Birmingham denied new Derby boss Steve McClaren a third successive win thanks to Lee Novak's second-half equaliser.

The Rams survived a Nikola Zigic header hitting the crossbar before they took the lead when Jamie Ward slotted in after Chris Martin's effort was parried by goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Derby appeared in control but Novak volleyed in at the far post to level.

Blues' relief

Birmingham ended a run of five away defeats in the Championship with the draw against Derby.

Conor Sammon had two late chances for the home side but he shot wide and headed over as Birmingham held on.

The point restored some pride for the Blues after last weekend's 4-0 thrashing by Leeds.

Post-match: Derby coach McClaren

Derby started strongly and Ward had a shot saved by Randolph, while Craig Bryson lifted an effort over the Blues keeper only for Dan Burn to clear off the line.

The Rams survived a scare when Zigic's header from a Shane Ferguson corner came back off the woodwork before Ward pounced to put them in front.

Derby appeared to be in control but Paul Caddis found substitute Novak, who provided an emphatic finish to equalise and earn Blues a draw.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"We came across a very dogged and resolute Birmingham team who were smarting from last week and we knew it was going to be difficult.

"I knew it was a game that was all about the first goal and once we got it, I thought we would go on and win but they hung on in there, we created and missed chances but that's football, last week we took them, this time we didn't and that's why it's a frustrating result.

"I am pleased with the performance but I think we lost concentration for the goal. I say we should win those games and score more goals after going 1-0 up but it's early days and it's a case of learning about the team."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"If you ask my wife and kids, they hate seeing their husband and dad with a miserable face so turning 41 tomorrow, I will be sitting around the dining table and they will see their dad smiling for the first time in a while so hopefully there will be some photographs taken.

"I was angry last week, we were hurting but we helped pick each other up during a tough week. We didn't take a day off and worked extremely hard and with each day the sombre mood changed to good spirit and by the end of the week we had smiles on our faces again.

"The players have showed a great maturity for their young age so I was delighted that they have got a reward today. It's the first time this season we have gone a goal behind and have come back to get a positive result so that's an important factor."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace Booked
  • 25 Buxton
  • 06 Keogh
  • 19 Hughes (Jacobs - 86' )
  • 04 Bryson
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 60' )
  • 32 Dawkins (Bennett - 66' )
  • 10 Ward

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 12 Jacobs
  • 17 Freeman
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 22 Ball
  • 24 Morch

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis Booked
  • 03 Murphy
  • 17 Reilly Booked
  • 06 Burn
  • 04 Robinson Booked
  • 07 Burke (Gray - 36' )
  • 15 Elliott Booked
  • 19 Zigic
  • 22 Shinnie (Novak - 66' )
  • 27 Ferguson (Adeyemi - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Bartley
  • 11 Løvenkrands
  • 12 Novak
  • 13 Doyle
  • 20 Lee
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 33 Gray
Ref: Roger East
Att: 27,141

Match Stats

Shots

15 12

On target

7 4

Corners

6 9

Fouls

13 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 1, Birmingham City 1.

90:00 +7:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Birmingham City 1.

90:00 +5:12

Delay in match Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

90:00 +4:31

Attempt missed. Conor Sammon (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a headed pass.

90:00 +4:22

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:33

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:33

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

90:00 +2:10

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

90:00 +2:10

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:31

Offside, Derby County. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but John Eustace is caught offside.

90:00 +0:07

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

88:47

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

88:47

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Tom Adeyemi replaces Shane Ferguson.

86:46

Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:46

Foul by David Murphy (Birmingham City).

86:23

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

85:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Michael Jacobs replaces Will Hughes.

85:11

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:11

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

84:18

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

84:18

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:12

Attempt saved. Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:39

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:39

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

81:18 Booking

Booking Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:08

Mason Bennett (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:08

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

80:27

Attempt missed. Conor Sammon (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

79:19

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:37 Booking

Booking Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:31

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:31

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

75:48

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:48

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

73:25

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:25

Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

72:35

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

72:35

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:02

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:19

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:19

Foul by Wade Elliott (Birmingham City).

67:45

Attempt saved. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

65:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Birmingham City 1. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

65:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Simon Dawkins.

65:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Andrew Shinnie.

64:48

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

64:48

David Murphy (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:03

Offside, Derby County. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but Conor Sammon is caught offside.

63:19

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

62:17

Offside, Derby County. Andre Wisdom tries a through ball, but Conor Sammon is caught offside.

60:50

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

60:34

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

60:34

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

59:01

Offside, Derby County. John Eustace tries a through ball, but Jamie Ward is caught offside.

57:45

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

57:22

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:22

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

56:51

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

55:25 Booking

Booking Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:42

Delay in match (Derby County).

54:34 Booking

Booking John Eustace (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:14

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

54:14

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:42

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

52:51

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie following a corner.

52:40

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Eustace.

51:13

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

51:12

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

50:22

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

49:00

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:00

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

48:21

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:05

Foul by David Murphy (Birmingham City).

47:01

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:40

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Simon Dawkins.

45:54

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

45:50

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 1, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 +3:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 1, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 +1:42

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Eustace.

42:59

Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Ferguson following a set piece situation.

42:28

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

42:28

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:40

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

39:20

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

39:20

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Birmingham City 0. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

37:27

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Dawkins with a cross.

36:48

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:48

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

36:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Chris Burke because of an injury.

34:46

Delay in match Chris Burke (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

32:20

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross following a corner.

31:49

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

30:43

Attempt missed. Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke.

29:39

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

29:26

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:26

Foul by Wade Elliott (Birmingham City).

26:33

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:33

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

25:52

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

25:15

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

24:11

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

24:11

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:59

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:26

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

23:26

Callum Reilly (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:05

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

22:05

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:12

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

19:03

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

15:43

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:43

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

15:07

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

15:07

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:02

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:51

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross following a corner.

7:28

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Simon Dawkins.

6:41

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

6:41

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:16

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:16

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

2:43

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:43

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

2:06

Offside, Derby County. John Eustace tries a through ball, but Jamie Ward is caught offside.

1:35

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

1:33

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Buxton.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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