Charl­ton de­nied by Jutkiewicz’s late in­ter­ven­tion Round-up

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Rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Charl­ton were de­nied a cru­cial vic­tory at Birmingham by Lukas Jutkiewicz’s in­jury-time equaliser.

It ap­peared that Ma­cauley Bonne’s 58th-minute goal would see the Lon­don­ers move four points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone but Jutkiewicz struck in the third minute of added time to make it 1-1 and the vis­i­tors had to set­tle for a two-point cush­ion above the bot­tom three.

It was also a much-needed point for Birmingham, who are now five points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter end­ing a four-match los­ing run. Steve Spooner, Birmingham City care­taker man­ager, said: “The play­ers showed re­solve and re­silience in an empty sta­dium and I think that is a tes­ti­mony to the de­sire of the play­ers to get a re­sult.”

Stoke inched to­wards safety with a 1-1 draw at Ash­ton Gate that did lit­tle for Bris­tol City’s play-off prospects.

Danny Batth’s sec­ond-half header gave Stoke a de­served share of the spoils af­ter Filip Benkovic, another cen­tral de­fender show­ing the fin­ish­ing in­stincts of a striker, had given the hosts the lead just be­fore the break.

A vic­tory and three points would have al­most se­cured Stoke’s Cham­pi­onship sta­tus and, though a draw leaves them with some work to do, man­ager Michael O’Neill will be con­fi­dent they can fin­ish the job now they are five points above the bot­tom three.

Bris­tol City’s am­bi­tions look more pre­car­i­ous af­ter Dean Holden failed to col­lect three points for the first time since suc­ceed­ing Lee John­son in a care­taker ca­pac­ity ear­lier this month.

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