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Birmingham City 2-1 Rotherham United

Robert Tesche
Robert Tesche, on loan from Nottingham Forest, opened the scoring for Birmingham with his first goal for the club

Birmingham edged towards securing their Championship status with a hard-fought victory at home to Rotherham.

Gary Rowett's side were 2-0 up by half-time through goals from on-loan Robert Tesche and Clayton Donaldson.

Matt Derbyshire pulled one back early in the second half to spark a much-improved effort from the Millers after the break.

Derbyshire had a strong penalty claim ignored and Jordan Bowery went close, but the hosts held on.

The result left Birmingham 14 points above the relegation zone in 15th with seven games remaining, while Rotherham manager Steve Evans was left to mull over a fourth straight defeat.

Evans could barely contain his fury after his side's failed penalty claim, later labelling it "the worst refereeing decision I've ever seen."

Their poor run leaves the Yorkshire club fourth from bottom and four points above Millwall immediately below them.

Birmingham had not won in their previous three outings but were the better side in the first half, carving out several chances before eventually going ahead.

Clayton Donaldson

German midfielder Tesche, who moved to St Andrew's on loan from Nottingham Forest in March, scored his first for the club after a neat exchange with Donaldson.

The lead was doubled when Donaldson headed in the rebound for his 13th of the season after Rotherham keeper Emiliano Martinez had palmed away David Cotterill's free kick.

Derbyshire, who spent the 2010-11 season with Birmingham, reduced his old club's lead with a tap-in just after the resumption, and was involved when Rotherham had a penalty appeal ignored.

He tangled with Rob Kiernan when bearing down on goal, but referee Dean Whitestone was unmoved by the away side's protests.

The ex-Blackburn striker went close with a header and substitute Bowery forced a save, while Tesche spurned two late chances to give Birmingham a more comfortable-looking scoreline.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett on Rotherham's penalty claims: "I've watched it back three or four times and I actually don't think it was a penalty, in my opinion.

"I can understand why Steve would want it given but I've watched it and the legs tangled but I don't think there was a clear foul by anyone, plus the ball is running away. I'm sure Steve will say I said otherwise."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 15Kiernan
  • 3GroundsBooked at 64mins
  • 13Tesche
  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Cotterill
  • 22ShinnieBooked at 21minsSubstituted forDavisat 82'minutes
  • 33GraySubstituted forDyerat 67'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 21Doyle
  • 26Davis
  • 36Fabbrini
  • 40Dyer

Rotherham

  • 26Martinez
  • 30Hunt
  • 20MorganBooked at 73mins
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 20mins
  • 3Lafferty
  • 25WilsonSubstituted forBoweryat 52'minutes
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33SmallwoodSubstituted forYatesat 85'minutes
  • 18Pringle
  • 23SammonSubstituted forNewtonat 63'minutes
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 10Bowery
  • 11Green
  • 15Milsom
  • 17Newton
  • 21Collin
  • 37Rowe
  • 40Yates
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
16,569

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Rotherham United 1.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Emiliano Martinez.

Attempt saved. Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt saved. Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emiliano Martinez following a set piece situation.

Offside, Birmingham City. David Davis tries a through ball, but Robert Tesche is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Robert Tesche (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Newton (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Newton.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Conor Newton (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lloyd Dyer.

Attempt blocked. Jack Hunt (Rotherham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire.

Offside, Birmingham City. Robert Tesche tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerry Yates replaces Richard Smallwood.

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

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United).

Lloyd Dyer (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Newton (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

Jack Hunt (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Booking

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Hand ball by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough40229960303075
2Bournemouth402111883414274
3Norwich402110977433473
4Watford402271180483273
5Brentford402161368531569
6Derby4019111071452668
7Ipswich4019111060441668
8Wolves4019111058461268
9Nottm Forest401512136356757
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham391214134556-1150
16Brighton401015154347-445
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham40127215172-2143
21Rotherham40913184162-2140
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan40811213553-1835
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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