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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."

Line-ups

Birmingham

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

Substitutes

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

Brentford

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 8Yennaris
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 14Da Silva
  • 18Judge
  • 21Benrahma
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 28Daniels
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
23,909

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home5
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Brentford 0.

Booking

Nico Yennaris (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

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

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

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

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

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

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Hand ball by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Connor Mahoney replaces Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Alan Judge replaces Sergi Canos.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Che Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nico Yennaris replaces Josh McEachran.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Booking

Yoann Barbet (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yoann Barbet (Brentford).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Said Benrahma replaces Neal Maupay.

Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Booking

Neal Maupay (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich25146547331448
3West Brom25137553322146
4Sheff Utd25135742281444
5Middlesbrough25119527171042
6Derby2512673731642
7Birmingham25911537271038
8QPR2511593132-138
9Aston Villa2591064738937
10Nottm Forest2581253527836
11Bristol City259883028235
12Stoke2581163029135
13Swansea2596103130133
14Hull2596103033-333
15Blackburn2571083140-931
16Sheff Wed2587103141-1031
17Preston2578103741-429
18Brentford2569103535027
19Wigan2575132537-1226
20Millwall2567123039-925
21Bolton2557131732-1522
22Rotherham25410112340-1722
23Reading2548132737-1020
24Ipswich2529141943-2415
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