Luton Town’s opening game of the season saw them draw 0-0 against Birmingham City at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters did keep a clean sheet against the Blues, who they conceded 8 goals against in two meetings last season, but were unable to find a breakthrough of their own against a Blues side managed by John Eustace for the first time.

No goals means an even start for the Hatters, who are seeking to build on a 6th place finish in last season’s Championship table and a spot in the play-offs.

Nathan Jones’ side featured three debutants, with Carlton Morris, Luke Freeman and Ethan Horvath starting.

An early opportunity saw Freeman have a shot beaten away by Blues goalkeeper John Ruddy, with the former Sheffield United midfielder later miscuing after a short corner routine had set him up for a shot.

Birmingham would create two chances in quick succession before the half-hour mark, as Juninho Bacuna fired wide before Forest loanee Horvath denied Maxime Colin.

Luton responded with chances of their own, as James Bree was denied by Ruddy before Morris had a shot blocked.

Just before half-time, Horvath made a firm stop to deny Przemyslaw Pacheta, after the Blues’ debutant forced a volley on target from just outside the box.

Pacheta forced a save out of Horvath just after half-time, before Freeman fired wide and Morris would have two decent opportunities, with one curling just wide and another denied by Ruddy.

It was the Hatters who would have the best opportunities in the game’s final half-hour, with Ruddy denying substitute Cauley Woodrow before Harry Cornick hit the side-netting.

But there would be no breakthrough for the home side, as they begin the new season with their first point on the board.