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If anyone can McCann can – Birmingham City 1-1 Peterborough United

21 November 2011 by

After a week of media speculation about an exit from London Road in January captain Grant McCann showed he hasn’t let it affect his performance by rescuing a point with yet another spectacular freekick and stunning the Birmingham support in the process.

Birmingham had only conceded one goal in the league at St Andrews all season so were rightly confident going into the game however Peterborough were on a high again after ending a run of 3 straight defeats and coming from 2-0 down to beat Derby 3-2 just before the international break.

Darren Ferguson made three changes to his squad for the trip to St Andrews with Lee Tomlin and Lee Frecklington both making their way straight back into the first team after returning from suspension and Craig Alcock returning from injury to reclaim his spot at left back.

Birmingham started the game the strongest maintaining most the possession and having a handful of chances in the first 10 minutes. Shots were coming in from every angle and despite the great saves being pulled off by Paul Jones the deadlock was inevitably broken on 22 minutes when Marlon King coolly slotted home a cross from David Murphy.

The Birmingham side were big and strong, how the scoreline was still only 1-0 going in at half time was anyone’s guess but somehow Posh were still in the game, mainly down to the impressiveperformance being put on show by Gabriel Zakuani.

After making a change 51 minutes into the game, the injured Mark Little was placed by Tom Kennedy allowing Craig Alcock to move across to his preferred right back spot, the Posh backline seemed to tightened up.

The resistance paid off when Posh were awarded a freekick just outside the area on the hour mark. Of course it was the magical Grant McCann who stepped up to take the kick and to everyone’s amazement the skipper managed to somehow perfectly squeeze to ball between the post and the keeper from a very tight angle.

This gave Posh confidence and no longer were they happy with just a point they were going out to steal all three. Even the giant Nikola Zigic couldn’t muster up anything special for Birmingham and the fans frustration showed as the ground rapidly emptied from the 80 minute point.

This valuable point saw Posh climb back up to 11th in the table, incredibly just four points from the play-off places.

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