Huddersfield Town 1 Blues 1
Report of match 12th January 2013
Reporter Brian Cartlidge
Adam Hammill scored deep into injury time to deny Blues boss Lee Clark a winning return to West Yorkshire.
Clark was back at the John Smith's Stadium for the first time since being sacked 11 months ago and had looked set to pile greater pressure on successor Simon Grayson.
But substitute Hammill popped up with almost the last kick of the game to level in what is scheduled to be the last match of his loan spell before returning to Wolves.
Blues' Academy graduate Callum Reilly looked to have settled matters from 10 yards with his first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time.
It was an uninspiring npower Championship encounter which was lacking quality between two sides struggling at the wrong end of the table.
But Clark's heartbroken young guns can take plenty of credit despite now boasting just two wins in 12 league games, with Grayson having plenty more to worry about after a lacklustre display which rescued a last-gasp point but keeps Town winless in 11.
Grayson handed a debut to new loan signing, and former Blues midfielder, Neil Danns - the only switch from last weekend's rare FA Cup victory at Charlton.
Clark made two changes, restoring to his starting eleven England goalkeeper Jack Butland, heavily linked with a January move away from the cash-strapped club, and fit-again right-back Paul Caddis.
It was a fairly low-key start to proceedings, with no real goalmouth action of any kind inside the opening 20 minutes.
The first opening arrived midway through the half but Butland was equal to Sean Scannell's acrobatic kick from Danns' run and cross.
James Vaughan, who had earlier fired harmlessly over, headed straight at Butland before later nodding wide.
Blues finally threatened in the 41st minute but Curtis Davies' overhead kick went wide.
The lively Chris Burke tested Alex Smithies before then firing across the face of goal as the visitors upped the tempo before half-time.
And they were rewarded for their pressure in first-half injury time as Burke's cross was headed back into the path of Reilly who smashed home from 10 yards.
The teenager's afternoon, however, came to an end at the interval as he was replaced by Jonathan Spector, due to feeling unwell with flu.
Huddersfield were lacking any impetus at the start of the second half and it was Blues who appeared in control.
Danns fired over the bar from 12 yards but Town were creating very little, with Grayson a frustrated figure on the sidelines.
Smithies parried well from Nathan Redmond in the 77th minute as Blues threatened a second goal which would have ended the contest.
Jermaine Beckford headed wide for the Terriers, who were twice thwarted by Butland as the game approached injury time.
Substitute Alan Lee was first to be denied as his close-range effort was parried away, with Beckford seeing his header well kept out from the subsequent corner.
But Hammill rescued a point for the hosts in the 93rd minute when he beat Butland from 12 yards.
|Competition: npower Championship Date: Saturday, 12th January 2013 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Kirklees Stadium|
|1 - 1||Birmingham C.
|3||Paul Dixon (Novak 90+1)|
|4||Oliver Norwood (Hammill 56)|
|18||James Vaughan (Lee 67)|
|9||Lee Novak (Dixon 90+1)|
|14||Adam Hammill (Norwood 56)|
|19||Alan Lee (Vaughan 67)|
|22||Nathan Redmond (King 77)|
|12||Ravel Morrison (Zigic 90+1)|
|9||Marlon King (Redmond 77)|
|19||Nikola Zigic (Morrison 90+1)|
|Huddersfield cards shown|
|72 mins||Alan Lee||Unsporting behaviour|
|85 mins||Anthony Gerrard||Unsporting behaviour|
|90+4 mins||Adam Hammill||Unsporting behaviour|
|Birmingham C. cards shown|
|45+2 mins||Chris Burke||Unsporting behaviour|
|78 mins||Curtis Davies||Unsporting behaviour|
|85 mins||Jonathan Spector||Unsporting behaviour|
|87 mins||Paul Robinson||Unsporting behaviour|