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Birmingham City 1-1 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford
On-loan Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford played just two senior games for Nottingham Forest before being signed by Chelsea

Patrick Bamford scored a second-half equaliser as Middlesbrough survived the dismissal of goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos to earn a point and go top of the Championship.

Konstantopoulos was sent off for bringing down Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson in the 43rd minute.

Paul Caddis drove home the spot-kick to give the Blues a deserved lead.

Boro hit back after half-time and equalised after 74 minutes when Bamford fired in his 12th goal of the season.

The draw ended Boro's run of six successive Championship wins but was enough to take them above Derby and Bournemouth and into top spot.

Aitor Karanka's side, bouncing back from their FA Cup exit at Arsenal last Sunday, went close early on as Darren Randolph finger-tipped an angled shot from Emilio Nsue.

But Birmingham, with four draws and a defeat from their previous five league games, were on top for the remainder of the first half.

Andrew Shinnie saw a long-range effort saved by Konstantopoulos, while Donaldson was a constant threat.

And it was Donaldson's pace in getting first to a poor back pass from Ben Gibson that saw him knock the ball past Konstantopoulos before being tripped by the Boro keeper, who was shown the red card.

Replacement Tomas Mejias, who came on for striker Jelle Vossen, was unable to keep out the penalty from Caddis as Birmingham led at the break.

But former Boro full-back Jonathan Grounds and winger David Cotterill missed chances early in the second half.

And the visitors then built up some pressure, earning their reward when the impressive Grant Leadbitter slipped through a pass from the edge of the penalty area for Bamford to calmly slot a low shot past Randolph.

That gave Boro the result they needed to head the promotion race, although they were almost denied in stoppage time when Donaldson headed a Caddis cross over the bar from six yards out.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka told his club's website:

"I'm very proud of all the players. They know that and I told them after the game that finally we're at the top of the table and we are there because all of them deserve it.

"After 31 games we're at the top and I don't know if anyone thought we would be in this position back in June or July.

"Now we have to defend this position and it's going to be very difficult. This league will be tight until the end.

"We're top of the table but we will be making a mistake thinking everything is done. All the players are doing really well so we have to enjoy being in this position and defend it now."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "Had you of asked me before the game would I be pleased with a point I would have said of course but after Middlesbrough going down to 10-men and being 1-0 up I am disappointed we did not take all three points.

"As for off the field concerns, and the potential deduction of 10 points,

"I can't control that and I said that to the players. Off the pitch we can't control what happens.

"The news the days before the game I just think it spread a bit of negativity among the staff and the players initially.

"But if it needs to be done to move the club forward so be it. We just have to concentrate on what we do.

"If the worst comes to the worst and we lose 10 points, which I don't think it will, we will crack on. I don't think it will come to that. I think the club is financially stable."

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos is sent off by referee David Coote to leave his side with 10 men for more than 45 minutes
Birmingham defender Paul Caddis scores a penalty
Birmingham defender Paul Caddis scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Blues the lead

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23Spector
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 26DavisSubstituted forReillyat 60'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11CotterillBooked at 42mins
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forThomasat 77'minutes
  • 33GraySubstituted forDyerat 69'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 15Kiernan
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 40Dyer

Middlesbrough

  • 13KonstantopoulosBooked at 43mins
  • 5FredericksBooked at 56mins
  • 22OmeruoBooked at 90mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 34Forshaw
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forReachat 85'minutes
  • 23Bamford
  • 24NsueSubstituted forAdomahat 62'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 21VossenSubstituted forMejiasat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Clayton
  • 9Kike
  • 17Husband
  • 18Whitehead
  • 20Reach
  • 27Adomah
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
15,101

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Booking

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Booking

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Lee Tomlin.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Middlesbrough 1. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Demarai Gray.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tomás Mejías.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly replaces David Davis because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough31179549212860
2Bournemouth31178665323359
3Derby31178661313059
4Ipswich31169650311957
5Watford31175963372656
6Norwich31158859362353
7Brentford31164114642452
8Wolves3113993840-248
9Blackburn311110104141043
10Nottm Forest311011104746141
11Sheff Wed3191392328-540
12Birmingham31912103342-939
13Leeds31108133340-738
14Huddersfield31108134153-1238
15Cardiff31910123844-637
16Bolton31107144048-837
17Reading31107143546-1137
18Charlton3171593141-1036
19Fulham31105164455-1135
20Rotherham31713113241-934
21Brighton31613123239-731
22Millwall3179152848-2030
23Wigan31510162842-1425
24Blackpool3149182760-3321
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