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The only shots the Irishman had to save were long range efforts from Riley and Caddis which the veteran handled with aplomb.
were desperate to improve their dismal record and found themselves in a battle with their fellow strugglers.
Chris Burke was Birmingham's hero as he won the penalty which his fellow Scot, Phil Caddis, scored in the 57th minute to cancel out a 22nd minute strike by Mustapha Carayol.
Boosted by their success they nearly increased their lead when Albert Adomah narrowly missed a right wing cross with Darren Randolph floundering in Birmingham's goal.
There was certainly an improvement, as highlighted when Middlesbrough skipper Woodgate saw his back header from a Mitch Hancox cross hit the post, a whisker away from an own goal.
It was Birmingham's second home draw in five days, and despite the late rally must have been another disappointment for manager Lee Clark.
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After five successive away defeats the goal lifted the visitors who began to play with clear determination against a Birmingham side lacking any rhythm.
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Kyle Bartley's late goal snatched a point for Birmingham in an entertaining 2 2 draw with Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.
mixed feelings. His side battled hard and nearly banished their Birmingham hoodoo having won only once in 16 visits to St Andrew's.
But was Middlesbrough who seized a 22nd minute lead. Marvin Emnes created the cross from the left which bounced back to Carayol to turn and fire his shot into the corner for the net from eight yards.
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But it was Burke who was instrumental in Birmingham getting back on level terms as he went down in the area under a challenge from Ben Gibson, and Caddis stepped up to convert the penalty.
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Surprisingly goalkeeper Shay Given, on loan at Middlesbrough from Aston Villa, was not seriously tested in a first half in which the north east club appeared to be well in control.
Birmingham were certainly the more positive in their search for the opening goal with Dariusz Dudka and Jesse Lingard having early strikes. Dudka's effort bounced wide, while Lingard, shooting on the turn, saw his effort effectively blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.
But it was Burke who again engineered Birmingham's late equaliser with an accurate corner which substitute Bartley headed home four minutes into injury time.
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