Hull City secured a hard-earned point in the Sky Bet Championship after a goalless draw against Birmingham City.
Neither team had any clear-cut chances in the game, as the points were shared at the St Andrews Stadium.
Shota Arevladze made two changes to his starting XI to the team that faced West Bromwich Albion last time out. Ryan Longman replaced Regan Slater at right-wing-back while Tom Eaves, who was making his 100th Hull City appearance, led the forward line.
Keane Lewis-Potter almost gave Hull City a dream start within the opening 20 seconds as he forced Neil Etheridge into a smart save, before Brandon Fleming’s cross caused carnage in the Birmingham penalty area. In what was a frantic opening, Birmingham then saw a number of shots blocked by the Tigers defence.
After a tame period in the fixture, Greg Docherty saw his driven effort deflect wide, before Eaves had penalty appeals waved away as he tried to connect with George Honeyman’s cut-back. Marc Roberts then blocked Lewis-Potter’s powerful strike, before the Birmingham defender almost turned provider with a teasing cross, but Gary Gardner headed over the bar.
The next chance of the game fell to Onel Hernández as he sprinted from half-way into the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Sean McLoughlin. From the resulting corner by Jordan Graham, Lyle Taylor saw his close-ranged header acrobatically saved by Matt Ingram, before Lewis-Potter cleared the immediate danger.
Chances were at a premium in the early exchanges of the second half as Ingram caught Juninho Bacuna’s tame effort, before Etheridge gathered Fleming’s corner delivery at the second attempt.
Eaves had a glorious opportunity to give the Tigers the lead as Honeyman picked out the run of the forward at the front post, but Eaves’ strike was deflected behind. From the resulting corner, Eaves teed up McLoughlin, after the initial delivery was punched by Etheridge, but the defender’s driven shot was charged down by Bacuna.
Jacob Greaves almost netted his first goal for the club on 70 minutes as Fleming picked out the driving run of the centre-back, but Etheridge was sharp off his line to block the left-footed attempt. At the other end, Alfie Jones blocked Taylor’s driven shot, before Kristian Pedersen’s effort deflected wide.
Late-on, substitute Ryan Woods struck wide from range while Ingram held Tahith Chong’s chipped effort. In injury-time, Marcus Forss connected with Lewis-Potter’s delivery, but his poked finish went wide past the post.
Birmingham City (5-3-2): Neil Etheridge; Jordan Graham, Nico Gordon, Marc Roberts, Kristian Pedersen, Onel Hernández; Gary Gardner (C), Juninho Bacuna (Taylor Richards 69’), Ivan Šunjić (Ryan Woods 56’); Tahith Chong, Lyle Taylor.
Subs Not Used: Connal Trueman, Scott Hogan, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Teden Mengi, Jordan James.
Hull City (3-4-2-1): Matt Ingram; Alfie Jones, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves;, Ryan Longman (Regan Slater 84’), Richie Smallwood (C), Greg Docherty (Tom Huddlestone 85’), Brandon Fleming; George Honeyman, Keane Lewis-Potter; Tom Eaves (Marcus Forss 66’).
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Callum Elder, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Di’Shon Bernard.
Attendance: 17,231 (1,253 Hull City fans)