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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

Formation 4-4-2

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

Substitutes

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

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

  7. Substitution

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

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

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley19116230131739
2QPR19116222101239
3Leicester19122531211038
4Derby19104540261434
5Nottm Forest198742922731
6Reading198742822631
7Blackpool198742321231
8Leeds199372923630
9Ipswich198563024629
10Brighton197752418628
11Huddersfield197572523226
12Watford196763027325
13Blackburn196672222024
14Wigan186481920-122
15Bolton195772023-322
16Bournemouth196492436-1222
17Millwall195682337-1421
18Middlesbrough194873030020
19Birmingham195592426-220
20Doncaster195591731-1420
21Charlton194691623-718
22Yeovil1944111626-1016
23Sheff Wed182882029-914
24Barnsley1935111837-1914
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