Bottom-of-the-table Barnsley fought back to earn a deserved draw against Birmingham but their search for a first victory since the reappointment of Danny Wilson as manager continues.

Nikola Zigic put the hosts ahead with a simple tap in early in the first half.

But the visitors created a number of opportunities with Stephen Dawson and Peter Ramage going close before Jacob Mellis struck with a free-kick.

Despite a hard-earned point, Barnsley remain five points from safety.

Wilson has now drawn two and lost two matches since he was appointed manager on 17 December, although the draw at Birmingham did prevent a third successive defeat.

The Blues extend their unbeaten record to 10 games, but their home form continues to be patchy with Lee Clark's team winning just twice at St Andrews this season.

The hosts were ahead within 10 minutes when Zigic converted a low Callum Reilly cross after it had evaded three Barnsley defenders.

They nearly doubled their lead but Dan Burn headed Olly Lee's corner onto the crossbar and from then on Barnsley had the better of the match.

David Perkins tested Darren Randolph with a 25-yard strike, while a fumble from the goalkeeper then gave Mellis a chance to level, but the unmarked midfielder somehow screwed his shot wide of the far post.

Further chances came Barnsley's way as they pushed forward and a goalline clearance from Zigic prevented Ramage from heading home from a corner.

The equaliser eventually came in the 61st minute when Mellis curled in the free-kick to earn a point for a team who have now won just one of their past 12 Championship matches.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We feel we have dropped two points. It is frustrating but we should have won the game, it is an example to my young players to do the right things.

"Unfortunately there appears to be a common theme in the home games, we start so well and go ahead but then have a nervy spell. The opposition then get a goal and then we kick on again - it seems as if have to get angry before we put the opposition under pressure.

"I was frustrated for the players because over the festive period they have given me everything. I was in bit of a dilemma at half-time, I had three players physically sick and they were running on empty in the second half."

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"Obviously I am encouraged by this performance. We haven't gained many points away from home and to get a result that not many people expected is a fine performance.

"After going behind to an early goal people might have expected the floodgates to open but we turned it around.

"There was nothing between the two teams but there are plenty of points to play for and if we can repeat the kind of performance we showed against Birmingham we will close the gap between the teams above us."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 04 Robinson
  • 17 Reilly (Løvenkrands - 89' )
  • 05 Bartley (Mullins - 57' )
  • 06 Burn
  • 07 Burke
  • 20 Lee
  • 19 Zigic
  • 22 Shinnie (Elliott - 67' )
  • 12 Novak

Substitutes

  • 08 Mullins
  • 11 Løvenkrands
  • 13 Doyle
  • 15 Elliott
  • 27 Ferguson
  • 29 Brown
  • 33 Gray

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 06 Cranie
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 11 Perkins
  • 03 Ramage
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 08 Dawson
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 33 Shea (Cywka - 75' )
  • 21 Mellis

Substitutes

  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 09 Scotland
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 19 Cywka
  • 20 Pedersen
  • 30 Dibble
  • 42 McCourt
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 14,422

Match Stats

Shots

13 18

On target

4 8

Corners

4 3

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 1.

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 1.

90:00 +2:47

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Løvenkrands with a cross.

90:00 +1:35

Luke Steele (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:35

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

90:00 +0:40

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Jim O'Brien is caught offside.

88:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Callum Reilly.

88:12

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

87:48

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

83:37

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

83:06

Offside, Barnsley. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Jim O'Brien is caught offside.

81:47

Attempt missed. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Novak with a cross.

80:32

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

78:47

Attempt missed. David Perkins (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

77:43

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

76:14

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

76:14

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:04

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dan Burn with a headed pass.

75:28

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka replaces Brek Shea.

73:38

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

71:22

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:17

Offside, Barnsley. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Jacob Mellis is caught offside.

67:54

Offside, Barnsley. Luke Steele tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

66:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Wade Elliott replaces Andrew Shinnie.

65:02

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

62:01

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:01

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

60:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 1. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

60:02

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:02

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

57:42

Foul by Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley).

57:42

Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:20

Attempt blocked. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

57:15

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

56:49

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

56:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Hayden Mullins replaces Kyle Bartley because of an injury.

55:41

Delay in match Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

55:21

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:21

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

54:12

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brek Shea.

52:13

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

50:07

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

47:55

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

47:19

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

47:17

Attempt blocked. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

45:50

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:50

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 0.

44:13

Attempt missed. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

43:02

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

41:02

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

39:30

Attempt saved. David Perkins (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brek Shea with a cross.

37:59

Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:59

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

36:11

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:11

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

35:03

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

35:03

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:19

Offside, Birmingham City. Dan Burn tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

31:37

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

31:33

Attempt saved. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

29:20

Foul by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

29:20

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:15

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

28:15

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:20

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

27:20

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:10

Attempt saved. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Perkins.

23:33

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

23:33

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:49

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

20:00

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

19:03

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Oliver Lee with a cross following a corner.

18:28

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

17:47

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:03

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Mellis following a set piece situation.

15:25

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:25

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

14:10

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

9:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 1, Barnsley 0. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Reilly with a cross.

7:56

Attempt saved. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

6:06

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

5:45

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

5:45

Brek Shea (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:23

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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