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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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tonge (Millwall).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

    Shaun Cummings (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

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

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Diego Fabbrini (Millwall).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Millwall).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    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.