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Birmingham City 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

David Cotterill

David Cotterill's superb strike ensured Doncaster claimed a point at Birmingham and ended an eight-match losing streak against the Midlands club.

Rovers, who last triumphed against Blues in 1954, looked to be heading towards defeat until substitute Cotterill rifled home from 30 yards.

Birmingham were on course for victory thanks to Lee Novak's strike.

But relinquishing the lead means they are four points above the Championship relegation zone.

A draw was no real surprise considering the visitors went into the encounter having triumphed just once away from home in eight attempts this season while the Blues had racked up just two league victories at St Andrew's.

Both sides are yet to record back-to-back league wins this term.

After a quiet start to the game, the first moment of excitement came from Novak's attempted lob from 30 yards but Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull was on hand to tip over.

Turnbull was at it again just minutes later when he blocked well from Aaron McLean after the Birmingham striker had been put through by Jesse Lingard.

Novak scored his third goal since switching from Huddersfield over the summer when he was found by Mitch Hancox's deep cross just before the half-hour mark.

The visitors finally threatened through Mark Duffy, who forced Darren Randolph to tip over his strike, before the lively Novak rifled over prior to half-time.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov introduced Cotterill just before the hour mark in a bid to spark some life into his side and Federico Macheda was sent clear but he was denied by the legs of Randolph.

The on-loan Manchester United frontman headed wide soon after before Rovers got their reward as Cotterill rifled home into the top corner from distance.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It's another point, it keeps our unbeaten run going, but I feel it's an opportunity lost.

"We put ourselves in a great position and then second half, for some reason, we didn't continue what we did in the first half.

"They started dominating the game a little bit in terms of getting at us a bit too easy, and then we give a goal away that we shouldn't do.

"It's a wonderful strike, I'm not taking anything away from that, but they had too many unforced passes leading up to it."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"We don't want to get beat in games and limp off the pitch at the end of it. If we're going to get beat, at least get beat having a good go.

"I didn't feel as though we did that well enough in the first half.

"My players know what I'm like as a manager, if they go out there and have a right good go then I'll back them all the way - win, lose or draw.

"But I keep saying to them if you do have a go and try to do the right things then you've always got a chance of getting points."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 17ReillySubstituted forElliottat 79'minutes
  • 4Robinson
  • 6Burn
  • 12Novak
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 19Zigic
  • 9LingardSubstituted forShinnieat 85'minutes
  • 35McLeanSubstituted forBurkeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Burke
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Elliott
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 27Ferguson
  • 34Dudka

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Turnbull
  • 2Quinn
  • 31Stevens
  • 4Furman
  • 14Khumalo
  • 12McCullough
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forCotterillat 59'minutes
  • 19WellensSubstituted forWoodsat 45'minutes
  • 10Macheda
  • 22Robinson
  • 7DuffySubstituted forPaynterat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Paynter
  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 17Woods
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 30Peterson
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
12,663

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke McCullough.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Jesse Lingard.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mitch Hancox with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Dangerous play by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Billy Paynter (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Wade Elliott (Birmingham City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Wade Elliott replaces Callum Reilly.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Martin Woods.