By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City played out their second successive 0-0 draw as visitors Birmingham held out for a point at the City of Manchester stadium.
Micah was named among the substitutes whilst Adam Johnson was one of those recalled to the starting eleven as City looked to end a sticky patch of form.
However, chances were few and far between in the opening exchanges as the Birmingham defence held firm, and the first shot on goal was Carlos Tevez’s wayward effort from 20-yards.
A few misplaced passes had the home fans groaning, and things almost took a turn for the worse as Liam Ridgewell collided with Adam Johnson in the City box only for the referee to wave away the protests.
The same fans were soon on their feet celebrating a goal after Tevez found the back of the net, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
There were a few boos as the players trudged off at half time with the score-line goalless, but a livelier City side returned and James Milner almost edged his side in front.
A mix up at the back and misjudgment by Ben Foster allowed the England international to pick his spot in the back of the net, but Stephen Carr got back superbly to clear the ball off the line.
The introduction of Roque Santa Cruz – who this week voiced his frustration at the lack of first-team opportunities – did create some problems for the Midlanders and some nice interchange between the Paraguayan and Tevez saw the latter fire just wide.
A Nigel De Jong shot had Foster scrambling before he managed to parry it clear, and it was to be the last notable event of the game as City once again failed to impress.
Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, De Jong, Yaya Toure, Adam Johnson, Silva, Milner, Tevez. Subs: Given, Richards, Zabaleta, Santa Cruz, Barry, Vieira, Jo.
Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Fahey, Jerome, Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Bowyer, Phillips, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Hleb, Beausejour.