Millwall and Birmingham City played out an uneventful goalless draw at the New Den this evening in a game which offered very little in the way of goalmouth action.
It was a cagey contest during the first half, with both sides seeking to pick up another three points for different reasons.
There was an early chance for Birmingham City early on as a ball over the top released Scott Hogan who could only flick the ball wide of Bartosz Bialkowski’s right-hand post.
It was clear from the outset that Ryan Woods was keen to get on the ball in the opening stages for the hosts, spraying the ball wide at every opportunity he managed to muster.
Millwall were really beginning to stamp their authority over the Blues, with their direct style of play causing Messrs Marc Roberts and Harlee Dean all manner of problems.
And they almost grabbed the breakthrough they desired as a well weighted cross from Mason Bennett found its way to Jon Dadi Bodvarsson at the back post who nodded the ball into the path of the onrushing Jed Wallace, whose toe poked finish was finely saved by Lee Camp in the Birmingham goal.
The away side largely struggled to get their main men into the game in the opening stages, with wonderkid Jude Bellingham often finding himself stifled by Mahlon Romeo in the opening 45 minutes.
Heading into the second half and it was Birmingham who had the better start, with the Blues enjoying far more possession of the ball than they were afforded during the first period.
As the game went on, Shaun Hutchinson and Jake Cooper continued to overlap from centre back at every opportunity as the Lions looked to force the issue.
Romeo was also a constant threat for the hosts down the right hand side, combining well with Wallace to get the better of Kristian Pedersen on several occasions, with one particular teasing cross finding the head of Bodvarsson who’s looping header was expertly tipped round the post by Camp.
Pep Clotet’s side offered next to nothing throughout the 90 minutes, with both sides largely cancelling each other out in the centre of the park and respective final thirds.
Despite a concerted spell of late pressure from the hosts, the Blues managed to hold on for something of an undeserved point on the balance of chances created.
The result sees the Lions move up to 10th place at the expense of Cardiff City, whilst the Blues also move up to 14th after extending their unbeaten run for another week.
Full-time: Millwall 0-0 Birmingham City