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Middlesbrough 1-1 Birmingham City: Ashley Fletcher cancels out Lukas Jutkiewicz header

Tempers flared
Tempers flared on the touchline after Birmingham's late effort was disallowed

Middlesbrough and Birmingham City's draw in the Championship ended in frenetic fashion as the Blues felt they were controversially denied a late winning goal.

Lukas Jutkiewicz poked in from close range with three minutes to go but referee Andy Woolmer had already stopped play seconds earlier after Jude Bellingham accidentally collided with Marcus Tavernier, leaving Tavernier down on the ground.

That came shortly after Ashley Fletcher had flicked home Marvin Johnson's cross to draw Boro level and cancel out Jutkiewicz's first-half header for the visitors.

Birmingham keeper Lee Camp had also saved Paddy McNair's first-half penalty shortly before the Blues took the lead at the other end.

There were angry scenes on the touchline after Birmingham's disallowed goal and, after a fracas between players and coaches from both clubs, one member of each team's backroom staff was sent to the stands, with Boro's Leo Percovich and Blues' Sean Rush seeing red.

After Tavernier went down following his collision with Bellingham, referee Woolmer initially allowed play to continue from one end of the pitch to the other, before he then blew his whistle just before Jutkiewicz found the net and peeled away in celebration.

Ultimately, Fletcher's seventh goal in 15 appearances earned Boro a valuable point, when they had looked set to be frustrated for long periods of the night.

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz's first-half goal was his 10th of the season in the Championship

Birmingham took the lead through Jutkiewicz's textbook header from Jeremie Bela's perfectly-weighted right-wing cross, and Kerim Mrabti almost made it 2-0 but struck the post soon afterwards.

That came after Camp had denied McNair from the penalty spot following Gary Gardner's foul on Patrick Roberts in the area on 22 minutes.

The result extended the visitors' unbeaten run to four games in all competitions but they missed the chance to claim back-to-back away wins for a first time this season.

Boro's equaliser eight minutes from time kept them above the 18th-placed Blues in the table, as both teams edged a further point away from the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:

"If Patrick Roberts stays on the pitch we win the game because he's going to be a great player for us.

"But I've got no complaints for Paddy McNair, he struck his penalty well and the keeper made a great save.

"At the end, the rules are if someone has got a head injury you have to stop play - so I'm running at the linesman saying 'you've got to stop play'.

"The referee blew and it's just unlucky - the goal was offside anyway and what happened after that was just handbags."

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM 95.6:

"I understand the referee can stop the game at any time but we kept playing, they kept playing and the Middlesbrough bench stormed the pitch to try and stop the game.

"We all need to love the game a little more and make sure we represent the best values of the game.

"The reality is we were on top of everything and had total control of the game.

"You can say we should have scored on the numerous breaks we had but we did score the second goal."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 42Pears
  • 16Howson
  • 17McNair
  • 6FrySubstituted forWoodat 37'minutes
  • 29Spence
  • 26Wing
  • 22SavilleSubstituted forGestedeat 67'minutes
  • 21Johnson
  • 19RobertsSubstituted forTavernierat 25'minutes
  • 11Fletcher
  • 20Nmecha

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 7Tavernier
  • 8Clayton
  • 14Gestede
  • 25Wood
  • 31Reading
  • 37Liddle

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 3Pedersen
  • 26Davis
  • 20GardnerBooked at 35mins
  • 11BelaSubstituted forBellinghamat 77'minutes
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forCrowleyat 61'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 7Crowley
  • 15Montero
  • 16McEachran
  • 22Bellingham
  • 24Giménez
  • 27Trueman
  • 34Sunjic
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
18,350

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Birmingham City 1.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick McNair with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City).

Foul by Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough).

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Birmingham City 1. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marvin Johnson with a cross.

Attempt saved. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jake Clarke-Salter.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Nmecha (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jude Bellingham replaces Jérémie Bela.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marvin Johnson with a cross.

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Aynsley Pears.

Attempt saved. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Lee Camp (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces George Saville.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Wing.

Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City).

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).

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

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Daniel Crowley replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Lukas Nmecha (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Patrick McNair.

Attempt missed. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jérémie Bela with a cross.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

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

goal

As It Stood

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3Fulham28146842301248
4Brentford28145944212347
5Nottm Forest27138638271147
6Preston2913794234846
7Swansea2812973431345
8Millwall28111163632444
9Bristol City2812884240244
10Sheff Wed28126103931842
11Blackburn28117104035540
12Hull28116114036439
13Cardiff2891273941-239
14QPR28115124651-538
15Derby2891092936-737
16Reading27106113431336
17Middlesbrough29811102936-735
18Birmingham2997133546-1134
19Charlton2878133741-429
20Huddersfield2878133144-1329
21Stoke2884163442-828
22Barnsley2959153554-1924
23Wigan2858152543-1823
24Luton2863193461-2721
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