THE Reds fought back to earn a deserved draw against Birmingham yesterday.

Their search for a first victory since the reappointment of Danny Wilson as manager continues.

Nikola Zigic put the hosts ahead with a simple tap in early in the first half.

But the visitors created a number of opportunities with Stephen Dawson and Peter Ramage going close before Jacob Mellis struck with a free-kick.

Despite a hard-earned point, Barnsley remain five points from safety.

Wilson has now drawn two and lost two matches since he was appointed manager on December 17, although the draw at Birmingham did prevent a third successive defeat.

Home defeats against Bolton and Derby County ensured the festive period hasn't been a merry one for the Oakwell side.

Chances came Barnsley's way as they pushed forward and a clearance from Zigic prevented Ramage from heading home from a corner, as well as David Perkins and Mellis going close.

The equaliser eventually came in the 61st minute when Mellis curled in the free-kick to earn a point for a team who have now won just one of their past 12 Championship matches.

"Obviously I'm encouraged by this performance," said Reds boss Danny Wilson.

"We haven't gained many points away from home and to get a result that not many people expected is a fine performance.

"After going behind to an early goal people might have expected the floodgates to open but we turned it around.

"There was nothing between the two teams but there are plenty of points to play for and if we can repeat the kind of performance we showed against Birmingham we will close the gap between the teams above us."