Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Birmingham City 1

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Birmingham City 1Birmingham City left the Amex on Saturday evening having gained a point, which was enough to certify their position in the Championship play-offs come the end of the season.

It wasn’t until half way through the second half that the deadlock was broken, when Nathan Redmond’s crisp strike put the visitors ahead. However, with only five minutes remaining Ashley Barnes levelled for the Seagulls making the score 1-1 when he finished Inigo Calderon’s pass across the area.

It was the final game at the Amex this season and Gus Poyet made four changes from the side that drew with Watford. Joe Mattock, Peter Brezovan, Vicente Rodriguez and Alan Navarro were all brought back into the starting lineup, which gave the home side plenty of attacking intent from the off.

Brighton started the much stronger of the two sides and Will Buckley had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring after 12 minutes. The instrumental Vicente played a brilliant lofted pass through to the winger, who had his drilled effort saved by Colin Doyle in the Birmingham goal.

Vicente was involved again when his teasing free-kick was turned just wide by Mattock at the back post.

Redmond had Birmingham’s first proper chance to score just moments before half time but his ferocious strike fizzed narrowly wide.

In the early exchanges of the second half Albion were again showing more attacking intent than their opponents and another fantastic save from Doyle prevented them from taking the lead. Navarro, who has only scored one goal this season, hit a 30-yard shot which was tipped around the post by a full-stretched Doyle.

It took a moment of individual class from Redmond to finally break the deadlock. In the 69th minute Marlon King controlled a long ball before squaring it to Redmond on the edge of the area, the midfielder then struck a pin-point-accurate shot into the bottom corner of Peter Brezovan’s goal.

With just over five minutes of normal time remaining Brighton pulled themselves level with a well worked goal. Calderon overlapped down the right and cut the ball back from the by-line for Barnes who applied a cool finish to make the score 1-1.

Brighton fans can be pleased with their side’s performance in their last home game of the season, even if the result doesn’t look too impressive, Poyet’s side played tidy attacking football throughout and could have left with all three-points.

Teams

Albion: (4-4-2) Brezovan; Calderon, Dunk, El-Abd, Mattock (Noone 72); Buckley, Bridcutt, Navarro (Dicker 72), Vicente; Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Jara Reyes, Vokes.

Goals: Barnes (84)

Birmingham City: (4-4-2) Doyle; Ramage, Davies, Ibanez, Murphy; Burke, Elliott, Mutch, Gomis (Redmond 32); King (Zigic 84), Huseklepp (Townsend 64).Subs not used: Butland (GK), Hughton.

Goals: Redmond (69)

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