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Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz' equaliser went in off his shin

Lukas Jutkiewicz's scrappy late equaliser earned Birmingham City a draw at Cardiff City to ease the pressure on beleaguered Blues boss Gianfranco Zola.

Joe Ralls' second-half penalty put the hosts ahead, after Sean Morrison had been fouled by Ryan Shotton.

Birmingham salvaged a point in the 89th minute as Jutkiewicz bundled in a rebound after his header was saved.

They stay 17th in the Championship table but now only six points clear of the relegation zone.

Birmingham not yet out of trouble

Despite Jutkiewicz's late goal, Bristol City's win at Wigan means the Blues look increasingly like a team who could get dragged into the battle to avoid the drop.

This match was a tale of two managerial appointments - each with wildly contrasting results.

Birmingham had won only twice in 17 games in all competitions since sacking Gary Rowett in December, with Zola overseeing a slump from seventh place to 17th in the Championship table.

Meanwhile, following Neil Warnock's arrival in October, Cardiff had climbed from second from bottom to 13th.

Joe Ralls celebrates
Joe Ralls celebrates celebrates his penalty success

The Bluebirds had won four of their last six home games in the league - keeping a clean sheet in each victory - and they looked likely to improve that record against a Birmingham side low on confidence.

The visitors barely threatened, with one of their few forays into the opposition box ending with a yellow card for Krystian Bielik for diving.

Cardiff had to be patient and, after a forgettable first half, they were awarded a penalty when Shotton wrestled Morrison to the ground.

Ralls was less than convincing from the spot, but Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak could only palm his low effort into the roof of the net.

The home side were in control for the vast majority of the match, but let their guard slip late on as keeper Alan McGregor saved Jutkiewicz's header, only for the ball to ricochet off the striker's shin and into the net.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock: "I can't fault the effort. We put a lot of energy in the second half, but once again we had the weakness of conceding late on.

"If I'm honest I expected a bit more from Birmingham with all the money they've spent, but they were quite content to play for the draw.

"It was a game we should have won."

Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola: "This was very encouraging because after such a poor performance there was a risk that the team could have had a bad reaction.

"But I didn't see that. I wanted to see the team fight and react to this bad moment, and I saw that. This is the thing which pleases me the most, and on personal terms it is very important as well.

"We need to be more consistent to get the momentum on our side because that is what has been lacking."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1McGregor
  • 6Richards
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forWhittinghamat 58'minutes
  • 13Pilkington
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8RallsBooked at 88mins
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forK Harrisat 90+4'minutes
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 12John
  • 24K Harris
  • 27Meite
  • 28Murphy
  • 31M Harris

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31BielikBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCogleyat 90+5'minutes
  • 5ShottonBooked at 52mins
  • 4RobinsonSubstituted forAdamsat 64'minutes
  • 2Nsue
  • 26DavisBooked at 46minsSubstituted forFrei Koyunluat 75'minutes
  • 7Tesche
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 3Grounds
  • 12GardnerBooked at 90mins
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 14Adams
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Stewart
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
  • 25Cogley
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
20,334

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Birmingham City 1.

Booking

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Josh Cogley replaces Krystian Bielik because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Junior Hoilett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Nsue.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Birmingham City 1. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Che Adams with a cross.

Booking

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nsue (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld with a cross.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but Sol Bamba is caught offside.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Kerim Frei replaces David Davis.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

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