Defences remained on top throughout in the Millwall-Birmingham game at The Den

Birmingham City shared the spoils with their former boss Gary Rowett for the second time this season as their trip to Millwall ended goalless.

Unlike the 1-1 draw at St Andrew’s in late November, neither side could find the net this time, nor really looked much like doing so in a highly competitive scrap.

Kristian Pedersen’s controversially disallowed second-half volley – for pushing by Harlee Dean – was the closest either side came to scoring.

But it was still a 12th successive game without defeat – nine of them in the league – for Pep Clotet’s men in yellow, which adds up to City’s best run in eight years, since Chris Hughton’s time in charge.

Birmingham climb a place to 14th, still four points behind 10th-placed Millwall and within 10 of sixth-placed Preston, with 11 games still to play. But it is probably too late for a play-off bid, as five of those nine games in this unbeaten league run have been draws.

However, it still adds to more positive vibes for Clotet’s side than for Rowett’s faltering Millwall, who have won just once in their past seven games – and failed to score in four of them.

The closest the Lions came was a late, deflected looping header tipped over by impressive Blues keeper Lee Camp.

Blues are back in London on Saturday for a trip to QPR, when Millwall will be hosting Bristol City.



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