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Millwall 1-3 Birmingham City

Wes Thomas
Wes Thomas' 84th-minute goal ensured Birmingham ended a run of seven games without a win

Birmingham City picked up their first away win of the Championship season with a 3-1 victory at Millwall as the Lions' poor run continued.

Clayton Donaldson's close-range goal and David Cotterill's swerving shot put Blues in control before half-time.

Lee Gregory pulled a goal back for Millwall after the break, but Wes Thomas settled the game with a right-foot finish inside the penalty area.

The result ends a run of seven games without a win for Lee Clark's side.

For Millwall, the defeat leaves them with just one point from a possible 15.

They missed a number of chances to score before falling behind to Donaldson's 32nd-minute close-range finish.

Scott McDonald fired wide inside the first 30 seconds and Mathias Ranegie headed just the wrong side of the post.

Donaldson opened the scoring after holding the ball up well on the edge of the area and feeding Cotterill down the right.

He then ambled to the six-yard box unmarked to tap the winger's low cross into an empty net.

Eight minutes later Millwall gave away a free-kick 25 yards out and Cotterill's swerving shot deceived goalkeeper David Forde as it bounced into the net to double Blues' lead.

Gregory put the hosts back in contention nine minutes after the interval as he lifted the ball over an advancing Darren Randolph for his first goal since signing from non-league Halifax.

Mark Beevers missed a chance to haul Millwall level on the hour when he met Shaun Williams' free-kick with a free header six yards out, but he planted the ball straight at Randolph.

Blues survived a late onslaught from the hosts before wrapping up victory when substitute Thomas tucked in Cotterill's cross with six minutes remaining.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"That's the Championship. We have to stop defending like that, they've had four shots and scored three. It's deja vu, and we have a lot of work to do.

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Holloway on Millwall v Birmingham

"I've reminded the lads that If we'd had some of these results in our last eight games last season we wouldn't still be in this division.

"But no-one folded, we managed to get ourselves back in it and to all intents and purposes I thought we were going to get something. But we don't seem to be scoring easy goals like other teams are."

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark told BBC WM:

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Clark relieved by Blues' away win

"We should be at the other end of the table but our issue this season has been the last 30 minutes in games. We've given away 11 points from winning positions.

"If we had taken even half of those points dropped from winning positions we'd be in the top 10 and everyone would be talking positively about us.

"Previously, when we've had a setback we haven't responded, but this time we did. I said at half-time they would throw the kitchen sink at us and fortunately the players responded."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 25HoyteSubstituted forChaplowat 45'minutes
  • 2Dunne
  • 16Beevers
  • 28Malone
  • 6Williams
  • 26Abdou
  • 15UpsonSubstituted forO'Brienat 45'minutes
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 88mins
  • 9Gregory
  • 21RanegieSubstituted forFullerat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Woolford
  • 14Briggs
  • 17Webster
  • 19Fuller
  • 22O'Brien
  • 30Chaplow
  • 41King

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 6Edgar
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillBooked at 49mins
  • 26Davis
  • 17ReillySubstituted forPackwoodat 71'minutes
  • 8GleesonBooked at 27mins
  • 24ArthurBooked at 57minsSubstituted forThomasat 74'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 7Duffy
  • 10Thomas
  • 14Packwood
  • 15Hall
  • 20Lee
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
9,086

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home22
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Birmingham City 3.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

Offside, Birmingham City. Clayton Donaldson tries a through ball, but Wes Thomas is caught offside.

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by David Edgar.

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller.

Booking

Scott McDonald (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Mark Beevers is caught offside.

Shaun Williams (Millwall) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the box. Assisted by Scott McDonald with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Mark Beevers (Millwall) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Birmingham City 3. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Will Packwood.

Attempt saved. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Randolph.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wes Thomas.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Millwall) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces Koby Arthur.

Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Dunne with a headed pass.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by David Edgar.

Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Will Packwood replaces Callum Reilly.

Delay in match Koby Arthur (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

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As It Stood

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1Norwich106222091120
2Nottm Forest105501771020
3Watford106221911820
4Derby105411910919
5Ipswich10532148618
6Wolves9531116518
7Charlton10460139418
8Middlesbrough10523148617
9Sheff Wed10442107316
10Reading94231414014
11Blackburn104241618-214
12Brentford104241215-314
13Cardiff103431313013
14Leeds94141012-213
15Bournemouth103341413112
16Millwall103251013-311
17Rotherham10325812-411
18Brighton10244911-210
19Birmingham102441117-610
20Wigan102351012-29
21Huddersfield9225919-108
22Bolton9126715-85
23Fulham9117820-124
24Blackpool10037514-93
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