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Birmingham City 1-1 Brentford: Bees denied by Blues as they miss chance to go third

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his 12th goal of the season for Birmingham

Birmingham City and Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford had to settle for a draw at St Andrew's after two goals in the space of four first-half minutes.

Lukas Jutkiewicz tapped Birmingham in front from Gary Gardner's cross before Ethan Pinnock headed in his first Brentford goal from a corner.

Teenager Jude Bellingham had almost given the Blues the lead inside the opening few minutes but saw his 20-yard strike bounce off the post.

A drab second half in appalling conditions saw home goalkeeper Lee Camp deny Emiliano Marcondes late on, while Birmingham thought they should have had a penalty when the ball appeared to hit Pinnock's arm in the area.

The result means Brentford missed the chance to leapfrog west London rivals Fulham into third following their shock home defeat by Barnsley.

Thomas Frank's side stay fourth in a congested top seven, but are now four points behind second-placed Leeds who beat Bristol City.

The arrival of Storm Dennis saw strong winds and heavy rain make things tough for the players and there were few decent chances.

In-form Birmingham striker Scott Hogan, whose dummy set up Jutkiewicz's goal, saw his second-half effort blocked in the box in a frustrating afternoon for the forwards.

Midfielder Marcones had the best opportunity to get Brentford a winner, but Camp superbly tipped away his powerful shot that was heading for the top corner.

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"I think it was a penalty. Normally we don't get those penalties and I've seen decisions made against us for less.

"We're driving the ball at the right moments and we made sure Brentford had very little attacks against us. I get the feeling we're getting stronger.

"We're turning into a different animal. But, it's important to keep focusing on this one-game mentality and keep growing as a team."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinBooked at 58mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-SalterBooked at 60mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11BelaSubstituted forHardingat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22Bellingham
  • 40HoganSubstituted forCrowleyat 75'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Crowley
  • 12Dean
  • 15Montero
  • 27Trueman
  • 44Boyd-Munce

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 41mins
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forYearwoodat 9'minutesBooked at 34minsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 71'minutes
  • 6NørgaardBooked at 85mins
  • 26Baptiste
  • 17Marcondes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 4Yearwood
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 32Racic
  • 35Rasmussen
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
20,379

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Brentford 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Jérémie Bela.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Camp.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

  8. Booking

    Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Camp.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a cross.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Daniel Crowley replaces Scott Hogan.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Jude Bellingham tries a through ball, but Gary Gardner is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom331712459362363
2Leeds33178848301859
3Fulham33168947361156
4Brentford331671054272755
5Nottm Forest331510845331255
6Preston331581047371053
7Bristol City33158104846253
8Blackburn331481148381050
9Cardiff33121474845350
10Millwall33121384038249
11Swansea33121294141048
12Sheff Wed33128134138344
13Derby331111114145-444
14Birmingham33128134249-744
15Reading33119134137442
16QPR33126155158-742
17Hull33118144751-441
18Middlesbrough33813123443-937
19Charlton3399154147-636
20Huddersfield3399153852-1436
21Stoke33104194153-1234
22Wigan33710163350-1731
23Luton3393213966-2730
24Barnsley33610174058-1828
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