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Brentford 1-1 Birmingham City

Odubajo scored for the first time since his £1m move from Leyton Orient

Brentford got a point despite playing Birmingham with 10 men for 75 minutes.

Defender Tony Craig was sent off after fouling former Bees striker Clayton Donaldson in the box and Paul Caddis put away the resulting penalty.

City created a host of chances but failed to convert them and Brentford grew in confidence as the game went on.

They earned a point as substitute Moses Odubajo raced the length of the City half before chipping goalkeeper Darren Randolph for a stylish equaliser.

The point keeps 15th-placed Brentford one place above Birmingham in the Championship by virtue of their slightly better goal difference.

Wes Thomas could have doubled City's lead four minutes after their goal but he managed to head David Cotterill's cross over from less than a yard out.

Bees keeper David Button made smart saves from a curling Cotterill effort and a Lee Novak header.

Andre Gray could have equalised on 50 minutes but failed to get on the end of Alan Judge's deflected cross.

Brentford thought they had a penalty after Jake Bidwell was clipped by Blues centre-back David Edgar, but soon after Odubajo claimed their equaliser.

Substitute Stuart Dallas almost won it for the hosts but his fierce drive late on was saved at the second attempt by Randolph.

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Warburton on Brentford v Birmingham

Brentford boss Mark Warburton: "We showed tremendous character going down to 10 men so early to ride it, come back and get something out of the game."

"The first 10 minutes were disappointing because we didn't win enough of the physical battles. Maybe there was a bit of edginess, but it isn't [a lack of] self-belief and it certainly wasn't there at the end."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark: "We have had chances to finish it in the first half but, if I'm honest, Brentford deserved something from the game. They looked like they had the extra man.

"We created good chances but the way we used the ball and our possession overall wasn't particularly great. It was an extremely frustrating result for us."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 5CraigBooked at 15mins
  • 12McCormackSubstituted forOdubajoat 73'minutes
  • 3BidwellBooked at 72mins
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 8Douglas
  • 24SmithSubstituted forDallasat 45'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 23JotaSubstituted forDeanat 17'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19Gray

Substitutes

  • 6Dean
  • 10Odubajo
  • 14Tébar
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 39Proschwitz

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 15Hall
  • 6Edgar
  • 3Grounds
  • 31Caddis
  • 11Cotterill
  • 12Novak
  • 26DavisSubstituted forJohnstoneat 87'minutes
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forGrayat 55'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forGleesonat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 7Duffy
  • 8Gleeson
  • 16Johnstone
  • 21Doyle
  • 29Brown
  • 33Gray
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
9,076

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Birmingham City 1.
Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.
Hand ball by Denny Johnstone (Birmingham City).
Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Judge.
Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Denny Johnstone replaces David Davis.
Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.
Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Edgar (Birmingham City).
Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).
Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).
Grant Hall (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Novak.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Birmingham City 1. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.
Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).
Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Cotterill.
Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Moses Odubajo replaces Alan McCormack.
Attempt missed. David Edgar (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).
Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Tarkowski with a headed pass.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Grant Hall.
Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson replaces Clayton Donaldson.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Grant Hall.
Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Dangerous play by David Cotterill (Birmingham City).
Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).
David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Davis.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darren Randolph.
Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.
Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray.
Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.
Attempt blocked. David Edgar (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.
Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).
Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Edgar.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Wes Thomas.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Birmingham City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Tommy Smith.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brentford 0, Birmingham City 1.
Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).
Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Grant Hall (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.
Foul by Tommy Smith (Brentford).
David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Grounds tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Nottm Forest4310710
2Watford430159
3Norwich430159
4Wolves430129
5Charlton422028
6Sheff Wed422028
7Derby421147
8Cardiff421127
9Millwall421127
10Blackburn421107
11Bournemouth420236
12Middlesbrough420216
13Brighton420216
14Rotherham4202-16
15Brentford412105
16Birmingham4121-15
17Ipswich4112-14
18Wigan4112-14
19Reading4112-44
20Huddersfield4112-54
21Leeds4103-63
22Bolton4013-51
23Blackpool4004-50
24Fulham4004-70
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