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Birmingham City 0-0 Millwall: Blues and Lions fail to spark in goalless draw

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz heads Birmingham's best chance over

Gary Rowett's Millwall secured a fifth successive draw as they played out a dull goalless stalemate with his old club Birmingham City.

Goalmouth action was limited in a tepid first half, and the best chance fell to Blues when Maxime Colin's lofted ball to the far post was just too high for Lukas Jutkiewicz to direct his header on target.

Chances remained limited after the break, Kristian Pedersen heading over for the hosts when unmarked from Ivan Sanchez's cross, typifying a contest low on quality and composure.

Jake Cooper almost snatched a late winner for the Lions with the game's only moment of quality when his overhead kick drew a fine save from home keeper Neil Etheridge.

Both sides have chalked up just 22 league goals between them this season, and it was easy to see why in a game lacking inspiration and adventure with just three shots on target recorded.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson headed Jed Wallace's second-half corner wide when well-placed as Millwall served up a third successive goalless away draw on former Blues boss Rowett's return to St Andrew's.

Blues boss Aitor Karanka could at least savour only a second clean sheet in 27 home matches as his side made it seven draws for the season, one fewer than the Lions.

Blues, who are without a win in five matches, remain in 17th place, while Millwall - now winless in six - drop to 11th.

Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka told BBC WM 95.6:

"We knew it was going to be really difficult. We had to be the way we are. Had we approached the game in the way we intended, it would have been impossible to have even taken one point.

"Our defenders have been brilliant once again. We created no clear chances, but at least we had a few of them.

"To create better chances we have to control the game. We have the players to play, but maybe they are not as intense as they should be.

"Players who are intense are maybe not as good with the ball, but it is the way to be consistent and keep going."

Millwall manager Gary Rowett:

"Are we setting out to draw games? No. We're trying to win games, we're making attacking changes, but we're very limited at the moment because of injuries.

"I appreciate people are frustrated - I'm sure our fans are because it looks like we're going away to get draws, but we're certainly not trying to do that.

"We're trying the best we can - we had Jake Cooper playing the last 15 minutes with a dislocated shoulder, that's how it is.

"We're showing the character. Now we've got to show a bit more quality and composure."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Etheridge
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 5Friend
  • 2Colin
  • 17Sánchez
  • 19San José
  • 3Pedersen
  • 14LekoBooked at 28minsSubstituted forBelaat 78'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 34SunjicBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 1Prieto
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bela
  • 15Clarke-Salter
  • 18McGree
  • 20Gardner
  • 23Toral
  • 25Dacres-Cogley

Millwall

Formation 3-4-3

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 26Skalak
  • 18Leonard
  • 19Woods
  • 3M Wallace
  • 7J WallaceBooked at 21minsSubstituted forThompsonat 87'minutes
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forBradshawat 87'minutes
  • 25ParrottSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Williams
  • 8Thompson
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Malone
  • 17Brown
  • 32Burey
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikel San José (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jérémie Bela with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Bradshaw.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Murray Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pearce.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a cross following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mikel San José (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Jiri Skalak (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

  11. Post update

    Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Iván Sánchez with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson because of an injury.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Ben Thompson replaces Jed Wallace.

  16. Post update

    Mikel San José (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kristian Pedersen with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).