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Birmingham City 1-1 Brentford: Bees denied by Blues as they miss chance to go third

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his 12th goal of the season for Birmingham

Birmingham City and Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford had to settle for a draw at St Andrew's after two goals in the space of four first-half minutes.

Lukas Jutkiewicz tapped Birmingham in front from Gary Gardner's cross before Ethan Pinnock headed in his first Brentford goal from a corner.

Teenager Jude Bellingham had almost given the Blues the lead inside the opening few minutes but saw his 20-yard strike bounce off the post.

A drab second half in appalling conditions saw home goalkeeper Lee Camp deny Emiliano Marcondes late on, while Birmingham thought they should have had a penalty when the ball appeared to hit Pinnock's arm in the area.

The result means Brentford missed the chance to leapfrog west London rivals Fulham into third following their shock home defeat by Barnsley.

Thomas Frank's side stay fourth in a congested top seven, but are now four points behind second-placed Leeds who beat Bristol City.

The arrival of Storm Dennis saw strong winds and heavy rain make things tough for the players and there were few decent chances.

In-form Birmingham striker Scott Hogan, whose dummy set up Jutkiewicz's goal, saw his second-half effort blocked in the box in a frustrating afternoon for the forwards.

Midfielder Marcones had the best opportunity to get Brentford a winner, but Camp superbly tipped away his powerful shot that was heading for the top corner.

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet told BBC WM:

"I think it was a penalty. Normally we don't get those penalties and I've seen decisions made against us for less.

"We're driving the ball at the right moments and we made sure Brentford had very little attacks against us. I get the feeling we're getting stronger.

"We're turning into a different animal. But, it's important to keep focusing on this one-game mentality and keep growing as a team."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinBooked at 58mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-SalterBooked at 60mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11BelaSubstituted forHardingat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22Bellingham
  • 40HoganSubstituted forCrowleyat 75'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Crowley
  • 12Dean
  • 15Montero
  • 27Trueman
  • 44Boyd-Munce

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22DalsgaardBooked at 41mins
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forYearwoodat 9'minutesBooked at 34minsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 71'minutes
  • 6NørgaardBooked at 85mins
  • 26Baptiste
  • 17Marcondes
  • 11Watkins
  • 10Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 4Yearwood
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 24Fosu-Henry
  • 28Daniels
  • 32Racic
  • 35Rasmussen
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
20,379

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Brentford 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Jérémie Bela.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt saved. Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Booking

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

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

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Attempt blocked. Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a headed pass.

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Daniel Crowley replaces Scott Hogan.

Offside, Birmingham City. Jude Bellingham tries a through ball, but Gary Gardner is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shandon Baptiste (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tariqe Fosu-Henry replaces Dru Yearwood.

Offside, Brentford. Saïd Benrahma tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shandon Baptiste.

Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

Offside, Brentford. Ethan Pinnock tries a through ball, but Saïd Benrahma is caught offside.

Booking

Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Roberts.

Booking

Maxime Colin (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Shandon Baptiste (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom331712459362363
2Leeds33178848301859
3Fulham33168947361156
4Brentford331671054272755
5Nottm Forest331510845331255
6Preston331581047371053
7Bristol City33158104846253
8Blackburn331481148381050
9Cardiff33121474845350
10Millwall33121384038249
11Swansea33121294141048
12Sheff Wed33128134138344
13Derby331111114145-444
14Birmingham33128134249-744
15Reading33119134137442
16QPR33126155158-742
17Hull33118144751-441
18Middlesbrough33813123443-937
19Charlton3399154147-636
20Huddersfield3399153852-1436
21Stoke33104194153-1234
22Wigan33710163350-1731
23Luton3393213966-2730
24Barnsley33610174058-1828
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