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Coventry City 0-0 Birmingham City: St Andrew's hosts drab goalless draw

Lukas Jutkiewicz had two headed chances - one early, one late - to add to his one goal so far this season
Lukas Jutkiewicz had two headed chances - one early, one late - to add to his one goal so far this season

Coventry City and Birmingham City were kept goalless at St Andrew's as the tenants v landlords derby ended in a 0-0 draw for the second time in 2020.

Just as when the two sides met in the FA Cup fourth round in January, once again chances were few and far between.

Birmingham striker Lukas Jutkiewicz came closest for the 'visitors' but a combination of goalkeeper Marko Marosi and the crossbar kept out his header.

Aitor Karanka's side climb three places to 14th, while the Sky Blues stay 21st.

This was actually the third draw between the two sides over 90 minutes this year, Blues having been held 2-2 by Coventry in the FA Cup replay in January, before winning on penalties.

But, in the end, the biggest cause of celebration from a well-contested but unexciting game was Coventry earning a first home clean sheet this season.

It was only the second clean sheet in total for Mark Robins' side since returning to English football's second tier for the first time in eight years as League One champions in June.

But, having conceded a league-high 23 goals in the Sky Blues' previous 11 games, this deserved draw halted a sequence of two successive defeats for each side prior to the international break.

Birmingham are back in action on Tuesday with a trip to Luton, while Coventry play the following night, a home game against Cardiff City.

As the away team, Birmingham City had to abandon their traditional royal blue for their all-red change strip
As the away team, Birmingham City had to abandon their traditional royal blue for their all-red change strip

Coventry boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"It was difficult, but we have to take the positives. And we got a clean sheet. Only our second this season and our first at home.

"It was a scrappy second half. We made some changes. And we've got to take the point, it's a building block.

"Marko made a brilliant save to get us a point and obviously we're missing Matty Godden, who is talismanic for us, but their keeper has made a couple of saves too."

Birmingham manager Aitor Karanka told BBC WM:

"We are not disappointed. We are not upset. But we have a bad taste in the mouth as we had two or three chances to win this game.

"At least we have that point and we have not conceded goals.

"Most of the teams who have played against us have changed their shape which means that they respect us. It is all part of the onward journey."

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Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Marosi
  • 23DaboSubstituted forGilesat 76'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 21McCallum
  • 14SheafBooked at 53minsSubstituted forØstigardat 68'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 38Hamer
  • 11O'Hare
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forBiamouat 68'minutes
  • 19Walker

Substitutes

  • 2Østigard
  • 8Allen
  • 9Biamou
  • 10Jobello
  • 13Wilson
  • 18Giles
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 27Thompson
  • 41Bapaga

Birmingham

  • 30Etheridge
  • 2Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 5Friend
  • 19San José
  • 34Sunjic
  • 17Sánchez
  • 18McGreeSubstituted forToralat 59'minutes
  • 11Bela
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Prieto
  • 3Pedersen
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Crowley
  • 9Hogan
  • 14Leko
  • 20Gardner
  • 23Toral
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
Referee:
Oliver Langford

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 0, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Sam McCallum (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Leo Østigard tries a through ball, but Tyler Walker is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Leo Østigard (Coventry City).

  7. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Iván Sánchez with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from very close range is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam McCallum (Coventry City).

  12. Post update

    Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leo Østigard.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Giles replaces Fankaty Dabo.

  17. Post update

    Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mikel San José (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Toral (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jérémie Bela with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Reading117131712522
2Watford11632149521
3Norwich11632138521
4Bournemouth11551159620
5Bristol City116231511420
6Swansea11542137619
7Middlesbrough1146195418
8Stoke115331512318
9Millwall11452108217
10Luton11524911-217
11Brentford114431712516
12Blackburn114252114714
13Huddersfield114251213-114
14Birmingham12354911-214
15Preston114161514113
16Cardiff113441211113
17Barnsley113441213-113
18QPR113441115-413
19Rotherham113351012-212
20Nottm Forest11335912-312
21Coventry122371223-119
22Wycombe11218619-137
23Sheff Wed11335610-46
24Derby11137516-116
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