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Birmingham   1 - 1   Man Utd

Cameron Jerome
Jerome's first-half strike was not enough for Birmingham at St Andrew's

By Harry Reekie

Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the league after salvaging a controversial draw against Birmingham.

A poor clearance from Jonny Evans allowed Cameron Jerome to smash home for the hosts just before half-time.

An own goal from Scott Dann saw the visitors hit back but only after referee Mark Clattenburg had overturned an offside decision from his assistant.

Darren Fletcher was harshly sent off for a second yellow late on but neither side was able to find a winner.

The result sees Sir Alex Ferguson's side move to within a point of leaders Chelsea, having played one more game.

But the Champions often looked brittle at the back at St Andrew's and their manager will be desperate for the return of injured duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

606: DEBATE
Missinaldo

Birmingham miss the chance to leapfrog Liverpool but will be content after setting a new club record of 12 games unbeaten.

Such excellent recent form has coincided with a consistency of selection by manager Alex McLeish and he named an unchanged side for the ninth successive game.

The visitors' team, however, included only four survivors from the side that lost to Leeds in the FA Cup last weekend, with the omission of Dimitar Berbatov raising the most eyebrows.

That meant Wayne Rooney was left on his own up front and reliant on willing runners from midfield.

Two of them - Fletcher and Paul Scholes - saw shots well blocked in the opening stages but the standard of play unsurprisingly took a while to heat up in a freezing stadium.

As usual it was Rooney who looked the most likely to create something.

The England striker was denied by a brave block from goalkeeper Joe Hart after being put through by Antonio Valencia and then glanced a header wide.

McLeish tries to quell Brum expectations

But Birmingham's well-organised defence stood firm, with central midfielders Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson forming a resolute shield just in front of the back four.

Dann produced another couple of valiant blocks before Liam Ridgewell threw himself in the way of a Rafael da Silva shot.

For all Birmingham's defensive qualities they looked short of ideas in the final third - but still managed to move ahead just before half-time.

A corner was half cleared by United but nodded back into the danger area by Bowyer. Jonny Evans stuck a foot out on the line but the ball deflected perfectly for Jerome to slam home.

It could have been two straight after the break when Dann's looping header fell to Chuco Benitez but the Ecuadorian's shot was straight at Tomasz Kuszczak.

Jermone then wasted a golden opportunity, ballooning over after being set free by Benitez, and saw United level in controversial circumstances.

A blocked shot from Scholes fell for Patrice Evra and his drilled effort deflected off a diving Dann and into the Birmingham net.

Man Utd satisfied with a point

The goal was initially ruled out for offside against Rooney but Clattenburg overturned the decision of his assistant and awarded it - to the anger of the Birmingham players.

United pushed forward thereafter but were unable to turn their pressure into goals, with Rooney and Valencia going close.

Fletcher was then harshly awarded a second yellow card for a trip on Jerome, having previously been cautioned for a rash challenge on Bowyer.

Birmingham more than held their own in the dying stages - including six minutes of injury time - but could not turn their pressure into a winner.

United's record of never having lost to Birmingham in the Premier League therefore remains intact but their quest for title-winning form goes on.

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Jerome 39
  • Dann (og) 63

Birmingham

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 28,907
BIRMINGHAM
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Birmingham 33%
  • Man Utd 67%

Attempts on target

  • Birmingham 5
  • Man Utd 10

Attempts off target

  • Birmingham 1
  • Man Utd 4

Corners

  • Birmingham 2
  • Man Utd 12

Fouls

  • Birmingham 10
  • Man Utd 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:18 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+5:55 Christian Benitez is ruled offside. Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+5:16 Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Wes Brown results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Cameron Jerome from left channel, clearance by Wes Brown.
  • 90:00+3:39 The offside flag is raised against Mame Diouf. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+1:54 Centre by Mame Diouf, save by Joe Hart.
  • 89:38 Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by James McFadden.
  • 88:39 The ball is delivered by Rafael Da Silva, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 87:42 Stephen Carr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:32 Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, Scott Dann gets a block in.
  • 84:52 Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 83:43 Barry Ferguson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.
  • 83:43 Sent off The referee shows Darren Fletcher a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 83:30 Cameron Jerome fouled by Darren Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 82:35 Wes Brown takes the free kick.
  • 82:35 Substitution Keith Fahey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.
  • 82:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Benitez.
  • 80:58 Substitution Mame Diouf joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Scholes.
  • 80:26 Shot by Paul Scholes from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 79:58 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
  • 79:01 Booking The referee cautions Sebastian Larsson for dissent.
  • 77:26 The referee blows for offside against Ryan Giggs. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 77:03 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 76:47 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner.
  • 75:46 Wayne Rooney has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 75:46 Booking The referee shows Stephen Carr a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:39 Foul by Stephen Carr on Patrice Evra, free kick awarded.
  • 75:17 Ryan Giggs crosses the ball, clearance made by Barry Ferguson.
  • 74:19 Christian Benitez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wes Brown takes the free kick.
  • 73:29 Lee Bowyer takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
  • 73:24 The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Wes Brown.
  • 72:42 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, clearance by Lee Bowyer.
  • 72:05 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James McFadden.
  • 71:43 A cross is delivered by Stephen Carr, Christian Benitez takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 71:30 The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Cameron Jerome. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 67:56 Rafael Da Silva produces a cross, Paul Scholes takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 66:41 Unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. James McFadden crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 65:37 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Ryan Giggs coming on for Ji-Sung Park.
  • 62:54 Patrice Evra provided the assist for the goal.
  • 62:54 GOAL - Scott DannBirmingham 1 - 1 Man Utd Scott Dann puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 61:40 The ball is swung over by Cameron Jerome.
  • 60:07 Centre by Rafael Da Silva.
  • 58:34 Liam Ridgewell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.
  • 56:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Jonathan Evans. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
  • 54:54 Antonio Valencia takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 54:42 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Sebastian Larsson gets a block in.
  • 54:35 The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 53:36 Rafael Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 52:39 The ball is swung over by Patrice Evra. Wayne Rooney is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
  • 52:39 Centre by Patrice Evra, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the goal.
  • 51:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown by Cameron Jerome. Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.
  • 50:41 James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva. Free kick taken by Wes Brown.
  • 49:57 Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Antonio Valencia. Antonio Valencia takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:28 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Christian Benitez takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 46:41 The ball is delivered by Stephen Carr, blocked by Paul Scholes.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:04 Ji-Sung Park concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Free kick crossed by James McFadden, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 45:00+0:29 Wayne Rooney concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 43:44 Free kick taken by Scott Dann.
  • 43:44 Booking Booking for Darren Fletcher.
  • 43:38 Darren Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer.
  • 43:06 Rafael Da Silva produces a cross, save made by Joe Hart.
  • 42:14 Outswinging corner taken by Darren Fletcher from the right by-line, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
  • 42:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Darren Fletcher, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:48 Rafael Da Silva delivers the ball, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 41:34 Antonio Valencia decides to take a short corner.
  • 41:04 Sebastian Larsson challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:45 GOAL - Cameron JeromeBirmingham 1 - 0 Man Utd Cameron Jerome gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 38:34 Inswinging corner taken by James McFadden,
  • 38:17 Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scholes.
  • 37:41 The offside flag is raised against Ji-Sung Park. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:59 The ball is sent over by James McFadden.
  • 36:41 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
  • 33:56 Antonio Valencia sends in a cross, Headed effort on goal by Ji-Sung Park from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 33:38 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in.
  • 33:30 The ball is sent over by Rafael Da Silva, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 32:43 Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.
  • 31:13 Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
  • 30:20 James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
  • 25:21 The ball is crossed by Rafael Da Silva.
  • 24:11 The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher, Header from close in by Wayne Rooney misses to the left of the target.
  • 23:58 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 23:30 Corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line played to the near post, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
  • 23:13 Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, James McFadden manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:18 James McFadden fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
  • 21:52 Wes Brown fouled by Cameron Jerome, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 21:24 Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
  • 18:25 Wayne Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:20 The ball is swung over by Ji-Sung Park, clearance made by Scott Dann.
  • 16:41 Michael Carrick sends in a cross, clearance made by Scott Dann.
  • 14:56 Handball by James McFadden. Paul Scholes crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 14:46 A cross is delivered by Rafael Da Silva.
  • 14:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the left by-line, clearance made by Scott Dann.
  • 13:59 Paul Scholes takes a shot. Lee Bowyer gets a block in.
  • 8:51 Paul Scholes fouled by Lee Bowyer, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:18 Unfair challenge on Christian Benitez by Rafael Da Silva results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:04 Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
  • 2:41 Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
  • 1:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line, clearance made by Cameron Jerome.
  • 1:51 Centre by Antonio Valencia, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.
  • 1:27 Barry Ferguson challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
  • 0:42 Paul Scholes delivers the ball.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Premier League results

9 Jan 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 20 29 45
2 Man Utd 21 27 44
3 Arsenal 20 30 42
4 Tottenham 20 20 37
5 Man City 19 11 35
6 Aston Villa 20 11 35
7 Liverpool 20 12 33
8 Birmingham 21 2 33
9 Fulham 20 4 27
10 Stoke 20 -7 24
11 Sunderland 20 -3 23
12 Everton 20 -6 23
13 Blackburn 20 -15 21
14 Burnley 20 -18 20
15 Wolves 20 -19 19
16 Wigan 19 -23 19
17 West Ham 20 -9 18
18 Bolton 18 -10 18
19 Hull 20 -22 18
20 Portsmouth 20 -14 14

see also
Ferguson rues Fletcher red card
10 Jan 10 |  Premier League
Saturday football as it happened
09 Jan 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
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