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Swansea City 3-3 Birmingham City: Late McBurnie goal saves Swans in thriller

Connor Roberts of Swansea City is tackled by Maxime Colin of Birmingham City
Connor Roberts had loan spells with Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Middlesbrough before making his Swansea debut in January 2018

Ten-man Birmingham twice fought back from behind but were denied victory at Swansea by Oli McBurnie in injury time.

Daniel James fired the hosts in front before Jacques Maghoma equalised.

Birmingham's Kristian Pederson was sent off late in the first half and McBurnie restored Swansea's lead.

Calamitous keeping from Erwin Mulder allowed Michael Morrison to level and Che Adams' superb strike put the visitors ahead before McBurnie's last-ditch effort.

The point keeps Swansea 11th in the Championship table - five points behind the play-off places - one position and a single point ahead of Birmingham.

While McBurnie's late leveller sparked ecstatic celebrations among the hitherto frustrated home fans, it was a cruel blow for a Blues side who had battled admirably with 10 men.

The result will have been particularly tough to take for Birmingham boss Garry Monk, who was back at the Liberty Stadium for the first time since he was sacked by Swansea in 2015, ending an 11-year association with the club as a player and manager.

It had threatened to be an unhappy return for Monk as his side fell behind in disappointing fashion.

James, Swansea's 21-year-old Wales winger who has been linked with a move to Leeds, played a fine one-two with McBurnie before firing straight at Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp, who allowed the ball to fly past him into the net.

Despite the charitable goalkeeping, James' incisive approach play is bound to have caught the attention of Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa and his thorough scouting team.

Swansea were comfortable at that point but failed to capitalise on their position of strength and became increasingly passive.

It proved costly, as they allowed Maghoma a first shot on target for Birmingham, which skimmed its way through a crowded penalty area and under Mulder.

If that route back into the game came a little against the run of play, the visitors seemed to squander that lifeline in first-half added time as Pedersen was shown a second yellow card for fouling McBurnie.

Swansea started the second half strongly and, from substitute Jefferson Montero's hanging cross, McBurnie directed a looping header over Camp and into the net.

Camp had previously made two brilliant saves from Matt Grimes' free-kick and Jay Fulton's flicked volley and, having seemingly been holding on to stay in the game, Birmingham stunned their opponents with two goals in four minutes.

The first was embarrassing from a Swansea perspective as Morrison headed the ball into the ground at the back post, only for Mulder to flap and juggle it over the line.

Reported Burnley and Southampton target Adams then silenced the Liberty Stadium crowd - save for the wildly celebrating Birmingham fans - as he whipped in an excellent curling shot from 20 yards to put Monk's side in front.

They had to weather intense Swansea pressure in the closing stages and, just as it seemed they would hold out for victory, Mike van der Hoorn nodded the ball down for McBurnie to hook in his 15th goal of the season.

Swansea City manager Graham Potter told BBC Sport Wales:

"In the end you are happy with a point and happy with the way the players kept going and kept going, because it was looking like one of those nights where we'd end up with nothing.

"This keeps our unbeaten run going and we move forward.

"We could manage the game better - we can improve - and hopefully we can move forward from this.

"There were some positives individually within the performance and as a team, even though we were not fantastic in our play, it's not so easy to break the opposition down and we created some opportunities."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM:

"I think today typified what we have been this season.

"Before we even stepped on a pitch this season we had to face a lot of adversity, and obviously during it as well.

"Today again we faced adversity, going down to 10 men so early on, and the response we showed just typifies the group we have, the character they have and the spirit they have.

"Our aim this season is to keep proving we have that spirit and character which has probably been doubted in the past at the club."

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 23RobertsBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMcKayat 71'minutes
  • 8FerSubstituted forFultonat 16'minutes
  • 21Grimes
  • 10Celina
  • 12DyerSubstituted forMonteroat 56'minutes
  • 9McBurnie
  • 20JamesBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 7Montero
  • 19McKay
  • 24John
  • 27Fulton
  • 28Byers
  • 50Harries

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinBooked at 60mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3PedersenBooked at 45mins
  • 23Jota
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forHardingat 45'minutes
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 38mins
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGardnerat 84'minutes
  • 9AdamsBooked at 90mins
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forVassellat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mahoney
  • 11Vassell
  • 18Mrabti
  • 20Gardner
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
18,194

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Birmingham City 3.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 3, Birmingham City 3. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mike van der Hoorn with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jay Fulton.

Attempt blocked. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Che Adams (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City).

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

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Attempt saved. Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel James.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel James with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Che Adams.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Daniel James (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel James.

Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel James (Swansea City).

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Birmingham City 3. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Barrie McKay replaces Connor Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Fulton.

Goal!

Own Goal by Matt Grimes, Swansea City. Swansea City 2, Birmingham City 2.

Attempt blocked. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jota with a cross.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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3Sheff Utd29156848311751
4West Brom28148657352250
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Blackburn29111084041-143
9Nottm Forest29101274233942
10Aston Villa29101275346742
11Swansea29118104035541
12Birmingham2991374336740
13Hull29117114138340
14QPR28116113439-539
15Stoke2991193337-438
16Preston2999114545036
17Sheff Wed2898113345-1235
18Brentford28810104339434
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan2985162944-1529
21Rotherham29510142848-2025
22Reading2959153244-1224
23Bolton2958161943-2423
24Ipswich2939172350-2718
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