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Birmingham City 1-1 Sheffield United: Blades miss chance to go back second with St Andrews draw

Michael Morrison celebrates drawing Birmingham level against Sheffield United
Michael Morrison celebrates drawing Birmingham level against Sheffield United

Sheffield United ceded control back to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United in the race for automatic promotion as they were held at Birmingham City.

Enda Stevens' first goal in more than a year put the Blades ahead but their lead lasted fewer than four minutes.

Michael Morrison stabbed Blues level from close range to keep United third, one point behind second-placed Leeds with five games remaining.

Birmingham had the better chances to win it but the draw moves them six points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Blues, who matched their high-flying visitors throughout, could consider themselves unfortunate to fall behind to Stevens' emphatic strike - United's only shot on target in the first half.

That the goal was set up by a run from former Blues man Mark Duffy and finished by former Aston Villa defender Stevens, who drilled past Lee Camp at his near post, added salt to the wounds.

But they were level almost immediately, with Morrison first to react when Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson pawed away a Gary Gardner header from a corner.

While Camp had to be alert to prevent Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring an own goal after the break, it was Birmingham who fashioned the better second-half opportunities.

Henderson made a flying save to thwart former Blades forward Che Adams' 25-yarder and also denied substitute Jota.

United pressed late on, David McGoldrick heading their best chance over, but Blues saw out a draw to move closer to safety despite a nightmare March that featured five straight defeats and a nine-point deduction for profitability breaches.

The Blades, who have now lost just once in their past 13 Championship games, will go back second, albeit perhaps briefly, with victory at home to struggling Millwall on Saturday.

They will then hope for a favour from rivals Sheffield Wednesday who visit Leeds in the late kick-off (17:30 BST).

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk told BBC Radio WM 95.6:

"To take four points this week is a huge return for us, considering we were coming off a losing streak.

"There was a lot of resilience on display tonight, it was a huge effort and we got what we deserved.

"We had the best chances in the game, funnily enough, but I think overall a point was probably a fair result."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We are a bit disappointed as in the second half we made all the running.

"They are a really difficult team to play against - they sit in, they give up possession, you have to move them around and we did.

"The disappointing thing is that it didn't take them long to get their equaliser.

"I was always felt it was us dictating and looking for that winner, without finding that last little pass or last little bit of quality."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3PedersenBooked at 65mins
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forJotaat 60'minutes
  • 26DavisBooked at 34minsSubstituted forGardnerat 83'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Adams
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 11Vassell
  • 18Mrabti
  • 23Jota
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 28CranieSubstituted forDowellat 60'minutes
  • 2Baldock
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forMadineat 60'minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 17McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 8Dowell
  • 11Hogan
  • 14Madine
  • 15Coutts
  • 18Freeman
  • 19Stearman
  • 25Moore
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
22,351

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Sheffield United 1.

Attempt saved. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

Offside, Sheffield United. Kieran Dowell tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces David Davis.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Egan (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Birmingham City. Maxime Colin tries a through ball, but Jota is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Basham with a cross.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Che Adams.

Booking

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

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

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jota replaces Connor Mahoney.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Kieran Dowell replaces Martin Cranie.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Gary Madine replaces Mark Duffy.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich412510684503485
2Leeds412471068422679
3Sheff Utd41239968383078
4West Brom4120101177552270
5Aston Villa411715975571866
6Bristol City4018111154441065
7Middlesbrough411613124336761
8Derby401612125550560
9Hull41179156158360
10Sheff Wed411514125254-259
11Nottm Forest411415125550557
12Preston411512145955457
13Swansea40168165550556
14Brentford411412156556954
15Stoke411118123945-651
16Blackburn411311175563-850
17Birmingham411315135753445
18QPR41129204665-1945
19Millwall401011194558-1341
20Reading41914184562-1741
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham41815184470-2639
23Bolton4188252968-3932
24Ipswich41415223267-3527
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