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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City: Kerim Mrabti earns Blues a point

Kerim Mrabti celebrates his equaliser
Kerim Mrabti (left) was making his first appearance for Birmingham since the home defeat by Fulham on 9 November

Birmingham City ended a run of three straight Championship defeats as they came from behind to draw at Blackburn Rovers in a game of two penalties.

After a goalless first half, Adam Armstrong fired Rovers ahead from the spot after Wes Harding brought down Sam Gallagher.

But Kerim Mrabti earned Blues a point eight minutes later with his first goal of the season, sending Christian Walton the wrong way after Jacques Maghoma was fouled in the area by Amari'i Bell.

Derrick Williams then saw his injury-time header hit the bar for Blackburn, who were held at home for the second time in four days.

The draw extended Rovers' unbeaten run to eight games, leaving them three points outside a play-off spot, while although Birmingham ended their losing streak, they have now only won one of their past 10 matches.

Blackburn were without Bradley Dack, who faces 12 months out because of the results of a scan on the knee injury he suffered during Monday's goalless draw with Wigan.

Clear chances were at a premium during an even first half which saw Maghoma twice fire wide, Walton deny Mrabti and Lukas Jutkiewicz head over from six yards for Birmingham, while Trueman saved from Armstrong and instinctively kept the ball out when Harlee Dean diverted Lewis Holtby's cross towards his own net.

After the penalties, Blackburn had the better chances to win it, but Holtby curled a free-kick over and Trueman denied substitute Joe Rothwell before Williams' late chance.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It wasn't a very good football match but when we got 1-0 up with a penalty I was struggling to see how they were going to score an equaliser.

"We're stood here with two dropped points from a game that was always going to be difficult for us.

"We found it difficult to create chances, as they did, and we'll have to take a point."

Birmingham head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"With Blackburn having only lost twice at home, and with being in very good form, we knew that we had to deal with their aerial threats and their quick players. We knew we had to do a lot of things right to keep them out of our box.

"At the same time we had to do a lot of things right ourselves to stop the little bad run we've been having. To me, it's a goal achieved in that sense."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2NyambeBooked at 70minsSubstituted forTravisat 72'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Williams
  • 17Bell
  • 39BuckleySubstituted forGrahamat 81'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 60mins
  • 31BennettBooked at 82mins
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forRothwellat 81'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 9Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 12Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Downing
  • 20Brereton
  • 27Travis

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5Colin
  • 12Dean
  • 2Harding
  • 3PedersenBooked at 85mins
  • 26Davis
  • 20GardnerBooked at 76mins
  • 11BelaSubstituted forBellinghamat 77'minutes
  • 18MrabtiBooked at 23minsSubstituted forGiménezat 83'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSunjicat 88'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 7Crowley
  • 15Montero
  • 16McEachran
  • 22Bellingham
  • 24Giménez
  • 34Sunjic
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
15,887

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Joe Rothwell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jude Bellingham.

Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Amari'i Bell following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Ivan Sunjic replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City).

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Booking

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Álvaro Giménez replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Booking

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Lewis Holtby.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces John Buckley.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jude Bellingham replaces Jérémie Bela.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis replaces Ryan Nyambe.

Booking

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom24149147252251
2Leeds24146437162148
3Brentford24124837191840
4Sheff Wed24116736231339
5Fulham24116738281039
6Preston2411673628839
7Nottm Forest2310763023737
8Swansea2410773130137
9Blackburn2410683129236
10Bristol City249873636035
11Cardiff2481063533234
12Millwall2481063031-134
13Hull249693733433
14QPR2495103745-832
15Reading2385102927229
16Birmingham2485112535-1029
17Charlton2477103334-128
18Derby246992232-1027
19Middlesbrough246992232-1027
20Huddersfield2467112636-1025
21Stoke2463152839-1121
22Luton2463153150-1921
23Barnsley2448123247-1520
24Wigan2448122136-1520
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