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Birmingham City 0-0 Queens Park Rangers

Birmingham City v QPR
QPR (three goals) and Birmingham City (four goals) are the two lowest-scoring sides in the Championship

Championship strugglers Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers played out a disappointing stalemate at St Andrews.

Tomer Hemed and Toni Leistner headed over for Rangers in the first half, while Blues' Jota had a penalty appeal turned down and Lukas Jutkiewicz had a shot blocked.

Lee Camp made three great saves after the break, twice denying Hemed and once stopping a Luke Freeman effort.

Rangers could have won it in the last minute, but Matt Smith hit the post after a goalmouth scramble.

The result leaves QPR in the bottom three while Birmingham - who also have four points - move up to 19th on goal difference.

Neither side could find a moment of quality to make the breakthrough, although both managers will be pleased that their sides each recorded a second clean sheet of the season.

Birmingham remain without a win this season going into the international break and their one shot on target in the whole game will concern boss Garry Monk.

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk said:

"We badly need that first win as we know that in previous games we have done more than enough to have got three points.

"Against Rangers it was a scrappy game and there was no real opportunity to get our momentum going. It probably suited the away team.

"It wasn't from lack of effort and looking at the six games so far it will not deter us from what we are doing."

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren said:

"First and foremost, it was great to keep another clean sheet. After the West Brom game (a 7-1 defeat), it was something we had to address.

"We controlled the game and, on another day, could have won it with the opportunities we had.

"Credit to the players, they've worked so hard on the training pitch. It was as good an away performance as I've seen in a while from a team. Joe Lumley didn't really have a save to make."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinSubstituted forHardingat 59'minutes
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3PedersenBooked at 53mins
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 31mins
  • 20Gardner
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 23Jota
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 68'minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forBogleat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 10Eze
  • 8Cousins
  • 21Luongo
  • 7Freeman
  • 32WellsSubstituted forSmithat 85'minutes
  • 16HemedSubstituted forCameronat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 5Cameron
  • 15Baptiste
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Wszolek
  • 38Smyth
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
21,155

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home22
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Lee Camp (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) hits the right post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a headed pass following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Geoff Cameron replaces Tomer Hemed.

  13. Post update

    Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Nahki Wells.

  19. Post update

    Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).