Summary

  1. Edwards hits bar for Wolves
  2. Wolves go top of Championship
  3. Gary Rowett earns point in first game as Blues boss
  4. Get involved using #wmfootball on Twitter

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Gary Rowett
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So that's about it from me today, on the day

Gary Rowett began his reign as Birmingham City manager with a point against local rivals Wolves. A more than satisfactory start for the new man at St Andrew's.

Wolves fans can enjoy seeing their side top of the Championship table, for a few hours at least, but will reflect on missed second-half opportunities on a frustrating day for Wanderers.

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Tim Arstall: Probably the most pleased I've ever been with a 0-0, positive signs for Blues.

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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham City

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told Sky Sports:

"Credit to Birmingham. They got behind the ball and had a good shape. I felt that clear-cut chances were at a premium. I thought that one goal would be enough but it wasn't to be."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett told Sky Sports:

"We wanted a solid base. We felt that we had to make a quick change and, having brought him in I thought Michael Morrison came and did really well for us, as did Paul Robinson.

"I told the players I'm not interested in what has happened before. They've all got a chance to start again. I think that's really important for them."

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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Hands up who said 0-0 at the start? Well, that was the first time Wolves had failed to score at Molineux this season, and the first time Blues had kept a clean sheet. So 0-0 was a surprising final scoreline as far as the stats are concerned.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

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There are 10 more games today in the Championship. Wolves are top by a point for now, but they could be overtaken Derby, Watford, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough this afternoon.

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Wolves fans - you are top of the league for the time being but was that two points dropped?

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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

It was frustrating afternoon for Wolves. They never seemed to get going until the introductions of Bakary Sako, Dave Edwards and later Yannick Sagbo from the bench. Edwards came closest to a goal, hitting the crossbar with a chip over Darren Randolph in the second half.

Kenny Jackett's men are top of the Championship but there must be concerns about their lack of firepower if top-scorer Sako and Nouha Dicko, who missed this game through injury, are unavailable.

Mike Taylor

BBC WM Sport

"Honour restored for Birmingham City after their humiliation last week. Their new manager Gary Rowett has organised them and it's an important first step on the road to recovery.

"Can Wolves achieve great things without their two star men, Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako? That might be a discussion point after this match."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

No doubt that Birmingham City will be the happier of the two sides after a goalless draw at Molineux. They remain third from bottom but are a point from safety and have restored some pride, a week on from their 8-0 humbling at home by Bournemouth.

Credit too to goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who kept a clean sheet and made some top saves as Wolves searched for a winner late on.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

It's all over at Molineux. Gary Rowett has a point in his first game as manager of Birmingham City, and Wolves go top of the Championship, for a few hours at least.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

More last-ditch defending keeps out a host of Wolves shots. Paul Caddis made the final block from a Bakary Sako effort and is then booked for an earlier tug on the shirt of the Mali international.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Wolves winger James Henry is down with cramp, and Birmingham won't mind too much about that. Anything to kill the game off that little bit more.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Callum Reilly blocks a Wolves cross out for a throw-in an attacking position for Wolves. Blues players putting their bodies on the line at the end of this one.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Big chance missed for Wolves, and more good goalkeeping by Darren Randolph. James Henry is found in acres of space down the right and Randolph uses his foot to keep out Henry's angled drive. The rebound falls to Bakary Sako, who shanks a volley over. Three minutes of added time to play.

Mel Eves

Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

"Wolves haven't really done enough, but they've probably had the better openings. Darren Randolph has done well in goal, while Paul Robinson has showed his experience at the back."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

The travelling Blues fans produce another rendition of "Keep Right On" from the away end. They're happy with what they've seen from the early days of the Gary Rowett era. They're four minutes and added time away from a well-earned point at Molineux.

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at Molineux

"Wolves have sure woken up since Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards came on.

"Edwards' neat left-foot chop clipped the top of the bar and he was also twice denied by keeper Darren Randolph, while Sako's low cross was somehow allowed to pass across the face of goal.

"And Carl Ikeme had to be alert to keep out a header from Jonathan Grounds.

"But it's starting to look like Molineux's first goalless draw of the season."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

James Henry puts in another cross from the Wolves right and Yannick Sagbo pokes it over at the back post. A bit more energy from Wolves since their substitutes came on, but they've yet to find a way past a resolute Blues defence.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Birmingham substitute Wes Thomas is booked for a sliding tackle on Ethan Ebanks-Landell. Seven minutes left.

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Leeds appoint Redfearn

Neil Redfearn
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Some breaking news from elsewhere in the Championship. Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of academy coach Neil Redfearn

as their third head coach of the season.

Redfearn, who has signed a 12-month rolling contract, will take charge of his first match as full-time boss away at Cardiff today.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Birmingham winger David Cotterill puts in a free-kick but goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is safely behind it and launches another attack.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Big claims for a Wolves corner as Dave Edwards heads over from a James Henry cross, but a goal kick is given. More impetus in Wolves' play now, but is there enough time for them to force a winner?

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

You sense this one is destined to end goalless. Another shot from distance by Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald curls well wide.

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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Some hesitancy in the Wolves defence but they scramble clear to David Davis, who puts a shot well over. Wolves make their final change as Hull loanee Yannick Sagbo replaces Leon Clarke, who was booked in the last few moments for persistent fouling.

Martin O'Connor

Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

"Clayton Donaldson looks a bit tired now. It's not easy, what's he's been asked to do. He's worked unbelievably hard and led the line well but now I think Wes Thomas might be able to come on and change things."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Gary Rowett's last throw of the dice is to bring on Wes Thomas for Clayton Donaldson. Can he make the difference?

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Leon Clarke is oh so close to opening the scoring. More great play by Bakary Sako, who drills the ball across the face of goal and the onrushing Clarke can't divert it into the net.

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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Both sides have one more substitution remaining. Some crucial decisions ahead for Kenny Jackett and Gary Rowett.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Off the woodwork! Dave Edwards picks up a Leon Clarke lay-off and tries to chip Darren Randolph, but the Welshman hits the crossbar. Wolves inches away from the opener.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

More pressure from wide areas for Wolves. This time a right-wing cross picks out Leon Clarke but the striker heads over.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Lee Evans
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Now then, who wants to win this local derby? Only 20 minutes left at Molineux.

Martin O'Connor

Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

"I felt that Andrew Shinnie was getting lost in the game. He looked tired and he wasn't affecting the game, either offensively or defensively. Let's see if Callum Reilly can have an impact."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Two saves from Darren Randolph, who conceded eight times last weekend remember, ensure this one remains goalless with a quarter of the game to go. Bakary Sako's cross is palmed away and a header from Dave Edwards is tipped over for a corner. Sako is always a threat and has been since he emerged from the bench.

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

The free-kick comes to nothing and Blues make their second change as Callum Reilly replaces Andrew Shinnie in the midfield.

Mel Eves

Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

"That was a good strike from McDonald. He kept it down and it almost took a touch on the way through. I think the game has come to life. It's really picked up."

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

Bakary Sako's delivery is cleared to the edge of the box and Kevin McDonald, whose 25-yard drive fizzes wide. Wolves have picked up the pace, but no reward yet. Now a free-kick for Blues at the other end as Danny Batth fouls Clayton Donaldson.