BATTLING BLUES: Birmingham grab a point at Brentford
Birmingham City secured another vital point in their fight for Championship survival with a 0-0 draw away at Brentford.
It was the Blues who came closest during the 90 minutes when Gary Gardner saw his close range effort come back off the base of the post early on.
Promotion chasers Brentford did have a few chances themselves but Birmingham keeper Neil Etheridge kept them at bay with a string of fine saves.
The result means Lee Bowyer has guided Birmingham to seven points from his first four games in charge, which have all been against sides in the top six.
In their last six games, City will face fellow strugglers Derby County and Rotherham United and Bowyer knows how important the result against Brentford was:
"It's a massive point, to come here and leave with anything you've got to have done a lot of things right and we did,” Bowyer told BBC West Midlands post-match.
"We took a bit of a risk tonight with a couple of selections, but you've got to trust your players and learning more and more about them all the time.
"They're a tough side, they move the ball so quick, but I think we limited them to efforts from range most of the time.
"Neil (Etheridge) did very well. When called upon, he was superb and that's two clean sheets in a row now which is highly vital.
"We've proven people wrong so far, we've picked up seven massive points. But the most important thing now is that we maintain that level, attitude, fight and togetherness and we'll always have chances to win games."
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