Birmingham mark their second pre-season match of the summer, with a below par performance against the harriers this afternoon. A draw was rescued thanks to a glancing header in the 84th minute by trialist, Shane Lowry.
Blues boss Rowett used the fixture as an opportunity to give the whole squad a decent run out by changing the XI who started the match at half time. The first real opening for Blues came in the 15th minute when Demarai Gray used his pace to take it around the outcoming goalkeeper, leaving an open goal. Demarai could only find a kiddy defender with the cross who put it behind for a corner. The following corner resulted in Jonathon Spector heading just wide.
Lee Novak had two half chances in the first half. One came in the 17th minute which was fired straight at the keeper. The second was an audacious overhead kick which went just wide of goal.
The hosts should have took the lead in the 20th minute with the best chance of the first half, but scuffed it just wide.
Birmingham city first half never really got into a rhythm, and the harriers looked organised and resilient. Highlight of the first half for entertainment value was the Birmingham fans in the standing terraces singing: “Sit down if you hate villa”. The 800+ blues fans behind the goal all sitting down on the floor.
Half time 0-0
Second half seen a complete change in XI. It also seen the trialists of Lowry and Griffiths. For you blues fans who didn’t have a clue who either were, like me today, Griffiths is a 6ft 2 defensive midfielder who has spent the majority of his career in Australia. Lowry, the goal scorer, is a defender who played for Leyton Orient last season and was also at that claret and blue team previously in his career.
Wes Thomas had the first half chance of the half where he found space on the edge of the box, but failed to keep his powerful shot down.
On the 68th minute came the games first goal. Tomasz Kuszczak scuffed his clearance and presented it straight to Dawson, who showed a neat bit of footwork and calmly slotted it home.
The 69th minute seen man of the match, a drunken blues fan, running onto the pitch. The stewards didn’t even attempt to catch him he had to run off himself!
Birmingham’s second XI failed to get into any real tempo. However the well deserved equaliser came in the 84th minute by trialist Shane Lowry. Stephen Gleeson floated over an inch perfect free kick, which was met by the powerful leap of Lowry.
With the game drawing to a close, Clayton Donaldson missed an absolute sitter in the 88th minute when he found himself unmarked with just a 5 yard tap in needed.
An average performance for Birmingham who will be looking to improve against Northampton Tuesday night. Koby Arthur was probably the liveliest blues player.
Full time 1-1
Blues XI First half- Legzdins, Eardley, Grounds, Spector, Robinson, Davis, Brown, Cotterill, Shinnie, Novak, Gray.
Blues XI Second Half- Kuszczak, Caddis, Lowry, Morrison, Hancox, Gleeson, Griffiths, Arthur, Thomas, Maghoma, Donaldson.
By Tom Allard