Birmingham were held to a frustrating draw as their four-match winning league run came to an end against Brighton.

Marlon King went closest for the home side in the opening stages.

But in a game of few chances, Craig Mackail-Smith fired narrowly off target for Brighton while Liam Bridcutt also went close for the visitors.

Birmingham remain unbeaten in six league games but boss Chris Hughton was left frustrated after a game to forget at St Andrew's.

It was the hosts who dominated the opening quarter, pressing Brighton at every opportunity.

Former Wigan striker King spurned a glorious chance after nine minutes when his low strike from eight yards fell agonisingly wide of the target.

Brighton, who are now without a win in eight league games, also found chances hard to come by.

Bridcutt forced Boaz Myhill into a fine save but the game ended in stalemate.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Birmingham

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Carr
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Beausejour Booked
  • 18 Fahey
  • 09 King (Rooney - 67' )
  • 39 Wood (Zigic - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 03 Murphy
  • 08 N'daw
  • 17 Rooney
  • 19 Zigic

Brighton

  • 21 Harper
  • 03 Greer Booked
  • 14 Calderon
  • 20 Vincelot Booked
  • 22 Painter
  • 36 Jara (Taricco - 80' )
  • 10 Sparrow (Paynter - 67' )
  • 11 Noone
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 09 Barnes
  • 12 Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 27 Taricco
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 13 Paynter
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 20,095

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

0 3

Corners

2 6

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:34

Shot on goal by Craig Mackail-Smith from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

90:00 +1:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Fahey on Ashley Barnes. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

90:00 +1:02

Foul by Chris Burke on Mauricio Taricco, free kick awarded. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauricio Taricco on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.

89:35

Billy Paynter challenges Steven Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

88:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Jean Beausejour. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.

87:21

Jean Beausejour is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.

86:06

Romain Vincelot challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

84:30

Jean Beausejour produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

84:30 Booking

Booking Gordon Greer goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

84:24

Gordon Greer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke.

82:27

Close range header by Nikola Zigic goes over the crossbar.

81:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Billy Paynter. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

80:39

Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Gordon Greer takes the free kick.

79:30

Corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone from the right by-line, Romain Vincelot concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Zigic. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

79:30 Substitution

Substitution Gonzalo Jara Reyes goes off and Mauricio Taricco comes on.

77:57

Gonzalo Jara Reyes delivers the ball, Gordon Greer takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

77:19

Corner taken by Craig Noone played to the near post, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

74:49

Effort from the edge of the area by Craig Mackail-Smith goes wide of the left-hand upright.

71:35

Chris Burke crosses the ball, Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

70:52

The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell.

67:37

The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

66:02 Substitution

Substitution Billy Paynter is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Sparrow.

66:02 Substitution

Substitution Nikola Zigic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Wood.

66:02 Substitution

Substitution Adam Rooney replaces Marlon King.

62:47

Craig Mackail-Smith handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

58:59

The official flags Craig Mackail-Smith offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

58:05

Corner taken by Jean Beausejour, save made by Steve Harper.

55:54

Chris Burke produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

54:02

Craig Noone takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone from the left by-line, Romain Vincelot takes a shot. Comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

50:58

Shot by Jean Beausejour from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

48:49

Unfair challenge on Romain Vincelot by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Marcos Painter, clearance made by Curtis Davies. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Marcos Painter played to the near post, Curtis Davies makes a clearance. Marcos Painter takes the inswinging corner, save by Boaz Myhill.

48:32

Marlon King produces a cross, Steve Harper makes a save.

48:18

A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.

47:50

Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, clearance by Marcos Painter.

46:34

Chris Wood is ruled offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:21

Chris Wood fouled by Inigo Calderon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Burke.

44:54

Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

44:54 Booking

Booking Caution for Jean Beausejour.

44:38

Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Gonzalo Jara Reyes.

43:22

The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, Curtis Davies has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

43:22 Booking

Booking Romain Vincelot goes into the book.

43:04

Romain Vincelot concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Carr.

41:53

Inswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour, Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcos Painter. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

40:44

Ashley Barnes handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

39:53

The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Chris Wood misses to the right of the target.

39:04

Inigo Calderon has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

38:51

Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Chris Wood results in a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.

35:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Ashley Barnes. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.

33:56

Romain Vincelot fouled by Stephen Carr, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.

31:36

Ashley Barnes produces a cross.

30:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Craig Noone. Marcos Painter restarts play with the free kick.

29:47

Craig Noone fouled by Liam Ridgewell, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.

29:22

Chris Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.

29:02

Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

28:27

Foul by Jonathan Spector on Steve Harper, free kick awarded. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.

27:34

Jonathan Spector challenges Romain Vincelot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.

24:45

Liam Ridgewell fouled by Craig Noone, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

23:20

Jean Beausejour challenges Gonzalo Jara Reyes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.

21:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Inigo Calderon on Marlon King. Keith Fahey takes the direct free kick. Right-footed shot by Keith Fahey went wide of the left-hand post.

14:59

Chris Burke has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

13:32

Craig Noone challenges Stephen Carr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Burke takes the free kick.

9:57

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Jean Beausejour crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Gonzalo Jara Reyes makes a clearance. Keith Fahey has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

8:29

Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

5:29

Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Barnes. Gordon Greer takes the free kick.

1:12

Chris Burke produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

0:00

The match gets underway.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers