Birmingham 1 Newcastle 1

Saturday 7 January 2017

Newcastle will be in the hat for the FA Cup fourth round after a draw at St Andrew’s.

Rafa Benitez making eight changes and trying out a new 3-5-2 formation with Achraf Lazaar and DeAndre Yedlin as wing-backs.

Daryl Murphy putting United ahead on five minutes but Aleksandar Mitrovic dramatically stretchered off after picking up an injury in the same incident.

A game of two halves – with four and a half minutes of official action to watch below.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Birmingham 1 Newcastle 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Murphy 5

Birmingham: Jutkiewicz 42

Possession was Birmingham 47% Newcastle 53%

Total shots were Birmingham 9 Newcastle 5

Shots on target were Birmingham 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were Birmingham 1 Newcastle 6

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Crowd: 13,171 (Newcastle 4,671)

Newcastle United:

Sels, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Haidara (Ritchie 69), Yedlin, Tiote (Hayden 65), Colback, Lazaar, Murphy, Mitrovic (Gouffran 10)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Dummett, Clark, Gayle

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)

(FA Cup 3rd round causes fixtures chaos for Newcastle fans – read it HERE)