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Birmingham City 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Birmingham City striker Che Adams came closest to putting Blues ahead before the break against Forest
Birmingham City striker Che Adams came closest to putting Blues ahead before the break against Forest

Birmingham's winless run under new boss Gianfranco Zola stretched to six matches as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Nottingham Forest.

Chances were few and far between in a poor Championship game at St Andrew's, as Forest failed to land a single effort on target, while Blues only had three.

Forest's 1,474 away fans kept up their protests at owner Fawaz Al Hasawi.

But the point for the up-for-sale club ended a run of five straight defeats.

Forest have not won in eight games, however, since beating leaders Newcastle on 2 December - and head coach Philippe Montanier's future remains uncertain.

The proposed takeover by a United States-based consortium led by John Jay Moores collapsed on Friday, according to Fawaz, although the club have been allowed to come out of their transfer embargo.

Blues' new re-signing Craig Gardner began the afternoon on the substitutes' bench
Blues' new re-signing Craig Gardner began the afternoon on the substitutes' bench

Not even the return of midweek signing Craig Gardner for his first Birmingham appearance in five and a half years could help muster a goal.

Gardner had scored on his previous Blues appearance, the day they were relegated from the Premier League in a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham on 22 May 2011.

But after completing his loan move back to St Andrew's from neighbours West Bromwich Albion, his appearance as a 54th-minute substitute for Maikel Kieftenbeld was the highlight of the day for the home fans.

Although Forest had to survive a 30-minute spell of intense second-half pressure, the visitors kept a clean sheet for only the second time this season, thanks to saves by goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Che Adams, Kieftenbeld and a Lukas Jutkiewicz header.

With uncertainty over his future, Henri Lansbury was again left out, Forest's rivals Derby County, Blues' neighbours Aston Villa and Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic having all been linked with a move for the midfielder.

Travelling Forest fans against owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, who says his sale of the club to a United States-based consortium led by John Jay Moores has collapsed
Travelling Forest fans against owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, who says his sale of the club to a United States-based consortium led by John Jay Moores has collapsed

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola:

"In the first half we kept the ball too much in front of our defenders but, saying that, Forest defended in depth and did not allow us to find any spaces. In the second half, when Craig Gardner and David Cotterill came on, they created a better atmosphere.

"There was probably a second half penalty but it was not easy the way Nottingham Forest defended. When a team is so tight defensively it is difficult to break them down.

"We didn't concede a goal, which was very encouraging - and Gardner's first game was really positive. Obviously we need that first win as it would be very important for the morale of the players. It is coming."

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:

"It was a positive point and a clean sheet. We did not disappoint in halting a bad run. The team showed good character and good mentality with a fine defensive attitude.

"The role of the head coach or manager is always in danger. It is part of my job. I have told the owners that the most important thing is the team and the club, not my position. I am not selfish, I am always focused on the team."

"We now have to plan quickly to strengthen the squad. Decisions have to be taken now, instead of two or three days before the deadline. It is difficult because we do not have any money but I need to know exactly what I can I can plan and decide. I have targets but I do not know my budget. I need to have a meeting with the chairman for some advice on what we can do together."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 23Spector
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 49mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forGardnerat 54'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26Davis
  • 10FabbriniSubstituted forCotterillat 64'minutes
  • 15Jutkiewicz
  • 14Adams

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Tesche
  • 11Cotterill
  • 12Gardner
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 25Cogley

Nottm Forest

  • 30Henderson
  • 4MancienneBooked at 28mins
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 2Lichaj
  • 28Lam
  • 41Cash
  • 17PereiraSubstituted forVaughanat 82'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 20Pereira CarneiroSubstituted forPinillosat 72'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 3Pinillos
  • 14Bendtner
  • 24Vaughan
  • 27Perquis
  • 38Stojkovic
  • 45Brereton
  • 49Edser
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
18,041

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Stephen Henderson tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan replaces Hildeberto Pereira.

Offside, Birmingham City. Che Adams tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Davis.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Davis.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hildeberto Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Pinillos replaces Licá.

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Hildeberto Pereira tries a through ball, but Matthew Cash is caught offside.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt blocked. Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Che Adams with a through ball.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matthew Cash.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Cotterill replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Licá (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Licá (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle26181750212955
2Brighton25166340172354
3Leeds26153835241148
4Reading2514473633346
5Huddersfield2614483030046
6Sheff Wed2613673024645
7Derby2611782419540
8Fulham25109643301339
9Preston2611693532339
10Barnsley26115104339438
11Norwich26114114239337
12Birmingham269983035-536
13Aston Villa2681172625135
14Ipswich2697102831-334
15Brentford2696113333033
16Wolves2688103334-132
17QPR2695122536-1132
18Cardiff2586113040-1030
19Bristol City2683153538-327
20Nottm Forest2676133745-827
21Burton2667132636-1025
22Blackburn2666143143-1224
23Wigan2657142231-922
24Rotherham2644182756-2916
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