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St. Andrew's Stadium (ATT 15,224) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Birm'ham Birmingham City vs Derby County Derby

Birm'ham 3

B Howard (48)
C Burke (78)
F Macheda (90+3)

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Derby 3

P Bamford (49)
C Martin (59)
C Forsyth (73)

Sky Bet Championship: Birmingham City come back to grab 3-3 draw with Derby

Last Updated: 03/02/14 11:25am

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Federico Macheda: Grabbed a point for Birmingham on debut

Federico Macheda: Grabbed a point for Birmingham on debut

Federico Macheda came off the bench to rescue a point for Birmingham as they drew 3-3 with Derby at St Andrew's in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Steve McClaren's side dominated the first half with only Craig Bryson's saved penalty to show for their efforts and it was the inexperienced hosts who took the lead through Brian Howard's 48th-minute header.

The Rams equalised seconds later through Patrick Bamford before Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth seemed to have wrapped up the win for the visitors.

However, Chris Burke's 78th-minute strike kept City in touch before fellow substitute Macheda, signed on loan from Manchester United on Friday, stabbed home an unlikely leveller.

Birmingham, without a home win since October 1, handed debuts to three pre-deadline loan signings, with Manchester United defenders Tyler Blackett and Tom Thorpe featuring along with Manchester City midfielder Emyr Huws. Thorpe's debut lasted barely 10 minutes, though, as he was forced off after landing awkwardly attacking a corner.

Jamie Ward was at the heart of everything going forward for Derby as several tame attempts failed to trouble City goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Derby's pressure should have told in the 38th minute. Will Hughes' trickery saw him dupe the inexperienced Blackett, who tripped the midfielder and prompted referee Craig Pawson to award a penalty. However, Bryson's low spot-kick towards the bottom-left corner was saved comfortably by Randolph.

The game exploded into life early in the second half. After a dire first 45 minutes, the home side took a shock lead three minutes after the break when Howard flicked home a header from Paul Caddis' right-sided cross to leave Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant with little chance.

Yet less than a minute later it was 1-1 as the Rams caught Birmingham napping. Bamford smashed a shot against the woodwork before reacting quickest to get to the rebound and fire home despite Will Packwood's efforts to block the shot.

Huws dragged a shot wide for the Blues in the 58th minute before Derby went ahead a minute later, Martin trying his luck with a shot which fortuitously came off Bryson's head and into Randolph's net.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark immediately sent on another debutant, Macheda, in place of Lee Novak as he sought a response. But Forsyth capitalised on some slack defending to slot home the third after more good work by Ward.

Macheda should have done better from close range at the other end before fellow substitute Burke made things interesting with a 78th-minute strike, cutting inside and bending the ball beyond Grant.

The leveller came more than three minutes into injury-time as Huws flicked Albert Rusnak's corner onto the post and Macheda gleefully smashed in the loose ball.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17