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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

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

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.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Robert Tesche.

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lloyd Dyer replaces David Cotterill.

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.

Attempt blocked. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede replaces Chris Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney replaces John O'Sullivan.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth432411890434783
2Norwich432410983443982
3Middlesbrough432491064333181
4Watford422471184483679
5Derby4321121078463275
6Ipswich4321111167491874
7Brentford432181471571471
8Wolves4320111264531171
9Blackburn421514135652459
10Nottm Forest421513146559658
11Sheff Wed431416133944-558
12Charlton431318125255-357
13Cardiff431413165258-655
14Birmingham421315145163-1254
15Leeds431410194758-1152
16Huddersfield431313175269-1752
17Bolton431311195261-950
18Reading421211194464-2047
19Brighton431016174350-746
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham421013194264-2243
22Millwall42912213767-3039
23Wigan43812233759-2236
24Blackpool43413263487-5325
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