Birmingham earned the point they needed to secure a place in the Championship play-offs despite being held to a draw by Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Substitute Nathan Redmond gave the visitors a second-half lead with a low drive from 20 yards following Marlon King's powerful run and pass.

But Brighton pushed for a late leveller and got it as Ashley Barnes side-footed in from Inigo Calderon's cut-back.

The Blues were not at their best but they are now unbeaten in eight matches.

Busy season for Blues

Birmingham played eight Europa League games this season as well as their domestic schedule

Yet it was the Seagulls, looking to end their first season at the Amex on a high, who almost took an 11th-minute lead.

A clever ball from Vicente Rodriguez sent Will Buckley through but the winger's shot forced a fine block from Colin Doyle.

Chris Hughton sent winger Redmond on with just half an hour gone after Morgaro Gomis received an early booking.

The move almost paid immediate dividends as Birmingham's best chance of the first half fell to the teenager, who cut inside before fizzing his shot across goal and just wide of Peter Brezovan's post.

At the other end the visitors were almost caught out by a deep Vicente free-kick which found Joe Mattock at the far post, but the left-back's volley crashed into the side-netting.

Doyle was in action again two minutes after the interval with a smart save to keep out Alan Navarro's drive from the edge of the box.

Mattock then fashioned another chance for himself on the overlap but his shot flew over the crossbar.

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Brighton were punished when Redmond found the bottom right-hand corner following good work from King.

Substitute Andros Townsend came close to doubling City's lead with a 25-yard effort which was well saved by the diving Brezovan.

However, Albion rallied and Doyle got down well to deny Craig Mackail-Smith.

But the keeper could not prevent Barnes converting Inigo Calderon's pass with six minutes remaining to snatch a point for the hosts.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 02 Mattock (Noone - 72' )
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 14 Calderon
  • 08 Navarro Booked (Dicker - 72' )
  • 15 Vicente
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 30 Buckley
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 36 Jara
  • 11 Noone
  • 18 Dicker
  • 24 Vokes

Birmingham

  • 13 Doyle
  • 03 Murphy
  • 05 Pablo
  • 06 Ramage Booked
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 10 Huseklepp (Townsend - 63' )
  • 12 Mutch
  • 14 Gomis Booked (Redmond - 32' )
  • 15 Elliott Booked
  • 09 King (Zigic - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Butland
  • 11 Townsend
  • 22 Redmond
  • 28 Hughton
  • 19 Zigic
Ref: Miller
Att: 20,594

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

4 3

Corners

9 6

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:07

Corner from the left by-line taken by Rodriguez Vicente, Header on goal by Gary Dicker from just inside the area goes over the target.

90:00 +2:32

Nathan Redmond concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Bridcutt. Free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

90:00 +1:54

The ball is sent over by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance by Curtis Davies.

90:00 +0:10

The offside flag is raised against Craig Noone. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

89:08

Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

87:49

Inigo Calderon challenges Wade Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

86:30

Nathan Redmond produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

83:07 Substitution

Substitution Nikola Zigic is brought on as a substitute for Marlon King.

83:07

Assist on the goal came from Inigo Calderon.

83:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Barnes - Brighton 1 - 1 Birmingham Ashley Barnes gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Brighton 1-1 Birmingham.

82:19

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

81:36

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.

80:25

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lewis Dunk takes the direct free kick.

78:12

Ashley Barnes takes a shot. Rodriguez Vicente takes a inswinging corner.

76:35

The ball is delivered by Inigo Calderon, save by Colin Doyle.

72:56

Foul by Inigo Calderon on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

72:00 Substitution

Substitution Alan Navarro leaves the field to be replaced by Gary Dicker.

71:39 Substitution

Substitution Craig Noone is brought on as a substitute for Joe Mattock.

70:52

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Save made by Peter Brezovan. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordon Mutch, save made by Peter Brezovan.

70:00

Rodriguez Vicente produces a cross, Pablo Ibanez manages to make a clearance.

68:26

The assist for the goal came from Marlon King.

68:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Redmond - Brighton 0 - 1 Birmingham Goal scored by Nathan Redmond from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Brighton 0-1 Birmingham.

67:45

Corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

66:45

Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

66:45 Booking

Booking Wade Elliott receives a caution.

66:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wade Elliott on Rodriguez Vicente.

65:29

Inswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Peter Ramage. Rodriguez Vicente takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jordon Mutch manages to make a clearance.

64:49

Shot from just outside the area by Andros Townsend misses to the right of the target.

62:43 Substitution

Substitution Andros Townsend joins the action as a substitute, replacing Erik Huseklepp.

62:27

Effort from the edge of the box by Joe Mattock goes wide of the right-hand upright.

60:05

Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

60:05 Booking

Booking Peter Ramage goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

59:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Ramage on Craig Mackail-Smith.

58:10

Wade Elliott restarts play with the free kick.

58:10 Booking

Booking Alan Navarro goes into the book.

58:00

Alan Navarro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch.

56:42

Centre by Chris Burke, Peter Brezovan makes a save.

54:57

Marlon King delivers the ball, Adam El-Abd makes a clearance.

53:25

The ball is swung over by Marlon King, clearance by Lewis Dunk. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Joe Mattock. Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line, clearance by Adam El-Abd.

52:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Pablo Ibanez. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Vicente.

50:16

Corner taken short by Rodriguez Vicente.

49:50

The ball is delivered by Jordon Mutch, clearance made by Inigo Calderon.

48:28

Inigo Calderon challenges David Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

47:03

Joe Mattock is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

46:09

Outswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance made by Wade Elliott.

45:40

Jordon Mutch challenges Ashley Barnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Navarro.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:58

The ball is sent over by Joe Mattock.

45:00 +1:33

The referee blows for offside. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Ibanez on Ashley Barnes. Alan Navarro restarts play with the free kick.

42:26

Nathan Redmond produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

41:39

A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, Peter Brezovan makes a save.

38:32

Close range shot by Joe Mattock misses to the left of the goal.

37:59

Unfair challenge on Will Buckley by David Murphy results in a free kick. Rodriguez Vicente takes the free kick.

36:44

Wade Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Vicente. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Vicente.

36:10

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch.

33:12

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.

32:17

Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

31:05 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Redmond on for Morgaro Gomis.

28:59

Curtis Davies produces a cross, Adam El-Abd gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line.

28:08

Wade Elliott takes the free kick.

28:08 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

26:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Navarro on Erik Huseklepp.

25:24

Ashley Barnes fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Rodriguez Vicente restarts play with the free kick.

21:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Ibanez on Ashley Barnes. Rodriguez Vicente has an effort direct from the free kick.

20:48

Erik Huseklepp challenges Rodriguez Vicente unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis Dunk restarts play with the free kick.

19:03

Centre by David Murphy, blocked by Inigo Calderon.

17:38

Rodriguez Vicente takes the direct free kick.

17:38 Booking

Booking The referee books Morgaro Gomis for unsporting behaviour.

17:31

Rodriguez Vicente fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick.

16:48

Joe Mattock delivers the ball, Pablo Ibanez manages to make a clearance.

16:18

Ashley Barnes fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

14:05

Morgaro Gomis fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

13:31

David Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Inigo Calderon. Rodriguez Vicente takes the direct free kick.

11:32

Will Buckley takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle. Corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line, Short corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line.

10:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke by Joe Mattock. Jordon Mutch restarts play with the free kick.

9:34

Craig Mackail-Smith challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

8:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Erik Huseklepp. Peter Brezovan takes the free kick.

8:00

Will Buckley delivers the ball, Colin Doyle makes a save.

7:13

Will Buckley sends in a cross.

6:34

The ball is swung over by David Murphy.

4:08

The ball is sent over by Peter Ramage, Ashley Barnes gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Mackail-Smith.

2:56

Marlon King has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

2:01

Inigo Calderon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

0:48

Foul by Jordon Mutch on Rodriguez Vicente, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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