Stand-in Cars­ley is de­nied win by Win­nall

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By ADRIAN STILES

BIRM­ING­HAM started life without Harry Redknapp by halt­ing a run of six de­feats in all com­pe­ti­tions as they held their for­mer man­ager Gary Rowett’s Derby to a draw at Pride Park.

Af­ter a low-key first half, the game came to life as sub­sti­tu­tions paid div­i­dends with Lukas Jutkiewicz head­ing Birm­ing­ham ahead only for Sam Win­nall to quickly equalise with his first goal for Derby.

There were chances in the clos­ing min­utes for both teams but a draw for the vis­i­tors was a good re­sult for the for­mer Derby mid­fielder Lee Cars­ley in his first game as care­taker man­ager.

The first clear chance did not come un­til the 41st minute when the ball broke to Sam Gal­lagher 12 yards out but Cur­tis Davies got across to block the shot.

Derby al­most scored in the fi­nal minute of the half when David Nu­gent broke away and saw his shot from 20 yards turned be­hind by To­masz Kuszczak.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, sub­sti­tu­tions changed the game in the space of four min­utes.

First Jutkiewicz struck with his first touch when he got across Richard Keogh to score with a div­ing header in the 64th minute be­fore Derby hit back when Win­nall pounced from close range af­ter Keogh headed back a deep cross.

Care­taker boss Cars­ley said: “Given the cir­cum­stances of the week that we’ve had with the up­heaval, the change of man­ager and a change in the way I want them to play, it was a great re­sponse.

“We’ve stopped the rot, we’re mov­ing for­ward and it should get bet­ter.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that now we use this as mo­men­tum and build the con­fi­dence.”

Rams boss Rowett said: “I have mixed feel­ings. I thought our build-up play was good in the first half but we couldn’t quite show that lit­tle bit of qual­ity.

“When they scored, it was a very de­flat­ing mo­ment as they hadn’t had a lot other than set-pieces but we re­sponded well and we showed a lot of char­ac­ter to not let it af­fect us.”

RAMS LEV­ELLER: Sam Win­nall

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