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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz started his senior career at Swindon more than a decade ago

Gianfranco Zola's search for a first win as Birmingham City manager goes on as his side drew at Blackburn.

City were in front inside three minutes as keeper Jason Steele brought down David Cotterill and Lukas Jutkiewicz converted the penalty.

Rovers levelled in first-half stoppage time when Danny Graham swept in from 10 yards after Derrick Williams' cut-back.

Both sides had chances to win it, but Sam Gallagher fired over and Jason Steele superbly denied Ryan Shotton.

The visitors could not have wished for a better start, with Jutkiewicz's spot-kick conversion meaning he has now scored four of his side's five goals since Zola took charge.

And Birmingham would have been two goals up had Steele not partially atoned for his penalty concession by saving well from Cotterill.

Rovers gradually began to get back into the game and Hope Akpan saw his header saved at the second attempt by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Graham should have scored on the stroke of half-time when he headed wide from eight yards but almost immediately found the net for his 11th of the season after a fine Blackburn move.

Blues lost keeper Kusczak at half-time because of blurred vision but both sides showed plenty of appetite to find a winner in the second half.

Jutkiewicz was relieved to see an offside flag after missing a sitter and Akpan blasted too high for Rovers, but both teams had to settle for a point in the end.

The Blues have now failed to win any of Zola's first eight games in charge, while Blackburn remain in the Championship relegation places.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle: "It's not the start anybody envisaged. I think it's such an avoidable penalty to give away and, of course, that plays into Birmingham's hands.

"At 10 minutes in, given we'd started with two strikers, we had to change to match up. From that point on, we dominated the game and really took charge of it.

"The equaliser was no more than we deserved at that point and in the second half we were the aggressors again, but always accepting Birmingham would be dangerous on the counter attack."

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola: "I'm disappointed because I think we created our own problems. We went one up, were in total control, had a great chance to get the second goal and then we stopped.

"We started making silly mistakes in the passing - something that has been very good so far. We stopped and we allowed them to come back. We fed their confidence by making those silly choices.

"Then it's been an open game in the second half. They had one good chance and we had two great chances. The disappointing thing for me is we let them come off the hook."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 26LenihanBooked at 49mins
  • 3Greer
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forNyambeat 23'minutes
  • 5Williams
  • 7Feeney
  • 6Lowe
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forGuthrieat 90'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 19GallagherSubstituted forConwayat 84'minutes
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 9Stokes
  • 23Guthrie
  • 24Nyambe
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya

Birmingham

  • 29KuszczakSubstituted forLegzdinsat 45'minutes
  • 25Cogley
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 39mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 8GleesonBooked at 55mins
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forFrei Koyunluat 82'minutes
  • 26DavisBooked at 53minsSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 78'minutes
  • 12Gardner
  • 14Adams
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 2Nsue
  • 4Robinson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Tesche
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
12,035

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Birmingham City 1.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Offside, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Guthrie replaces Hope Akpan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Hand ball by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Sam Gallagher.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Derrick Williams tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Kerim Frei replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces David Davis.

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

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Foul by Josh Cogley (Birmingham City).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Offside, Birmingham City. Che Adams tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds with a cross.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Cogley.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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