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Birmingham 0-0 Brentford: Blues and Bees draw at St Andrew's

Brentford's Rico Henry
Rico Henry has yet to score in 25 appearances for Brentford

Birmingham City's two-game winning run came to an end as they were held at home by improving Brentford.

Garry Monk's side had been climbing the table after winning four of their last six games, but they rarely looked like securing another victory at St Andrew's.

The Bees, who have now taken five points over the Christmas period after a dreadful run of eight defeats in 10 games, created the better chances to break the deadlock.

But they were unable to hit the target, with Rico Henry's volley and a glancing header from top scorer Neal Maupay both sailing fractionally wide.

Brentford dominated possession during the first 20 minutes and Sergi Canos went close to giving them the lead with an acrobatic effort that was deflected behind.

Blues created little in the first half and their best opportunity came when Julian Jeanvier nearly sliced Maikel Kieftenbeld's cross into his own net.

Jeanvier almost made the breakthrough at the other end on the hour, getting his head to Josh McEachran's corner but failing to direct it beyond Lee Camp.

Camp also foiled Ollie Watkins in the closing stages, while Brentford had five players booked as they saw out the game.

Birmingham manager Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"You always want the three points in every game but it's impossible in this league and today it was difficult to be at our very best.

"At this time of year the games come thick and fast and a lot of energy and physicality go into the games during this period, it's no excuse but I thought we were better in the second-half than the first.

"If anyone was going to look likely to get the win it was going to be us but it's another clean sheet and another point.

"Seven points in three games in such a short space of time is a fantastic return and it just shows the effort that the players have put in."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank:

"We did well in the first half and controlled the game. We needed to be more positive with the half-chances we created.

"In the second half I wasn't satisfied with my players not being brave enough on the ball.

"Defensively we were very solid and gave away zero chances. They created nothing and that is well done to the boys who have conceded far too many away goals in the past.

"I would say in general I think the match official needed to protect the key players in the game. You should see Neal's (Maupay's) back. There are scratches all the way down on his back.

"I know that is part of the game. I understand what happens but if you are smashed and hit every single game for 90 minutes there comes a time when all of us would be annoyed over those situations."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 5Colin
  • 23JotaSubstituted forMahoneyat 82'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forBogleat 79'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz


  • 7Mahoney
  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 24Scarr
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Konsa
  • 23JeanvierBooked at 52mins
  • 29BarbetBooked at 75mins
  • 2Odubajo
  • 19SawyersBooked at 26mins
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forYennarisat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Henry
  • 11Watkins
  • 9MaupayBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBenrahmaat 67'minutes
  • 7CanosSubstituted forJudgeat 82'minutes


  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Da Silva
  • 18Judge
  • 21Benrahma
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 28Daniels
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Brentford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Brentford 0.

  3. Booking

    Nico Yennaris (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

  5. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Said Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Moses Odubajo tries a through ball, but Said Benrahma is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

  10. Post update

    Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Connor Mahoney replaces Jota.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Sergi Canos.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Che Adams.

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