Kyle Walker and David Bentley came face-to-face in Sunday’s second city derby as the pair began their loan spells in the Midlands.
‘Bents’ was making his Birmingham bow while Kyle was playing his first Premier League game for Aston Villa having scored on his debut in the FA Cup last weekend.
But it looked like it would be the Blues who would come out on top when ‘Bents’ took a short free-kick to Craig Gardner whose deflected shot was guided home by Roger Johnson to give the home side the lead shortly after half-time.
However, some great work from Kyle, who had been getting forward from right-back throughout, saw him get the better of David Murphy on the touchline before delivering the ball that was eventually rammed home by James Collins for the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
‘Bents’ was voted the sponsors’ Man of the Match at the end of the game.
Of our younger players there was a professional debut for 17-year-old forward Harry Kane as a sub for Leyton Orient in their 1-1 draw at Rochdale on Saturday.
Harry came on for Scott McGleish in the 73rd minute at Spotland after the O’s had equalised the home side’s first half opener on the hour mark.
Another Spurs loanee, Paul-Jose M’Poku, had already been introduced by Russell Slade at half-time and his cross in the 74th minute so nearly led to a winner from Alex Revell.
Staying in League One, Adam Smith put in another 90 minute stint for Bournemouth at Colchester on Friday night, live on Sky, after extending his loan until the end of the season.
It was Eddie Howe’s last game in charge of the Cherries after deciding to take over at Burnley, and it ended in a 2-1 defeat despite the visitors taking the lead.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper David Button could do little to prevent Plymouth’s five-game unbeaten home run coming to an end at the hands of Oldham, while Jon Obika’s midweek winner was not enough to earn him a place in the starting XI for Peterborough’s trip to leaders Brighton, where they were defeated 3-1.
In the Championship, Kyle Naughton came within inches of putting the finishing touches on a Leicester move that would have sealed victory over Preston at Deepdale.
But the full-back just failed to get on the end of a ball across goal before the home side hit a last minute equaliser following Yakubu’s opener for the Foxes.
Elsewhere, it was a day to forget for Steven Caulker as Bristol City were beaten 4-0 at home by in-form Middlesbrough.