Birmingham City were held to their fourth consecutive home draw by 10-man Nottingham Forest as they remain in the bottom half of the Championship.

Striker Nikola Zigic missed an excellent first-half chance leaving Birmingham without a home league win since early October.

Nottingham Forest, who have drawn four of their last five matches, had Darius Henderson sent off late on.

The striker had only been on the field for eight minutes.

Birmingham enjoyed more of the game than Forest but failed to capitalise upon several good chances despite some impressive play by youngsters Jesse Lingard and Oliver Lee.

The hosts went closest to a goal in the opening 20 minutes when Tom Adeyemi's looping header from a Chris Burke corner dropped on the back netting.

Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow saved Kyle Bartley's header with his legs before pushing away a dangerous left footed, dipping shot from Burke.

And the Blues should have taken the lead when Zigic inexplicably missed Burke's head-high cross from just a few yards in front of goal.

After a bright start start to the second half, the visitors again found themselves under pressure and needed a tackle by Jack Hobbs to cut out the goal scoring threat of Burke.

The game ended on a sour note with Henderson's reckless tackle on Robinson and resulting red card.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"It was a good point. It was always going to be tough but I thought my players gave everything. They were committed and never gave in.

"Some of the football was excellent and their keeper had to make two or three great saves.

"I could not fault the players. They produced a fantastic performance. In the first half Burke and (Paul) Caddis were very impressive.

"It was probably one of our most fluent home performances and Olly Lee had a big say in this display."

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"I thought we played a lot of good football. We have to be more clinical and must add more fire power in the next transfer window. That has always been the plan from the very first day.

"I thought it was a very good point. It's the third (consecutive) clean sheet, against a side which has not lost in six games.

"You know you always face a competitive match at Birmingham. They make it difficult for you but great credit to the team. They worked really hard and in the end it was a really good point."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph Booked
  • 31 Caddis
  • 04 Robinson Booked
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 05 Bartley Booked
  • 06 Burn
  • 07 Burke
  • 20 Lee Booked
  • 19 Zigic
  • 09 Lingard (McLean - 80' )
  • 22 Shinnie (Gray - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Mullins
  • 12 Novak
  • 13 Doyle
  • 17 Reilly
  • 29 Brown
  • 33 Gray
  • 35 McLean

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 15 Halford
  • 03 Harding Booked (Lichaj - 45' )
  • 24 Vaughan (Chalobah - 69' )
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 12 Mackie
  • 10 Lansbury
  • 31 Cox
  • 11 Reid Booked
  • 39 Abdoun (Henderson - 74' Dismissed )

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 07 Chalobah
  • 09 Henderson
  • 18 Jara
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 23,497

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

3 2

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

90:00 +4:18 Full time

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

90:00 +3:38

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

90:00 +0:36 Booking

Booking Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:28

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:28

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

88:59

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a corner.

88:29

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

86:47 Booking

Booking Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:14

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:14

Foul by Darren Randolph (Birmingham City).

84:57

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

84:57

Aaron McLean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:42 Booking

Booking Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

82:03 Booking

Booking Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

81:14 Dismissal

Dismissal Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the red card.

80:09

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

80:09

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

79:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron McLean replaces Jesse Lingard.

78:42

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

78:42

Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:04

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

76:35

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

76:35

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:09

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

73:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Djamel Abdoun.

72:29

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

72:29

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:32

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Djamel Abdoun is caught offside.

68:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces David Vaughan.

64:22

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

63:56

Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke.

61:38

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

60:47

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:47

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

59:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Andrew Shinnie.

57:58

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Oliver Lee.

57:07 Booking

Booking Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:52

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:52

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City).

54:17

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

53:40

Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:40

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

48:53

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

48:30

Attempt blocked. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

48:03

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

46:25

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:25

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Daniel Harding.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +0:49

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

45:00 +0:10

Attempt missed. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross following a corner.

44:38

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

44:37

Attempt blocked. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke.

43:14

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

43:14

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

40:35

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

37:26

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

37:26

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:53

Attempt blocked. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke.

36:15

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:15

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

34:54

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:54

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

34:14

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

32:49

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:49

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

32:36

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

31:57

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Greg Halford.

31:08

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

31:07

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Oliver Lee.

28:24

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:24

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

28:03

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

28:03

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:16

Attempt saved. Kyle Bartley (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross.

26:28 Booking

Booking Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:19

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

26:19

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:21

Hand ball by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

20:35

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

20:27

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke following a corner.

19:37

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

19:23

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.

18:30

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:30

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

17:45

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

17:45

Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:04

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Dan Burn.

16:46

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:46

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City).

15:38

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

11:34

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

10:55

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

10:55

Dan Burn (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:08

Attempt saved. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

9:16

Attempt saved. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid.

7:44

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

7:44

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

1:18

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Greg Halford.

1:16

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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