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Peterborough 1-1 Birmingham

Marlon King's 94th-minute penalty salvaged a deserved draw for Birmingham City and denied in-form Peterborough United a third win in four games.

Posh led for more than 90 minutes, having taken the lead after just 29 seconds when Emile Sinclair ran through and slotted past keeper Boaz Myhill.

Both sides created a host of chances in a breathless, absorbing match.

But Sinclair's goal seemed set to win it until King's spot-kick after Gabriel Zakuani was penalised for handball.

Sinclair kicked things off by latching on to Joe Newell's pass and coolly netting his seventh goal of the season as City's rearguard appealed for offside.

Home skipper Steven Caldwell then denied Sinclair a second while at the other end Nikola Zigic fired a great chance into the side-netting when well placed.

Curtis Davies also sent a header narrowly over from Chris Burke's corner as the visitors began to get on top.

Posh keeper Joe Lewis was called upon to produce a great stop low down at his near post to keep out Zigic's effort as Birmingham failed to make the most of their dominance.

The home side went close to a second within three minutes of the restart as Paul Taylor's rifled effort was tipped over by Myhill and George Boyd and Taylor also both went close with long-range efforts.

Blues continued to threaten and create chances with Zigic once again firing wastefully wide and Davies heading another glorious chance over the bar from Burke's corner.

But just as the away fans' hopes were fading, King's penalty meant Blues avoided a third successive away defeat.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson: "I really couldn't see Birmingham scoring but then the referee has decided to give them a penalty.

"I've looked at it again on the DVD and if that is what constitutes a penalty these days, you'll see a hell of a lot of them given.

"The referee couldn't wait to give it and I really feel for my lads."

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton: "I'm more disappointed that we didn't win the game than pleased about the fact we salvaged a point so late on.

"This game is all about putting the ball in the back of the net and we were found somewhat wanting in that regard.

"I didn't see the penalty incident live but I've had a look since and there is no doubt it is a spot-kick.

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Monday, 2 January 2012

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Peterborough 1-1 Birmingham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Sinclair 1
  • King (pen) 90+4

Peterborough

  • 01 Lewis
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 06 Wootton
  • 27 Alcock
  • 14 Rowe yellow card
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 17 Newell (Kearns 75)
  • 10 Boyd
  • 12 Sinclair (Little 82)
  • 26 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 28 Jones,
  • 02 Little,
  • 20 Thompson,
  • 21 Kearns,
  • 34 Lawler

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 23 Spector yellow card (Ridgewell 86)
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 08 N'daw
  • 11 Beausejour (Redmond 70)
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King
  • 19 Zigic (Wood 70)

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle,
  • 06 Ridgewell,
  • 14 Gomis,
  • 22 Redmond,
  • 39 Wood
Ref: MossAtt: 11,167
PETERBOROUGH
BIRMINGHAM

Possession

  • Peterborough 54%
  • Birmingham 46%

Attempts on target

  • Peterborough 4
  • Birmingham 9

Attempts off target

  • Peterborough 1
  • Birmingham 11

Corners

  • Peterborough 3
  • Birmingham 5

Fouls

  • Peterborough 5
  • Birmingham 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:27 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+5:07 Daniel Kearns crosses the ball.
  • 90:00+4:30 Chris Wood takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a comfortable save.
  • 90:00+4:23 Chris Burke crosses the ball, Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:12 GOAL - Marlon KingPeterborough 1 - 1 Birmingham Placed penalty scored by Marlon King. Peterborough 1-1 Birmingham.
  • 90:00+2:12 Handball decision goes against Gabriel Zakuani.
  • 90:00+0:17 Marlon King takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 89:39 Foul by George Boyd on Keith Fahey, free kick awarded. Keith Fahey crosses the ball, Guirane N'Daw takes a shot. Blocked by Tommy Rowe.
  • 85:47 Substitution Liam Ridgewell is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Spector.
  • 83:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Wootton by Chris Wood. Direct free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
  • 82:21 A cross is delivered by Tommy Rowe, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 81:27 Substitution Mark Little is brought on as a substitute for Emile Sinclair.
  • 78:46 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Effort from just outside the box by Nathan Redmond goes over the bar.
  • 78:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe on Guirane N'Daw. David Murphy takes the free kick.
  • 76:37 Keith Fahey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 76:23 David Murphy crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Bennett.
  • 73:10 Joe Lewis takes the free kick.
  • 73:10 Substitution Daniel Kearns comes on in place of Joe Newell.
  • 73:10 Corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick.
  • 72:44 Chris Burke sends in a cross, Keith Fahey takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 71:09 Jonathan Spector challenges Paul Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Alcock.
  • 69:11 Substitution Nathan Redmond replaces Jean Beausejour.
  • 69:11 Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Chris Wood coming on for Nikola Zigic.
  • 67:48 Ryan Tunnicliffe is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:18 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, Close range header by Guirane N'Daw goes over the crossbar.
  • 66:14 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance by Craig Alcock.
  • 65:04 Tommy Rowe takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:04 Booking The referee cautions Jonathan Spector for unsporting behaviour.
  • 64:57 Jonathan Spector challenges Ryan Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 63:53 Gabriel Zakuani concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.
  • 63:24 Booking Booking for Tommy Rowe for dissent.
  • 62:31 Nikola Zigic produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
  • 61:26 Effort from outside the penalty area by Paul Taylor goes wide left of the goal.
  • 61:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Guirane N'Daw on Paul Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bennett.
  • 60:38 David Murphy produces a cross, Joe Lewis makes a save.
  • 57:59 A cross is delivered by Jonathan Spector, clearance by Craig Alcock.
  • 57:49 Centre by Jonathan Spector, Craig Alcock manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:03 The ball is delivered by George Boyd, clearance by Curtis Davies.
  • 56:08 Effort from the edge of the box by Chris Burke goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 54:32 George Boyd takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 54:18 Chris Burke is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Craig Alcock takes the free kick.
  • 50:47 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by George Boyd from the right by-line, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 50:07 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke, Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:40 Chris Burke takes a shot. Tommy Rowe gets a block in.
  • 49:15 Emile Sinclair is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:49 Corner taken left-footed by George Boyd to the near post, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:28 Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 45:58 David Murphy crosses the ball.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:00 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:04 Effort from just outside the area by Jonathan Spector goes over the bar.
  • 40:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Joe Newell. Tommy Rowe restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:07 Chris Burke delivers the ball, clearance made by Craig Alcock.
  • 38:01 George Boyd sends in a cross, save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 37:43 Centre by Emile Sinclair.
  • 36:27 Paul Taylor is ruled offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:20 The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, Jean Beausejour takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
  • 34:11 Emile Sinclair is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 32:55 Chris Burke delivers the ball.
  • 31:05 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke, Close range headed effort by Marlon King misses to the right of the target.
  • 30:48 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Scott Wootton gets a block in.
  • 28:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke.
  • 27:27 The ball is delivered by Tommy Rowe, Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 24:54 A cross is delivered by Joe Newell, clearance by Jonathan Spector.
  • 24:07 Emile Sinclair takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 22:18 Guirane N'Daw has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 21:28 The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, Tommy Rowe makes a clearance.
  • 20:57 Chris Burke sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Bennett.
  • 19:30 David Murphy crosses the ball, Scott Wootton makes a clearance.
  • 19:13 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Wootton.
  • 18:23 Paul Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 17:51 Unfair challenge on George Boyd by Keith Fahey results in a free kick. Scott Wootton takes the free kick.
  • 16:55 Paul Taylor is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Davies.
  • 15:58 Keith Fahey crosses the ball, save by Joe Lewis.
  • 15:37 Chris Burke takes a shot. Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:15 Foul by Craig Alcock on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:51 The ball is crossed by Chris Burke.
  • 12:16 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Curtis Davies clears the crossbar.
  • 12:06 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Spector, Scott Wootton manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:29 Jonathan Spector crosses the ball, Joe Lewis makes a save.
  • 6:10 A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, clearance made by Craig Alcock.
  • 5:32 Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, Tommy Rowe makes a clearance.
  • 4:43 Effort from the edge of the box by Nikola Zigic goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 3:54 Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 3:03 The official flags George Boyd offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 2:21 Corner taken left-footed by George Boyd, clearance by Guirane N'Daw.
  • 0:29 Joe Newell provided the assist for the goal.
  • 0:29 GOAL - Emile SinclairPeterborough 1 - 0 Birmingham A goal is scored by Emile Sinclair from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Peterborough 1-0 Birmingham.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Southampton 25 19 47
2 West Ham 25 17 47
3 Cardiff 25 14 45
4 Middlesbrough 25 7 45
5 Reading 25 7 39
6 Hull 25 1 39
7 Blackpool 25 8 38
8 Leeds 25 3 38
9 Derby 25 -3 37
10 Burnley 25 4 36
11 Crystal Palace 25 0 36
12 Leicester 25 5 35
13 Brighton 25 -2 35
14 Birmingham 23 6 34
15 Peterborough 25 3 33
16 Barnsley 25 -3 33
17 Portsmouth 24 2 31
18 Watford 25 -7 30
19 Ipswich 24 -13 27
20 Millwall 24 -3 26
21 Bristol City 24 -12 24
22 Nott'm Forest 25 -18 24
23 Doncaster 25 -21 22
24 Coventry 25 -14 19

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