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Birmingham City 1-1 Cardiff City: Lee Tomlin's header earns draw for Bluebirds

Jude Bellingham
Birmingham City are hopeful Jude Bellingham will sign a professional contract this summer

Cardiff City fought back to earn a point at St Andrew's as Lee Tomlin's second-half header earned the Bluebirds a share of the spoils.

Highly-rated teenager Jude Bellingham swept the hosts into an early lead.

Birmingham were much the better side in the first period but physical Cardiff improved markedly after half-time.

Cardiff slip to 13th, five points off the Championship play-off berths, while Pep Clotet's Blues remain 18th, nine points clear of trouble.

Birmingham had lost their last two league matches against Cardiff, conceding seven goals, but they started much the brighter side and took a deserved fourth-minute lead.

Cardiff were punished for some extremely sloppy defending at a corner - and 16-year old Bellingham was given time and space to deliver a composed finish - his second goal in three home games.

Dan Crowley was providing the thrust for the hosts who were unlucky not to double their lead when Jeremie Bela hammered against the bar- and Bellingham was only denied a second by a stunning Alex Smithies save.

Maxime Colin also blasted over as the hosts failed to double their lead before the interval, though Cardiff did improve to make the second period a more even affair.

Lee Tomlin thought he had levelled but the offside flag intervened, before he also had a penalty appeal waved away.

But Cardiff's most creative player did then equalise just past the hour when he converted from Marlon Pack's corner, heading home smartly at the near post.

Tomlin fired just wide on 73 minutes, before the hosts were denied when Lukas Jutkiewicz's brilliant header was saved superbly by Smithies.

Callum Paterson then fired straight at Lee Camp as Cardiff pushed for a winner, but the hosts warranted a point for their first-half display and held firm.

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"We got a lot of our football back after a tough Christmas. I take a lot of interest in shots on target, and we had a lot more than them in the first half.

"Unfortunately, we didn't score the second goal that would have put the game to bed.

"We knew at half-time they would come at us and turn the game into a set-piece game."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris told BBC Sport Wales:

"In the first half, we were not very good. We were poor with the ball. We said at half-time, let's simplify the plan and do what the conditions dictated.

"We went a bit more direct and in the second half it was everything our fans want to see, a team who have a right go.

"We played in the right areas and looked a real threat. If the referee does his job properly we probably win. I felt it was definitely a penalty on Lee Tomlin. I thought at the time it was a stonewall penalty."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 3Pedersen
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forGardnerat 80'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 34Sunjic
  • 7Crowley
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forMaghomaat 64'minutes
  • 11Bela
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 15Montero
  • 16McEachran
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Gardner
  • 24Giménez
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 21RichardsBooked at 68mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 7Bacuna
  • 15PackBooked at 74mins
  • 20Whyte
  • 17TomlinBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGlatzelat 90+1'minutes
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forRallsat 84'minutes
  • 23WardSubstituted forPatersonat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Flint
  • 6Vaulks
  • 8Ralls
  • 9Glatzel
  • 11Murphy
  • 13Paterson
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
20,482

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Robert Glatzel replaces Lee Tomlin because of an injury.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces David Junior Hoilett.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Sunjic with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner replaces Jude Bellingham.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Paterson with a cross.

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Booking

Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Marlon Pack (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

Gavin Whyte (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Cardiff City 1. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marlon Pack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Booking

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen with a headed pass.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).

Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City).

Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

goal

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