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Championship: Birmingham City 2-2 Ipswich Town

Birmingham City celebrate Lukas Jutkiewicz's equaliser
Lukas Jutkiewicz scored twice to salvage a point for Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz scored twice as Birmingham City came from 2-0 down to deny struggling Ipswich Town a first league win of the season.

Ipswich set about their opponents in the opening period, as Jon Nolan curled into the top corner to put them in front, and Everton loanee Matthew Pennington swept a shot into the corner to further stun the home side.

Birmingham, who beat leaders Leeds last week, responded when Jota played in Jutkiewicz, who slipped his shot into the back of the net to pull one back.

The Blues striker, having just struck the bar, then hit his second of the game into the roof of the net from close range to level.

Pennington was then dismissed with four minutes to play for a second yellow card, having brought down Jacques Maghoma in midfield.

Town keeper Dean Gerken still needed to be at his best late on to deny Blues all three points, saving at point-blank range from Che Adams.

Garry Monk's Blues only ended their own wait for a victory last weekend, stunning Marcelo Bielsa's highfliers Leeds, and needed their second-half response to claim a share of the spoils here.

Ipswich's 12-game run without a victory stretches back to the end of last season, but this was their best opportunity to end it after taking the lead for only the third time this season.

Despite being unable to keep Blues at bay, Millwall's defeat by Sheffield United saw Paul Hurst's side leapfrog the Lions into 22nd place.

Meanwhile, Ipswich are set to be without striker Ellis Harrison for at least two months because of an ankle injury.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"Being 2-0 down at half-time and not going to plan, to get that response is crucial. To get those two goals back and have chances to win it in 45 minutes, I'm very happy with that fantastic character and belief.

"The two goals we gave away were poor. It was very odd to see those two mistakes. They lead to two goals and you can't afford to do that.

"We look at it as two points dropped. The way that we responded and the other chances we had after that, they could have easily been goals."

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"You're certainly hopeful of getting the victory when you're 2-0 up.

"We knew there would be pressure in the second half, but then they go and score pretty much from the restart with the first attack they have.

"That got the crowd back involved and gave their players a lift.

"A lot of feelings and incident in this game but, in the end, it's a first point away from home and we move a place up in the league."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23Jota
  • 31LakinSubstituted forMahoneyat 64'minutes
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 45'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9Adams

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Mahoney
  • 14Bogle
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 5PenningtonBooked at 88mins
  • 22Nsiala
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8SkuseBooked at 90mins
  • 6Chalobah
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forDonacienat 89'minutes
  • 11Nolan
  • 18WardSubstituted forSearsat 81'minutes
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 2Donacien
  • 14Graham
  • 20Sears
  • 21Downes
  • 23Dozzell
  • 25Edun
  • 33Bialkowski
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
21,612

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Ipswich Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Ipswich Town 2.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jota with a cross.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Booking

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Janoi Donacien replaces Gwion Edwards.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town).

Hand ball by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

Dangerous play by Jota (Birmingham City).

Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

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

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears replaces Grant Ward.

Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

Hand ball by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town).

Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jota following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

Attempt saved. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld with a headed pass.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom1062225141120
2Leeds105412081219
3Middlesbrough10541124819
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Norwich105231413117
6Brentford104421812616
7Swansea10442106416
8Wigan105141412216
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Sheff Wed104331515015
13Blackburn103611313015
14Bolton104331012-215
15Aston Villa103521615114
16Birmingham10172910-110
17Stoke102441418-410
18Rotherham10316816-810
19QPR10316718-1110
20Reading102351415-19
21Hull102261017-78
22Ipswich10064814-66
23Millwall10136916-76
24Preston101271121-105
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