Birmingham manager Garry Monk was sent to the stands for his furious reaction to Maikel Kieftenbeld’s sending off but his team clung on for a point at Brentford.
In a 70th-minute flashpoint right in front of the dug-outs, Kieftenbeld raised his hands to Brentford striker Neal Maupay off the ball and was shown a straight red card.
Monk believed Maupay went down too easily under the slightest of touches from his player: ‘It happened right in front of me and it was completely the wrong decision, I was expecting a yellow card for feigning injury.
Referee Tim Robinson sends off Birmingham City manager Garry Monk at Giffin Park
The Birmingham manager snarls as he leaves the technical area after fuming at the referee
Birmingham Maikel Kieftenbeld walks off dejected after being sent off in the second half
Tempers flare in the second half as Michael Morrison (far right) is involved in the scuffle
Brentford (4-2-3-1): Daniels; Dalsgaard, Konsa, Mepham, Barbet; McEachran, Sawyers (Mokotjo 81); Canos, Macleod (Yennaris 83), Judge (Odubajo 78); Maupay
Subs not used: Bentley (GK); Clarke, Jeanvier, Sorensen Manager: Dean Smith
Scorer: McEachran 42
Booked: Dalsgaard, Judge, Maupay
Birmingham City (4-4-2): Camp; Colin, Morrison (c), Dean, Pedersen; Jota (Mahoney 89), Kieftenbeld, G. Gardner, Maghoma; Jutkiewicz (Bogle 83), Adams (Lakin 70)
Subs not used: Trueman (GK); Roberts, Soloman-Otabor, Harding Manager: Garry Monk
Scorer: Morrison 26
Booked: G. Gardner, Maghoma, Jutkiewicz, Dean, Morrison
Sent off: Kieftenbeld 66
Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)
‘There was a coming together but nothing that warranted that reaction.
‘To see the red card was a complete shock and that’s why we felt aggrieved. But with 10 men we showed unbelievable character.'
Brentford boss Dean Smith said: ‘Kieftenbeld lifted his hands to Neal, but was it enough to go down? Only Neal will know.’
Yet Birmingham successfully saw out the remaining 20 minutes a man light, leaving Brentford frustrated as they went a fourth Championship match without success.
Regarded a potential promotion contenders following a positive start to the campaign, the Bees have regressed in recent weeks and opportunities to snatch three points such as this simply have to be taken.
Second best in the opening 45 minutes, they trailed to Michael Morrison’s header only for Josh McEachran to equalise moments before the break with his first goal in senior football.
From there, you expected Brentford to push forward but the onslaught never materialised, a handful of second-half chances the sum of their efforts against the 11 and the 10 men.
Mind you, they remain in the play-off places even if a number of teams could overtake them on Wednesday evening.
‘They were down to 10 men and we didn’t show that little bit of quality,’ said Smith. ‘It was a strange game. Birmingham came to give us a good game of football and you