Posted by Admin - Wed 16th August 2017 12.00PM
Birmingham City 0 Bolton Wanderers 0
By William Kirkpatrick
For the third time in seven days, the Whites were on the road, this time at St Andrew’s facing Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City.
Bolton and Birmingham have met frequently over the past few seasons with them being in the Premier League and the Championship together, including moments such as the last gasp winner by Nikola Zigic at the Macron to keep Birmingham in the Championship.
Bolton made two changes to the side that drew at Millwall as Adam Armstrong and Filipe Morais replaced Adam Le Fondre and Mark Little.
Both teams struggled to break one another down as they seemingly countered one another. With Bolton’s primary tactic to target long balls at Gary Madine, the Birmingham defenders identified the danger and looked to quash the start of their attacks.
A cagey performance by both teams meant that little was given away from either team. The majority of Bolton’s chances came from Morais on the wing, but he struggled to deliver crosses.
David Cotterill produced the best chance of the game in the first half. His shot from range took a wicked deflection which forced Howard to change the direction of his dive and get a hand to the strike.
Adam Armstrong was useful in receiving the ball from Madine but struggled to make an impact with a lack of support for the two strikers. His header in the second half went narrowly wide, Bolton’s best chance.
The highlight for the travelling Bolton fans came with the introduction of Lukas Jutkiewicz shortly after half time. The striker became a fan favourite while on loan at Bolton in 2014 but he failed to make an impact against his former club.
Birmingham failed to register a single shot on target, while Bolton managed two, highlighting the lack of chances in this game.
Harry Redknapp compared his struggle to get anything from the game to past matches against Manchester United and Arsenal post-match - high praise for Phil Parkinson and his side.
The Whites certainly look more structured and organised than what was showcased against Leeds on the opening weekend, a promising sign for the season to come.