Henning Berg’s wait for his first win as Blackburn Rovers manager continues as Birmingham came from behind to take a share of the points at Ewood Park on Saturday.
The home side dominated for large spells of the game but failed to break down a stout Birmingham defence.
Ruben Rochina opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Marlon King equalised almost immediately with a close range tap in.
Just under 15,000 fans filled Ewood Park to welcome back Henning Berg, taking charge of his first home game, and the players responded with a dominant start. Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu bossed the midfield while Ruben Rochina terrorised the Birmingham defence with his quick feet and crafty play.
Steven Caldwell did well to deny fellow countryman Jordan Rhodes a certain goal on 10 minutes, after the Rovers striker rounded Jack Butland before firing his effort against the legs of the Blues captain.
Neat play from Formica down the right teed up Rochina to hit one from the edge of the area but the Spaniard failed to hit the target as Butland scrambled to his left.
Deservedly Blackburn took the lead after 13 minutes. Formica, again causing problems on the right, was professionally fouled by Blues right back David Murphy resulting in a stone wall penalty. After a short debate with Jordan Rhodes, Ruben Rochina stepped up to take the spot kick calmly slotting home.
A great start for Berg and his men but the celebrations did not last long as Birmingham hit back almost immediately. Scott Dann, facing his former club, failed to deal with Chris Burke’s cross and the ball fell kindly for Nikola Zigic, whose first time effort struck the foot of the post and Marlon King was on hand to level the scores with his second goal in as many games.
Ewood Park was silenced as the goal galvanised Lee Clarke’s men, first Ravel Morrison forced Robinson into a smart low save before King failed to hit the target with a well struck effort.
Blackburn weathered the storm and nearly restored their lead through Danny Murphy, a quick free-kick gifted the skipper with time and space to unleash a venomous effort which rippled the side netting much to the relief of Butland in the Blues goal.
Marcus Olsson wasted a fantastic chance to retake the lead on the stroke of half time. Ruben Rochina jigged his way past several challenges before threading a neat ball into the path of Olsson but the Swede dragged his shot wide when he should have hit the target.
After the interval 6ft 8in Nikola Zigic rose highest in the Rovers penalty, only to head wide of the mark.
At the other end Jordan Rhodes saw his looping header cleared off the line by Blues defender Paul Robinson as the game opened up.
Formica then forced Butland into a smart save before Chris Burke broke free at the other end and tested Robinson from range with a low drive resulting in the former England keeper palming the ball away for a Birmingham corner.
Both teams looked threatening in the dyeing minutes first Hayden Mullins tried his luck from range forcing a save from Robinson. And from the resulting corner Rovers substitute Fabio Nunes broke with pace, skinned a few defenders on the edge of the area and then fired a left footed effort just over the crossbar.
Despite Blackburn’s dominance a draw was arguably a fair result. Sloppy defending again cost Berg and his men all three points but there are a lot of positives to draw from the last two games.
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