Neither boss happy with a draw

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LEE Clark and Paul Ince both felt unfortunate not to have come away with all three points as Birmingham and Blackpool shared a 1-1 draw at St Andrew’s.

Birmingham broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, unmarked centre-back Curtis Davies rising to meet Chris Burke’s corner for his sixth goal of the season.

Nikola Zigic wasted a great chance to double Blues’ advantage immediately after the restart before Peter Lovenkrands hit the inside of a post, with Kirk Broadfoot - in almost exact circumstances to Davies - then heading home Neal Eardley’s 74th-minute corner to level matters for the Seasiders.

It was left for Blues substitute Wade Elliott to waste a glorious opportunity in the 87th minute as he somehow blazed over from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

Clark said: “It was definitely (two points dropped), I think we deserved to win the game.

“It was a nervy start for the first 15-20 minutes but we grew into the game and finished the half really strong, we could have been more than one-nil up.

“And then we started the second half really well too, unfortunately we couldn’t get that decisive second goal and then they score a very similar goal to us from a set-play.

“It’s a bit frustrating really. We’ve played with a lot of desire, tenacity and at a high tempo.”

Regarding Elliott’s miss, Clark added: “I haven’t seen a replay yet but one of the coaches has and it looks like it’s bobbled up a bit.”

Broadfoot’s goal was the first of Ince’s four-match reign as Blackpool boss although he still remains without a victory.

“If you look at the first 25 minutes we played some really good stuff and I think we maybe should have been two or three-nil up,” Ince said.

“When you’re playing that well you need to score goals, we just wanted that goal to go in and it didn’t fall for us to be fair. Like anything when you don’t score, low and behold, we don’t defend right and they go in at half-time one-nil.”

Ince added: “It would be nice to get a win but I’ve only been here two weeks, apart from the Leeds game (a 2-0 defeat), we’ve got three draws and we’re building blocks at the moment.

“It’s never easy coming to St Andrew’s, especially with their crowd and when their winning 1-0, but we showed great character and great endeavour to get back into the game.

“They could have won it and maybe should have won it at the end with Wade Elliott but that would have been a bit unjustified.

“When you look at the chances I feel a bit aggrieved we didn’t win the game but when you look at Wade Elliott’s chance you take a point.”

The draw leaves both sides separated by merely goal difference as they hover now five points above the npower Championship’s drop zone.