Sat 20 Sep 14
at 17:12 PM
The Report: Norwich City 2 Blues 2
Birmingham City ground out a hard earned point at Carrow Road against Norwich City after former Blues striker Cameron Jerome haunted his old club denying them all three points.
The hosts started brightly and could have gone ahead after six minutes when Lewis Grabban found himself unmarked at the back post, but he blasted his volley high over Darren Randolph's crossbar from Wes Hoolahan's cross.
Two minutes later and Blues - somehow fortuitously took the lead - Callum Reily's shot from 25-yards out took a deflection off of Michael Turner which wrong-footed John Ruddy in the Canaries goal and despite the 'keeper getting a strong hand to the ball - the ball trickled over the line to gives Lee Clark's side the lead.
Just after the quarter of an hour mark and Clayton Donaldson was denied what looked to be a certain penalty after he burst into the box and was pulled back by Norwich skipper Russell Martin.
Clark's side frustrated the hosts and could have extended their lead just before the half hour - after good build up play involving Donaldson and David Cotterill, David Davis' 30-yard strike looked destined to beat Ruddy but the 'keeper made up for his earlier error by tipping the ball wide.
On 38 minutes, former Blue Nathan Redmond stung the palm of Darren Randolph after he burst into the Blues box, getting the better of Paul Robinson before firing in a shot which the Blues' number one was equal to.
Despite Norwich's dominance on the ball, Blues looked the more threatening going forward and doubled their lead five minutes before the break. Cotterill's free-kick found its way to David Edgar in the Norwich penalty area who persistence paid off when he found Demarai Gray, who calmy slotted home to make it 2-0.
Norwich nearly hit back immediately, midfielder Alex Tettey found himself in space in the Blues box, but he screwed his shot well wide. Then in stoppage time at the end of the first half, Jonathan Grounds nearly headed a third for Blues but his header flashed wide of Ruddy's post.
Seven minutes after the restart and the hosts were back in the game, another former Blues player, this time Cameron Jerome coming back to haunt his old club as he halved the deficit after turning home Russell Martin's low cross.
Three minutes later and Norwich had pulled level. Again Jerome haunting Blues as his header at the near post looped over Randolph and nestled in the corner of the net to level the scores and undo all Blues hard work from the first half.
A little after the hour and Donaldson had a great opportunity to restore Blues' lead. Cotterill's ball in found the striker unmarked in the six yard box but his header was well saved by Ruddy down low.
With ten minutes to go Norwich defender Jos Hooiveld saw his header fire wide after Redmond and substitute Josh Murphy kept the ball alive after Blues thought they had initially cleared it.
Then a minute later, Redmond found himself in a yard of space on the edge of the Blues' area but his effort was dragged well wide of the mark.
On 83 minutes Hooiveld again fired a header wide of the Blues goal, this time rising highest from a Redmond corner.
In the 90th minute Redmond nearly gave his side all three points. The winger skipping past Davis and Grounds with ease before attempting to curl his effort into the far bottom corner. Inches wide.
In stoppage time, Michael Turner almost headed the hosts in front when his header flashed across the Blues goal, seconds later Redmond almost set Jerome away for his hat-trick but an alert Randolph was quick off his line to smother at the forward's feet.
Blues could have won it at the end, with only seconds remaining Donaldson and Cotterill found themselves in a two on one situation, but an underhit pass from Blues number 9 allowed defenders to flood back and clear.
A positive performance for Clark's side, after a very impressive first half in which they took chances and frustrated Norwich, it was a four minute spell in the second half which sent both side's home with a share of the spoils.