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Cardiff City 1-1 Birmingham City

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Anthony Pilkington shoots
Anthony Pilkington was denied early on before equalising for Cardiff

Cardiff City and Birmingham played out a tame draw in Russell Slade's final match as Bluebirds manager.

David Cotterill fired the visitors in front before Anthony Pilkington seized on sloppy Blues defending to equalise.

In a drab second half, Birmingham's James Vaughan missed the best chance as he hit the post when clean through on David Marshall in the Cardiff goal.

The result sees Bluebirds finish the season in eighth place, while Birmingham drop to 10th.

In Slade's last match as Cardiff manager before becoming the club's head of football, there was nothing riding on it for either team.

Cardiff's slim play-off hopes were resoundingly ended by a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday the previous weekend, while Birmingham had already fallen out of contention for the top six.

Craig Noone watches Birmingham's David Davis head the ball
Craig Noone (left) headed a Cotterill shot off the line as well as battling with David Davis

Blues did not seem to lack motivation as Cardiff-born Cotterill gave them the lead with a powerful low strike as his assistant manager for Wales, Osian Roberts, watched from the stands.

Diego Fabbrini hit the post with a shot from the edge of the area as Gary Rowett's side impressed, but they contributed to their downfall as Cardiff equalised.

Jonathan Grounds seemed to have time to clear Scott Malone's cross but dithered, allowing Pilkington to pinch the ball and finish from close range.

The game's intensity dipped in the second half, with Cardiff only mustering a handful of half-chances.

Cotterill was close to scoring a second Birmingham goal, but his dipping free-kick from 25 yards was brilliantly headed off the line by Noone.

The best opportunity fell to substitute Vaughan who, one-on-one with Cardiff goalkeeper Marshall, shot against the post.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade: "I move to my new role with my head held high. We have made progress as a club, we have taken strides to get us on the right track again.

"I don't think it will take an awful lot more progress for this club to get where it wants to be. There is a sound platform for the next head coach to build on."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "In stages we played well, we came on far stronger in the last 25 minutes but our performances have not been reflected in the points we have taken.

"That has cost us but this has been a very positive season for this club and we are moving forward."

Line-ups

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 19mins
  • 6TurnerBooked at 60minsSubstituted forEcuele Mangaat 81'minutes
  • 28Malone
  • 11Noone
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 51mins
  • 37LawrenceBooked at 31minsSubstituted forK Harrisat 74'minutes
  • 13Pilkington
  • 27ImmersSubstituted forZohoreat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 12John
  • 21Moore
  • 24K Harris
  • 26Zohore
  • 38Ameobi
  • 39Saadi

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Legzdins
  • 23SpectorBooked at 31mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 35mins
  • 16AdamsSubstituted forGleesonat 71'minutes
  • 11Cotterill
  • 7FabbriniSubstituted forVaughanat 85'minutes
  • 26DavisSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 79'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 8Gleeson
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Caddis
  • 32Shotton
  • 44Brock-Madsen
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
21,022

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

  9. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

  11. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Scott Malone.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Malone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Craig Noone.

  16. Post update

    James Vaughan (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. James Vaughan replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Ben Turner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley462615572353793
2Middlesbrough462611963313289
3Brighton462417572423089
4Hull4624111169353483
5Derby4621151066432378
6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
7Ipswich461815135351269
8Cardiff461717125651568
9Brentford46198197267565
10Birmingham461615155349463
11Preston461517144545062
12QPR461418145454060
13Leeds461417155058-859
14Wolves461416165358-558
15Blackburn461316174646055
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
17Reading461313205259-752
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
19Huddersfield461312215970-1151
20Fulham461215196679-1351
21Rotherham461310235371-1849
22Charlton46913244080-4040
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
24Bolton46515264181-4030
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