Blake earns Bolton unlikely point
Kevin Davies and Robbie Blake struck from set-pieces as 10-man Bolton came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw in a fiery Barclays Premier League contest with Birmingham.
Blues defender Roger Johnson began an eventful afternoon at the Reebok Stadium with an early opener before getting involved in an incident that saw Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen sent off. Johnson had challenged Jaaskelainen for the ball just before half-time and the Finn appeared to slap him in the face as they regained their feet.
Craig Gardner doubled Birmingham's lead but Bolton responded to the challenge to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign. Davies replied with a penalty after a foul by the ubiquitous Johnson and veteran Blake levelled with a stunning late free-kick.
The visitors made the perfect start as Johnson handed them a lead after a fine move in the fourth minute.
Lee Bowyer pulled the ball back from the byline after being played through by James McFadden and Cameron Jerome flicked the ball into the path of Johnson, who slid in to score from six yards.
Jaaskelainen was dismissed eight minutes before the interval and Bolton's 10 men were left facing an uphill struggle after Birmingham claimed a controversial second goal five minutes into the second half.
Jerome looked fractionally offside as McFadden crossed into the area but the flag stayed down as the striker headed back across for Gardner to score.
Johnson was penalised for climbing on the back of Davies who thumped the ball into the top corner.
The hosts increased the pressure and levelled nine minutes from time after Cahill was fouled on the edge of the area by Barry Ferguson. Summer signing Blake, a 67th-minute replacement for Elmander, stepped up to curl in a brilliant equaliser.