Report: Birmingham City 1 Blackpool 1
A tale of two corners saw Birmingham City and Blackpool play out an entertaining 1-1 draw at St Andrew's.
Having fallen behind to a Curtis Davies header right on the stroke of half-time, Kirk Broadfoot nodded home his second of the season from a set-piece to rescue a point for Pool.
The Seasiders started the game brightly and worked the ball well around the pitch. Matt Phillips looked set to race through on goal after eight minutes but a timely interception by Curtis Davies thwarted him in his tracks.
The aerial presence of Nikola Zigic was something that Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie had to monitor closely, with the forward lurking at the back post and heading straight at Gilks shortly after.
A last-ditch challenge from Mitch Hancox denied Tom Ince a path on goal at the other end, before the winger went clear moments later only to see his touch past the onrushing keeper knocked away from goal by Davies.
The home side started to find a bit of rhythm as the game progressed but didn't really trouble Gilks with their end product.
Neal Eardley was booked for a late challenge on Peter Lovenkrands as 30 minutes passed on the clock. Lovenkrands dragged an effort back across goal but just past the post as he found space down the left moments later.
Having spilled a looping cross at the other end, Jack Butland made up for his error as he denied Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a subsequent effort. Blackpool's number 12 was forced off from the following corner as Butland clattered him when challenging for the ball, which meant an earlier than planned appearance for Futacs.
A fine effort from Matt Phillips on the turn flashed just past the post as the half-time whistle approached. But there was still time for some drama and a goal for Birmingham City. CURTIS DAVIES drifted in from the back post and headed past Matt Gilks from a corner, putting the home side ahead.
Lee Clark's side almost doubled their advantage in added time but Zigic couldn't get a clean enough touch to Chris Burke's fine delivery.
HALF-TIME SCORE: BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 BLACKPOOL 0
Zigic had another great opportunity soon after the interval, striking over the bar with a first time effort after Matt Gilks failed to collect the ball under pressure from a free-kick.
Jonathan Spector was brought down just outside the box by Barry Ferguson on 51 minutes, leading to a drilled Chris Burke effort bouncing back off the wall from the resulting free-kick.
Peter Lovenkrands turned his man inside the area before seeing his shot come back off the post as Birmingham looked to double their lead.
Blackpool made their second change of the game 12 minutes into the second-half, introducing Ludovic Sylvestre for Angel Martinez.
The pressure from the home side continued however, with Chris Burke forcing Gilks into a save down low. A spell of possession for The Seasiders lead to nothing as time ticked away.
Lee Clark made his first change on 70 minutes by bringing on Wade Elliott for Mitch Hancox before Blackpool created a great opportunity. Stephen Crainey was played in down the left and his ball across the six-yard box was cleared by Shane Ferguson to deny his namesake Barry a tap-in.
Nathan Delfouneso became Pool's third and final change when replacing Matt Phillips and received a large chorus of boos for his Aston Villa connections.
As the striker trudged over to join the rest of the players for a corner, Blackpool finally found an equaliser. A corner from Neal Eardley was met by the head of KIRK BROADFOOT and the power on the ball left Butland standing.
BIRMINGHAM CITY 1 BLACKPOOL 1
Former Blackpool loan player Wes Thomas entered the fray on 78 minutes as Birmingham looked to try and get back on the front foot. Peter Lovenkrands was the man to go off.
It was another sub in Wade Elliot who should have found the net but he blazed high and wide with the goal gaping at the far post.
Despite four minutes of added time neither side could find a winner, which meant that Blackpool picked up their third consecutive point in The Championship.
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New signing Marko Futacs started the game on the bench, having met his team-mates at the hotel earlier in the day.