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Birmingham City 1-1 West Ham

Championship    2011-12
St Andrews   20,214
1Robert Green    
3George McCartney   
48Daniel Potts    
17Joey O'Brien    
5James Tomkins    
21Papa Bouba Diop    
4Kevin Nolan   
16Mark Noble   
18Julien Faubert   
9Carlton Cole 1  
30Frederic Piquionne    
22Henri LansburySubed #30   
11John CarewSubed #9   
19Freddie SearsSubed #18   
 PosTable as at 26 Dec 2011PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2West Ham United23623191273219944
4Cardiff City237222113372161339
5Hull City237041512534111139
8Leeds United235241515534211635
10Crystal Palace23461106507121633
11Brighton and Hove Albion23533151242681432
12Leicester City236241812254121431
13Peterborough United236142619336162031
14Derby County236241713326101931
15Birmingham City21640145227131930
19Ipswich Town225061717335162627
21Bristol City23236914336122021
22Nottingham Forest23327112031771721
23Doncaster Rovers233448122010112719
24Coventry City23345121403861916
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Birmingham 1 West Ham 1

West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold were denied the perfect post-Christmas present on their return to former club Birmingham.

The Hammers joint-chairmen were back at St Andrew's together for the first time since selling to Carson Yeung in November 2009 and subsequently taking charge at Upton Park the following January.

And they were celebrating after just four minutes as Carlton Cole capitalised on hesitancy from Pablo Ibanez to put the Hammers ahead, just as he had done in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg between the two sides at the start of 2011.

Birmingham launched a remarkable fightback to turn that tie around and, after an impressive albeit not quite repeat comeback, defender David Murphy headed home an 81st-minute leveller to grab a deserved share of the spoils from what was a thoroughly entertaining npower Championship encounter.

Victory could easily have gone to either side but a point apiece was a fair reflection and extended City's unbeaten run on home soil while West Ham, boasting the best away record in the second tier, moved back into second place behind leaders Southampton.

Amid a blistering start to proceedings, both teams created early openings as Chris Burke sent a header off target before Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan narrowly failed to connect with Julien Faubert's low, teasing cross.

And the deadlock was soon broken out of nowhere as Cole nicked the ball of a hesitant Ibanez before racing clear and dispatching the perfect finish past Boaz Myhill.

It was proving to be a free-flowing, open encounter in front of the 20,214 present, both defences snuffing out half-chances at either end, although West Ham were enjoying the better of proceedings with Cole causing City all sorts of problems.

Faubert somehow missed a great headed chance to put the visitors 2-0 ahead midway through the half before Ibanez cleared Frederic Piquionne's nodded effort off the line from the resulting corner.

Murphy's goalbound free-kick forced Robert Green into action for the first time before Keith Fahey's volley tested the Hammers stopper during a sustained spell of pressure from the home side.

The visitors had gone quiet over the second quarter but Myhill was called into a great stop in first-half injury time to deny Cole's quickfire effort.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first as Burke curled an effort inches wide before Steven Caldwell and Joey O'Brien made last-ditch tackles at either end.

Blues boss Chris Hughton turned to Nikola Zigic in an attempt to change things around.

Caldwell saw a header cleared to safety from Burke's corner before Myhill was again called upon to to parry substitute Henri Lansbury's strike to safety.

Zigic looped a header on to the roof of the net from Murphy's cross and, after Fahey tested Green, the Serbian somehow missed a gilt-edged chance from close range after James Tomkins' sliced clearance.

But a leveller finally arrived nine minutes from time as Murphy converted Burke's corner to send the home crowd into raptures, with Marlon King missing a late chance to snatch all three points.


Birmingham Myhill, Spector, Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Burke, N'Daw, Fahey, Beausejour (Redmond 70), King, Wood (Zigic 56).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ridgewell, Mutch.

Goals: Murphy 81.

West Ham Green, O'Brien, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Faubert (Sears 84), Nolan, Diop, Noble, Cole (Carew 74), Piquionne (Lansbury 58).

Subs Not Used: Boffin, O'Neil.

Booked: Nolan, Faubert, McCartney, Noble.

Goals: Cole 4.

Att: 20, 214

Ref: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

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