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Birmingham City 1-1 Blackpool

Blackpool celebrate Ricardo Fuller's goal

Ricardo Fuller's first-half equaliser was enough for Blackpool to take a point at Birmingham City.

Jesse Lingard gave the hosts the lead when he capitalised on Kirk Broadfoot's mistake to slot home.

But Tom Ince crossed for Fuller to level for the Seasiders.

Both teams had chances to win it after the break but Dan Burn cleared Ince's shot off the line before Tyler Blackett did the same for the visitors from a Lee Novak shot.

Manchester United loanee Lingard had seen a shot deflected wide of the post but scored the sixth goal of his spell with Blues after Broadfoot mis-controlled a Paul Caddis pass.

Lee Clark's side were in front for less than 10 minutes as Ince set up Fuller before the former Stoke man forced home keeper Darren Randolph into an excellent save before the break.

Birmingham introduced Polish international Dariusz Dudka early in the second half and he drew a good save from Matt Gilks as the hosts looked to secure a first home win since 1 October.

Neither side settled for the draw but good defending ensured the game ended level.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We took the lead and then lost our concentration and gave the ball away cheaply. I thought that was the big factor and we struggled to get any forward momentum.

"We also lost possession far too easily and there is a lot of work to be done in this department.

"I cannot fault the players for their effort and application. They have fought, they have battled and taken on board the fact that, if you cannot win, do not lose the match."

Blackpool assistant boss Alex Rae:

"I thought we should have nicked the game and we dominated the game after the opening 25 minutes. They had a couple of chances at the death but I thought we were the team which looked most likely to get the winner.

"But give Birmingham credit - they were chasing the winner right until the final whistle."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18HancoxBooked at 90mins
  • 17ReillySubstituted forDudkaat 49'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 6Burn
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 66mins
  • 7BurkeSubstituted forGrayat 86'minutes
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forMcLeanat 63'minutes
  • 12Novak
  • 9Lingard

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 33Gray
  • 34Dudka
  • 35McLean

Blackpool

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Gilks
  • 17BashamBooked at 69mins
  • 25Blackett
  • 4Gosling
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 12Bishop
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 57mins
  • 19FullerBooked at 65minsSubstituted forDaviesat 89'minutes
  • 15DobbieSubstituted forChopraat 88'minutes
  • 11Ince

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 9Davies
  • 10Grant
  • 13Warner
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 24Zeegelaar
  • 31Martínez Cervera
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
14,480

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackpool 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

  4. Post update

    Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Novak with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

  12. Post update

    Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aaron McLean (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Stephen Dobbie.

  17. Post update

    Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron McLean (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

    Lee Novak (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.