Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Sunday August 28 2011
Attendance: 11 973
WATFORD HAD former Birmingham centre-half Martin Taylor to thank for a share of the spoils at the Vic' this afternoon in an action-packed second half that twice saw the 'Orns come from behind.
Birmingham took the lead through Adam Rooney before a superb Marvin Sordell equaliser. Chris Wood was then allowed to re-establish the visitors lead before Taylor struck in the 91st minute to grab Watford a point.
Sean Dyche was able to hand debuts to former Aston Villa pair, Andi Weimann and Jonathan Hogg who had signed initially on loan to secure the deal in time. With Gavin Massey ill, the only attacking player on the bench was Troy Deeney.
In a dull first-half, played a lackadaisical pace Watford failed to ever really secure a significant share of play whilst Birmingham failed to break down the Hornet's rearguard until their late goal.
From an in-swinging corner, Rooney was left free to tap-in on the line after a powerful header down.
The second half began much more brightly for Dyche's men and skipper John Eustace was the firs to test Blues 'keeper Bo Myhill as he cracked a low left-footed effort in which stung the palms of Myhill.
The Hornet's dominance did not last for long though and after several near-misses from Mark Yeates crosses, it took a well-placed effort from Sordell to level.
Given space to turn away from Curtis Davies, Sordell struck a sweet left-footed effort into the bottom left-hand corner of Myhill's goal from outside the area.
Birmingham quickly re-took the lead though when in the 88th minute, New Zealand international Wood was left free to race into the penalty area and slot past Scott Loach.
However, the drama was not over and in injury, Martin Taylor stooped to deny his former club a win following Sordell's powerful effort which Myhill could only beat skyward.
Birmingham City: Myhill; Carr (c), Davies, Ridgewell, Murphy; Burke, Spector, Beausejour, Redmond; Wood and Rooney (Jerome).
Subs not used: Doyle (GK); Hubbins, Fahey and Asante.
Referee: Mr N Swarbrick
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Date:Sunday August 28 2011
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