St. Andrews Ground
Sky Bet Championship
Birmingham City 2 Middlesbrough 2
The Boro side showed four changes from the side which lost at Derby on Wednesday night.
George Friend injured a medial ligament at Pride Park and Curtis Main was sent-off, they were replaced today by Daniel Ayala and Marvin Emnes. Richard Smallwood and Jacob Butterfield dropped to the bench as Grant Leadbitter returned from a one-match ban and Muzzy Carayol to the starting line-up.
The City side showed one change from that which drew here with Doncaster on Tuesday, Tom Adeyemi replaced by Dariusz Dudka.
There was a minute's applause just before kick-off as players, officials and fans from both sides showed their respect for Nelson Mandela who died aged 95 on Thursday.
Low winter sunshine squinted through the corner of the ground closest to the Boro fans that were in good voice from the start.
Their enthusiasm seemed at odds with the general atmosphere in a quiet stadium which watched an equally quiet start to the game.
Gradually City started to see more of the ball and Ayala was called on to produce a fine challenge that prevented Jesse Lingard from having a clear run on goal.
Dudka saw a low shot from the edge of the penalty area deflected for the game's first corner, before Aaron McLean turned well inside the penalty area only to see a low shot blocked.
For all City had produced the first efforts of the game Boro were not really shaken and they settled to make a footprint.
They had enjoyed a decent spell in the game when they took the lead with 21 minutes played as Emnes layed neatly into the path of Muzzy Carayol who turned well around seven yards out to score with a low shot.
Energised by his strike, Carayol switched to the right-hand side of the penalty area for his next effort. That was blocked, but Albert Adomah nearly beat Darren Randolph when stretching to meet a low through ball from Rhys Williams.
Boro's confidence was visibly higher now and they had claims for a penalty waved away as Adomah fell under challenge inside the box.
Callum Reilly attempted to emulate Luis Suarez when he scored from 35 yards against Norwich on Wednesday and though his shot was on target it didn't cause Shay Given any undue problems.
A quick break through the middle ended when Leadbitter set up Emnes and City were stretched, but a low shot was blocked and a half chance missed.
There was a feeling that a second Boro goal might well be enough to take the game against a City looking a little low on confidence, but on the stroke of half-time Paul Caddis forced a save from Given with a well-struck left-footed shot from just over 20yards.
As the teams made their way off at the break, with a few boos from the home supporters audible, Aitor Karanka changed his route to the changing rooms so he could sign an autograph for a young supporter.
Half-time: Birmingham City 0 Middlesbrough 1
As Given was being afforded a "warm" welcome, City manager Lee Clark made a change at the start of the second half replacing McLean with Chris Burke, a tormentor of Boro more than once in the past.
It was Boro, though, who had the first shot after the resumption as Kei Kamara turned sharply in the D to fire low at Randolph.
Clark made a second change just eight minutes into the half as Dudka was replaced by Olly Lee.
His side were now seeing more of the ball and causing Boro problems, though was of their own making as Jonathan Woodgate headed against Given's left-hand post when attempting to clear.
A Burke cross was just missed by Nikola Zigic and another turned just over the bar by Lee Novak. But with 57 minutes gone City drew level as Gibson fouled Burke just inside the penalty area and Paul Caddis sent Given the wrong way from the spot.
It was Boro who responded more positively after the goal, winning a succession of corners and almost regaining the lead when Kamara powerfully headed a right-wing Adomah cross and Randolph produced an outstanding save.
Seconds later Aitor Karanka, who had earlier replaced Carayol with Lukas Jutkiewicz, made a second change as Emnes made way for Butterfield.
With 10 minutes remaining Boro regained their lead as City failed to deal with a corner and as the ball came back in from Williams, Jutkiewicz headed down and Daniel Ayala tucked in from seven yards.
Both sides made their changes in the final minutes, with Kamara walking gingerly off to be replaced by Emmanuel Ledesma.
But it was the final City change who was to have the last work as with just over three of six minutes of added time played Burke swung over what was just the second corner of the game for the home side and Kyle Bartley powered in a header from the edge of the six-yard box to equalise.
Boro did keep 11 men on the pitch and halt a run of five successive away defeats, but it's now just once win since 1978 here.
Scorers Carayol, 21; Caddis, 58 (pen); Ayala, 80; Bartley, 90+3.
Birmingham City: Randolph; Robinson (Capt.), Burn, Hancox (Bartley 87), Caddis, Lingard, Reilly, Dudka (Lee 53), Novak, Zigic, McLean (Burke 46). Subs: Doyle (gk); Shinnie, Brown, Gray.
Middlesbrough: Given; R Williams, Woodgate, (Capt.), Ayala, Gibson, Adomah, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Carayol (Jutkiewicz 62), Kamara (Ledesma 90), Emnes (Butterfield 71). Subs: Konstantopoulos (gk); Richardson, Hines, Smallwood.
Referee Darren Bond
Birmingham City Robinson, 29, foul.
Middlesbrough Leadbitter, 44, yellow.
Attendance 13,454(655 Boro)
Conditions Cold and dry with a gentle breeze.
Possession: Birmingham City 50%Middlesbrough 50%
Website Boro Man of the Match: Albert Adomah
Shots Cards Goals On target Off target Blocked Corners Yellow Red City 2 4 3 3 2 1 0 Boro 2 5 1 2 7 1 0