Manchester City's English Premier League football challenge continued along its spluttering, unconvincing path when they were held to a goalless draw at Birmingham City, their fourth successive league draw.
Big-spending City remain a disjointed side and draws against Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic, Fulham and struggling Birmingham, who missed a penalty and were the more dangerous side throughout, showed how much work manager Mark Hughes still has to do.
City's point moved them up to fourth place on 19, eight behind leaders Chelsea, who hammered Bolton Wanderers 4-nil yesterday.
Champions Manchester United are second on 25 after beating Blackburn Rovers 2-nil, with Arsenal third on 22 following their 3-nil victory over Tottenham Hotspur who are fifth on 19.
Liverpool, who had two players sent off in a 3-1 defeat at Fulham, and Villa, who drew 1-1 at Everton, both have 18.
Birmingham climbed to 14th on 11 points.