Birmingham City took on Oxford United in the EFL Cup first round at St Andrew's.
A resolute Birmingham City struggled to click, but battled to earn an opening day point in the sunshine at St Andrew's.
Blues have unveiled their new home shirt for next season ahead of schedule - after online spoilers leaked it on social media.
Birmingham City were unlucky not to leave the Cardiff City Stadium with all three points after they were held to a 1-1 draw in South Wales.
Blues took an early lead through David Cotterill but were pegged back after Anthony Pilkington capitalised on a failed Jonathan Grounds clearance.
Having had the better chances, Blues could feel hard done by not to finish the season with a win after hitting the woodwork twice and having two efforts cleared off the line.
Gary Rowett made three changes from last Friday's draw with Middlesbrough.
Midfielder Charlee Adams was handed his first start in place of Stephen Gleeson. Paul Robinson and Jonathan Spector also came in for Paul Caddis and Ryan Shotton.
It was the home side who started brighter.
Tom Lawrence brought Adam Legzdins into early action not once, but twice; but the 'keeper was equal to both of the midfielder's low efforts.
Blues began to to get a foot-hold and with their first attempt took the lead through Wales International Cotterill.
David Davis' cross found the winger on the edge of the Cardiff area. Cotterill, taking one touch to set himself, fired a low drive into the bottom right-hand corner of David Marshall's goal to give Rowett's side the lead after 11 minutes.
Russell Slade's side looked to respond quickly and Legzdins was called into action again to deny Pilkington, after the forward skipped past the challenge of Robinson on the edge of the area.
Diego Fabbrini then struck the foot of the Cardiff post. The Italian - capitalising on a good advantage from referee Peter Bankes after Clayton Donaldson was brought down on the halfway line - carried the ball before his effort from 25-yards was denied by the woodwork.
Pilkington then brought his side level after 26 minutes. The forward fired past Legzdins after Jonathan Grounds failed to clear Scott Malone's cross at the far post.
The chances dried up in the opening 45 from then.
The hosts tried their luck from distance but Adams and Robinson putting their bodies on the line to make good blocks on the edge of the area.
Same as the first half, the hosts came out on the front foot, two minutes after the restart Craig Noone cut in from the right-hand side and fired a low left-footed effort goalwards which Legzdins and Robinson cleared between them.
It didn't take long for Rowett's side to take the initiative.
Cotterill looked to double his tally with a free-kick from distance but he couldn't find the target and Maikel Kieftenbeld tried his luck with a volley from the edge of the area that Marshall easily gathered.
Just before the hour the referee could've been forgiven for sending Ben Turner for an early bath when he brought down Donaldson on the edge of the area, the Cardiff defender the last man, but adjudged not to deny Donaldson a goalscoring opportunity.
From the resulting free-kick, Cotterill nearly restored Blues' lead. His free-kick superbly headed off the line by Noone.
Almost instantly, the hosts had a chance at the other end when Lex Immers' effort whistled past Legzdins left-hand post.
On 70 minutes debutant Adams tried his luck from 30 yards but saw his effort go narrowly over, that was to be the youngsters final involvement as he was replaced by Gleeson.
With little over ten minutes remaining, Robinson was on hand to clear after Legzdins saved substitute Kenneth Zohore's initial low shot after squeezing an effort past Spector and Morrison.
James Vaughan was introduced late on and nearly made an instant impact.
The Blues striker dispossessed Bruno Manga and found himself bearing down on the Cardiff goal, only to see his effort bounce back of the upright.
In stoppage-time Blues were again denied by a goal-line clearance.
Vaughan rose highest from a Cotterill corner and his downward header was headed away by Pilkington.
A huge appeal from the fans and players for the ball crossing the line, but the linesman said no.
Having enjoyed the better chances, Rowett's side had to settle for a point in the final match of the season.
Blues put in a barnstorming performance in their final home game of the season to earn a deserved draw against Middlesbrough.
It was a familiar feeling for Blues at The John Smith's Stadium who let a lead slip for the second time in a week. David Cotterill's unstoppable free-kick with 13 minutes to play looked to have given the visitors all three points but Joel Lynch hit back nine minutes later to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Clayton Donaldson’s brace wasn’t enough as visiting Preston battled back to earn a point with two late goals.
Blues suffered a narrow but key defeat to Leeds United at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday evening
Maikel Kieftenbald has been voted our clubs player of the season.
New loan signing Kyle Lafferty introduced himself to the St. Andrew’s faithful in great style with a goal but it wasn’t enough to get anything from promotion-chasing Brighton.
Birmingham City’s promotion hopes took a huge blow after suffering late heartbreak at relegation-threatened Charlton.
Kyle Lafferty joined Birmingham City on a loan deal until the end of the season yesterday in an attempt to find more first team football before this summer's European Championships.
Birmingham City paid for a slow start and needed a second half Michael Morrison header to rescue a point against Fulham.
Birmingham manager Gary Rowett insisted that his side are still very firmly in the thick of the Sky Bet Championship promotion race after a 0-0 draw against Wolves at Molineux.
Blues were undone by two first-half goals in five minutes at Loftus Road.
Birmingham City’s fifth clean sheet in six games saw them return to winning ways in a dour encounter at St Andrew’s.
For the second time in three games Birmingham City were held to a frustrating goalless draw.
The second half was slightly more entertaining.
Blues have signed Derby defender Ryan Shotton till the end of the season.
Striker Wes Thomas has gone to on Bradford City loan
Birmingham City picked up a worthy point as their third consecutive clean sheet lifted them back into the play-off places.
Blues' only effort came from a Stephen Gleeson free kick which was straight at the wall.
We are delighted to confirm that Diego Fabbrini has joined #BCFC in a £1.5 million deal.
Andrew Shinnie loaned to Rotherham United.
Also shane Lowrey has had his contract cancelled
Will Buckley's home debut goal for Birmingham City set his side on their way to victory over fellow Championship play-off hopefuls Ipswich.
Buckley, on loan from Sunderland, followed up Clayton Donaldson's effort to put Blues ahead from close range.
Ipswich went down to 10 men just before the break as Jonathan Douglas saw red for a dangerous tackle on Buckley.
Jon Toral then spectacularly volleyed home, before Maikel Kieftenbeld made it three from the edge of the box.
Victory lifted Gary Rowett's Birmingham above Mick McCarthy's Ipswich into seventh, following a game between two sides whose respective managers signed new contracts last week.
The visitors, who lost for the first time in eight away league games, had the first sight oft goal, but Daryl Murphy could only head a left-wing cross over the bar.
After Buckley, playing his second game for Blues, tapped in from a yard out, home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak denied Ryan Fraser and Freddie Sears in quick succession.
But following Douglas' red card - the first for any Ipswich player in the league this season - the home side always looked the more likely to win and Toral, on loan from Arsenal, dispatched a fine volley after Donaldson flick on Kuszczak's clearance.
Fraser twice came close to getting a goal back for Town, but fired off target, before Kieftenbeld found the net following a strong run by Buckley as Blues beat Ipswich for the first time in nine matches.
Gary Rowett says Kieftenbeld is the best 160,000 mhe has ever spent
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A triple salvo and a scintillating second half performance gave Birmingham City their first away win in more than two months.
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