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Norwich City 2-2 Birmingham City

Cameron Jerome
Jerome scored his fourth and fifth league goals of the season against Birmingham

Cameron Jerome scored twice against his former club as Norwich staged a superb second-half comeback to earn a point against Birmingham at Carrow Road.

The visitors went ahead when Callum Reilly's shot deflected off Russell Martin, beating goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Demarai Gray then slotted past Ruddy to double Blues' lead before Martin crossed for Jerome to score his first.

Just three minutes later, Jerome levelled when he headed Nathan Redmond's delivery into the net.

The former Cardiff and Stoke striker, who now has five league goals for the season, ensured Norwich remain second in the Championship and unbeaten since their opening-day defeat by Wolves.

The visitors were lucky not to go behind after just five minutes when Lewis Grabban volleyed Martin's cross over the bar from close range.

But Birmingham soon broke the deadlock against the run of play through Reilly, and then had a penalty appeal turned down when Martin appeared to tug back Clayton Donaldson inside the box.

Norwich then found themselves 2-0 down at the break for the second weekend running after Gray's cool finish.

But two quick-fire Jerome goals got the hosts back on track, although they were to snatch a winner.

At the other end, Ruddy had to pull off an impressive save to keep out Donaldson's near-post header, before the last chance of the match fell to to the hosts in the dying minutes when Michael Turner nodded just over the bar.

Norwich manager Neil Adams: "Obviously I am pleased with the way the lads fought back but, at the same time, I am disappointed we didn't go on to win the game.

"I can't complain too much because we're now seven games unbeaten and are second from top in the league."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark: "Demarai Gray was suffering from stomach cramps at the start of the second half and wasn't able to cover Martin's run. We were trying to bring Brek Shea on but didn't have time.

"But there so many positives to take from this - we look a good team when we do things right. Today a mad five minutes cost us a win - but not many teams will come here and getting any sort of positive result."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ruddy
  • 12Hooiveld
  • 23Olsson
  • 5Martin
  • 6Turner
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 33mins
  • 27Tettey
  • 22Redmond
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forMurphyat 45'minutes
  • 7GrabbanBooked at 30minsSubstituted forLaffertyat 78'minutes
  • 10JeromeBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 9Lafferty
  • 17Bennett
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe

Birmingham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Randolph
  • 3Grounds
  • 4RobinsonSubstituted forGleesonat 61'minutes
  • 6Edgar
  • 23SpectorBooked at 73mins
  • 17Reilly
  • 31Caddis
  • 26Davis
  • 33GraySubstituted forSheaat 54'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 7Duffy
  • 8Gleeson
  • 10Thomas
  • 13Shea
  • 14Packwood
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
26,351

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home28
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 2, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Turner (Norwich City) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Brek Shea.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Davis.

  7. Booking

    Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

  9. Post update

    David Edgar (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Russell Martin.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jos Hooiveld (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Davis.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

  15. Post update

    David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jos Hooiveld (Norwich City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Turner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jos Hooiveld (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Murphy with a cross following a corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Lewis Grabban.