Kyle Bartley scored four minutes into stoppage time to rescue a point for Birmingham City and deny Middlesbrough a first away win since August.

Mustapha Carayol gave the visitors the lead with a shot from eight yards but Paul Caddis equalised from the penalty spot.

Daniel Ayala prodded the ball home to put Middlesbrough back in front with 10 minutes left.

The hosts salvaged a draw when Bartley headed home from Chris Burke's corner.

Birmingham were positive in their search for the opening goal with Dariusz Dudka and Jesse Lingard having early strikes. Dudka's effort bounced wide, while Lingard, shooting on the turn, saw his effort blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.

Middlesbrough, whose only away win came at Charlton on the second weekend of the season, seized a 22nd-minute lead when a cross from Marvin Emnes found its way to Carayol who fired his shot into the corner for the net.

After five successive away defeats the goal lifted the visitors and they began to play with clear determination against a Birmingham side lacking rhythm.

In an effort to inject more life into his attack, Birmingham boss Lee Clark sent on winger Burke in place of on-loan striker Aaron McLean, and it turned out to be an inspirational move.

Burke was instrumental in Birmingham getting back on level terms as he went down in the area under a challenge from Ben Gibson, and Caddis stepped up to convert the penalty.

Middlesbrough maintained a high tempo and it needed a reflex save from Randolph to keep out a powerful downward header by Kei Kamara.

The visitors when back in front in the 80th minute when Birmingham failed to clear their lines from a corner and defender Ayala poked the ball past Randolph.

Birmingham took their unbeaten run to five games when Bartley powered home a header from Burke's corner for his fifth goal of the season.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"Chris Burke changed the game for us after a disappointing first half only to concede another bad goal.

"We were then staring down the barrel but Kyle Bartley came up with the goods after going on as a late substitute.

"He has pestered me to allow him to go up front and he came up with the goods in terms of a great header from a set-piece.

"We are now unbeaten in five games. It is a good little run which shows we have solidarity."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"We are only four points above the relegation zone and not in a very comfortable position.

"When I arrived the most important thing was getting the points as it makes the players and myself more confident.

"It is not the first time it has occurred - but we have made mistakes late in the game.

"At half-time I told my players that we needed a second goal to win the game but Birmingham played very well in the second half to score two goals and earn a draw."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 18 Hancox (Bartley - 87' )
  • 34 Dudka (Lee - 53' )
  • 04 Robinson Booked
  • 06 Burn
  • 12 Novak
  • 17 Reilly
  • 35 McLean (Burke - 45' )
  • 19 Zigic
  • 09 Lingard

Substitutes

  • 05 Bartley
  • 07 Burke
  • 13 Doyle
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 29 Brown
  • 33 Gray

Middlesbrough

  • 12 Given
  • 04 Williams
  • 22 Gibson
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 26 Ayala
  • 27 Adomah
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 29 Kamara (Ledesma - 91' )
  • 10 Emnes (Butterfield - 71' )
  • 19 Carayol (Jutkiewicz - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Richardson
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 09 Jutkiewicz
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 15 Hines
  • 33 Smallwood
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 13,454

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

4 7

Corners

2 7

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +7:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +6:35

Attempt missed. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Novak.

90:00 +3:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +2:40

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

90:00 +1:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Kyle Bartley replaces Mitch Hancox because of an injury.

90:00 +1:09

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Kei Kamara because of an injury.

85:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:55

Delay in match Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

83:50

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

82:30

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

82:30

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Middlesbrough 2. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass following a corner.

79:23

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

79:10

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a headed pass.

77:18

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

76:09

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

76:09

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

72:56

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

72:56

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Marvin Emnes.

70:18

Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

69:07

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

68:46

Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:46

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough).

68:14

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

68:09

Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

66:56

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

62:43

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

61:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Mustapha Carayol.

58:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Middlesbrough 1. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

57:16

Penalty Birmingham City. Chris Burke draws a foul in the penalty area.

57:16

Penalty conceded by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

56:28

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

55:23

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:23

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

54:58

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

52:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Oliver Lee replaces Dariusz Dudka.

51:19

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

51:19

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:59

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:59

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

46:16

Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Middlesbrough 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Chris Burke replaces Aaron McLean.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Middlesbrough 1.

45:00 +1:53

Attempt saved. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dariusz Dudka.

45:00 +0:12

Offside, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah tries a through ball, but Mustapha Carayol is caught offside.

44:02 Booking

Booking Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:41

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:41

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

42:31

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Aaron McLean is caught offside.

41:31

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:31

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

41:01

Offside, Birmingham City. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

40:15

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

36:48

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

35:49

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

35:49

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

35:08

Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Marvin Emnes is caught offside.

34:32

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

34:00

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

34:00

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

31:34

Offside, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

30:33

Offside, Birmingham City. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

29:30 Booking

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

29:12

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

29:12

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:18

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rhys Williams.

26:24

Foul by Aaron McLean (Birmingham City).

26:24

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:31

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

22:19

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

22:19

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Middlesbrough 1. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

19:32

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

14:20

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

12:11

Attempt missed. Dariusz Dudka (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

11:40

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Mustapha Carayol.

11:35

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dariusz Dudka.

9:22

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

9:22

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:01

Offside, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean tries a through ball, but Aaron McLean is caught offside.

6:35

Attempt missed. Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass.

5:59

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:59

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

4:01

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:01

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

3:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:07

Delay in match Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

2:34

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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