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Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Birmingham City: Blues rue missed chances

Maxime Colin
Birmingham missed numerous opportunities to break the deadlock

Wycombe Wanderers are now 12 points from safety at the bottom of the Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Birmingham.

The Chairboys were indebted to goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, who kept Blues at bay with superb stops from Mikel San Jose and Maxime Colin.

Birmingham ended the game a man down after defender Marc Roberts was sent off for chopping down Fred Onyedinma.

But the home side, who have now won just once in 15 games, were unable to capitalise in the few minutes remaining.

Birmingham looked the stronger side in the opening half hour, with opportunities falling to Ivan Sunjic and Lukas Jutkiewicz, who forced a smart save from Allsop with his volley on the turn.

But it was Blues goalkeeper Neil Etheridge who produced the best stop of the first half, leaping to his right to push away an Uche Ikpeazu volley that threatened to wrong-foot him as it spun off Gary Gardner.

However, Etheridge was outshone after the break, with his opposite number performing heroics to stretch and push away San Jose's glancing header from Jeremie Bela's cross.

Allsop bettered that later in the game, with Bela again supplying the ball for Colin's header at close range - yet the keeper somehow clawed it to safety.

Despite Roberts' 88th-minute dismissal, Wycombe could not find a winner and they remain deep in trouble, while Blues drop to 21st and are just three points above the drop zone.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was going back in time a little bit, that game - no disrespect, but it wouldn't have looked out of place in League Two. There were very limited moments of quality.

"I think what was Premier League was the two goalkeepers - they both made match-saving saves. If anyone comes out with credit, it's the goalkeepers and that's usually the story of a 0-0.

"From Saturday (a 7-2 defeat at Brentford), we've progressed a great deal and that was important.

"Either team nicking it would probably have been unjust. I'm pleased with the point and we'll build on that."

Birmingham head coach Aitor Karanka told BBC WM 95.6:

"We have to take positive things from the players, the commitment, but it's a shame because the team deserved to win this game.

"I told the team after the game 'no-one is going to give us any presents this year' so we have to fight for every single point.

"The only way is to concentrate every game 100%, trying to keep a clean sheet, which is important."

Line-ups

Wycombe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Allsop
  • 2GrimmerBooked at 86mins
  • 12Knight
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 27Obita
  • 28Ofoborh
  • 18Thompson
  • 10BloomfieldSubstituted forWheelerat 90+1'minutes
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 9IkpeazuSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 68'minutes
  • 15MuskweSubstituted forKashketat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stewart
  • 7Wheeler
  • 11Kashket
  • 17Horgan
  • 19McCleary
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 26McCarthy
  • 32Anderson
  • 33Mehmeti

Birmingham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Etheridge
  • 2Colin
  • 4RobertsBooked at 87mins
  • 12DeanBooked at 79mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 34Sunjic
  • 19San José
  • 20Gardner
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forFriendat 90'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Bela

Substitutes

  • 1Prieto
  • 5Friend
  • 9Hogan
  • 14Leko
  • 15Clarke-Salter
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 18McGree
  • 23Toral
  • 24Harper
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamWycombeAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home4
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jérémie Bela with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. David Wheeler replaces Matt Bloomfield.

  6. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Tafazolli (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. George Friend replaces Iván Sánchez.

  11. Dismissal

    Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) is shown the red card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

    Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

  15. Booking

    Jack Grimmer (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grimmer (Wycombe Wanderers).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

  19. Booking

    Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich27167435211455
2Swansea26148433151850
3Brentford25139345242148
4Reading26145740291147
5Watford27138631201147
6Bournemouth27119740261442
7Middlesbrough2711793024640
8Blackburn26116941281339
9Bristol City26123112728-139
10Stoke2791173229338
11Preston27113133134-336
12Barnsley27106112934-536
13Luton2696112128-733
14Millwall2761472225-332
15Huddersfield2795133038-832
16Cardiff2687113331231
17QPR2679102532-730
18Coventry2779112637-1130
19Nottm Forest2778122230-829
20Derby2677121725-828
21Birmingham27610111931-1228
22Sheff Wed2687111826-825
23Rotherham2465132735-823
24Wycombe2537151842-2416
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