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Derby County 1-1 Birmingham City

Birmingham's Lee Novak (centre) scores an equaliser at Derby

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.

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.

Steve McClaren

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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."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14EustaceBooked at 55mins
  • 25Buxton
  • 6Keogh
  • 19HughesSubstituted forJacobsat 86'minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 9MartinSubstituted forSammonat 60'minutes
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forBennettat 66'minutes
  • 10Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 12Jacobs
  • 17Freeman
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Bennett
  • 22Ball
  • 24Morch

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31CaddisBooked at 82mins
  • 3Murphy
  • 17ReillyBooked at 55mins
  • 6Burn
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 78mins
  • 7C BurkeSubstituted forGrayat 36'minutes
  • 15ElliottBooked at 71mins
  • 19Zigic
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forNovakat 66'minutes
  • 27FergusonSubstituted forAdeyemiat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bartley
  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 12Novak
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 33Gray
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
27,141

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

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

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

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

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

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

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

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

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Tom Adeyemi replaces Shane Ferguson.

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

Foul by David Murphy (Birmingham City).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Michael Jacobs replaces Will Hughes.

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

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

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

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

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1310211732
2Leicester13922829
3QPR12831827
4Blackpool13661524
5Reading13652823
6Nottm Forest13652623
7Watford126331021
8Derby13544419
9Huddersfield13454317
10Leeds13526017
11Bournemouth13526-717
12Blackburn13445316
13Ipswich13445216
14Middlesbrough13364215
15Wigan10424314
16Brighton12354-114
17Millwall13346-1113
18Doncaster12336-912
19Birmingham13328-611
20Charlton11245-510
21Bolton13175-910
22Yeovil13238-109
23Barnsley13238-159
24Sheff Wed12084-68
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