Birmingham and Aston Villa settle for a point apiece in derby stalemate

The usual debates will rumble locally about who deserved what but, in summary, neither Birmingham City nor Aston Villa can really complain. This 125th derby between the two clubs was as brisk an affair as anyone might expect but lacked the quality to earn one of them clear superiority. The point was proved shortly after half-time when Jota, the Birmingham playmaker, blew the kind of opportunity that should beckon lifelong hero status; Villa would go on to hit the woodwork twice in quick succession but these were isolated moments of genuine excitement in a game that offered little clue about the second city rivals’ prospects at either end of the Championship table.

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