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Birmingham City 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes was unable to add to his nine goals this season

Birmingham City failed to score for a fourth time in five home matches as they were frustrated by Blackburn in a goalless draw at St Andrew's.

In a game of few chances, it took until the second half for Blues to test Rovers when Demarai Gray shot on target from outside the area.

Shane Duffy had Blackburn's best chance as his header after a corner was saved.

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Spector on Birmingham's goalless draw

Jason Steele did superbly to deny Birmingham midfielder David Cotterill late on to secure a point.

The draw means Birmingham remain in sixth - the final play-off place - while the visitors stay in 15th.

With both teams playing with one striker, defences were on top for the majority of the match.

Blackburn's Tom Lawrence had the first half-chance of the match when he bundled through, but his effort flew over.

Gray's long-range shot was easily saved by Steele, before Tomasz Kuszczak made an excellent save from Duffy's close-range header.

Steele made sure of Rovers' third clean sheet in four games with a diving save to repel Cotterill's powerful strike.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"It is a first clean sheet at home this season, which is unbelievable. I told them not to give away the first goal, keep our shape and keep our patience.

"I asked them to be tougher defensively. I thought we were a little soft on Wolves and Hull in the previous two games.

"I certainly didn't want to lose three games on the spin. That was the reality of the game because runs like that are very damaging to confidence."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"They paid us a massive amount of respect with the way they set up getting bodies behind the ball. It was something new for my lads to deal with.

"To come to a team who are in the play-offs and perform the way we did was positive. We have now gone six clean sheets in the last 11 games and picked up four points out of six in the last two games on the road."

"We had to be disciplined, patient and not get frustrated in not taking three points."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisBooked at 62mins
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forMaghomaat 90+3'minutes
  • 22ShinnieBooked at 55minsSubstituted forToralat 65'minutes
  • 7Gray
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Toral
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10MarshallBooked at 70mins
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forHenleyat 77'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 17Williamson
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forKoitaat 85'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 8Koita
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
15,701

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bangaly-Fodé Koita replaces Tom Lawrence.

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Demarai Gray (Birmingham City).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Spector with a headed pass.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Cotterill (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Chris Taylor.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jason Steele (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

Attempt blocked. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds with a headed pass.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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