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Birmingham City 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Birmingham City winger David Cotterill is congratulated after scoring his side's opener against Huddersfield at St Andrew's
David Cotterill has scored both Birmingham City's goals in this season's two meetings with Huddersfield Town

Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town shared the spoils at St Andrew's to edge a little closer to safety in the Championship.

Welsh winger David Cotterill fired Blues ahead with a neatly-taken near-post shot, only for Joe Lolley to level for the Terriers by half-time.

That ended a run of three successive defeats for Chris Powell's side to leave them nine points clear of danger.

Blues are four points better off, having dropped a place to 15th.

It means that Gary Rowett's men have lost just once in their last seven home games.

Lolley pops another one in
Birmingham City Academy product Joe Lolley has now scored three times in his 14 months at Huddersfield since his six-figure move from non-league Kidderminster Harriers - and all three have been away from home. This was only his third start for the Terriers and he has netted in two of them.

Cottterill scored a cracker when Blues won this season's first meeting between the two sides, 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium in December.

And, after successive 1-0 home wins, Blues seemed on course for another when Cotterill struck on 10 minutes, with a clinically-taken two-touch finish after David Davis and Paul Caddis had carved out the opening down the right flank.

But Huddersfield, who had won on both their last two visits to St Andrew's, generally had the better of the first half and were deservedly level when Lolley, on Birmingham City's books as a boy, pounced on 27 minutes following a series of ricochets inside the penalty area.

The visitors would have been ahead at the break, but for Blues keeper Darren Randolph making a great save to keep out Joel Lynch's header.

The home side found their feet after the break, however, but not even the introduction of Nikola Zigic for the final 20 minutes could force an opening.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"Joe is a real natural talent but I would like to see the day he can last 90 minutes. His rise to a Championship footballer is quite amazing.

"He is an ex-university boy who was playing for Kidderminster. After 16 games he gets a big move to a Championship side.

"We are just trying to cajole him. We are trying to get that talent shown regularly on the pitch. Perhaps his nervous energy hinders his progress.

"But he took his goal well and hopefully we have a real talent as there is certainly something there in his play."

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett:

"You could see that Huddersfield were very keen to block the game and work incredibly hard to stop us playing after losing three games on the spin.

"That was evident and it is testament as teams make it difficult for us to play our normal game.

"We moved the ball too slowly and that was the frustration. We scored a well worked goal and it was great to see David Cotterill on the goal sheet after five games without scoring."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23Spector
  • 15Kiernan
  • 3Grounds
  • 13TescheBooked at 37mins
  • 26Davis
  • 11Cotterill
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forThomasat 68'minutes
  • 33GraySubstituted forDyerat 82'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forZigicat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 18Hancox
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 40Dyer

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4Hudson
  • 33Lynch
  • 17RobinsonBooked at 16minsSubstituted forWallaceat 90'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 10CoadyBooked at 9mins
  • 8Butterfield
  • 18LolleySubstituted forGobernat 77'minutes
  • 9Vaughan
  • 30BunnSubstituted forScannellat 21'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Scannell
  • 11Miller
  • 13Murphy
  • 15Wallace
  • 25Carroll
  • 28Gobern
  • 45Majewski
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
14,747

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away19
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Hand ball by Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Murray Wallace replaces Jack Robinson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

Attempt blocked. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt missed. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Demarai Gray.

Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Robert Tesche.

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Oscar Gobern replaces Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Rob Kiernan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Sean Scannell.

Attempt saved. Rob Kiernan (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.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Attempt blocked. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Andrew Shinnie.

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

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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3Middlesbrough37209858273169
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5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
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10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
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