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Sheffield United 1-1 Birmingham City

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Leon Clarke scored his ninth goal in four games but Sheffield United lost ground on Championship leaders Wolves by being held to a draw by Birmingham.Jeremie Boga, on loan from Chelsea, scored a stunning first goal for Blues from 25 yards to give the visitors the lead against the run of play.But the Blades’ pressure told when Clarke drove in to level from 12 yards.

Sheffield United remain third in the table, seven points behind Wolves, who thrashed Bolton 5-1.Relive all Saturday’s EFL actionThe draw brings Chris Wilder’s side level on points with second-placed Cardiff, who travel to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but behind them on goal difference.Birmingham, meanwhile, move two points clear of the relegation zone after picking up only their second away point of the season and first since Steve Cotterill took over as manager last month.Cotterill opted to play three central defenders and, for the most part, Birmingham defended stoutly and looked solid as they frustrated the Blades.

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Sheffield United dominated possession and territory but struggled to create clear chances, although John Lundstram forced a diving save out of the returning David Stockdale, while Clarke scuffed an effort wide.Boga brilliantly fired Birmingham, who arrived at Bramall Lane having scored only nine league goals all season, in front before the break after the Blades only partially cleared a Jota corner.And it looked as though they would withstand wave after wave of home pressure until Clarke found enough space inside the box to steer a shot past Stockdale at his near post.Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsSheff Utd27Blackman16Carter-VickersSubstituted forCarruthersat 68’minutes13Wright5O’Connell6Basham7Lundstram21Duffy4FleckBooked at 78mins3Stevens9Clarke10SharpSubstituted forBrooksat 68’minutesSubstitutes1Moore11Donaldson17Hanson19Stearman24Lafferty36Brooks44CarruthersBirmingham13Stockdale4Roberts28Morrison12Dean2Nsue6KieftenbeldBooked at 31mins17NdoyeBooked at 76mins3GroundsBooked at 72mins27JotaBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMaghomaat 79’minutes10JutkiewiczSubstituted forGallagherat 90+1’minutes20BogaSubstituted forAdamsat 87’minutesSubstitutes14Adams18Gallagher19Maghoma23Cotterill29Kuszczak30O’Keeffe50GleesonReferee:Jeremy SimpsonAttendance:27,427Match StatsHome TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBirminghamPossessionHome69%Away31%ShotsHome12Away3Shots on TargetHome2Away2CornersHome9Away1FoulsHome9Away12Live TextPosted at Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Birmingham City 1.Full TimePosted at 90’+6′ Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Birmingham City 1.Posted at 90’+2′ Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harlee Dean.SubstitutionPosted at 90’+1′ Substitution, Birmingham City. Sam Gallagher replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.Posted at 90′ Attempt missed. Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Brooks.Posted at 90′ Attempt blocked. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy.SubstitutionPosted at 87′ Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces Jeremie Boga.Posted at 87′ Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 85′ Delay in match Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) because of an injury.Posted at 85′ Offside, Birmingham City. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Jeremie Boga is caught offside.Posted at 81′ Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).Posted at 81′ Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79′ Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Cheikh Ndoye.SubstitutionPosted at 79′ Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Jota.BookingPosted at 78′ John Fleck (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 78′ Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).Posted at 78′ Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.BookingPosted at 76′ Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 76′ John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 76′ Foul by Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City).Posted at 76′ Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).Posted at 76′ Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 73′ Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).Posted at 73′ Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.BookingPosted at 72′ Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 71′ Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 71′ Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).Goal!Posted at 71′ Goal! Sheffield United 1, Birmingham City 1. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Brooks.Posted at 69′ Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.SubstitutionPosted at 68′ Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Billy Sharp.SubstitutionPosted at 68′ Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Cameron Carter-Vickers.Posted at 67′ Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).Posted at 67′ Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 64′ Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross.Posted at 59′ Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 59′ Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 59′ Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).Posted at 55′ Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Billy Sharp.BookingPosted at 54′ Jota (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 54′ John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Black Country