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Birmingham City 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Birmingham winger Demarai Gray
Birmingham winger Demarai Gray has scored six goals this season

Teenager Demarai Gray scored his second goal in as many matches to earn Birmingham a point against Blackburn.

Rovers captain Matt Kilgallon headed the visitors in front from Craig Conway's cross but full-back Jonathan Grounds equalised with a header from David Cotterill's delivery.

Jordan Rhodes scored his 19th goal of the season when Blues keeper Darren Randolph spilt Marcus Olsson's cross.

But 18-year-old Gray equalised with a curling shot from Paul Caddis's pass.

Randolph had atoned for his error by producing a close-range save to prevent Ben Marshall putting Blackburn 3-1 before the equaliser from Gray, who also scored in the 2-1 win over Wolves.

It ensured 14th-placed Birmingham extended their unbeaten home record to seven games, while Rovers - who are ninth - have not been beaten in eight league and cup matches on the road.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"I think that Demi should have scored more. We have spoken to him about it. I think he needs to hit the target more when he shoots.

"He is learning to get into those areas. He has to get in positions where if anything falls for him he has to finish it.

"He is 18 and he is learning. He is only a year older than my eldest son. Blimey, I am not sure he would be able to go and handle that sort of pressure on the pitch."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We should have won the game, simple as that.

"We weren't ruthless enough at both ends of the pitch. I can't tell the players 'well done' for drawing a game they should be winning."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 15Kiernan
  • 28Morrison
  • 3Grounds
  • 13TescheSubstituted forDavisat 89'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forDyerat 79'minutes
  • 36FabbriniSubstituted forThomasat 80'minutes
  • 33Gray
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 40Dyer

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Eastwood
  • 12Marshall
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 3Spurr
  • 14Olsson
  • 18O'SullivanSubstituted forCairneyat 67'minutes
  • 25Spearing
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 9BrownSubstituted forGestedeat 67'minutes
  • 11RhodesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 10Cairney
  • 17Williamson
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Lenihan
  • 30Steele
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
15,066

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Robert Tesche.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

  9. Booking

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Rob Kiernan (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Lloyd Dyer replaces David Cotterill.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.