Birmingham managed to salvage a draw after Barnsley took the early lead in one of the surprising football scores in the Championship. Barnsley named an unchanged lineup from the draw at QPR the previous weekend. Both teams wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Birmingham player Sam Oji who passed away last week.
Callum Styles scored with a neat finish into the roof of the goal after he was assisted by Clarke Oduor. The former was a menace to the Birmingham backline throughout the game. Birmingham scored from a set-piece with Lukas Jutkiewicz heading in from a Jeremie Bela corner.
Barnsley’s Markus Schopp: “I am not frustrated. In the end, we are happy with a point. More especially in the second half, when they hurt us. Playing Birmingham is not an easy one. They are a really tough team to compete against. It was not easy when they have so many set pieces. It was a tough situation and it breaks your rhythm. Their goal came from a set piece and a second ball. We don’t want to have to adapt our style. I do want a result where we can relax!”
Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “We should have left with all three points. We dominated the second half and created three very, very good chances – not half-chances. The keeper saved a one-on-one and got Barnsley a point, but that’s what he’s paid to do.” he added. “Barnsley are a very good team with high energy and good players. They scored a great goal. What a strike from the lad. Sometimes, you have to hold your hand up.”
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