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Sheffield United 0-0 Birmingham City

Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Lukas Jutkiewicz was one of two Birmingham players denied by the woodwork at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United edged back into the top six with a fortunate point against draw specialists Birmingham City.

Winless Blues - who have now drawn six of their eight Championship games this season - hit the frame of the goal in both halves.

Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the post from 20 yards in the first half before Gary Gardner's free-kick from similar range came back off the upright with 10 minutes left.

As well as owing a debt to the woodwork, United were also grateful to keeper Dean Henderson for denying Connor Mahoney late on as Blues somehow remained without a win.

City boss Garry Monk will wonder how his side failed to break their duck, having fashioned the game's best chances and snuffed United out at the other end.

Blues remain the Championship's joint-lowest scorers with just five goals so far but it was not for the want of trying at Bramall Lane.

Their striking problems are not a new quandary - no Championship team scored fewer than Blues last season, although their strike rate did see an improvement after Monk's appointment in March.

Jutkiewicz only netted six all season but he was unlucky to see his 20-yard strike hit the post, with Manchester United loan keeper Henderson possibly getting a slight - but crucial - touch.

While goals seem to evade Blues at one end, they are watertight at the other, and they restricted the often free-scoring Blades to precious few chances.

City keeper Lee Camp had only two saves of note to make - foiling Mark Duffy's deflected 30-yarder and making a key block early in the second half as George Baldock latched on to Oliver Norwood's sliderule pass.

Blues cranked up the pressure late on but Omar Bogle's close-range overhead kick was too high and Henderson denied the clean-through Mahoney after being relieved to see Gardner's set-piece hit the post moments earlier.

United, meanwhile, recorded a second successive blank after Saturday's defeat at Bristol City, but still climbed back into the play-off places despite their off-night.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"They have done a job on us and we can feel a little fortunate to escape with a draw late on. But that was not from their shape or style, just our mistakes in getting sloppy towards the end of the game.

"We've come away with a point. It was not the most free-flowing performance that we have produced in my time here but we quickly move on.

"We are still in a great position. We are in sixth. It is a steady start for us and we have got another home game on Saturday [against Preston North End]."

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk told BBC Radio WM 95.6:

"In terms of the performance, it was the perfect away performance. We were very solid in the first half and then in the second half we stepped it up.

"The second half especially, I was very, very pleased with. We were the most dangerous team on the pitch and we had clear-cut chances to win the game.

"We are doing so much right - with a lot of the performances we have had, we know we deserve a hell of a lot more than we have got.

"We want to give our fans that win and we have tried everything we can. That bit of luck, a couple of licks of paint and some good goalkeeping has stopped us winning again."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'ConnellBooked at 90mins
  • 2BaldockBooked at 71mins
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 22Johnson
  • 21DuffySubstituted forWoodburnat 77'minutes
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forSharpat 70'minutes
  • 39WashingtonSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Stevens
  • 7Lundstram
  • 10Sharp
  • 11Woodburn
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 19Stearman
  • 25Moore

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23Jota
  • 31LakinSubstituted forHardingat 89'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forMahoneyat 78'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forBogleat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 14Bogle
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
23,525

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Birmingham City 0.

Booking

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Foul by Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Charlie Lakin.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

Attempt saved. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jota.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota.

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jota with a cross.

Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Connor Mahoney replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by John Fleck.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Woodburn replaces Mark Duffy.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Basham (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp replaces Leon Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Che Adams.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Charlie Lakin (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85301851318
2Middlesbrough8521113817
3Brentford8431157815
4West Brom84222012814
5Bristol City84221410414
6Sheff Utd8413129313
7Aston Villa83411412213
8Wigan84131311213
9Derby8413109113
10Swansea833276112
11Nottm Forest8251109111
12Norwich83231213-111
13Sheff Wed83231213-111
14Blackburn825189-111
15Bolton8323912-311
16QPR8314714-710
17Stoke82331013-39
18Rotherham8305613-79
19Hull8215913-47
20Birmingham806257-26
21Millwall8134711-46
22Reading8125913-45
23Preston8125715-85
24Ipswich8044612-64
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