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Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Birmingham City: Garry Monk's Owls rescue draw against Blues

There was no conciliatory handshake before the game for former Birmingham City boss Garry Monk and his old Blues number two Pep Clotet
There was no conciliatory handshake before the game for former Birmingham City boss Garry Monk and his old Blues number two Pep Clotet

Garry Monk's Sheffield Wednesday had to come from behind to salvage a draw in his first meeting with Birmingham City since being sacked in the summer.

In a clash dominated by a one-sided war of words between Monk and former number two Pep Clotet, it looked like the current Blues boss might come off best.

Despite the Owls having dominated, Alvaro Gimenez struck on 48 minutes with Blues' first real effort on target for only his second goal for the club.

The seven-figure Spanish summer signing turned in a low ball in from the right from Jeremie Bela for his first goal since 20 August.

But, with nine minutes left, Kadeem Harris ran at the Blues defence, who backed off, allowing the Wednesday man to take a shot at goal.

His low 20-yard effort somehow squeezed past three sets of legs and found visiting keeper Connal Trueman's bottom-right corner.

Birmingham City's Spanish striker Alvaro Gimenez met a low ball in from the right from Jeremy Bela to score the first goal of the night at Hillsborough
Birmingham City's Spanish striker Alvaro Gimenez met a low ball in from the right from Jeremy Bela to score the first goal of the night at Hillsborough

Prior to that, the closest Wednesday had gone was when full-back Moses Odubajo, fed by Aston Villa old boy Barry Bannan, cut inside to hit the bar.

Odubajo was one of four changes - two of them enforced - that Monk made following Saturday's late 2-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion, coming in for suspended Owls defender Liam Palmer, who started a three-game ban for his red card at The Hawthorns.

Keeper Cameron Dawson came in for Keiren Westwood, who was ruled out with a shoulder injury, while Adam Reach and Massimo Luongo were also recalled.

But Clotet also made changes following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Huddersfield, recalling Fran Villalba for Jacques Maghoma and Gimenez for Lukas Jutkiewicz. And, although the Owls carried the greater overall threat, they had to settle for a share of the spoils against a well organised Blues team.

Both sides have now picked up just two points from a possible 12, leaving Clotet's Blues in 15th, still trailing Monk's 10th-placed Owls by two points in this tight, competitive Championship table.

Clotet confirmed after the game that he had attempted to shake opposite number Monk's hand before the game, but the Owls boss appeared to turn his back on him.

Owls manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

On the game: "This group of players are fantastic to work with. We have to take our chances and be more clinical but we're on a rotten run of luck. The ball just won't quite go in, one off the crossbar, one scrambled off the line and another coming off their keeper without him knowing anything about it.

On his previous day's comments about Clotet: "It is what it is. I appreciate not everyone is going to like it. Staying true to myself is the most important thing.

"I understand the reaction. But I got asked the question and, like I've always done, I have to be true to myself. I can take honest criticism.

"I was talking facts. I wish it wasn't facts. I wish it wasn't true. I wish that with every part of my body. But I didn't do it to gain anything. I can't change who I am. Like with every other question I get asked, I was just trying to be open and honest."

Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

On Monk's comments the previous day: "I don't have social media on my phone. We were on the bus when I was told about it. But my focus was on the game and getting to Sheffield.

On the absence of a handshake: "At the end of the day, I am representing Birmingham City. Manners are to respected, whatever the situation. If we lose manners, what have we got? I gave my hand but I respect whatever is the outcome."

On the game: "We scored a very good goal and managed to get on top of a very difficult Sheffield Wednesday side, who have a squad made to compete for the top two.

"But we could have done better with the goal. We needed to avoid that shot and defend a little better but, on the other hands, there is no blame attached for the way we played."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 22Odubajo
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13BörnerBooked at 12minsSubstituted forLeesat 45'minutes
  • 3Fox
  • 20ReachSubstituted forNuhiuat 67'minutes
  • 5LeeSubstituted forForestieriat 56'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 21Luongo
  • 7K Harris
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 14Murphy
  • 15Lees
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 36Jones
  • 45Forestieri

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5ColinBooked at 84mins
  • 4RobertsBooked at 78mins
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7Crowley
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forDavisat 82'minutes
  • 17Villalba Rodrigo
  • 11BelaSubstituted forMonteroat 70'minutes
  • 24GiménezBooked at 66minsSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 2Harding
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 15Montero
  • 16McEachran
  • 26Davis
  • 37Bailey
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
22,059

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home25
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kadeem Harris.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Fox with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt saved. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Booking

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Jude Bellingham.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Birmingham City 1. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Booking

Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Morgan Fox with a cross.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Morgan Fox tries a through ball, but Fernando Forestieri is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jefferson Montero replaces Jérémie Bela.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Adam Reach.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Álvaro Giménez.

Booking

Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom18116135191639
2Leeds18114324101437
3Fulham1895429181132
4Nottm Forest1795324131132
5Preston189453122931
6Swansea188642318530
7Bristol City187832625129
8Brentford188372214827
9Hull187562923626
10Sheff Wed187562317626
11Cardiff186752625125
12Millwall186752224-225
13Blackburn187382426-224
14Derby186661924-524
15Birmingham187381823-524
16QPR187382736-924
17Charlton186572523223
18Reading175391922-318
19Huddersfield184682026-618
20Middlesbrough183871623-717
21Luton1852112533-817
22Wigan1844101628-1216
23Stoke1842121931-1214
24Barnsley1816111837-199
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