Curtis Davies's header shortly after half-time helped Birmingham avoid a third successive defeat and handed Michael Appleton a fourth draw in as many matches as Blackpool manager.

Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince put Appleton's side ahead with his fifth goal in six appearances.

The home side then saw a Kevin Phillips strike ruled out for offside against his former club.

Blackpool under Appleton

  • Blackpool 2-2 Bolton
  • Bristol City 1-1 Blackpool
  • Blackpool 2-2 Watford
  • Blackpool 1-1 Birmingham

Davies then headed in for Birmingham before Peter Lovenkrands hit the bar.

Blackpool made the brighter start and were rewarded when in-form Ince put them ahead.

Phillips collected a cross-field pass from Kirk Broadfoot, and when his shot was blocked by Pablo Ibanez, Ince picked it up to slot home from the edge of the box.

Nathan Delfouneso then had Jack Butland at full stretch in the Birmingham goal to tip over a dipping effort and Phillips converted from an offside position after Ince had hit the bar.

Birmingham had been on the back foot but found a leveller after the break when Davies climbed highest to convert Wade Elliott's inswinging corner.

An even contest had developed, and as the hour approached, Lovenkrands slipped the attentions of the Seasiders backline to rattle the bar with Matt Gilks beaten.

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton:

"We were the team, in terms of the impetus, in the second half as well but a lack of quality in the final third probably let us down a little bit.

"I do think, without making too many excuses, the pitch had a massive part to play in the game.

"A lot of the players couldn't really trust the bounce of the ball and there were a lot of passes going astray on both sides."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"We didn't manage the pitch because the pitch was difficult for both teams.

"Overall the attitude and application and defensive side of the game for the full game I was happy with.

"The state of the pitch is unfortunate for both teams because I think there's lots of good footballers on both teams."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 17 Basham Booked
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 08 Gomes
  • 18 Osbourne (Thomas - 72' )
  • 09 K Phillips (Dicko - 79' )
  • 11 Ince
  • 40 Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 05 Eardley
  • 33 Harris
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 31 Angel
  • 38 Dicko
  • 39 Thomas

Birmingham

  • 01 Butland
  • 05 Pablo
  • 06 Davies
  • 23 Spector
  • 28 Caddis
  • 30 Robinson
  • 08 Mullins (Diop - 76' Booked )
  • 12 Morrison
  • 15 Elliott
  • 09 King (Zigic - 90' )
  • 11 Lovenkrands (Burke - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 27 Hancox
  • 07 Burke
  • 32 Diop
  • 33 Reilly
  • 19 Zigic
Ref: Pawson
Att: 13,111

Match Stats

Shots

8 4

On target

6 1

Corners

7 3

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:05 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:22

Wes Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:06

The offside flag is raised against Wade Elliott. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:23

Wes Thomas takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

89:37

Nouha Dicko takes a shot. Paul Robinson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes.

89:06 Substitution

Substitution Nikola Zigic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marlon King.

87:57

Tiago Gomes challenges Paul Caddis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

86:00

Handball decision goes against Chris Basham. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

83:07

Curtis Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

82:23

Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

82:23 Booking

Booking Chris Basham goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

82:15

Ravel Morrison fouled by Chris Basham, the ref awards a free kick.

80:02

The offside flag is raised against Nouha Dicko. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Nouha Dicko.

77:48

Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

77:48 Booking

Booking Papa Bouba Diop booked.

77:19

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Paul Robinson. Thomas Ince takes a shot. Blocked by Ravel Morrison. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince by Papa Bouba Diop.

75:25 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Papa Bouba Diop coming on for Hayden Mullins.

73:03 Substitution

Substitution Peter Lovenkrands goes off and Christopher Burke comes on.

72:50

Wade Elliott sends in a cross, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

71:51 Substitution

Substitution Isaiah Osbourne goes off and Wes Thomas comes on.

71:41

Shot from just outside the box by Thomas Ince goes over the bar.

68:37

Nathan Delfouneso produces a cross.

66:14

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

60:42

Unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey by Paul Caddis results in a free kick. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.

59:47

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Spector, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

58:41

Wade Elliott produces a cross, Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Effort from inside the area by Wade Elliott misses to the left of the goal.

57:19

Outswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes from the right by-line played to the near post, Wade Elliott makes a clearance.

57:08

A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, Paul Robinson gets a block in.

56:00

Ravel Morrison is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

55:06

Foul by Curtis Davies on Matt Gilks, free kick awarded. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

54:47

Handball by Kevin Phillips. Hayden Mullins restarts play with the free kick.

53:38

Inswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes, Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Phillips misses to the left of the goal.

53:01

The ball is swung over by Paul Caddis, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.

52:06

Craig Cathcart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ravel Morrison. Direct free kick taken by Peter Lovenkrands.

51:53

Tiago Gomes sends in a cross.

51:13

Centre by Nathan Delfouneso, blocked by Jonathan Spector.

49:24

Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Tiago Gomes. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

47:14

The assist for the goal came from Wade Elliott.

47:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Curtis Davies - Blackpool 1 - 1 Birmingham Curtis Davies finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackpool 1-1 Birmingham.

46:46

A cross is delivered by Peter Lovenkrands, blocked by Craig Cathcart. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Wade Elliott,

46:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins by Tiago Gomes. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

45:18

Chris Basham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:56

Marlon King is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

43:26

Foul by Pablo Ibanez on Kirk Broadfoot, free kick awarded. Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

42:27

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Spector, Matt Gilks makes a save. Corner taken by Wade Elliott, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.

41:53

Marlon King produces a cross, save by Matt Gilks.

41:32

Shot from 18 yards by Jonathan Spector.

41:21

Marlon King sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Basham.

39:26

Corner taken by Thomas Ince, save by Jack Butland.

38:42

Peter Lovenkrands is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

37:26

Effort from 25 yards by Isaiah Osbourne. Save made by Jack Butland.

35:53

The offside flag is raised against Ravel Morrison. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

32:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Thomas Ince. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Phillips.

28:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Thomas Ince, Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

27:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Isaiah Osbourne by Jonathan Spector. Free kick crossed by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Curtis Davies.

27:00

Paul Caddis produces a cross, save by Matt Gilks.

26:17

Tiago Gomes concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Caddis. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

25:29

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

24:52

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

23:52

The referee blows for offside against Thomas Ince. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

23:05

Corner taken right-footed by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, clearance made by Wade Elliott.

22:50

Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

20:52

Tiago Gomes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins. Free kick taken by Hayden Mullins.

19:15

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

16:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Thomas Ince - Blackpool 1 - 0 Birmingham Thomas Ince finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham.

15:49

A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

13:32

Corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott from the right by-line, Nathan Delfouneso manages to make a clearance.

13:15

Paul Caddis crosses the ball, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

9:37

Stephen Crainey produces a cross, clearance by Jonathan Spector. Thomas Ince takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Paul Robinson.

6:51

The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Direct free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

3:52

The offside flag is raised against Kevin Phillips. Hayden Mullins restarts play with the free kick.

1:35

Handball decision goes against Paul Robinson. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

1:11

The official flags Kevin Phillips offside. Curtis Davies takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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