West Bromwich Albion played out a goalless draw with Midlands rivals Birmingham City to edge seven points clear of third place Fulham and return to the top of the Championship on goal difference.

In an eerie atmosphere at The Hawthorns, it was noticeable that the players weren’t quite up to scratch following their three month break from competitive action, with Albion’s decision making costing them dearly as the Baggies have now failed to win 11 of the 19 home matches they have played this season.

Slaven Bilic’s men started the game quite brightly with Jake Clarke-Salter making a crucial block to deny Matt Phillips.

In what was a drab first half, Callum Robinson headed wide shortly before the end of the opening 45 minutes.

Scott Hogan had two good chances towards the end of the game to get Birmingham in front with his close range header going straight at Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone and then his fine volley was caught by the shot-stopper once again.

Albion came mightily close to winning the game right at the end as Kenneth Zohore’s header went wide of the goal.

Here’s how we rated the WBA players in the 0-0 draw: