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Wolves 0-0 Birmingham City

Wolves captain Danny Batth clears under pressure from Clayton Donaldson
Wolves captain Danny Batth helped his side keep a clean sheet for the first time in seven games

Birmingham City's promotion hopes took a slight knock as they were held to a derby draw by West Midlands rivals Wolves at Molineux.

Kenny Jackett's Wolves were the better side before the break, twice forcing Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, their former loan man, into saves.

Blues took over in the second half, as Clayton Donaldson, Jon Toral and man of the match David Davis all went close.

But it ended up goalless at Molineux for the second season running.

Blues are now four points off the top six in the Championship but Gary Rowett's side, so dominant on their travels earlier in the season, have now gone seven hours and 50 minutes since their last away goal.

The first half produced few chances, but Wolves went closest through midfielders Conor Coady, with a deflected shot, and George Saville, from Dominic Iorfa's cross - both of which drew saves from Tomasz Kuszczak.

The home side were lifted by the half-time introduction of Polish international Michal Zyro, but Blues boss Rowett countered with the more attack-minded introduction of the thrusting Jacques Maghoma and that turned the tide almost totally the visitors' way.

Blues had a possible case for a penalty when Wolves full-back Matt Doherty dragged at Donaldson, who then screwed his left-foot shot just wide as home keeper Carl Ikeme advanced.

Jon Toral wasted an even better chance, firing wide with his left foot from 10 yards, before the inexhaustible Davis turned superbly and wriggled into the box before unleashing a fierce right-foot shot which drew a great save from Ikeme.

Best stats from a goalless blank at Molineux

Wolves have now lost just one of their last eight league meetings with Birmingham City, having gone nine without a win against them prior to that.

Blues have now failed to score on their last four league visits to Molineux.

It was Wolves' first clean sheet this year and only their second in 11 league games.

What the two gaffers said

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett:

"I felt that we were the better side in the first half and Birmingham were the better side in the second.

"Local derbies are very tight and the way that things went in the second half I am not displeased with a point.

"We stuck at it during the second period and made sure that we got a clean sheet. We haven't got enough clean sheets at home this season.

"We have worked hard on our goals against column. There are too many times, particularly at home, when we have been easy to score against."

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

"It is still very much in the balance. There are a lot of teams up there and it is who can handle the pressure of having to win almost every game.

"I said at the start of the season that, if we can be in and around the play-offs with 10 games to go, then it would be an unbelievable achievement for us this season.

"We are and we haven't been out of the top 10 all season. If we can get a result from our game in hand then we are probably one win away from getting in and around the top six.

"After the international break we have three home games in a week which I think will be decisive. There is still a lot of football to be played."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 16Coady
  • 19Price
  • 8SavilleBooked at 70mins
  • 25ByrneSubstituted forZyroat 45'minutes
  • 22Sigurdarson
  • 3HelanSubstituted forMasonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Mason
  • 11McDonald
  • 15Rowe
  • 26Martinez
  • 27Zyro
  • 28Deslandes
  • 35Hunte

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31CaddisBooked at 22mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisBooked at 16mins
  • 11Cotterill
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forMaghomaat 55'minutes
  • 20Toral
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Fabbrini
  • 19Maghoma
  • 24Arthur
  • 30Buckley
  • 32Shotton
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
21,464

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michal Zyro.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michal Zyro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joe Mason replaces Jeremy Helan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michal Zyro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley372111560303074
2Middlesbrough36207947232467
3Hull35198849212865
4Brighton361714549341565
5Derby371613850351561
6Sheff Wed371514853361759
7Cardiff37151394840858
8Birmingham361510114034655
9Ipswich361510114443155
10Preston371313113534152
11QPR371214114642450
12Wolves371211144550-547
13Leeds361114113641-547
14Nottm Forest361112133334-145
15Reading351111134141044
16Blackburn361013133634243
17Brentford36127174858-1043
18Huddersfield37119174852-442
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
20Fulham37813165663-737
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
22Rotherham37106214362-1936
23Charlton37711193466-3232
24Bolton37414193662-2626
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