Birmingham City 1-1 Coventry City: Points shared at St. Andrews in relegation tussle
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Story of the match

The contest commenced with Coventry City pressure, after Ben Sheaf saw his early effort glide just wide of Neil Etheridge's right post. 

Coventry striker Viktor Gyökeres was caught offside early on as they looked to cut Birmingham City open with multiple through balls. 

The hosts were awarded a penalty by referee Geoff Eltringham in the 17th minute, after fancy footwork from winger Iván Sánchez resulted in a hasty challenge in the box from Josh PaskJérémie Bela stepped up and coolly converted for his third goal of the season. 

Coventry looked to hit back, finding a response ten minutes later through midfielder Gustavo Hamer. Birmingham were dispossessed after Adam Clayton switched off, with Callum O'Hare intercepting and finding Hamer in the middle, finishing emphatically past Etheridge.

The contest looked to be tight as Birmingham threatened once more, this time through a glanced header from Scott Hogan which had to be tipped to safety by Coventry keeper Ben Wilson

Birmingham midfielders Mikel San José and Ivan Šunjić picked up late yellow cards as the first half drew to a scrappy end. 

The second half began with Birmingham on the front foot after Hogan, San José and Šunjić all missed opportunities. 

Hamer continued to pose a major threat to the hosts, blazing a long range effort narrowly over on 60 minutes. 

Birmingham head coach, Aitor Karanka made all five available substitutes in an attempt to change the game whilst Coventry manager Mark Robins made just one. 

Both teams had multiple chances at either end to win the game but on the day, the points were shared at St Andrews in a result that benefits neither side. 

Takeaways

Having lost each of their last six league games at home, Birmingham played with more confidence in attempt to get a result, taking more shots and risks in the final third. Aitor Karanka will feel frustrated that his team were unable to walk way with all three points as Blues were dominant in the second half.

The introduction of Lukas Jutkiewicz on 70 minutes was positive as Birmingham looked to play off the target man to try and find a decisive goal. 

Coventry will be satisfied with a point, performing better in the first half, particularly through Hamer who showed glimpses of brilliance at times. 

Both teams have got work to do in order to avoid the drop zone, and this result may be one to look back on in the future as a marker for dropped points. 

Player of the match

Scott Hogan

Hogan played with a spark today, registering shots on target whilst providing great movement for the midfield to pick him out. 

With the news of incoming strikers, Hogan may now have some assistance up front to help try and secure Birmingham's Championship safety for another season. 

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