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Birmingham City 1-1 Charlton Athletic: Lukas Jutkiewicz's late goal denies Addicks vital win in relegation battle

By Andrew AloiaBBC Sport
Birmingham's Scott Hogan sees his penalty saved by Dillon Phillips
Scott Hogan spurned a great chance to put Birmingham ahead from the penalty spot

Lukas Jutkiewicz moved managerless Birmingham City to the brink of Championship safety with a dramatic injury-time equaliser against relegation rivals Charlton Athletic.

Teenage sensation Jude Bellingham created the chance for Jutkiewicz to slide home the leveller after keeper Dillon Phillips kept Harlee Dean's initial effort out from point-blank range.

Macauley Bonne's tap-in just before the hour had looked like it would lift Lee Bowyer's Addicks above Blues in the table with two games remaining.

But Phillips was beaten in the 93rd minute, having made a number of decisive saves, including denying Scott Hogan from the penalty spot in the first half.

The draw ended the Blues' four-match losing run and moved them five points clear of the relegation places with two matches left.

Charlton ended a three-match losing run, but they will rue missing out on maximum points as they sit just two points clear of the bottom three.

While the highly sought after Bellingham was moved onto the bench after starting in the defeat by Stoke on Sunday, he came on to play a season-defining role at St Andrew's.

To start with, however, Dan Crowley - brought in as one of three changes by Blues caretaker bosses Steve Spooner and Craig Gardner - tested Phillips at his near post early on after bursting into the box.

Charlton's best opportunity before the break was one that flashed harmlessly across goal, with a fine Josh Cullen cross just eluding Jonathan Williams as he attempted a diving header at the far post.

A weak pass back from Cullen then got Charlton into their most serious first-half trouble, as Jutkiewicz intercepted the loose ball and ran into the box before being brought down by the onrushing Phillips.

Hogan, however, was unable to capitalise, as Phillips dived to his right to foil the striker, who then launched a volley over the bar on the rebound.

Fine work from Alfie Doughty down the left after the break set Bonne up for the opener.

Phillips protected the advantage by denying Ivan Sunjic soon after and only the woodwork stopped Aiden McGeady adding a second for Charlton.

Bellingham, who has been heavily linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund, lifted Blues with his energy and ingenuity off the bench and eventually played a crucial role in the leveller.

Birmingham City caretaker boss Steve Spooner: "The players showed resolve and resilience in an empty stadium and I think that is an absolute testimony to the desire of the players to get a result for this football club.

"That was a really good performance, up there with some of the quality ones that we have had over the years in terms of the ugly side of the game - that determination, the amount of second balls we won, tackles we put in and distances we ran."

"We are focused on winning two more games this season. Of course you want to get as safe as you can as early as you can, but we want to go to Preston [on Saturday] and show that level of performance again."

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer: "If we won tonight, for me 49 [points] is safe. Looking at who others have got to play that would have put us on 49 with a better goal difference.

"We should have won comfortably. We hit the post, we missed chances - clear-cut chances. Once you go 2-0 up it's done, the game is finished. We had so many chances for that to happen. But that is why we are in this situation. We have missed too many chances.

"To concede the way we did hurts a lot. Since coming back from this lockdown the amount of pressure and chances we have created we should be well out of sight. There is no way we should be competing to stay in this league.

"We created chances to win two games tonight. Unfortunately, you don't take your chances, you don't win games. You don't win games, you won't stay in this division. Plain and simple."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7CrowleyBooked at 89minsSubstituted forBoyd-Munceat 90+5'minutes
  • 34SunjicSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 73'minutes
  • 20GardnerBooked at 30mins
  • 11BelaSubstituted forBellinghamat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 40HoganSubstituted forReidat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 22Bellingham
  • 27Trueman
  • 28Fernández Fernández
  • 44Boyd-Munce
  • 45Burke
  • 49Reid
  • 50Gordon

Charlton

  • 1PhillipsBooked at 33mins
  • 2Matthews
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 45DoughtySubstituted forPurringtonat 77'minutes
  • 14McGeadySubstituted forSarrat 84'minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 28FieldSubstituted forPratleyat 77'minutes
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forMorganat 77'minutes
  • 17Bonne
  • 26HemedSubstituted forAnekeat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 8Forster-Caskey
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 15Pratley
  • 19Morgan
  • 23Sarr
  • 44Davison
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Roberts.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Macauley Bonne (Charlton Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Caolan Boyd-Munce replaces Daniel Crowley.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Gardner.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jude Bellingham with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Darren Pratley tries a through ball, but Chuks Aneke is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Dillon Phillips (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City).

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic).

  17. Booking

    Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds43259969343584
2West Brom442216674413382
3Brentford442491179354481
4Fulham4422111158441477
5Nottm Forest4418161057451270
6Cardiff441716116257567
7Millwall441617115046465
8Swansea441616125752564
9Preston441711165653362
10Bristol City441711165963-462
11Derby441613155860-261
12Blackburn441612166057360
13Wigan441512175453157
14Reading441511185550556
15Sheff Wed441511185459-556
16QPR44159206171-1054
17Stoke44148225767-1050
18Middlesbrough441214184557-1250
19Birmingham441214185370-1750
20Huddersfield441212204965-1648
21Charlton441211214859-1147
22Hull44129235783-2645
23Luton44129235080-3045
24Barnsley431013204667-2143
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