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Final Score: Birmingham City 2 Albion 2

19 January 2013

Match updates from St Andrew's, as Albion face Birmingham City...

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Final Score: Birmingham City 2 Albion 2

MATCH UPDATES

FT: Albion thought they had earned the three points but Zigic equalised with a header in added time. Barnes and Lopez were on target for the Seagulls after Caldwell opened the scoring for Birmingham.  

90+2: Buckley crosses and Hammond's header is superbly saved by Butland.

90+1:GOAL! Marlon King's cross picks out Zigic and his header slips through Kuszczak's hands.

84: Zigic brings the ball down ten yards out and strikes at goal but skipper Gordon Greer recovers to make a vital block.

81: Both managers make their final change; Clark switches Reilly for Morrison while Poyet introduces Vicente for his first appearance since August at the expense of Mackail-Smith.

79: Robinson's cross is met by the head of Zigic but Kuszczak watches the attempt float harmlessly over his crossbar.

76: Poyet makes his second change bringing Dicker on for Orlandi.

72: Buckley and Barnes combine on the edge of the box but Barnes fails to keep his shot down.

71: Gus Poyet makes his first change bringing Buckley on for goalscorer Lopez, while Clark introduces King at the expense of Redmond.

61: Orlandi's free-kick is turned around the post by Jack Butland after Barnes was dragged to the floor by Paul Robinson.

58: Calderon picks out Orlandi with a great cross however his effort deflects over off Davis.

56: Orlandi's deep corner is headed over by Ashley Barnes at the back post.

46: Second half underway at St Andrew's and Lee Clark has brought on Nikola Zigic for Wade Elliott.

HT: Albion came from behind to lead at half-time. Caldwell put the home side ahead with a glancing header before Barnes levelled the score from 18 yards and Lopez added the second with a superb volley.

43: GOAL! Albion go ahead through David Lopez. Bridge's back-post cross is met by the Spaniard with a thunderous volley, which goes under Butland.

40: Burke attempts to curl the ball into the top left corner but Kuszczak beats it away.

28: Reilly comes close for Birmingham but his fizzing effort glides over the bar.

27: Lopez's free-kick deflects wide off the Birmingham wall for a corner.

26: Caldwell sends Orlandi flying on the edge of the area. Referee Phil Dowd awards Albion a free-kick.

24: GOAL! Ashley Barnes pulls Albion level. Orlandi picked out the Albion striker on the edge of the area and Barnes fired the ball past Butland with a clinical finish.

19: Albion almost hit back immediately but Liam Bridcutt's 20-yard effort curls the wrong side of Butland's goal.

18: GOAL! The home side open the scoring through skipper Steven Caldwell. Rob Hall with the corner from the right and the Birmingham defender found the net with a glancing header.

11: Lopez attacks down the right and delivers a decent cross but Orlandi is unable to direct the ball on goal.

09: Rob Hall back into the Birmingham side, he flicks the ball past El-Abd which draws a foul from the Albion defender. His free-kick deflects wide off the Albion wall.

06: Albion trying to impose their game at St Andrew's. Bridge and Orlandi linking up well down the left.

01: Game underway at St Andrew's where Craig Mackail-Smith returns to the starting line-up.

TEAM NEWS

Albion boss Gus Poyet makes one change to the side that beat Derby County 2-1 last weekend, with top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith returning to the starting line-up.

The Albion striker missed last weekend’s game owing to a tight hamstring but returns in place of Will Buckley to lead the line alongside Ashley Barnes and David Lopez.

Buckley has been named on the substitutes’ bench, while the club did not receive international clearance in time for Leonardo Ulloa to make his debut at St Andrew’s this afternoon.

The club hope to receive clearance in time for Tuesday night’s trip to Blackburn.

Blues boss Lee Clark makes three changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Leeds United in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday night.

At the bakc, Jack Butland regains his regular position in goal, with Colin Doyle dropping to the bench, while Callum Reilly starts in place of Ravel Morrison in midfield.

Meanwhile, Rob Hall is preferred to Marlon King and he partners Nathan Redmond in attack; King drops to the bench.

TEAMS

Birmingham City: (4-4-2) Butland; Caddis, Caldwell, Davies, Robinson; Burke, Gomis, Reilly (Morrison 81), Elliott (Zigic 46); Redmond (King 70), Hall. Subs not used: Doyle (GK), Hancox, Mullins, Lovenkrands.

Albion: (4-3-3): Kuszczak; Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Hammond, Orlandi (Dicker 76); David (Buckley 69), Barnes, Mackail-Smith (Vicente 81). Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Dunk, LuaLua, Hoskins.

Referee: Phil Dowd

Attendance: 15,299 (1,221 Albion)

Yellow cards: Robinson (Birmingham); Bridcutt, Calderon, Greer, El-Abd (Albion) 

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