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  • Ridgewell (90)
  • Defoe (69)
  • Date:2010-01-30
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:27238
  • Referee:Attwell, S

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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.

90mins

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

90mins

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.

90mins

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

89mins

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

87mins

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

84mins

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

82mins

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.

81mins

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

77mins

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

76mins

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.

75mins

Defoe receives a yellow card for kicking the ball away.

74mins

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

73mins

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.

71mins

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

68mins

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.

66mins

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.

64mins

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

63mins

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

61mins

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

59mins

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

58mins

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.

57mins

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

54mins

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

53mins

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

50mins

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.

49mins

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.

49mins

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.

48mins

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.

47mins

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

46mins

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.

45mins

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.

45mins

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

45mins

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.

45mins

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

44mins

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

43mins

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

40mins

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

40mins

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.

37mins

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.

35mins

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.

34mins

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.

31mins

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

28mins

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

27mins

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

25mins

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.

23mins

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.

21mins

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.

19mins

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.

18mins

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.

17mins

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.

16mins

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.

14mins

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

13mins

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.

12mins

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

10mins

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

8mins

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.

6mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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.

3mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

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

0mins

The hosts get this game underway.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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

0mins

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

Match Preview

Birmingham City take on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon at St Andrew's and they will be looking to get back to winning ways after their midweek defeat at Chelsea.

Alex McLeish's men suffered their first reversal since a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on October 17.

The Blues' fine run consisted of 15 games - 12 in the Premier League and three in the FA Cup - before they were blown away 3-0 by Carlo Ancelotti's impressive Stamford Bridge outfit.

After a slow start to the season, Birmingham have proved they can cut it with the big boys following their promotion from the Championship last term but it will be interesting to see how they react to this setback.

Much of Birmingham's success could be put down to their familiar line-up. McLeish has named an unchanged starting 11 in the past ten league fixtures now and they sit comfortably in eighth place but with Harry Redknapp's Spurs coming to town, they could pose a different threat this weekend.

With the Londoners occupying a place in the Champions League places, it will come to a stage where they must start picking up vital victories at places like Birmingham if they are to realise their ambitions this campaign.

Redknapp and his players should be in confident mood following their 2-0 win against local rivals Fulham on Tuesday cemented their position ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City in the league table.

McLeish will still be without Lee Carsley (ankle), Garry O'Connor (hip) and Teemu Tainio (knee).

Spurs must choose their squad without groin victims Jonathan Woodgate and Aaron Lennon, who is said to be some way short of a return.


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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.

Birmingham City

Tottenham Hotspur

Corners

58

Fouls

1310

Goal attempts

913

Shots off target

69

Offsides

11

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