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Birmingham City 1-1 Fulham

Michael Morrison
Michael Morrison has previously played for Charlton and Cambridge in his career

Struggling Fulham's winless streak extended to six games following an entertaining draw against Birmingham.

The visitors dominated early on and were rewarded when Rohan Ince's driven shot squeezed past Tomasz Kuszczak.

Michael Morrison's firm header from David Cotterill's accurate cross drew Blues level shortly after half-time.

Birmingham nearly won it late on as David Davis' shot hit the post before Clayton Donaldson fired the rebound over the crossbar.

The result meant Fulham dropped down to 21st place, just one point above the drop zone, while Birmingham remained ninth, six points off a play-off place.

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Gary Rowett on Birmingham City v Fulham

Despite their poor recent form, Fulham flew out of the blocks as Emerson Hyndman and Scott Parker had great chances to open the scoring.

They were soon rewarded for their early dominance as Ince, on loan from Brighton, opened his account for the club.

On the stroke of half-time, Jonathan Spector's header from Cotterill's free-kick was magnificently saved by Marcus Bettinelli, but the keeper was helpless after the break to stop Morrison from equalising.

Fulham have won just twice in 15 games under Slavisa Jokanovic. The Serb, who led Watford to the Premier League last season, has eight games to keep his side from dropping into League One.

Birmingham City defender Michael Morrison:

"It's a little bit like the Wolves game, we've chucked everything at it.

"We've had chances again, it's just not falling for us at the moment and it's really disappointing.

"Unfortunately it doesn't seem like we can kill teams off at the moment."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

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Slavisa Jokanovic on Birmingham v Fulham

"We were very competitive today. At this moment, we've got a month and a half until the end of the season.

"We played good football against a team in the top half, but we didn't win. It's a point and if you cannot win three, it's important you get one.

"Our future is in our hands and we'll fight until the last second. Let's be brave, intelligent and play with desire like we did today."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forMaghomaat 53'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forBuckleyat 81'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 20ToralSubstituted forVaughanat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Maghoma
  • 30Buckley
  • 32Shotton

Fulham

  • 1BettinelliBooked at 90mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 15MadlBooked at 64mins
  • 33Burn
  • 13Ream
  • 10Cairney
  • 8ParkerBooked at 62mins
  • 31Ince
  • 28HyndmanSubstituted forFredericksat 75'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 25DembeleBooked at 49minsSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 3Garbutt
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 7Fredericks
  • 9Smith
  • 23O'Hara
  • 24Lonergan
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
17,104

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Fulham 1.

Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Morrison with a headed pass.

Booking

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Vaughan.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Davis.

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

William Buckley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Moussa Dembele.

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Vaughan (Birmingham City).

Foul by Rohan Ince (Fulham).

William Buckley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

David Davis (Birmingham City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Madl.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. William Buckley replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

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

Foul by James Vaughan (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Emerson Hyndman.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. James Vaughan replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Davis.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but David Cotterill is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley382112561313075
2Brighton381914552351771
3Middlesbrough37217948232570
4Hull37199950232766
5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR381215114743451
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
24Bolton38414203668-3226
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