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Match Report: Birmingham City 2- 2 Bristol City (Bristol City fan's perspective)

Tuesday 17th April 2012
Bristol City continued their timely unbeaten run with a draw at promotion chasing Birmingham. Goals from Stephen Pearson and Jon Stead had given City a 2-0 lead at St Andrews, but Marlon King scored a deflected goal on the stroke of  half time before Nikola Zigic equalised 30 minutes from the end.

City Boss Derek McInnes made 4 changes from the team that beat Coventry on Saturday. With Louis Carey, Kalifa Cisse, Martyn Woolford and Chris Wood all earning recalls.

Birmingham were forced into a quick change before the start of the game as Keeper Boaz Myhill injured his thumb in the warm-up and had to be replaced by Colin Doyle.

Birmingham started the brighter and could have taken an early lead. Nikola Zigic latching on to Chris Burke's pass and firing a tame effort at Dean Gerken.

However, tt was the away side who took a shock lead through Pearson. The Scot played a neat one-two with Jon Stead and side footed the ball neatly beyond the on rushing keeper.

The Robins midfield began to dominate the game and they doubled their lead just after the half hour mark. Stead found himself 20 yards out with his back to goal. But the striker turned his man and made a break for the box then unleashed an unstoppable shot which went across the keeper and into the far corner.

Birmingham finally had something to cheer about five minutes before the break, Marlon King beating Dean Gerken with a deflected effort.

King beat Louis Carey on the edge of the box and drove towards goal, his shot across goal hit the knee of the sliding Carey which took ball past the diving Gerken.

Birmingham were the better of the two sides at the start of the second half and again it was King who was the dangerman but Gerken denied him at his near post.

The Robins finally started to find their feet and Martyn Woolford came close to restoring Bristol's two goal advantage. His shot from Cole Skuse's through ball was smartly parried away by Doyle.

Birmingham were the team most likely to score the next goal as City defended wave after wave of attacks, and the Robins resistance soon buckled. A neat one-two between Burke and Peter Ramage down the right led to the latter playing a ball across the six yard box to an unmarked Zigic who could hardly miss from three yards out.

The Birmingham fans were finally behind their team but City dug in and defended solidly to claim a valuable point in  their quest to avoid relegation.
Thomas Langridge

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