Hughton - Draw a fair result

Holloway impressed by the quality on show at Bloomfield Road

Chris Hughton: Praised Nikola Zigic following Birmingham's 2-2 draw at Blackpool

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Chris Hughton believes Birmingham City's 2-2 draw at Blackpool was a fair result in a game Ian Holloway described as a 'fantastic advert' for the Championship.

Both clubs were relegated from the Premier League last season and Birmingham took a 29th minute lead through Marlon King before goals from Stephen Crainey and Neal Eardley put Blackpool in the ascendancy.

However, substitute Nikola Zigic rescued a point for Blues three minutes from time and Hughton praised the impact of the Serbian striker.

"I think it's always a very emotional game and sometimes you have to step away from the game afterwards and assess it, and overall a draw was a fair result," said Hughton.

Entertaining

"We certainly didn't deserve anything less than that because on the balance of play on chances they had a very good chance in that second-half period.

"We had a couple of excellent chances through Marlon King earlier in the game and a couple of offsides that would have seen him through that were wrong decisions.

"It was that type of game, very entertaining and we deserved the point in my opinion.

"I think when you've got a centre-forward on the bench and you need a little bit of something it's a chance that you take.

"At that stage we weren't playing that badly, with Jean Beausejour out wide you've got somebody who can produce something but we decided to change things up a bit and freshen it up and with Zigic he's a quality player.

"He's starting to get where we want him to be fitness wise."

Character

Blackpool boss Holloway said: "I think it's a fantastic advert for this division. I nearly got blown away driving to the game and two teams to produce as good a game as that in those conditions was fantastic.

"Don't get me wrong, they are a fantastic side and they paid homage to us by putting five in midfield which took us by surprise.

"To go one behind I was devastated to be fair but what I'm pleased with is the character that my lads showed.

"We're not that fragile and we looked like we believed we'd come back and I'm upset that the best move from one of my teams for a few years Matt Phillips couldn't quite score from.

"Our equaliser was something else, it's what we talk about doing, the support and then the pass and the finish from Crainey was sublime.

"What I thought would be the winning goal from Eardley, what fantastic movement and it says a lot about us that both our goals came from our full-backs."