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Birmingham City 2-2 Middlesbrough

Kyle Bartley

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."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18HancoxSubstituted forBartleyat 87'minutes
  • 34DudkaSubstituted forLeeat 53'minutes
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 30mins
  • 6Burn
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 35McLeanSubstituted forC Burkeat 45'minutes
  • 19Zigic
  • 9Lingard

Substitutes

  • 5Bartley
  • 7C Burke
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 29Brown
  • 33Gray

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 4Williams
  • 22Gibson
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 45mins
  • 39Woodgate
  • 26Ayala
  • 27Adomah
  • 18Whitehead
  • 29KamaraSubstituted forLedesmaat 90+1'minutes
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forButterfieldat 71'minutes
  • 19CarayolSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Richardson
  • 6Butterfield
  • 9Jutkiewicz
  • 11Ledesma
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 15Hines
  • 33Smallwood
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
13,454

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

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

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.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

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

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.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

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

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

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

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Marvin Emnes.

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.

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

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

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

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

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Mustapha Carayol.

Goal!

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

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

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

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.

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

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Oliver Lee replaces Dariusz Dudka.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1911621739
2QPR1911621239
3Leicester1912251038
4Derby1910451434
5Nottm Forest19874731
6Reading19874631
7Blackpool19874231
8Leeds19937630
9Ipswich19856629
10Brighton19775628
11Huddersfield19757226
12Watford19676325
13Blackburn19667024
14Wigan18648-122
15Bolton19577-322
16Bournemouth19649-1222
17Millwall19568-1421
18Middlesbrough19487020
19Birmingham19559-220
20Doncaster19559-1420
21Charlton19469-718
22Yeovil194411-1016
23Sheff Wed18288-914
24Barnsley193511-1914
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