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Thursday February 3, 2011Birmingham City 2 - 2 Manchester City

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Micah’s involvement was ended early after a sickening clash of heads as Manchester City and Birmingham City shared the spoils at St Andrews.

It was a sorry end for the England defender following his fine performance against Notts County in the FA Cup, but thankfully he had perked up after the match and sent a message of thanks to fans communicating their concern through Twitter.

Birmingham began in lax fashion and City took advantage immediately, David Silva bursting in to the box and finding Carlos Tevez who turned and shot, finding the back of the net with the help of a deflection to make it 1-0.

Micah was involved as he outmuscled Nikola Zigic on the edge of City’s box but, as the ball broke free to David Bentley, the following cross was headed over by Cameron Jerome.

Zigic then volleyed over minutes later but he made no mistake with 23 minutes on the clock as Bentley drove the ball across and the giant striker knocked the ball home.

Gareth Barry and City looked to respond immediately as the midfielder charged through and picked out Edin Dzeko, but the £27 million forward dragged his shot wide.

Shortly after, Micah and Nigel De Jong collided, leaving both sprawled on the floor. Worryingly, Micah was knocked unconscious and it was several minutes before he moved, eventually being lifted off the pitch to mutual applause from the fans.

City recovered, though, as Aleksander Kolarov curled a free-kick around the wall and into the net to make it 2-1, leaving Ben Foster stranded in the process.

It was a hammer blow to the hosts just before half-time, though Bentley – who was lively throughout – fired just over when play recommenced in the second-half.

Dzeko tested the palms of Foster soon after with a 20-yard effort, whilst Tevez curled a shot straight down the throat of Foster after being teed up by Silva.

Kolarov had an eye for the goal and he again went close with a swooping effort which required the full attentions of Foster, but things were to take a turn for the worse at the other end.

Patrick Vieira brought Kevin Phillips down in the box and Craig Gardner smashed the resulting spot-kick passed Hart, making it 2-2.

There was still time for Kolarov to put another free-kick an inch wide and the final whistle went soon after, leaving City a further two points behind league leaders Manchester United.

Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Jiranek, Johnson, Ridgewell, Bentley, Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Jerome, Zigic.

Man City: Hart, Boateng, Kompany, Richards, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko.