Birmingham City 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at St Andrews Stadium

Date: 04/05/2013 KO: 12:45 Ref: A D'Urso Att: 18,979

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Birmingham

Ravel Morrison 42

1
vs
1

Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes 66

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: May 4 2013, 18:02 BST

Post-match reaction to the 1-1 draw between Birmingham and Blackburn.Birmingham manager Lee Clark has admitted he will again be putting his faith in young, hungry players next season.

Lee Clark: Will continue with youth focus
Lee Clark: Will continue with youth focus

Clark was disappointed by the failure to beat Blackburn after the home side finished their npower Championship season with a 1-1 draw but believes he has a good basis for the future.

Clark said: "I am looking to bring in young players and carry three or four senior players next season in terms of age and experience as it is important that you have those type of players."

On-loan Ravel Morrison gave Birmingham the lead in the 42nd minute but Jordan Rhodes came to Blackburn's rescue with a 66th-minute equaliser.

Clark admitted: "It looked like an end of season game which makes me a little unhappy as it shouldn't be like that. It was frustrating.

"Morrison took his goal well and the sooner he realises he can do that sort of thing the better because he went past people as if they were not there.

"I keep telling the young players that when you slow the ball down you give defenders a chance. If you run quick they struggle to stay with you.

"If we had done things right we could have put the game to bed in the first half. We have better standards.

"The way we have finished has been encouraging. I am looking forward to the summer. It is going to be busy and I am looking forward to building a young vibrant squad.

"No transfer fees will be paid. The budget will not be anywhere near where it was so players coming in will not be getting the same salaries as they have in the past."

Blackburn's limitations were often exposed by a nippy Birmingham side in the first half.

But Rovers' reliability upon Rhodes was obvious and yet again he pulled the game out of the fire with a vital inspirational second half equaliser.

Birmingham, who went into the game with a record of 15-15-15, were able to dominate long spells in the first half through Morrison and Nathan Redmond.

In the circumstances it was hardly a surprise that Morrison opened Birmingham's account in the 42nd minute.

The on-loan player collected a pass from Morgaro Gomis, jinked his way past a couple of defenders and drove home a low angled left footed shot.

Only a top quality diving save by Jack Butland kept out Rhodes following a mis-placed back-pass from Paul Caddis.

It was, however, the ever-dangerous Rhodes who was on hand to head home from close range in the 66th minute.

A long throw in by Morten Gamst Pedersen was headed on by Scott Dann to David Jones who saw his effort partially saved by Butland but Rhodes was on hand to head home.

Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer was relieved to have finished the season in 17th spot following a traumatic campaign at Ewood Park.

He admitted: "We were poor in the first half as we didn't play to the tempo and intensity as we have done over the last couple of weeks.

"I thought it was very much end of season but in the second half we deserved a goal and we might have nicked the game."

Bowyer, who is now waiting to discover his future at Blackburn, paid credit to the goalscoring of Rhodes.

He said: "It was a great finish from him being in the right place at the right time.

"He has been outstanding for us all season. Rightly so he has got all the plaudits."


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