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Birmingham City 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday: Hogan earns Blues late point

Scott Hogan
Scott Hogan volleys in his fourth goal in five matches since his loan move from Aston Villa

Scott Hogan's late equaliser denied Garry Monk a winning return to Birmingham City with Sheffield Wednesday after a pulsating clash at St Andrew's.

The in-form Blues were rewarded for a fast start when Jacob Murphy sliced into his own net from Jeremie Bela's corner, but Barry Bannan was given time to dispatch a low 30-yard equaliser into the bottom corner.

Lukas Jutkiewicz fired a low shot into the corner to restore the lead, but the Owls were soon level again through Fernando Forestieri's penalty after Kieran Lee went down under Maxime Colin's challenge.

Murphy appeared to have made amends with a goal at the right end after Forestieri teed him up to smash past Lee Camp, but Hogan ran on to Jutkiewicz's header to volley home and rescue a point.

The two sides began the day level on points, but in starkly contrasting form, with City unbeaten since New Year's Day and Wednesday with just one league win in 10 matches, dropping them from third place at Christmas to 13th.

Owls boss Monk chose to play down his previous criticism of Birmingham head coach Pep Clotet - his former number two at St Andrew's - and focus on improving his team's form, citing a lack of confidence and fragility among his players after their defeat by struggling Reading.

Blues went straight on the offensive, with Monk's side set up to counter, and after an incident-packed first half-hour, the hosts twice went close to taking the lead for a third time just before the break, but Ivan Sunjic shot wide and Kristian Pedersen sent a header past the post when unmarked.

The Owls offered a more consistent threat in the second half and looked to be heading for only their second win in 11 matches, but Lee Camp made smart saves from Murphy and Connor Wickham.

And the stops proved important as Hogan's late strike extended City's unbeaten run to 11 in all competitions to stay 14th, while Wednesday moved up a place to 12th.

Garry Monk and Pep Clotet
Garry Monk and Pep Clotet shared a handshake before kick-off at St Andrew's - which had not happened in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough in November

Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet told BBC WM 95.6:

"I think in the second half the game was a bit more even but I thought first half we started very well, got ahead and we created more chances.

"They gave us the ball and just came here to defend a result. But I think all of our players understood well and played well out wide. We saw a couple of really good goals today.

"Then the game was turned and we were chasing for a result. I'm very happy that the resilience was there, and the passion to try to get a point that keeps us on an unbeaten run, which is massive for us."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We know that it's wins that we're going to be judged on, but overall I was very happy with that performance.

"I thought it was much more like ourselves. We competed hard, I think you saw the passion was there and the commitment and the fight.

"We had the chances to bury the game but unfortunately we didn't do that and like every team in this league they never give up. I thought it was a very harsh ending, if I'm honest - I think we did everything we should have done to get the three points."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Clarke-SalterSubstituted forDeanat 77'minutes
  • 3Pedersen
  • 11BelaSubstituted forMonteroat 82'minutes
  • 20GardnerBooked at 43mins
  • 34SunjicSubstituted forCrowleyat 69'minutes
  • 22Bellingham
  • 40Hogan
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

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

Sheff Wed

Formation 5-4-1

  • 25Dawson
  • 8PelupessySubstituted forWickhamat 45'minutes
  • 15LeesBooked at 27mins
  • 27IorfaSubstituted forFoxat 45'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 13Börner
  • 2Palmer
  • 14Murphy
  • 5Lee
  • 10BannanBooked at 64mins
  • 7K Harris
  • 45ForestieriBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFletcherat 72'minutesBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 3Fox
  • 9Fletcher
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Wickham
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 38Da Cruz
  • 47Windass
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
22,120

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Birmingham City 3, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  9. Booking

    Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jude Bellingham.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jefferson Montero replaces Jérémie Bela.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lee Camp.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Harlee Dean replaces Jake Clarke-Salter because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Crowley with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom341812462362666
2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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