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 Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Kirklees Stadium Attendance: 14,214|
|1 - 1||Birmingham C.
|85||Anthony Gerrard is given a yellow card. Jonathan Spector booked for dissent.|
|87||Booking for Paul Robinson for dissent.|
|90+0||Adam Hammill goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.|
|90+0||Adam Hammill finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Huddersfield 1-1 Birmingham.|
|90+0||(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Nikola Zigic coming on for Ravel Morrison. Lee Novak replaces Paul Dixon.|
|88||Alan Lee takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland. Adam Hammill takes the outswinging corner, Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.|
|87||Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Paul Robinson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Adam Hammill, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.|
|86||Adam Clayton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.|
|84||Foul by Jack Hunt on Marlon King, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Wade Elliott from left wing, Alex Smithies makes a save.|
|83||The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Beckford. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.|
|82||Neil Danns fouled by Marlon King, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jack Hunt.|
|81||Header by Jermaine Beckford from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.|
|79||Inswinging corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line, clearance made by Paul Robinson.|
|78||Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Davies on Sean Scannell. Curtis Davies receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Adam Clayton.|
|77||Effort on goal by Wade Elliott from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. Marlon King joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Redmond.|
|76||Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|75||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ravel Morrison by Neil Danns. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.|
|72||Unfair challenge on Jack Butland by Alan Lee results in a free kick. Booking for Alan Lee for unsporting behaviour. Jack Butland takes the free kick.|
|69||Wade Elliott produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|67||Alan Lee joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Vaughan. Adam Clayton challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.|
|65||Wade Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Hammill. Direct free kick taken by Jack Hunt.|
|63||Adam Hammill takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies. Corner taken by Adam Hammill from the right by-line.|
|60||Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Adam Clayton gets a block in. Christopher Burke takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Dixon.|
|59||Christopher Burke produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.|
|56||Shot by Neil Danns from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target. Adam Hammill joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliver Norwood.|
|52||Wade Elliott challenges Jack Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Hunt restarts play with the free kick.|
|49||Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Caldwell on Jermaine Beckford. Oliver Norwood restarts play with the free kick.|
|45+0||Sean Scannell fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Christopher Burke receives a yellow card. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Oliver Norwood, clearance by Wade Elliott.|
|45+0||Callum Reilly grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 0-1 Birmingham.|
|43||Adam Clayton concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgaro Gomis. Paul Robinson crosses the ball in from the free kick, James Vaughan manages to make a clearance.|
|41||Christopher Burke takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.|
|40||Paul Dixon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christopher Burke. Wade Elliott takes the direct free kick. Effort on goal by Curtis Davies from inside the box misses to the right of the target.|
|38||Curtis Davies fouled by James Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|37||Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Burke on Sean Scannell. The ball is crossed by Oliver Norwood, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James Vaughan misses to the left of the goal.|
|35||Corner taken by Wade Elliott.|
|31||Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.|
|29||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Morgaro Gomis. Anthony Gerrard takes the free kick.|
|25||Corner from the right by-line taken by Oliver Norwood, clearance made by Christopher Burke.|
|24||Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Oliver Norwood.|
|22||Sean Scannell takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.|
|16||Ravel Morrison takes a shot. Blocked by Jack Hunt.|
|14||James Vaughan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.|
|13||Morgaro Gomis concedes a free kick for a foul on James Vaughan. Adam Clayton restarts play with the free kick.|
|12||The assistant referee flags for offside against Wade Elliott. Alex Smithies takes the indirect free kick.|
|11||Corner taken by Wade Elliott, Adam Clayton manages to make a clearance.|
|6||James Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.|
|5||Corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood to the near post, save by Jack Butland.|
|3||Oliver Norwood takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.|
|2||Oliver Norwood fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Clayton takes the direct free kick.|
|2||Morgaro Gomis fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.|
|-||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Clarke by Ravel Morrison. Peter Clarke takes the free kick.|