Birmingham denied by Baggies in Midlands derby draw

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Birmingham City were left waiting for their first win in the second-tier English Championship this season after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

The Blues, who could be hit with a 12-point deduction by the governing English Football League after allegedly breaking Financial Fair Play rules, took the lead through Jota in the 27th minute and the Spanish winger should have made it 2-0 minutes later only for his poor penalty to be saved by Sam Johnstone.

It proved to be a costly miss, with West Brom equalising six minutes before half-time through Scotland international Matt Phillips. But the draw meant his Baggies side failed to go third.

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