Centre by Jonathan Spector.

41:46

A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.

41:41

Carl Baker produces a cross, clearance made by Peter Ramage.

41:28

Martin Cranie delivers the ball.

40:39

Marlon King is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

38:21

Andros Townsend sends in a cross, save made by Joe Murphy.

37:56

Centre by Chris Burke, Martin Cranie gets a block in. Andros Townsend decides to take a short corner.

37:30

The official flags Jordan Clarke offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

36:28

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

35:14

The offside flag is raised against Erik Huseklepp. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

33:37

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance by Richard Keogh.

32:28

Erik Huseklepp produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

30:36

Chris Burke delivers the ball, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance.

29:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cody McDonald by Steven Caldwell. Direct free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.

25:56

The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

24:13

Unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Keith Fahey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Richard Keogh.

23:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Erik Huseklepp. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

22:55

Jordan Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Erik Huseklepp. Jonathan Spector takes the direct free kick.

19:17

Inswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey, save by Boaz Myhill.

18:40

Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

18:32

A cross is delivered by Oliver Norwood, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

18:23

Centre by Jordan Clarke, clearance by Steven Caldwell.

17:14

Gary McSheffrey delivers the ball.

16:53

Foul by Steven Caldwell on Cody McDonald, free kick awarded. Oliver Norwood restarts play with the free kick.

15:04

Corner taken left-footed by Andros Townsend from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Cody McDonald.

14:39

Chris Burke sends in a cross, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance. Andros Townsend takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jordan Clarke.

12:17

Carl Baker fouled by Jonathan Spector, the ref awards a free kick. Gary McSheffrey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

12:07

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.

5:13

Foul by Sammy Clingan on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Burke from left channel.

4:46

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the left by-line, clearance made by Martin Cranie.

4:34

Peter Ramage sends in a cross, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

4:19

Andros Townsend decides to take a short corner.

4:03

Chris Burke sends in a cross, Martin Cranie gets a block in.

3:06

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sammy Clingan, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

2:58

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

1:43

Chris Burke takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

0:42

Centre by Andros Townsend, clearance made by Oliver Norwood.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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