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Birmingham City 0-0 Norwich City

Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond moved from Birmingham City to Norwich City in July 2013.

Birmingham City extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to six matches with a goalless draw against Norwich City at St Andrew's.

Norwich had the best first-half effort, Blues old boy Nathan Redmond testing Darren Randolph from long range.

Blues almost went ahead following the restart after Lloyd Dyer's weaving run but John Ruddy smothered his shot.

Russell Martin nearly sealed all three points for the visitors but, after linking with Redmond, he volleyed high.

The hosts went into the game looking to keep up their good form under Gary Rowett, while Norwich were hoping to bounce back from last week's 2-1 defeat by Brentford.

Demarai Gray, the subject of four transfer bids from Bournemouth, had a chance to put Blues ahead early on after latching onto Stephen Gleeson's long ball, but Ruddy coolly saved.

Redmond then broke on the counter attack, crossing to Lewis Grabban, who volleyed over the bar.

Norwich had a penalty appeal turned down before the break when Paul Caddis looked to have felled Elliott Bennett.

The visitors then went close to breaking the deadlock when Redmond unleashed a fierce long-range drive that was saved by Randolph.

Blues could have enjoyed the perfect start to the second half when Dyer sprinted into the box, but Ruddy collected the ball to relieve the pressure.

Redmond confidently made his way into the box soon after, before crossing to Martin, who drove over the bar.

Norwich then went close when Martin saw his header cleared off the line by Caddis, who was well positioned on the post.

The last four league meetings between the two sides have now resulted in draws, leavingNorwich in eighth place, with Blues three places below them.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

"It was a very tight affair. There wasn't as much quality on show as we would have liked, but some games are like that.

"Both teams found it difficult to create any real space going forward and when we did get into good positions, we didn't quite have the quality or attacking belief that we've shown in recent weeks.

"That's when you have to dig in and take something from the game against a good Norwich side."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"It was a case of us dominating the ball for most of the game and them sitting in. We were the better side.

"We moved the ball through the zones while Birmingham were much more direct - albeit just as effective - but we were the dominant side. We just didn't have that cutting edge. I'm disappointed with the draw.

"As far as we're concerned, it was two points dropped. But I'm delighted with a first clean sheet."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23Spector
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 40DyerSubstituted forShinnieat 68'minutes
  • 33Gray
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forZigicat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 18Hancox
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 27TetteyBooked at 36mins
  • 4Johnson
  • 22RedmondBooked at 69mins
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forHooperat 89'minutes
  • 17BennettSubstituted forMurphyat 76'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forJeromeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 9Lafferty
  • 10Jerome
  • 11Hooper
  • 18Garrido
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
17,835

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Norwich City 0.

Offside, Norwich City. Steven Whittaker tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Nathan Redmond.

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross.

Russell Martin (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

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

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Elliott Bennett.

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Lewis Grabban.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by David Davis.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Offside, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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6Watford28145956332347
7Wolves2812973335-245
8Norwich28128850341644
9Blackburn2810993838039
10Sheff Wed2891182125-438
11Birmingham2891093139-837
12Nottm Forest28810103740-334
13Cardiff2897123642-634
14Bolton2897123339-634
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16Reading2897123342-934
17Huddersfield2897123647-1134
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19Leeds2888123039-932
20Rotherham28612102636-1030
21Brighton28611113036-629
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23Wigan28410142636-1022
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