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Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Birmingham City

Jose Semedo of Sheffield Wednesday battles Demarai Gray of Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday have lost two of their last three matches at Hillsborough, winning the other

Sheffield Wednesday failed to score for the eighth Championship home game this season as they were held to a goalless draw by Birmingham.

Jacques Maghoma had the best chance for the home side, who have now found the net just seven times in their 14 league matches at Hillsborough.

Blues winger David Cotterill went closest for Gary Rowett's resurgent side.

Birmingham had won three of their last four away games in all competitions.

The draw leaves the Owls nine points away from sixth-placed Watford, while Birmingham are two points further behind in 11th.

Wednesday winger Maghoma had a low shot saved by goalkeeper Darren Randolph in a poor quality first half.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson, who had scored five times in his previous three games, narrowly failed to connect with a centre from left-back Jonathan Grounds just before the break before keeper Keiren Westwood was forced to turn over a powerful drive from winger Cotterill.

Things didn't improve after the break as home striker Atdhe Nuhiu was off target with a couple of efforts and Cotterill shot wide for Birmingham.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "The pitch isn't the best but it's the same for both teams.

"I want to get the ball down and play but unfortunately for players, they are tensing up because the ball's bouncing all over the place.

"When you do get in and get opportunities, you've got to be more clinical in front of goal."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "Under the circumstances, I think that's a fantastic, gritty performance and a very good clean sheet and point for us.

"I think the pitch had a complete bearing on the game, probably a hundred per cent bearing on the game."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 3Mattock
  • 10MaguireSubstituted forHelanat 61'minutes
  • 11Baker
  • 6Semedo
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9NuhiuBooked at 90mins
  • 48KeaneSubstituted forMayat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 7May
  • 13Lavery
  • 17Helan
  • 20Lee
  • 23Wildsmith
  • 35Dielna

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 28MorrisonSubstituted forSpectorat 21'minutes
  • 4Robinson
  • 3GroundsBooked at 68mins
  • 26Davis
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11CotterillBooked at 90mins
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forDyerat 71'minutes
  • 33Gray
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forThomasat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 23Spector
  • 40Dyer
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
18,385

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Booking

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  5. Post update

    Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Booking

    David Cotterill (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Clayton Donaldson.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. David Cotterill tries a through ball, but Lloyd Dyer is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

    Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Derby27156650252551
3Middlesbrough27148542182450
4Ipswich27148546271950
5Brentford2715484436849
6Watford27145856312547
7Wolves2712873133-244
8Norwich27127850341643
9Sheff Wed2791172123-238
10Blackburn279993637-136
11Birmingham279993139-836
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Huddersfield2797113545-1034
16Bolton2796123137-633
17Charlton2761472434-1032
18Reading2787123142-1131
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham27611102535-1029
22Millwall2759132544-1924
23Wigan2749142636-1021
24Blackpool2738162150-2917
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