A scrappy late equaliser from Lukas Jutkiewicz denied Cardiff victory for the second time in a week.
Cardiff were in control for the whole match, but it was a first half to forget. Both teams had shots, but there weren’t any clear chances for either side. Anthony Pilkington had a free-kick which went just wide and Sean Morrison had a header which also narrowly missed. The one of a few times Birmingham went into the Cardiff box, Krystian Bielik was given a yellow card for diving. There was more action in the second half.
In the 51st minute, Cardiff were awarded a penalty. Ryan Shotton had wrestled Morrison to the floor in the box. The penalty was poor from Joe Ralls, but his pow effort was palmed into the roof of the net by Birmingham goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak. It wasn’t impressive, but the Bluebirds were in front.
In the 57th minute, Greg Halford added to Neil Warnock’s injury worries, and went off for Peter Whittingham. Craig Gardner had a free-kick which was palmed away by Allan McGregor and Kenneth Zohore had a long shot saved by Kuszczak.
But, Cardiff let their guard slip right at the end. In the 89th minute, the ball was crossed in Jutkiewicz, who had a header saved, but it came back off his shin and went past McGregor. It was similar to the Blackburn game last Tuesday, where they let in a late goal to lose the three points.
The equaliser eases the pressure a bit on Birmingham boss Gianfroca Zola. They are 17th in the league and could be dragged into a relegation battle. His appointment had been one which has come out with a completely different result to Warnock’s appointment. They have climbed from second bottom to 13th and are starting to play good football. I think they could challenge for promotion next season if they can get a few quality signings in the summer.