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Birmingham City 0-1 Millwall

Alan Dunne (right) celebrates with Ian Holloway
Alan Dunne's goal gave Ian Holloway's side a second win of 2015

Relegation-threatened Millwall claimed a second win in three Championship games as Alan Dunne's second-half goal proved enough to beat Birmingham.

The captain headed home when Birmingham failed to clear a ball swung into a crowded goalmouth.

Millwall remain in the relegation zone only because of an inferior goal difference to fourth-bottom Brighton.

Birmingham, who are 11th in the table, have taken four points from their last five matches.

They have not won since beating Wigan on 10 January.

Under-pressure Millwall boss Ian Holloway, meanwhile, can be heartened by his side's resilient performance.

Martyn Woolford went close to giving the Lions a first-half lead when his clever lob hit the bar, before Dunne struck 10 minutes into the second half.

Birmingham threatened a late equaliser as Jonathan Grounds's header from a corner hit the woodwork.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

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Rowett on Birmingham v Millwall

"It was a frustrating night and a frustrating performance in many ways. I felt when we went out from the start it felt a little bit flat and felt a little bit as though we were going to turn up and win the game.

"It just doesn't happen like that. I thought Millwall blocked the game up well and it was very difficult for us to find space and we just didn't move the ball quick enough.

"We didn't cause them enough problems in the final third and that was the most disappointing thing.

"Games like that are going to happen and we have to try and find a solution. It was a poor goal to concede and from then on we huffed and puffed."

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"We had to ride a couple of things, like our record here. We have not won here since 1968 and that is pretty scary. They hit the bar, that was scary, but on the whole I was really pleased with the response of my lads.

"We are a new group and we are learning and we came here against a really good side. I don't think Birmingham played poorly. I don't think we allowed them to play and I thought we played well.

"That is the Championship. Anyone can beat anyone on a given day and what we need to try and do is win at home. It is pretty heartbreaking for our fans. The ones who come away are quite enjoying it."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23SpectorBooked at 90mins
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forGrayat 64'minutes
  • 40DyerSubstituted forNovakat 64'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forZigicat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 18Hancox
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 24Arthur
  • 33Gray

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4CummingsBooked at 90mins
  • 2Dunne
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 21Harding
  • 28Tonge
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 53mins
  • 7MartinBooked at 53minsSubstituted forBeeversat 82'minutes
  • 8FabbriniSubstituted forAbdouat 88'minutes
  • 11Woolford
  • 42MaierhoferSubstituted forGregoryat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Gregory
  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 18Gueye
  • 19Fuller
  • 26Abdou
  • 27Archer
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,186

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 1.

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Michael Tonge (Millwall).

Offside, Millwall. Shaun Williams tries a through ball, but Martyn Woolford is caught offside.

Booking

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Shaun Cummings (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Millwall. David Forde tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Nadjim Abdou replaces Diego Fabbrini because of an injury.

Hand ball by Diego Fabbrini (Millwall).

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Millwall).

Offside, Millwall. Martyn Woolford tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) header from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Martyn Woolford with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Mark Beevers replaces Lee Martin.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Cummings with a cross.

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dan Harding.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Lee Gregory replaces Stefan Maierhofer.

Offside, Millwall. Martyn Woolford tries a through ball, but Stefan Maierhofer is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dan Harding.

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

Diego Fabbrini (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Lloyd Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Andrew Shinnie.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough30178548202859
2Bournemouth30177664313358
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich30159648301854
5Watford30165959342553
6Brentford30164104639752
7Norwich30148857362150
8Wolves3013983838048
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Sheff Wed3091292328-539
11Birmingham30911103241-938
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Bolton30107133744-737
14Reading30107133545-1037
15Huddersfield30107134052-1237
16Cardiff3099123743-636
17Leeds3098133240-835
18Fulham30105154353-1035
19Rotherham30712112938-933
20Charlton3061592841-1333
21Brighton30612123239-730
22Millwall3079142847-1930
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool3048182356-3320
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