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Brentford 1-1 Birmingham City

Moses Odubajo
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.

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

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Denny Johnstone (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Judge.

  6. Post update

    Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Denny Johnstone replaces David Davis.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by David Edgar (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Grant Hall (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Novak.

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.