• Date: Sat 30 January 2010
  • Venue: St Andrews Stadium
  • Ref: Attwell, S
  • Attendance: 27,238
Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Ridgewell (90)

1 - 1

Birmingham City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups

Birmingham City

Joe Hart
Stephen Carr
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Lee Bowyer (Miguel Marcos Michel, 65)
Sebastian Larsson (Keith Fahey, 58)
Barry Ferguson
Cameron Jerome
Christian Benitez
James McFadden

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
Ledley King
David Bentley (Jermaine Jenas, 89)
Tom Huddlestone
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe (Robbie Keane, 78)

Match Report
Battling Birmingham City salvaged a late 1-1 draw against Tottenham with another typical performance after they had appeared to be heading to defeat following Jermain Defoe's goal. With time running out, Birmingham finally grabbed an equaliser when James McFadden's cross was headed back across the face of goal for Liam Ridgewell to score from close range. Ridgewell's goal robbed Spurs of chalking up only their second win at St Andrew's in 24 years. A brave Birmingham side refused to concede defeat and they were well their point against a Spurs side which has only lost three of its last 13 games. Birmingham, now unbeaten at home in their last eight league matches, do lack goalscoring power. This was always evident and explains why manager Alex McLeish is desperate for a new striker. There were no early signs of Birmingham suffering a setback after losing their long unbeaten record at Chelsea in midweek. Birmingham were, in fact, the first to threaten danger when Lee Bowyer was set up for a strike but his effort was saved low down by Heurelho Gomes. With former Birmingham player Wilson Palacios quickly making an impact in midfield against his old club, Spurs responded with a snap raid which finished with Luka Modric's shot going just wide. But the best chance fell to Christian Benitez in the 17th minute when the Birmingham striker was put clear by Cameron Jerome. Benitez cleverly left Michael Dawson in his wake but a weak shot was easily saved by Gomes. It was a golden opportunity that they were to rue but it illustrated Birmingham's ability to be a serious attacking threat. Ledley King and Dawson, however, were well in control at this stage as Spurs gave ample proof of their credentials. Spurs appeared to be applying a wearing down process. Peter Crouch suddenly opened Birmingham's defence with a subtle pass to David Bentley who saw Joe Hart fingertip his effort away for a corner. Bentley went close to breaking the stalemate early in the second period, while Crouch stumbled as he shot from eight yards following a pass from the generally quiet Defoe. The game then became a little untidy with Roger Johnson, Palacios and Bowyer all being booked in a four-minute spell. Bowyer then made way for recent signing, Michel, to make his first home appearance since his arrival from Sporting Gijon. But in the 69th minute Spurs finally got on target when Gareth Bale advanced down the left and his low cross was deftly flicked on Crouch to Defoe who hammered a first-time shot past Hart for his 17th goal of the season. Spurs were seemingly on course for victory but a determined Ridgewell had other ideas as he forced home his 90th-minute face-saver.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Birmingham 1 Tottenham 1: Ridgewell's stoppage time equaliser thwarts Tottenham in their push for Champions League football.


Deep cross by Jerome towards Michel and Dawson does well to head clear as Michel looked set to head home a winner. Good chance for Birmingham.


Jenas curls one goalwards with his left foot, but he doesn't catch hold of his effort and doesn't trouble Hart.


Birmingham 1 Tottenham 1: McFadden's cross from the left causes problems in the Spurs defence. Jerome plays it back across the goal and Ridgewell taps home from close range.


There will be 5 added minutes for Birmingham to search for an equaliser.


Tottenham substitution: Jenas enters the fray for the final minutes to replace David Bentley.


Carr brings down Modric and the referee wants a word with the Birmingham man.


Brimingham are having a good share of possession, but they can't find a way through the Spurs defence.

Yellow Card

Bentley goes at pace towards the penalty area. McFadden berings him down right on the edge of the area and earns himself a yellow card. Free-kick in a dangerous position to Spurs.


Time is starting to run out for the hosts, who haven't really shown their best until after the went behind.


Tottenham substitution: Robbie Keane comes on in place of the goal-scorer Defoe.


Birmingham enjoy some decent possession inside the Tottenham half and the ball eventually ends up with McFadden who shoots with his favoured left foot, but he fires it off target.

Yellow Card

Defoe receives a yellow card for kicking the ball away.


Corluka gives away a foul and Birmingham have a free-kick deep inside the Tottenham half. McFadden takes, but it comes to nothing.


Benitez is put through on goal. He beats the offside trap, but he dwells on the ball and Dawson and King get back well to divert the ball away for a corner.


That goal seems to have shaken the hosts up a little, who have gone forward with more purpose since conceding.


Birmingham 0 Tottenham 1: Bale drives into the penalty area on the left. His cross is met by Crouch, who finds Defoe 10 yards out and he hits the back of the net.


We're just entering the final quarter of the game and despite it being a pretty open game it's still goalless. Harry Redknapp has yet to make any changes in search of a winner.


Birmingham substitution: Bowyer, having just been booked, comes off to be replaced by Michel.


It's continued to be an entertaining game here but without a huge amount of quality in the final third.

Yellow Card

Bowyer catches Palacios and he joins the Spurs man in the referee's book.


McFadden takes the free-kick but it's straight at Modric and cleared away.

Yellow Card

Foul on the edge of the area by Palacios on Bowyer. Palacios jumps up and complains forcefully about the decision and he's shown a yellow card for his troubles.


Birmingham substitution: Larsson comes off to be replaced by Fahey. It wasn't one of Larsson's better days.


Ball played into the Birmingham area. Crouch and Defoe are both lurking but Dann heads behind for a corner to the visitors.


Defoe finds himself in a good position, but Crouch nicks it off of him and fails to hit the target.


Careless play by Dann allows Bentley to gain possession. He gives it inside to Huddlestone, but he wastes possession when a pass for Defoe could have put him clean through.


Good break down the left by Bale. The ball doesn't quite fall for Huddlestone but Bentley gets a strike away and forces Hart down low to make a save.


Bentley hits a cross-cum-shot from distance. It was speculative to say the least and it goes well off target. Crouch is really unhappy with his team mate.


Bentley goes past McFadden and gets his cross in, but Birmingham clear. It was a good opening for the visitors who have started the half the better again.


No changes for either side here at the start of the second half.

Second half

Tottenham get this second half underway, looking to build on their first half performance. With Villa and Liverpool both leading at half time they'll be desperate to push on and get the three points here.

Half time

Birmingham 0 Tottenham 0: It's been an entertaining first half, which Tottenham had the better of, but at the break it's still goalless. Both sides could have scored, with decent chances for Benitez and Modric.


McFadden delivers his cross too deep and gomes claims the cross easily.


Carr is brought down by Huddlestone 30 yards out on the right. It could be a decent opportunity right at the end of the half for the hosts.


There will be an additional one minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half.


Good pressure from the visitors right at the end of the half as they force another corner.


Crouch plays it wide to Bentley. Bentley tries to take it round Ridgewell, but the Birmingham man puts it out for a Tottenham corner.


Spurs break with Defoe. He plays it on to Modric who works space to shoot but it's just off target.


Birmingham force three corners back-to-back, but they can't create anything from them and eventually Spurs clear. It's Birmingham's best spell though.


Dawson plays it forward to Crouch. His attempted flick on lands back at his feet, but his shot is deflected straight into the arms of Hart.


Ferguson breaks forward and plays it to Benitez. The Birmingham man goes down too easily and Spurs break. Palacios works a chance for a shot from the edge of the area but it doesn't trouble Hart.


Bentley shoots from the right-hand side of the area. The angle was a little against him, but he forces a decent stop out of Hart and earns a corner for the visitors.


Foul by Johnson on Crouch and it's a free-kick to Spurs mid-way inside the Birmingham half.


Spurs try to break with Bentley. He aims a diagonal ball towards Defoe, but Johnson clears.


Benitez goes forward with the ball. He plays it wide to Rdigewell, but his cross is easy for Gomes.


Bowyer tries to get Carr away on the right hand side, but it's a poor pass from the Birmingham midfielder and he gives possession back to Spurs.


Tottenham have settled into this game far better than the hosts. Harry Redknapp will be a little disappointed his side haven't found themselves in front.


Great play by Spurs down the right. Corluka plays the ball into the box, but Defoe can't guide his header goalwards from 6 yards. Goal-kick to Birmingham.


Bale gets down the left and cuts a ball back across goal but Defoe can't quite get there and Corluka just can't get to it at the far post.


Good chance for Birmingham. A through ball for Benitez gets him behind the Spurs defence, but he fires straight at Gomes when one-on-one.


Defoe has a chance to shoot but his first touch isn't good enough and it allows a challenge to come in, but only at the expense of a corner.


Bale surges into the penalty area and tries to get a ball across goal. Ridgewell clears this time, but Tottenham are starting to cause the home side a few problems here.


Jerome has his first effort on goal from the left side of the area 25 yards out, but he can't find the target.


Dawson takes a long free-kick into the Birmingham area towards Crouch. The ball falls to Bentley but his shot is well blocked and Birmingham clear the danger.


Bentley provides a good delivery from the right hand side, but Hart comes out smartly and claims the ball.


Tottenham are just starting to get into their stride and have enjoyed some decent possession in the last few minutes.


Bentley's shot is deflected into the path of Modric, who sets the strike up with a decent first touch, but fires wide. He'll probably feel he should have scored there.


It's been a bit of a scrappy start on a bobbly looking pitch and neither side is able to get the upper hand.


Dawson launches a long ball forward into the Birmingham area, but Hart comes out to claim it easily.


McFadden drives forward into the penalty area. He finds Bowyer, who strikes his shot well, but Gomes gets down well to his right to save.


Spurs look to get Defoe in behind the Birmingham defence, but the pass is over-hit and runs through to Hart.


Speculative effort by Bentley from all of 30 yards, but it's well of target and safely out for a goal-kick to Birmingham.


Hart launches a long kick upfield and Bale heads out for a throw-in to the home side.


The hosts get this game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham will be slightly concerned with their away form - just one win from the last six away games. However, they've now kept a clean sheet in six of the last seven Premier League games and lost only two fo the last 12.

Awaiting Kickoff

Despite their defeat at Stamford Bridge in midweek, the hosts are protecting a seven game unbeaten home run in the League dating back to September.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham have won just once in 24 years at St Andrews, recording a 2-0 victory in 2006.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham meanwhile are still missing Aaron Lennon who is out with a groin injury. Ledley King, however, makes a 2nd appearance in a week.

Awaiting Kickoff

Alex McLeish names an unchanged side for the 11th league game in a row, a Premier League record, as he looks for his team to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Chelsea.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham team line-up: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Crouch, Defoe

Awaiting Kickoff

Birmingham City team line-up: Hart, Carr, Roger Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden, Benitez, Jerome