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Birmingham City 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

Mark Howard makes save
Mark Howard produced an excellent reaction save to keep out David Cotterill's deflected shot

Bolton Wanderers held Birmingham to a goalless draw in a cagey Championship affair at St Andrew's.

Birmingham winger David Cotterill's deflected shot was the closest either side came in the first half but Bolton goalkeeper Mark Howard kept it out.

Lukas Jutkiewicz missed a good chance for the hosts in the second half, heading off target from a corner.

Gary Madine's header forced Birmingham goalkeeper David Stockdale into a one-handed save in the latter stages.

Harry Redknapp brought new signing Isaac Vassell off the bench for his debut following his arrival from Luton on Monday but the striker could not break the deadlock.

The draw is the second in a row for Phil Parkinson's Bolton, while Birmingham have four points following a win and a defeat in their first two games.

Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp:

"I couldn't see us winning and I was looking for the final whistle. I couldn't say that I enjoyed the game.

"It was almost the same team which struggled to stay up last season and that is a big worry.

"There is ambition in the club to get in some quality otherwise it is going to be another tough season."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"In open play I thought we had the better chances. Darren Pratley had a good opportunity, while Adam Armstrong produced two good efforts.

"All round I can feel the team is growing in confidence at this level. We looked fit and strong and that is important.

"The concentration level was also excellent. The signs are very promising on this performance against a strong Birmingham side."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Nsue
  • 28MorrisonSubstituted forShottonat 26'minutes
  • 4Roberts
  • 3Grounds
  • 23Cotterill
  • 17NdoyeSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 45'minutes
  • 8Gardner
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 50mins
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forVassellat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Shotton
  • 7Tesche
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Vassell
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 40Robinson
  • 50Gleeson

Bolton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 33Howard
  • 4Dervite
  • 32Burke
  • 5Beevers
  • 22MoraisBooked at 87mins
  • 21Pratley
  • 16Cullen
  • 8Karacan
  • 3Taylor
  • 20ArmstrongSubstituted forLe Fondreat 70'minutes
  • 14MadineSubstituted forWilbrahamat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 11Buckley
  • 13Alnwick
  • 15Robinson
  • 17Derik
  • 18Wilbraham
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
20,215

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Filipe Morais with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Aaron Wilbraham.

  15. Booking

    Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

    Jem Karacan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Gary Madine.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff33006069
2Wolves33006249
3Ipswich33007439
4Middlesbrough32013126
5Nottm Forest32016516
6Leeds31203215
7Hull31117524
8Sunderland21104224
9QPR21103124
10Bristol City31116514
11Birmingham31112204
12Preston31111104
13Reading311134-14
14Derby311123-14
15Fulham30302203
16Barnsley310246-23
17Sheff Utd310213-23
18Bolton302134-12
19Sheff Wed201112-11
20Brentford301257-21
21Millwall301246-21
22Norwich201124-21
23Aston Villa301226-41
24Burton300317-60
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