Wolves 0 Birmingham City 0 - Report and pictures

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[gallery] A blood and thunder derby, full of chances and tasty challenges - and in the end a 0-0 stalemate.

Unfortunately for Wolves the vast majority of those chances fell Blues' way, with the remarkable profligacy of Gary Rowett's play-off-chasing side the main reason why Wolves earned a point here, extending their unbeaten home run to three matches.

It was a third successive Molineux win that Wolves craved but, while some of their build-up play was impressive, they lacked the guile and clinicalness to break Blues down.

The second half in particular was one-way traffic at times with Clayton Donaldson, Jon Toral and Jacques Maghoma spurning glorious chances.

A combination of good defending, sharp goalkeeping and poor finishing meant Carl Ikeme kept a clean sheet.

The frustrated home fans clearly wanted more quality, and more attacking endeavour, from their team.

But Wolves, despite a late flurry after the craved introduction of Joe Mason that the home fans loudly called for, lacked the means to do, with their disjointed attack unable to test Tomasz Kuszczak in that second period.

Jackett made two changes from the team that beat Bristol City 2-1 on Tuesday, bringing in the fit-again Bjorn Sigurdarson and Jack Price, with Joe Mason and Kevin McDonald dropping to the bench.

There were three familiar faces in the Blues line up in the form of Tomasz Kuszczak, Stephen Gleeson and David Davis.


On a chilly but gloriously sunny Molineux afternoon there was a rambunctious atmosphere in the air with Blues having taken up their entire lower Steve Bull allocation and the South Bank in fine voice as the game kicked off.

It was a typical derby in the opening stages with neither team holding back.

There was a flashpoint between Price and Clayton Donaldson in the opening seconds, with the referee giving both a talking-to.

Wolves started the better. Byrne curled comfortably wide and Conor Coady flashed a header at Kuszczak from Jeremy Helan's inswinging corner.


Coady, still searching for his first Wolves goal, let fly from 25 yards - it took a deflection and Kuszczak did well to gobble up at the second attempt with Sigurdarson lurking.

Davis was booked for a late tackle on Doherty, and then Caddis received the same punishment for fouling Helan as things began to heat up.

Blues then came into the game with David Cotterill and Davis both looking dangerous, the former firing wide via a deflection and the latter playing a one-two to race into the box before Coady snuffed him out.

Davis, who left Wolves under a cloud and had his attitude questioned when he was at Molineux, was unsurprisingly regularly booed by the South Bank.

But he was one of Blues' more potent threats and, after dispossessing the dithering Hause, he advanced towards the box before curling over.

Back came Wolves - Iorfa embarked on a mazy run taking on two players and seeing his deflected shot easily claimed by Kuszczak, before George Saville reached Nathan Byrne's deep cross with a decent header which the keeper did well to save.

It was a scrappy half, but one which Wolves certainly edged, albeit lacking a clinical touch.

Jackett attempted to change that by, for the second game running, sending on Michal Zyro at half time, Byrne the man withdrawn.

And within seconds Zyro made an impact, firing a bullet of a shot wide from 20 yards.

Helan skipped past Caddis but saw his shot charged down as Wolves looked to break the deadlock at the start of the half.

However it was Blues who came close to scoring when, boosted by the introduction of Jacques Maghoma, they engineered their best two chances of the game.

First Jonathan Grounds beat Sigurdarson and crossed low for Donaldson who slid just wide at the near post under pressure from Hause, who got a touch.

And then Blues broke three on three - Toral played in Maghoma, who rounded Ikeme albeit via a heavy touch - he was about to let fly with a couple of defenders to beat on the line, but there was Coady with a goal-saving tackle in the nick of time.

Maghoma, on the left, rounded Saville with breathtaking easy and played across goal - Donaldson was there again, but again he was blocked off, this time by Doherty.

Donaldson was then played in and had a glorious chance to beat Ikeme, but fired across the keeper and past the post in what was Blues' best chance of the game.

The visitors were dominating proceedings and Jackett pushed Coady into a deeper position in a bid to quell their increasing threat.

Saville and Michael Morrison exchanged bookings with the feisty nature of the game never dying down, before Helan curled a free kick not too far wide with Wolve' first attempt on goal for almost half an hour.

But Blues continued to look the only team likely to win it. Jon Toral had a glorious opportunity from just eight yards out when the ball dropped to him from a free kick, but he side-footed wide.

Wolves were on the ropes and it was a small wonder they were still level.

The frustrated home fans demanded a substitution, chanting "Jackett, make a sub" and calling for Mason to be introduced.

Blues continued to hammer the Wolves goal - Davis lashed one from 15 yards and Ikeme pushed wide at full stretch.

The lively Donaldson was there again to try to latch onto a low cross, turning Maghoma's centre wide.

Jackett appeased the home supporters by sending Mason on with five minutes left - and Wolves' best spell of the half followed, with a corner and lively counter bringing some welcome relief to the home defence.

But it would to nothing, with neither team able to break the deadlock in a second successive goalless Molineux stalemate between these West Midlands rivals.

Wolves (4-3-3): Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Hause, Doherty; Coady, Price, Saville; Byrne (Zyro, 45), Sigurdarson, Helan (Mason, 85). Subs: Martinez, Deslandes, Rowe, McDonald, Hunte.

Blues (4-2-3-1): Kuszczak; Caddis, Spector, Morrison, Grounds; Gleeson, Kiefenbeld (Maghoma, 55); Cotterill, Davis, Toral; Donaldson. Subs: Legzdins, Robinson, Arthur, Shotton, Buckley, Fabbrini.

Attendance: 21,464 (2,502 Blues fans)

Referee: Darren Drysdale

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