Game Report: Brentford 0-0 Birmingham City

Another hard-earned point for the Blues

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This afternoon Birmingham City played another top of the table team and came away with a degree of success. Earning a scoreless draw at 3rd place Brentford means that City have now earned 7 of 9 points against quality opposition and 7 of 12 overall under new coach Lee Bowyer.

This time City were rather outplayed, getting none of their 7 shots on target, whereas Brentford were on goal with 4 of 9 shots. They controlled just 37% of the possession and were on the back foot most of the game. City’s best chance of the game came early when Gary Gardner’s shot hit the post.

The game was also notable for another fan protest against team owner Xuandong Ren.

Every point counts as the season winds down. Despite that, the Blues dropped back to 21st place, as Coventry City beat Bristol City 3-1 yesterday and hold 20th on goal difference (and have a game in hand). The Blues are now 7 points clear of Rotherham United with 6 games left.

Here is City’s remaining schedule:

v. Stoke City (11th place), April 10

@ Rotherham United (22nd place), April 18

v. Nottingham Forest (15th place), April 21

@ Derby County (18th place), April 24

v. Cardiff City (8th place), May 1

@ Blackburn Rovers (17th place), May 8

The Blues play only two teams in the top half of the table in the final stretch, but the key game is against Rotherham in a classic 6-pointer. Good news: that game will be streamed live on ESPN+. Not so good news: kick-off is at 6am Central.

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