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Huddersfield Town 1-1 Birmingham City

Gary Rowett
Birmingham boss Gary Rowett was angry with his side for conceding the lead in midweek

Joel Lynch struck a late Huddersfield equaliser to deny Birmingham victory for just the second time in 10 matches.

The home side dominated at the John Smith's Stadium, with 18 shots in all.

City keeper Tomas Kuszczak excelled and saved an Emyr Huws header brilliantly before David Cotterill gave the away side the lead with a superb free-kick.

His curling effort looked to have won it but defender Lynch took control of a wayward shot in the area and netted his second of the season to earn a point.

With 65% possession and 15 corners to Birmingham's two on the day, Huddersfield will question why their own end-of-season form now boasts just three wins in 11 games.

Sat 16th in the table, their Championship status is secure and buoyed by a 2-0 away win at Blackburn last week and a draw at Rotherham on Tuesday, they began well, with Nahki Wells dragging an effort wide.

Birmingham captain Michael Morrison nearly turned into his own net and Joe Lolley went close for Town prior to Cotterill's 25-yard strike.

The Wales international scored the only goal in this fixture last season - another superbly-struck free-kick - but unlike then, Birmingham could not hold on and they stay ninth in the table.

Blues manager Gary Rowett said he had been "pretty tough" on his players for a "lack of desire " after they conceded a two-goal lead against Preston in midweek and again they squandered an advantage.

Lynch prodded the leveller and his side almost won it with Wells inches away from touching home a cross and Kuszczak brilliantly denying Karim Matmour's overhead kick at the death.

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner:

"We had problems with our finishing and we need to do better.

"Our shots were not good enough and a lot were blocked or went wide. We did not make their goalkeeper work hard enough.

"I am disappointed with the result but when you come back with 10 or 15 minutes left you can be satisfied.

"In the last 10 or 15 minutes everybody can see our fitness was good and we were stronger than our opponent."

"We have shown a good fighting attitude."

Birmingham City's assistant manager Kevin Summerfield:

"It was a game where we needed to dig in and we looked to play on the counter attack but we did not have enough legs or quality.

"It was a set-piece that opened the door for us and Cotterill produced a great free-kick but that's what he does.

"We have been in the top 10 all season and we are not going to sit back and roll over.

"We still have an awful lot to play for and we want to win games."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Steer
  • 22Dempsey
  • 5Hudson
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Davidson
  • 4WhiteheadBooked at 38mins
  • 16Huws
  • 18LolleySubstituted forScannellat 74'minutes
  • 8PatersonBooked at 26minsSubstituted forMatmourat 58'minutes
  • 24van La ParraSubstituted forBunnat 57'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Matmour
  • 14Cranie
  • 17Bunn
  • 26Allinson
  • 36Bojaj

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillBooked at 74minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 89'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisBooked at 49mins
  • 9Donaldson
  • 7FabbriniSubstituted forBuckleyat 66'minutes
  • 25LaffertyBooked at 48minsSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 16Adams
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 23Spector
  • 30Buckley
  • 44Brock-Madsen
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
13,054

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Bunn with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Huddersfield Town).

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces David Cotterill.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Emyr Huws.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Joel Lynch tries a through ball, but Sean Scannell is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

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

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Birmingham City 1. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Scannell following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a cross.

Karim Matmour (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Joe Lolley.

Booking

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Birmingham City 1. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

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

Hand ball by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. William Buckley replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harry Bunn with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Karim Matmour replaces Jamie Paterson.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough44269960283287
3Brighton442415570403087
4Hull4322111062332977
5Derby442114965412477
6Sheff Wed441817962431971
7Cardiff441716115547867
8Ipswich441615134949063
9Birmingham441613155046461
10Brentford43178186464059
11Preston441416144243-158
12Leeds441416144855-758
13QPR441318135353057
14Wolves441315165056-654
15Reading441313185054-452
16Huddersfield441312195861-351
17Nottm Forest441215174045-551
18Blackburn441116174245-349
19Rotherham441310215265-1349
20Bristol City441213195070-2049
21Fulham441115186576-1148
22MK Dons44912233664-2839
23Charlton44813233876-3837
24Bolton44415254080-4027
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