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REPORT: Birmingham City 1 Bristol City 1 as Lukas Jutkiewicz header cancelled out


Birmingham City conceded a late equaliser as they shared the points with Bristol City in their first home game of the season.

Lukas Jutkiewicz bagged his first goal of the campaign when he headed Blues into the lead just after the hour.

But Pep Clotet’s side were pegged back with eight minutes to go, Tommy Rowe racing through and finding the bottom corner.

Clotet handed a full debuts to Fran Villabla and Ivan Sunjic while Dan Crowley kept his place in the side for a first outing at St Andrew’s.

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Fran Villalba

It was Villalba who had the first chance of the afternoon, forcing Daniel Bentley into a smart save to divert his 25-yard goal-bound effort over the bar, before Gary Gardner went close with a header from a corner a couple of minutes later.

At the other end, Benik Afobe was sent racing through in a one-on-one situation for the visitors’ first opening of the match. But Lee Camp got down quickly to smartly deny the striker.

Gardner tried his luck again but could only shoot over – and Jutkiewicz may feel he could have done better with Villalba’s hanging cross on the stroke of half-time.

Blues were denied what would have been a brilliant goal after the break. Neat build-up play in midfield ended with Crowley searching for an opening on the edge of the box and he found one with Jutkiewicz who allowed the pass to run across him before firing an effort towards goal.

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Lukas Jutkiewicz and Tommy Rowe

Bentley was again called upon to get in the way and the looping stop almost dropped under the bar before the ball was cleared.

But the big forward wasn’t to be denied with his next opening.

Crowley lofted a teasing cross to the back post that was just begging to be met by Jutkiewicz and he duly obliged, heading beyond Bentley and into the back of the net.

But the hosts were pegged back when Rowe ran onto an inch-perfect pass from Kasey Palmer, blasting into the far corner from a tight angle.



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