MX23RW : Wednesday, June 3 20:56:29| >> :120:6550:6550:
Jan 18, 2020 at 3pm UK at St Andrew's
Attendance: 20,482
BirminghamBirmingham City
1-1
CardiffCardiff City
FT(HT: 1-0)
Tomlin (64')

Result: Cardiff hold Birmingham at St Andrew's

Result: Cardiff hold Birmingham at St Andrew's
© Reuters
Midfielder Jude Bellingham gave Blues a fourth-minute lead.

Birmingham's winless home run stretched to seven league games after Cardiff staged a strong second half recovery to draw 1-1 at St. Andrew's.

Midfielder Jude Bellingham gave Blues a fourth-minute lead and Pep Clotet's side went on to dominate the rest of the half, Jeremie Bela hitting the bar and Bellingham denied by goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

But they really needed to make their supremacy count when they were on top, because they were punished for it in the second half.

Lee Tomlin deservedly levelled in the 63rd minute after he had also had an effort ruled out for offside.

Cardiff had a penalty shout waved aside while Joe Bennett fired inches wide as the Welshmen held sway after the break.

But Lukas Jutkiewicz could have snatched victory for Blues only to be denied by Smithies.

The result left Blues 18th, nine points above the relegation zone, but they have now won just two of their last 14 Championship games, a run which started with a 4-2 defeat at Cardiff on November 2. Cardiff are 13th, five points below the play-off zone.

The hosts dominated the first half after taking the lead with the first attack. Dan Crowley's corner was turned on at the near post by Bela and Bellingham stabbed home his fourth goal of the season.

Blues went close to a second goal when Bela let fly from the corner of the box, but his thunderous effort rattled the top of the crossbar and sailed over.

Bellingham was denied his and Blues' second on the half hour. Kerim Mrabti pumped in a long ball, Jutkiewicz headed down and the 16-year-old midfielder's instant volley was superbly pushed around the post by Smithies.

Blues had another chance just before half-time when Crowley put Mrabti through, but the Swedish forward finished weakly.

Cardiff fans, understandably unhappy with the first-half performance, booed their side off at half-time, singing 'Harris, Harris, sort it out' to their manager.

It was a different story after the break however, with Tomlin at the heart of their best work.

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder had an effort disallowed for offside on 48 before his angled shot was blocked by Jutkiewicz.

Tomlin then appeared to have a penalty shout when he tumbled under a challenge by Marc Roberts, but referee Andy Davies was unmoved.

But Tomlin was not finished and he headed home his fifth goal of the season in the 63rd minute from Marlon Pack's inswinging corner, missed by Blues goalkeeper Lee Camp who had come to punch clear.

Cardiff continued to force Blues back and left back Bennett was a whisker away from giving the visitors the lead with a first-time shot from the edge of the box that flew just wide.

Out of the blue, the home side broke and Jutkiewicz's downward header was tipped away by Smithies at full stretch from Ivan Sunjic's searching ball.

In an end to end finish, Cardiff substitute Callum Paterson's shot on the turn was smothered by Camp.

ID:386575:
Share this article now:
Jude Bellingham in action for Birmingham City on August 31, 2019
Read Next:
Wolves join race for Jude Bellingham?
>
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds37218856302671
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom371913564372770
3Fulham371810952381464
4Brentford371791164333160
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest371612948381060
6Preston North EndPreston37168135045556
7Bristol City371510125153-255
8Millwall37131594440454
9Cardiff CityCardiff37131595250254
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn371411125245753
11Swansea CitySwansea371314104645153
12Derby CountyDerby371312124949051
13Queens Park RangersQPR37148155862-450
14Reading37139154642448
15Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds37139154649-348
16Birmingham CityBirmingham371211144857-947
17Stoke CityStoke37126194955-642
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield37119174558-1342
19Middlesbrough37914143747-1041
20Wigan AthleticWigan371011163850-1241
21Hull City37118184963-1441
22Charlton AthleticCharlton37109184454-1039
23Luton TownLuton37105224371-2835
24Barnsley37810194262-2034

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!