Birmingham draw small comfort as Hudson earns point

Birmingham City 1 Cardiff City 1

St Andrew's

Whatever the shortfall in quality, the Championship promotion race is its usual exciting self, even for the minor placings. In a game that finally came to life from the ultimate in Sunday lunchtime serenity, under-strength Birmingham City returned to sixth place despite the concession of an equaliser 12 minutes from time.

But the fact they now have one win in eight matches, while a Cardiff City side who are level on points with them but two rungs lower have managed two in 13, underlines a shared stumble towards the finishing line.

There are, of course, mitigating circumstances. Between them, these clubs have played exactly 100 games this season and it showed. Whether through fatigue, nervousness at the proximity to journey's end or simply an inability to master a lively pitch, the first half was dire.

Thankfully, the second was passable. Marlon King provided a long overdue talking point with his first Birmingham penalty miss – David Marshall dived low to his right to save after Don Cowie had felled Jordon Mutch – but the home side's leading scorer seemed to be reprieved 13 minutes later.

Birmingham broke quickly from a Cardiff corner, Chris Burke outpacing Kevin McNaughton, spotting King and Erik Huseklepp two-on-one in the middle and squaring for the latter to tuck away.

It was the on-loan Portsmouth forward's second goal in six games and another step towards possible "Feed the Huse and he will score" status.

Cardiff, though, needed only nine minutes to draw level, deservedly: Peter Whittingham cleverly picked out Mark Hudson with a diagonal ball and the captain produced an accomplished centre-half's first-time finish with his right foot.

"Their goal is the only chance they had in 95 minutes," Hughton said. "I was disappointed with the way we conceded. We had to play two centre-halves at full-back but we were solid."

Birmingham City (4-4-2): Myhill; Ibañez (Gomis, 73), Caldwell, Davies, Ramage; Burke , N'Daw, Elliott, Mutch; Huseklepp (Townsend, 70), King. Substitutes not used Doyle (gk), Zigic, Redmond.

Cardiff City (4-4-1-1): Marshall; McNaughton , Hudson , Turner, Taylor; Cowie (Gestede, 73), Lawrence, McPhail (Miller, 84 ), Whittingham ; Gunnarsson; Mason . Substitutes not used Heaton (gk), Earnshaw, Blake.

Referee A D'Urso (Billericay).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy