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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.

"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:

"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

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 1, Birmingham City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Birmingham City 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by David Edgar.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

  20. Post update

    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.