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Birmingham City 1-1 Aston Villa

David Davis
David Davis (left) netted Birmingham's equaliser midway through the second half

Steve Bruce maintained his unbeaten start as Aston Villa manager as the second city derby at his former club Birmingham City ended in a draw.

Boyhood Villa fan Gary Gardner ran the length of the field to celebrate with 1,988 away fans after superbly heading the visitors in front after 29 minutes.

But fellow midfielder David Davis drilled in a low, right-footed shot to level for the hosts on 71 minutes.

Blues had more of the chances, three of them falling to Clayton Donaldson.

Villa also needed the help of a brave save from goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini after Jacques Maghoma had been sent clean through.

The worst miss from Blues' joint-top scorer Donaldson was his first-half header against the crossbar from virtually on the goal line. But, while Blues players protested that the ball had crossed the line, Villa scrambled clear.

Donaldson, who had shot over in the first half, screwed wide from 12 yards with the score still at 1-0, but Davis made amends for him, before matching Gardner's lung-power in the sheer length of his own celebratory gallop.

The highlight for the visitors was Gardner's looping header, which soared through the flailing arms of home goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

They came close to scoring again through Jonathan Kodjia, while a late cameo appearance from substitute Gabby Agbonlahor full of neat touches suggests his Villa career is far from over.

Gary Gardner
Gary Gardner's first-half goal was his first for Aston Villa

Bruce back at St Andrew's

Bruce's last second city derby game as Birmingham City boss was on 11 November 2007. Blues lost 2-1 and eight days later, with Carson Yeung's takeover looming, he resigned to take charge of Wigan Athletic.

Almost nine years on, so soon after another Blues takeover, he returned in the opposition dugout, to a warm, welcoming handshake from opposite number Gary Rowett as he made the familiar walk down the touchline to the dug-outs.

And, to keep everyone relatively happy, it ended in a share of the spoils and Bruce this time feeling a lot happier about his future job security.

Reaction

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett told BBC Sport: "We deserved a point at the very least.

"David Davis took his goal very well and I was very pleased to get back into it after dominating the majority of it.

"The atmosphere was electric. We started really well with good balance and had a few chances, and then we conceded very poorly, which is really disappointing in a big derby. We didn't do our jobs properly.

"Clayton had a couple of chances. I felt at the time, with the header, that the ball had not crossed the line. But the bottom line is he should have scored. It was a big moment."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC Sport: "It was a typical ferocious derby game, but it was a fair result. We showed a sort of resilience.

"Gary's got a very decent Championship side here, a bit similar to the Birmingham side I had here. They're up and at you, and that's why they're up at the top end.

"Wherever we go, we're Aston Villa and people want to turn us over because of who we are and what we are. I'm proud of the way we performed and got a result."

On his reception back at St Andrew's: "I've been in the game for 40 years and nearly 10 of them were here. I had some happy very happy times here and made a lot of friends. The reception was tame."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 23Spector
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Shotton
  • 12WigginsSubstituted forRobinsonat 90+6'minutes
  • 26DavisBooked at 72mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 28minsSubstituted forCotterillat 70'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 19Maghoma
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 65'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 10Fabbrini
  • 11Cotterill
  • 15Jutkiewicz
  • 18Brown
  • 20Stewart

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 23AmaviBooked at 3mins
  • 15WestwoodBooked at 55minsSubstituted forGestedeat 87'minutes
  • 25Jedinak
  • 22Gardner
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forMcCormackat 26'minutes
  • 26Kodjia
  • 10J AyewBooked at 63minsSubstituted forAgbonlahorat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 8Tshibola
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 14Gestede
  • 28Cissokho
  • 31Bunn
  • 44McCormack
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
29,656

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Aston Villa 1.

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

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces Rhoys Wiggins.

Delay in match Rhoys Wiggins (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by James Chester.

Attempt blocked. Rhoys Wiggins (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Rudy Gestede replaces Ashley Westwood.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) left footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Stephen Gleeson.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Jordan Ayew.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

Offside, Aston Villa. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Booking

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

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Aston Villa 1. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Cotterill replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Che Adams.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

goal

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5Reading157441718-125
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8Sheff Wed157351617-124
9Leeds157261615123
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12Barnsley156272724320
13Preston156271919020
14QPR155461621-519
15Aston Villa153931515018
16Ipswich154651214-218
17Wolves154561718-117
18Burton154561820-217
19Derby15456911-217
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21Cardiff154381323-1015
22Wigan153571416-214
23Blackburn153481523-813
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