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Birmingham City 1-1 Blackpool

Blackpool celebrate Ricardo Fuller's goal

Ricardo Fuller's first-half equaliser was enough for Blackpool to take a point at Birmingham City.

Jesse Lingard gave the hosts the lead when he capitalised on Kirk Broadfoot's mistake to slot home.

But Tom Ince crossed for Fuller to level for the Seasiders.

Both teams had chances to win it after the break but Dan Burn cleared Ince's shot off the line before Tyler Blackett did the same for the visitors from a Lee Novak shot.

Manchester United loanee Lingard had seen a shot deflected wide of the post but scored the sixth goal of his spell with Blues after Broadfoot mis-controlled a Paul Caddis pass.

Lee Clark's side were in front for less than 10 minutes as Ince set up Fuller before the former Stoke man forced home keeper Darren Randolph into an excellent save before the break.

Birmingham introduced Polish international Dariusz Dudka early in the second half and he drew a good save from Matt Gilks as the hosts looked to secure a first home win since 1 October.

Neither side settled for the draw but good defending ensured the game ended level.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We took the lead and then lost our concentration and gave the ball away cheaply. I thought that was the big factor and we struggled to get any forward momentum.

"We also lost possession far too easily and there is a lot of work to be done in this department.

"I cannot fault the players for their effort and application. They have fought, they have battled and taken on board the fact that, if you cannot win, do not lose the match."

Blackpool assistant boss Alex Rae:

"I thought we should have nicked the game and we dominated the game after the opening 25 minutes. They had a couple of chances at the death but I thought we were the team which looked most likely to get the winner.

"But give Birmingham credit - they were chasing the winner right until the final whistle."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18HancoxBooked at 90mins
  • 17ReillySubstituted forDudkaat 49'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 6Burn
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 66mins
  • 7BurkeSubstituted forGrayat 86'minutes
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forMcLeanat 63'minutes
  • 12Novak
  • 9Lingard

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 33Gray
  • 34Dudka
  • 35McLean

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 17BashamBooked at 69mins
  • 25Blackett
  • 4Gosling
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 12Bishop
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 57mins
  • 19FullerBooked at 65minsSubstituted forDaviesat 89'minutes
  • 15DobbieSubstituted forChopraat 88'minutes
  • 11Ince

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 9Davies
  • 10Grant
  • 13Warner
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 24Zeegelaar
  • 31Martínez Cervera
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
14,480

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Blackpool 1.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Novak with a headed pass.

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron McLean (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron McLean (Birmingham City).

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

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

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Chris Burke.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

Dariusz Dudka (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Dariusz Dudka (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron McLean (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie.

Offside, Birmingham City. Dariusz Dudka tries a through ball, but Aaron McLean is caught offside.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Booking

Dariusz Dudka (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley16105128111735
2Leicester16112326161035
3QPR1610511881035
4Blackpool167722015528
5Nottm Forest167632417727
6Leeds168262419526
7Derby167453023725
8Reading166732318525
9Brighton166641914524
10Watford166552721623
11Wigan156451713422
12Ipswich165562422220
13Huddersfield165562120120
14Blackburn165562019120
15Bolton164751721-419
16Bournemouth165382131-1018
17Millwall164571931-1217
18Middlesbrough163762626016
19Doncaster154471424-1016
20Birmingham164391823-515
21Charlton153571219-714
22Sheff Wed151861825-711
23Barnsley162591632-1611
24Yeovil1623111024-149
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