FINAL WHISTLE: Bolton 2-2 Birmingham
Venue: Reebok Stadium - Bolton, Greater Manchester Crowd: 18,139 Referee: Kevin Friend Yellow cards:BW - Kevin Davies 83', Fabrice Muamba 89' BC - Lee Bowyer 21', Roger Johnson 38', Sebastian Larsson 72' Red card:BW - Jussi Jaaskelainen 36'
Birmingham took the lead in just the 4th minute through Roger Johnson who slid in from six yards after a flick on by Cameron Jerome and the defender was later involved in an incident that saw Trotters keeper Jussi Jaaseklainen sent off.
The Finnish stopper was knocked over in a challenge with Johnson in the 36th minute and upon getting back to his feet, raised his hand to the Blues man's face and referee Kevin Friend stepped in to show a red card, reducing the home side to ten men and giving them a mountain to climb.
To make matters worse for Owen Coyle's men, Birmingham went further ahead five minutes after the re-start when Craig Gardner grabbed his third goal for the season after a miss-kick from Jaaskelainen's replacement Adam Bogdan.
But somehow Bolton managed to crawl back into the contest when Johnson fouled Kevin Davies in the area and a penalty was awarded with the Trotters' skipper stepping up to the spot and finishing calmly in the 71st minute.
A second Bolton goal came ten minutes later through substitute Robbie Blake who curled in a free-kick from the edge of the area to give his side an unlikely point in a controversial and often fiery encounter.
BWJussi Jaaskelainen (gk), Gary Cahill, Zat Knight, Paul Robinson, Gretar Steinsson, Stuart Holden (M.Davies 78'), Fabrice Muamba, Martin Petrov (Bogdan 39'), Lee Chung-yong, Johan Elmander (Blake 67'), Kevin Davies
Subs - Adam Bogdan (gk) (39'), Robbie Blake (67'), Matty Taylor, Samuel Ricketts, Andrew O'Brien, Mark Davies (78'), Marcos Alonso