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Birmingham City 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Darius Henderson

Birmingham City were held to their fourth consecutive home draw by 10-man Nottingham Forest as they remain in the bottom half of the Championship.

Striker Nikola Zigic missed an excellent first-half chance leaving Birmingham without a home league win since early October.

Nottingham Forest, who have drawn four of their last five matches, had Darius Henderson sent off late on.

The striker had only been on the field for eight minutes.

Birmingham enjoyed more of the game than Forest but failed to capitalise upon several good chances despite some impressive play by youngsters Jesse Lingard and Oliver Lee.

The hosts went closest to a goal in the opening 20 minutes when Tom Adeyemi's looping header from a Chris Burke corner dropped on the back netting.

Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow saved Kyle Bartley's header with his legs before pushing away a dangerous left footed, dipping shot from Burke.

And the Blues should have taken the lead when Zigic inexplicably missed Burke's head-high cross from just a few yards in front of goal.

After a bright start start to the second half, the visitors again found themselves under pressure and needed a tackle by Jack Hobbs to cut out the goal scoring threat of Burke.

The game ended on a sour note with Henderson's reckless tackle on Robinson and resulting red card.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It was a good point. It was always going to be tough but I thought my players gave everything. They were committed and never gave in.

"Some of the football was excellent and their keeper had to make two or three great saves.

"I could not fault the players. They produced a fantastic performance. In the first half Burke and (Paul) Caddis were very impressive.

"It was probably one of our most fluent home performances and Olly Lee had a big say in this display."

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"I thought we played a lot of good football. We have to be more clinical and must add more fire power in the next transfer window. That has always been the plan from the very first day.

"I thought it was a very good point. It's the third (consecutive) clean sheet, against a side which has not lost in six games.

"You know you always face a competitive match at Birmingham. They make it difficult for you but great credit to the team. They worked really hard and in the end it was a really good point."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1RandolphBooked at 87mins
  • 31Caddis
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 83mins
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 58mins
  • 6Burn
  • 7Burke
  • 20LeeBooked at 90mins
  • 19Zigic
  • 9LingardSubstituted forMcLeanat 80'minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forGrayat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 12Novak
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Reilly
  • 29Brown
  • 33Gray
  • 35McLean

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 15Halford
  • 3HardingBooked at 27minsSubstituted forLichajat 45'minutes
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forChalobahat 69'minutes
  • 16Lascelles
  • 25Hobbs
  • 12Mackie
  • 10Lansbury
  • 31Cox
  • 11ReidBooked at 83mins
  • 39AbdounSubstituted forHendersonat 74'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 7Chalobah
  • 9Henderson
  • 18Jara
  • 21Paterson
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
23,497

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

  4. Booking

    Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

  9. Booking

    Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Darren Randolph (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

    Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Booking

    Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Booking

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Dismissal

    Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the red card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean replaces Jesse Lingard.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley21127233151843
2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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