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WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers0BirminghamBirmingham City0

Wolves 0-0 Birmingham City

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Molineux
Wolves v Birmingham City, Lee Evans and David Davis
Wolves finished the day fourth after the goalless draw

New Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett inspired his team to a draw in his first game in charge as their derby at Wolves ended goalless.

Just a week on from losing 8-0 at home to Bournemouth in a club record home defeat, Blues kept only their second clean sheet of the season.

Wolves sub Dave Edwards' left-foot chip clipped the top of the bar.

Blues' best chance fell to Jonathan Grounds, whose header was parried by Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.

Grounds was also the man involved in a penalty shout when James Henry's cross struck his outstretched left arm.

Goalless in the Black Country
It was the first time Wolves had failed to score in front of their own fans since their last local derby - the goalless draw against Shrewsbury Town in March.
Blues' only previous clean sheet this season was the 1-0 win over Brighton in August - their only home victory.

Wolves' point from the lunchtime derby was enough to take them briefly to the top of the Championship for the first time this season, before dropping down to fourth later in the day.

Rowett, a former Birmingham defender, left his job at Burton to join Blues on Monday, two days after the thrashing by Bournemouth and a week after Lee Clark's departure.

And the new man made changes to his side, drafting in loan signing Michael Morrison, signed from Charlton Athletic on Friday, while Andrew Shinnie was recalled alongside Wolves old boy David Davis.

After an early onslaught from the home team, it all worked for the new-look line-up before the break as Wolves quickly ran out of ideas.

Gary Rowett
Rowett played 106 games for Birmingham between 1998 and 2000

Blues, by contrast, visibly grew in confidence, creating two chances for youngster Koby Arthur and another for Clayton Donaldson.

The second half proved more lively, both sets of fans becoming animated following the handball shout against Grounds.

After Ikeme had saved a header from the Blues left-back, Wolves began to create chances following the arrival of substitutes Edwards and Bakary Sako.

Analysis: Mike Taylor, BBC WM 95.6
"It's the first step on a long road, but Gary Rowett's Birmingham were sure-footed for the most part in securing a worthy point. They demonstrated all the qualities of organisation and discipline associated with their new manager, and deserved reward for their efforts, even though Wolves gathered momentum in the second half."For Wolves, as soon as the teamsheet arrived, the writing was on the wall, and it was in French. Without Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko from the start, they set a plodding pace, although it was raised by the introduction of Sako and Dave Edwards in the second half. The league table shows there's by no means cause for concern, but it's a measure of Wolves' ambition that they went top and were still disappointed."

Kevin McDonald rifled a low shot just wide, before Edwards was twice denied by keeper Darren Randolph.

Sako's low cross was then somehow allowed to pass across the face of goal, just inches away from Leon Clarke, who also saw a near-post header fly just over.

But, although the dangerous Edwards then saw his chip hit the bar, that was as close as Wolves got to forcing a winner.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"We huffed and puffed and we had a lot of the ball but we didn't do enough going forward in the final third.

"It didn't surprise me the way they set up, playing 5-4-1. But it was down to us to break them down.

"As for the penalty shout, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't. It could have gone either way."

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett told BBC WM:

"It's been a fresh start this week. Last week's result really wasn't mentioned. It's all been about looking forward and I'm very pleased with what I saw.

"I didn't expect us to come and keep a clean sheet at Molineux. But I'd certainly have taken that. It's something to build on now.

"Most of our focus this week has been working on our defensive shape and structure, but we also broke into some good areas and, with a bit more composure, that could have have brought us something."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 15Rowe
  • 11McDonald
  • 14Evans
  • 7Henry
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forSakoat 56'minutes
  • 20McAlindenSubstituted forEdwardsat 56'minutes
  • 9ClarkeBooked at 75minsSubstituted forSagboat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 5Stearman
  • 8Saville
  • 10Sako
  • 12Sagbo
  • 17van La Parra
  • 31Flatt

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31CaddisBooked at 90mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisBooked at 37mins
  • 11Cotterill
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forReillyat 66'minutes
  • 24ArthurSubstituted forSheaat 64'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forThomasat 77'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 2Eardley
  • 10Thomas
  • 13Shea
  • 15Hall
  • 17Reilly
  • 21Doyle
  • 29Brown
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
25,135

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home22
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Evans.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Evans.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yannick Sagbo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.

  8. Booking

    Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Brek Shea (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Yannick Sagbo replaces Leon Clarke.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Brek Shea.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.