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Luton Town and Birmingham City played out one of the goalless football results of the weekend in the Championship. The hosts came closest to breaking the deadlock when James Bree had his free kick saved by John Ruddy with Jordan Clark blasting the rebound over the crossbar. Birmingham could have snatched the points at the end when Roberts was left unmarked from the corner.

Managers Reaction 

Luton’s Nathan Jones: “We always want to win a game, especially at home, but it was a hard-fought game. I thought we had the better of the chances, had some really good chances to have at least scored a goal, but I couldn’t have asked more from them. They tried right until the end, we’re lacking a little bit of sharpness, which is understandable, as we had two weeks less than everyone. We had to come back, we’ve had a five-week pre-season, so a little bit of sharpness was lacking really. We’ve had a disjointed pre-season, that can sometimes catch up with you, but they gave me everything. I thought we created enough to have won the game, we must have had 12-15 set plays, and just couldn’t find the opening. If we find the opening it would have been a different game but in terms of endeavor, in terms of everything else, I can’t ask anything more.”

Birmingham’s John Eustace: “We’ve been in the building three weeks, there’s been a lot of hard work on the training field done, and I think you can see good signs coming out today in the game against a really tough opponent in Luton. I don’t think we could have asked for a more difficult opening fixture, away at Luton Town who have just had a magnificent season, (have) a really good squad, they’ve got fantastic experience in that squad as well, so I was very proud of the defensive display from the boys.”

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