March 31, 2018 / 6:53 PM / in 7 months

Goalless Villa consolidate playoff position

LONDON (Reuters) - Former European Cup winners Aston Villa consolidated their position in the playoff places of the Championship with a goalless draw away to Hull City.

Soccer Football - Championship - Hull City vs Aston Villa - KCOM Stadium, Hull, Britain - March 31, 2018 Aston Villa's Robert Snodgrass in action with Hull City's Markus Henriksen Action Images/John Clifton

It kept them in fourth place in England’s second tier, nine points short of the automatic promotion places occupied by Cardiff City and runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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In the division’s only other game on Saturday Villa’s city rivals Birmingham City moved out of the bottom three and ahead of Barnsley with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town.

Spanish midfielder Jota scored the only goal from a penalty.

Ipswich, who announced earlier in the week that experienced manager Mick McCarthy would leave at the end of the season, remained in 13th place.

Reporting by Steve Tongue,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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