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Birmingham City 1-1 Burton Albion

Lloyd Dyer
Lloyd Dyer has scored in all four of Burton's league games against his former club Birmingham

Birmingham City's pressure eventually paid off as Lukas Jutkiewicz's late header earned them a draw against Burton to dent Albion's survival hopes.

The Blues spurned plenty of first-half chances, before Lloyd Dyer fired in against his old club to give Burton the lead shortly after half-time.

Winger Jota and midfielder David Davis then both hit the woodwork for the hosts, in a game they dominated.

But Jutkiewicz headed in from Jeremie Boga's cross to keep Burton bottom.

Birmingham had won their previous three games and created enough chances to extend that run, but Brewers keeper Stephen Bywater saved from Jutkiewicz and Jota, before Davis and the Spaniard saw efforts cleared off the line.

Even after equalising late on, the hosts - who had 13 efforts on target to Burton's two - could have won it, but Jota saw his strike deflected over.

The draw extended Burton's winless run to eight games, but they did move one point closer to 21st-placed Bolton, who lost at Derby, leaving Nigel Clough's side seven points adrift of safety with five games to play.

Of Burton's remaining fixtures, Saturday's game at St Andrew's was their first of four against other sides in the bottom seven, with Hull plus struggling Sunderland and Bolton all still to face the Brewers.

Their second consecutive draw followed Dyer's confident finish, after the former Birmingham man was fed by Hope Akpan's neat ball, but it was ultimately not enough to lift them above 23rd-placed Sunderland.

Birmingham manager Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"We deserved to win that game, that's clear. We know that with the amount of good chances we had, we should have taken them and we need to be more ruthless.

"But to come from a losing position and get a point is typical of the spirit in the group, and every point is going to be vital.

"We know it's going to be a huge fight until the end of the season, it was always going to be, but I can't fault my players."

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

"We were close again to getting the three points. It wouldn't have been, I don't think, particularly deserved on the performance today, but there's been plenty of times this season when we have deserved it and not got it.

"In the first half, despite being in a 4-4-2, we gave the ball away far too many times, and that gave Birmingham five or six chances in the first half.

"Stephen Bywater kept us in it, I think. They created and were playing with confidence. They created numerous opportunities all throughout the game."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 5ColinSubstituted forNdoyeat 84'minutes
  • 26DavisBooked at 58mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 56mins
  • 27Jota
  • 20Boga
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 3Grounds
  • 4Roberts
  • 17Ndoye
  • 21Lowe
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 49Lubula

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2Brayford
  • 15NaylorBooked at 50mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 14McCrorySubstituted forAkinsat 22'minutes
  • 17Sordell
  • 19DavenportSubstituted forMurphyat 84'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 11Dyer
  • 27Boyce
  • 9BentBooked at 60minsSubstituted forTurnerat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Allen
  • 6Turner
  • 7Murphy
  • 10Akins
  • 20Samuelsen
  • 23Buxton
  • 24Campbell
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
22,311

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home13
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Burton Albion 1.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Turner.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cheikh Ndoye.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Brayford with a headed pass.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jota tries a through ball, but Maikel Kieftenbeld is caught offside.

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Burton Albion).

Offside, Birmingham City. Jota tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Burton Albion 1. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jeremie Boga with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Morrison.

Foul by Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City).

Stephen Bywater (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Cheikh Ndoye replaces Maxime Colin.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Murphy replaces Jacob Davenport.

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jota.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion).

David Davis (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota with a through ball.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jota tries a through ball, but Jacques Maghoma is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Ben Turner replaces Darren Bent because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Brayford.

Jota (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jeremie Boga.

goal

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