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Summary

  1. David Cotterill fires Birmingham ahead
  2. Brett Pitman equalises with controversial penalty
  3. Ipswich climb a place to fourth, Birmingham sixth

Live Reporting

By Ged Scott

All times stated are UK

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Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Probably a fair result at Portman Road in the end. Ipswich carried the greater goal threat and should have scored more. But the one they did get, Brett Pitman's penalty in reply to David Cotterill's well-taken opener, was clouded with controversy. Probably only the most diehard Ipswich fans thought they should have had a penalty. If you want to relive the action, please take a read of tonight's match report.

Overall, another top quality advert for the Championship. Thanks for joining us - and let's hope it proves just as entertaining at the City Ground tomorrow lunchtime.

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That's just about that from us this evening. Remember, that's only the start of your football this weekend as tomorrow we'll have live text commentary on every Premier League game, as well as Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough at 12:30 BST.

Manager reaction

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

The penalty was incredibly soft. It took me a while to calm down. I’ve been in the game a long time and I’ve never seen a penalty given for that. Keith (Stroud) was 60 yards away and the linesman said he didn’t see it as he had a poor angle. You don’t get a lot of time on the ball against Ipswich and for 20 minutes in the first half we caused them problems. My frustration was that, after going one up, it was something like that which allowed them back in it.

Gary RowettBirmingham City manager

Player reaction

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

We’ve given a performance to be proud of and we were unlucky not to get the three points.

Brett PitmanIpswich Town goalscorer

Player reaction

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

It was important that we came here to be compact as we could, as Ipswich were very direct. They caused us a few problems and they probably feel they should have had the three points. But then I don’t think it was a penalty. There’d be five penalties a game if that was the case. But the ref gave it.

David CotterillBirmingham City goalscorer

FULL-TIME

Ipswich Town 1-1 Birmingham City

So, that is that. It's a point apiece at Portman Road.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Into the final minute of stoppage time now. Is there to be a grand finale?

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Ryan Fraser gets a low left-foot shot away on the break, saved by Tomasz Kuszczak, before Jonas Knudsen's low cross slides across the face of goal.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Cole Skuse wins a corner with his deflected shot off Stephen Gleeson, fisted away by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Five minutes of added time, says referee Keith Stroud.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

David McGoldrick flashes his shot just across the face. Ipswich's subs are having a real impact. 

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Ipswich look like the side who want to go and push for the win whereas Blues are just trying to dig in and keep Ipswich at bay.

Darren CarterEx-Birmingham midfielder on BBC WM 95.6

YELLOW CARD

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Christophe Berra booked for foul on Clayton Donaldson - not his first of the night. But Blues' well-worked free-kick routine ends with Stephen Gleeson, who has a good goal record this season, shooting just side,.

SUBSTITUTION

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Veteran defender Paul Robinson comes on for Demarai Gray - the first indication that maybe Birmingham are going to be happy with an away point.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Ipswich make their third substitution, bringing on young winger Ryan Fraser for Ainsley Maitland-Niles. He nearly has an instant impact with his first cross. But Daryl Murphy, still seeking his first goal of the season, powers a header over the angle of post and bar.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken comes up with a frantic means of clearing from Clayton Donaldson on the edge of his box, with a wild kick in the air. Then, seconds later, Donaldson goes down after tangling with Tommy Smith. After the referee's first-half penalty decision in the same box, Ipswich fans must have had their hearts in their mouths.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

That was a great opportunity but Ainsley Maitland-Niles sliced across the ball and he put it wide. You expected him to hit the top of the goal from there.

Mick MillsEx-Ipswich defender on BBC Suffolk

SUBSTITUTION

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett responds by bringing on Jacques Maghoma on for Andrew Shinnie.

SUBSTITUTION

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

A second attacking substitution for Ipswich. David McGoldrick on for Larsen Toure. The former Coventry and Forest man makes an immediate impact as he heads down Jonas Knudsen's centre and Ainsley Maitland-Niles flashes wide.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

The Birmingham defence has been well marshalled tonight. They have dealt really well with balls into the box.

Darren CarterEx-Birmingham midfielder on BBC WM 95.6

SUBSTITUTION

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Daryl Murphy, last season's 27-goal leading league marksman for Ipswich, replaces the home side's first-half scorer Brett Pitman. That brings the Suffolk fans back to life - and Luke Chambers flashes just wide from a half-cleared corner. 

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Superb ball from the right flank by Wales international winger David Cotterill flashes teasingly across the face without anyone getting a touch.

YELLOW CARD

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Jonathan Grounds becomes the second Blues player booked for a foul on Brett Pitman. But that is quickly followed by home midfielder Jonathan Douglas's tug of Andrew Shinnie's shirt - and his name goes in the book too.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Great burst into the box by Brett Pitman has the Birmingham defence flapping, Jonathan Grounds' outstretched leg doing enough, perhaps questionably, to halt him before Freddie Sears' shot is cleared off the line by Stephen Gleeson.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Back under way again at Portman Road. Wonder if Birmingham boss Gary Rowett managed to catch a quiet word with referee Keith Stroud at any point during the half-time break?

Blues have Paul Caddis on as replacement for Neal Eardley, who appears to have popped his shoulder.

Get Involved on #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball #itfc having seen a video of the incident, it was a clear penalty! No controversy for me

Fraser named young player of the month

Mick McCarthy and Ryan Fraser
Ipswich Town

Young Ipswich winger Ryan Fraser is only on the bench tonight after picking up a knock at Leeds in midweek.

But he's not had a bad week after being named the Football League's Young Player of the Month for August.

BBC Sport's Phil Shepka went along to Ipswich to meet the 21-year-old Scot, on loan from Bournemouth.

Tale of the tape

HT: Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Here's the stats from that first half. As Mick Mills said, there's not a lot to choose between the sides.

Stats
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HT: Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

It's very tight, very tense, there's nothing in it. I think Ipswich are just edging the game and can go on to win it.

Mick MillsEx-Ipswich defender on BBC Suffolk

HALF-TIME

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Brett Pitman and Jonathan Spector
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Neal Eardley, on his first start of the season, is forced out of the action on the stroke of half-time after a challenge by Cole Skuse.

A fair enough scoreline at the break. Ipswich's equaliser was clearly a highly controversial penalty. But, having seen a video repeat of the tackle for which David Cotterill got booked, some might say the winger was lucky to still be on the pitch when he fired Birmingham ahead.

In both of the first half's key moments, the wet, slippery conditions were a factor. The ref appears to have taken them into account for Cotterill's challenge, but not for the penalty decision.

Get Involved on #bbcfootball

Two rubbish decisions from Stroud in seven days now. Last Saturday at the valley and now this. Do refs get dropped? #bbcfootball

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Ipswich's bit of good fortune with the penalty has lifted them and they appear to be ending the first half the stronger. Ainsley Maitland-Niles creates a chance for himself, only to lift his shot over.

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

I can’t understand the referee's decision, it seems really harsh and I have no idea what the penalty was given for, either a foul or a handball. Blues have been hard done by there.

Darren CarterFormer Birmingham midfielder on BBC WM 95.6

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

It was a superb run by Ainsley Maitland-Niles and as he's gone to cross the ball the Birmingham defender has slid in and gone to block the ball. That is not a penalty.

Mick MillsEx-Ipswich defender on BBC Suffolk

GOAL (Pitman pen)

Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham

Ipswich are level after what appears a baffling decision by Mr Stroud, given the wet, slippery conditions. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is almost off the pitch as he goes down the inside right channel when he is challenged by Jonathan Spector. Nobody appeals for the penalty, yet it is awarded and Brett Pitman sends Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak the wrong way to score his first goal at Portman Road for the Tractor Boys.

Brett Pitman
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PENALTY

Ipswich 0-1 Birmingham

It looks a harsh decision at Portman Road. 

Ipswich 0-1 Birmingham

Really good goal for Blues, Andrew Shinnie could have been selfish and gone for goal himself but he made the right choice and fed David Cotterill who finished really nicely. That was great composure from Cotterill, head down, struck through the ball, great finish.

Darren CarterFormer Birmingham midfielder on BBC WM 95.6

GOAL (Cotterill)

Ipswich 0-1 Birmingham

Birmingham City celebrate
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A costly slip by home defender Christophe Berra on the wet surface allows midfielder Andrew Shinnie to slide in David Cotterill on the right side of the box, and the Welsh international powers home from 15 yards - for his second goal of the season and first since the opening day.

Ipswich 0-0 Birmingham

After a slow start Birmingham are playing with more composure and have had a couple of good chances, and Jonathan Grounds lacked a bit of nous with the finish.

Darren CarterFormer Birmingham midfielder on BBC WM 95.6

Ipswich 0-0 Birmingham

Larsen Toure goes for goal rather than trying to pick out the run of Freddie Sears on the left, but takes the wrong option as he fires high into the stand with an effort that would probably have looked more at home at Twickenham.

Ipswich 0-0 Birmingham

Nice work from the visitors at the other end as Dean Gerken makes a fine one-handed save to block from overlapping left-back Jonathan Grounds after good work from Andrew Shinnie.