MATCH REPORT: Birmingham City 1 Sheffield United 1


A strong performance from Blues earned them a vital point and boosted them closer to keeping their Championship status for another season.

Although there were not many chances in the first 10 minutes, The Blades started with a purpose to slowly break down the Blues back line; not allowing Blues to get a foot on the game.

In the 18th minute Blues were nearly ahead. A swift counter attack pushed the ‘boys in royal Blue’ up the pitch. A pass from Gary Gardner found Bournemouth loanee Conner Mahoney, he attempted to cross the ball but it was deflected and Dean Henderson, The Blades ‘keeper, was forced into making a fine save to the top left of his goal.

Blues then had another golden chance to go ahead in the 30th minute. Maghoma’s ball into the box fell to Harlee Dean, the centre back looked likely to get his effort on target, but his shot sailed into the sea of Sheffield United fans.

8 minutes later, and Sheffield United were ahead. A piece of link up play down the left between Duffy and Stevens found its way back to Stevens who managed to fire past Lee Camp; some fans will argue the 34 year old should have done better.

However, Blues found the instant response when Michael Morrison stabbed home in the 42nd minute. A Gary Gardner header rebounded off Dean Henderson and the skipper was there to score his 6th goal of the season. The two teams went in level.

In the 56th minute, a training ground move from the visitors nearly caught Blues out. A ball to the back stick found McGoldrick who could not divert the ball past Camp at his near post.

8 minutes later, and Blues could have been ahead. A superb pass by Jota found club top scorer Che Adams, his shot looked destined for the top corner, but a superb save by Henderson denied Che of his 23rd goal of the season.

In the 92nd minute of the game McGoldrick nearly converted from a corner. A beautiful ball found the head of the 31 year old, but his header just went over the bar.

The full time whistle blew and Blues had gained another point on Rotherham. Blues travel to Ipswich on Saturday, a tough game as they will want to keep championship status for at least one more game, let’s hope we can grind out a result to take another step closer to championship safety.


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