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Birmingham City 2-2 Ipswich Town

Birmingham City 2-2 Ipswich Town

Christophe Berra scored in injury time as Ipswich twice came from behind to earn a point at Birmingham City.

The Scottish defender netted a second-half brace, meaning both sides now have four points from their first three games of the season.

David Edgar's header opened the scoring for the hosts after 30 minutes before Berra equalised just after the break.

Clayton Donaldson slipped the ball past Dean Gerken to restore the Blues' advantage, before Berra struck late on.

Bogey side?
Ipswich are unbeaten in their past six meetings with Birmingham, winning three. Birmingham's last win was 2-1 at St Andrew's in January 2012.

It was a scrappy game, with both sides preferring to use long-ball tactics, but the two sides managed 34 efforts on goal between them.

Tellingly, only eight of those were on target - one of those being when Blues keeper Darren Randolph denied visiting striker Daryl Murphy with a smart save early on.

City's Lee Novak should have done better when he ballooned over the bar after Gerken had dropped a high ball.

Edgar opened the scoring with his first goal for Lee Clark's men - the Canadian defender being left unmarked to head home David Cotterill's corner.

Berra, 29, glanced home Paul Anderson's free-kick to level the match, before Birmingham regained the lead when Donaldson latched onto Wes Thomas's long pass and neatly finished.

However, Berra had the final say when he converted a pass from the impressive Anderson more than three minutes into time added on, to hand Mick McCarthy's men a point.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark: "It was a frustrating finish. I am gutted for the players. We deserved another victory.

"It would have capped off a brilliant week at home - three wins on the bounce. We cannot be too downhearted as the players gave another terrific performance.

"Ipswich are a powerful team and they will do a lot of damage to teams over the course of the season."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We got out of jail. It was great. It was lovely wasn't it? We deserved to get out.

"I think we gave away two bad goals but our two goals were great. It was bad marking for their first and an awful pass for the second.

"I think Birmingham look a different side this season. They look very good."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 6Edgar
  • 15Hall
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forRobinsonat 88'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 31Caddis
  • 26DavisSubstituted forGleesonat 60'minutes
  • 12Novak
  • 9Donaldson
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forJohnstoneat 81'minutes


  • 4Robinson
  • 7Duffy
  • 8Gleeson
  • 16Johnstone
  • 21Doyle
  • 29Brown
  • 33Gray


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 11Anderson
  • 8Skuse
  • 19Hyam
  • 18TabbSubstituted forHenshallat 80'minutes
  • 32SammonSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 60'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forBajnerat 80'minutes


  • 2Parr
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 14Bajner
  • 17Bru
  • 21Hewitt
  • 23Henshall
  • 33Bialkowski
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Alex Henshall (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2, Ipswich Town 2. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Balint Bajner with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Hyam following a set piece situation.

  8. Booking

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces David Cotterill.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Henshall (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Henshall with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Denny Johnstone replaces Wes Thomas.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Alex Henshall replaces Jay Tabb.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Balint Bajner replaces Daryl Murphy.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).