Birmingham City were able gain a hard earned point against Frank Lampard’s Derby County on a very warm day at St Andrews.
A positive start gave Blues the lead in the first 2 minutes of the game. A Jota corner found Jutkiewicz who smashed the ball into the top corner of the net: 2 goals in as many games for the Juke.
However, just 5 minutes later and Derby were level. A long ball over the top of the defence found Waghorn, the linesman’s flag stayed down, and the summer signing lobbed the ball over a desperate Lee Camp.
Just 10 minutes later and Blues had regained the lead. Jota’s corner found the head of Gary Gardner, his header fell to Michael Morrison, and the skipper tapped home for his seventh goal of the season.
Just like they did with Blues’ first goal, The Rams found an instant response just 10 minutes after. A cross from former England international, Ashely Cole, found the head of Richard Keogh who headed past Camp and put The Rams back level.
Soon after and Blues could have been ahead. Che Adams ran down the left side of the pitch, squared the ball to strike partner Jutkiewicz, but his shot just went wide of the bottom right corner. An action packed 1st half saw the two teams go in level at the break.
5 minutes into the second period, and Che Adams was denied a certain goal. A ball down the channel found the talisman, he cut inside, got his shot off, but a sliding Ashley Cole denied the 22 year old.
8 minutes after, and Blues hit the post. A corner found Jutkiewicz, he headed the ball across goal, but his powerful effort hit the inside of the post and Derby cleared. A huge let off for the Rams.
Following lots of Blues possession, it was now Derby’s chance to attack. Camp got down low to save Tomori’s shot and then got back up to save Tomori’s second attempt. A super double save by the 34 year old.
The game ended at 2-2. Blues will feel that they could have come out with more but at moments, it is a point gained. Blues will travel to the New York Stadium on Monday, looking to secure safety and have a peaceful last two games of the season, instead of the stress of survival Sunday.