Luton Town 0-0 Birmingham City: John Eustace’s up-for sale Blues grind out opening-day draw

Former Watford striker Troy Deeney had only played once at Kenilworth Road before, with Walsall in March 2008

Birmingham City made an encouraging start to life under new boss John Eustace as they avoided defeat at the last season’s beaten Championship play-off semi-finalists Luton.

In a game of few chances, Blues managed just one shot on target.

But new boss Eustace, who only took over at the beginning of July, had four of his five summer signings making their debut – and an away point is an encouragement start for a club who have spent most of the summer under the threat of new ownership .

Blues have twice done the double over the Hatters in the past three seasons. Despite 28 points separating Birmingham, in 20th, from sixth-placed Luton last season, Blues won the two meetings between them 8-0 on aggregate, starting 11 months ago with a 5-0 win at Kenilworth Road.

But this was a much quieter afternoon for the Luton defense by comparison.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Luton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 34Horvath
  • 32Osho
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 2Bree
  • 22Campbell
  • 30FreemanSubstituted forWoodrowat 70′minutes
  • 18Clark
  • 29Bell
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forJeromeat 84′minutes
  • 9MorrisSubstituted forCornickat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lockyer
  • 7Cornick
  • 10Woodrow
  • 12Lansbury
  • 19Pereira
  • 33Macey
  • 35Jerome

Birmingham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 21Ruddy
  • 28SandersonBooked at 50mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 5Trusty
  • 2Colin
  • 6WoodsBooked at 90mins
  • 19James
  • 17PlachetSubstituted forGrahamat 83′minutes
  • 7BacunaBooked at 35mins
  • 9Hogan
  • 8DeeneySubstituted forJutkiewiczat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3Friend
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Graham
  • 14Leko
  • 27Bellingham
  • 42Chang

Referee:
Graham Scott

Attendance:
9,921

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