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The ball is swung over by Marlon King, Luke Steele makes a save.
Nathan Redmond concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Drinkwater. Free kick taken by Bobby Hassell.
Centre by Jay McEveley.
The ball is crossed by Jim O'Brien.
Marlon King takes a shot from a just insdie the area and hits the post.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Carr.
Nathan Redmond crosses the ball, Jimmy McNulty makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Chris Burke from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Barnsley.
Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, clearance by Jay McEveley.
Miles Addison concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon King. Chris Burke restarts play with the free kick.
Chris Burke takes a shot. David Perkins gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, Bobby Hassell manages to make a clearance.
Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Gray receives a caution. Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Gray on Steven Caldwell. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
Liam Ridgewell is caught offside. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Jay McEveley.
Nathan Redmond crosses the ball, clearance made by Jimmy McNulty.
Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Andy Gray, free kick awarded. Jay McEveley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
David Murphy is cautioned.
Bobby Hassell fouled by David Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bobby Hassell.
Unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Miles Addison results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jean Beausejour, save made by Luke Steele.
Left-footed shot by Nikola Zigic went wide of the left-hand upright.
Daniel Drinkwater takes a shot.
Miles Addison comes on in place of Jordan Clark. Corner from the left by-line taken by Jim O'Brien, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Marlon King concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Foster. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Wade Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Jimmy McNulty. Inswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line, Jimmy McNulty makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Marlon King takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.
Effort from range distance by Jim O'Brien goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jim O'Brien has a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Nikola Zigic is brought on as a substitute for Chris Wood. Wade Elliott challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Daniel Drinkwater concedes a free kick for a foul on Wade Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Jordan Clark takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
Wade Elliott delivers the ball, clearance made by Bobby Hassell.
A cross is delivered by Nathan Redmond.
Unfair challenge on Wade Elliott by Daniel Drinkwater results in a free kick. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Spector leaves the field to be replaced by Wade Elliott.
Stephen Carr fouled by Jordan Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
David Perkins fouled by David Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Bobby Hassell takes the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by Andy Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Nathan Redmond takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Gray. Liam Ridgewell takes the indirect free kick.
Jonathan Spector gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Daniel Drinkwater has an effort direct from the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Jay McEveley. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Bobby Hassell on Nathan Redmond, free kick awarded. Chris Burke crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Stephen Foster.
Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Jim O'Brien. Free kick crossed by Jim O'Brien, clearance by Jonathan Spector.
Nathan Redmond delivers the ball.
A cross is delivered by David Murphy, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.
Long range effort from Chris Wood misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Jimmy McNulty on Chris Wood, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay McEveley by Chris Burke. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
Jean Beausejour takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jean Beausejour produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Jacob Butterfield scores agoal from 35 yards to to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Barnsley.
Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill. Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield from the left by-line to the near post, save by Boaz Myhill.
Jordan Clark on for Matty Done.
Nathan Redmond produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide left of the goal.
Matty Done takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a comfortable save.
David Perkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jean Beausejour from right wing, comfortable save by Luke Steele.
Stephen Carr challenges Matty Done unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay McEveley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Daniel Drinkwater. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Murphy by Daniel Drinkwater. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick. Steven Caldwell challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Drinkwater produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Andy Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
Foul by Andy Gray on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Jim O'Brien goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by Jacob Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
David Murphy is brought on as a substitute for Curtis Davies. Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Chris Wood gets a block in. Jacob Butterfield decides to take a short corner.
The ball is sent over by Jim O'Brien, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Curtis Davies is given a yellow card. Curtis Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay McEveley. Jacob Butterfield takes the direct free kick.
Matty Done produces a cross.
The offside flag is raised against Andy Gray. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The ball is sent over by Jim O'Brien, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.
Zigic continues recovery
Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic is again likely to play a substitute's role against Barnsley as he steps up his return from long-term injury.
Zigic made his first appearance of the season after groin surgery as he stepped off the bench for the final 25 minutes of Wednesday's Carling Cup defeat at Manchester City.
The Serbia international is unlikely to start against the Tykes but is certain to be introduced again.
Midfielder Keith Fahey got 67 minutes under his belt in the 2-0 defeat as he also made his return from a groin injury, and the Irishman stands a chance of starting once again this weekend.
Striker Chris Wood and midfielder Wade Elliott return into contention having been ineligible for the cup clash.
And that provides manager Chris Hughton with a plethora of options having rotated his ranks in midweek and made seven changes, with the likes of Boaz Myhill, Steven Caldwell and Marlon King pushing to return.
Barnsley's squad is still affected by illness with defender Stephen Foster among those who could be struggling to be fit for the game.
Tykes manager Keith Hill was reluctant to specify which of his players had not been feeling well, but Foster missed training on Thursday.
Hill said: "We've had illness in the camp. We're probably worse off than last week. It presents an opportunity for other players. We're going into a stern test, but we've no fear."
Striker Ricardo Vaz Te, fit again following a thigh muscle tear, and midfielder Nathan Doyle (groin) both stepped off the substitutes' bench last week and will be hoping to play a bigger part.
Winger Matt Done (hamstring) remains doubtful while summer signing Craig Davies (groin), teenager Reuben Noble-Lazarus, defender Miles Addison (both ankle) and midfielder Goran Lovre (knee) all remain sidelined.
Burke claims point for undeserving Blues
Chris Burke`s 86th-minute strike clinched a 1-1 draw Birmingham scarcely deserved against an unfortunate Barnsley side.
The winger, a summer signing from Cardiff, picked the perfect moment to bag his first goal for the club, and it could have been even better for the home side as Marlon King saw his late shot rebound off the inside of a post.
But Blues` strong finish masked what was a sloppy performance littered with misplaced passes and a lack of creativity, which only gained much-needed inspiration following the second-half introduction of Nikola Zigic.
Jacob Butterfield`s clinical long-range strike looked to have ended Birmingham`s 100% home record in the npower Championship with defeat.
It was the first league goal Blues have conceded on home soil this term and Danny Drinkwater went close to a second when his effort from distance clipped the crossbar.
Nevertheless, the draw extends the Yorkshire side`s unbeaten sequence to five matches while also ending a run of three successive defeats for City.
Birmingham's line-up showed six changes from the heavily rotated XI who relinquished the club`s hold on the Carling Cup with a 2-0 defeat at free-spending Manchester City in midweek.
And manager Chris Hughton was forced into a defensive reshuffle after just nine minutes as centre-back Curtis Davies was stretchered off down the tunnel with a serious-looking knee injury.
But that was not Hughton`s only problem as Blues struggled to get going.
Jim O`Brien fired a half-chance over the crossbar for Barnsley before Drinkwater sent a free-kick harmlessly over from distance.
Birmingham were posing next to nothing of an attacking threat in what was proving to be a lacklustre encounter, with Tykes midfielder Matty Done forcing a comfortable save from Boaz Myhill after 25 minutes with what was the game`s first shot on target.
Done - making his return from injury - was then forced off shortly after but the visitors remained the most likely to break the deadlock, Myhill turning Butterfield`s effort around a post.
And it was no surprise when Barnsley broke the deadlock, skipper Butterfield this time beating Myhill as he sent a superb strike into the bottom corner from around 30 yards.
The goal raised the hosts somewhat and Ridgewell headed over crossbar from Jean Beausejour`s corner before Chris Wood fired wide but, as the half-time whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos from the home support, Blues were yet to register a shot on target.
The home side showed little sign of improvement after the restart and Hughton sent on Wade Elliott and Zigic in an attempt to change things.
And the latter, making his first league appearance since early April due to injury, added much-needed impetus for Birmingham.
Zigic`s presence caused panic in the Barnsley area after 69 minutes and led to City`s first goalbound attempt - King heading at Luke Steele.
Elliott then saw his shot bravely deflected off target by Jim McNulty.
At the other end, Drinkwater`s long-range effort struck the top of the crossbar before Blues` late rally.
Burke curled into the bottom corner from 25 yards with four minute remaining before King could only watch as his right-footed effort hit the inside of a post and went away to safety, much to the relief of Barnsley.
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