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Birmingham City 0-2 Rotherham United

Matt Derbyshire
Rotherham striker Matt Derbyshire scored his second goal of the season

Rotherham United moved off the bottom of the Championship table with an impressive win against Birmingham at St Andrew's.

Matt Derbyshire put Rotherham ahead when he volleyed home from Joe Newell's back-post cross.

Rotherham doubled their lead after the break when Tony Andreu superbly fired past Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Clayton Donaldson came close to finding a consolation for Blues but his effort went just wide.

Victory was the Millers' second in successive games and moves them up to 20th place, while Birmingham slip to ninth after a fourth game in a row without a win.

Blues started brightly, and Jon Toral's powerful strike from distance forced a save from Millers goalkeeper Lee Camp.

At the other end, Kuszczak denied Jonson Clarke-Harris and then parried efforts from Newell and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

But the visitors went ahead when Newell was allowed to cross the ball to Derbyshire, who superbly volleyed home.

Rotherham were gifted a second when Stephen Gleeson hesitated with the ball and Andreu capitalised to score his first goal for the club.

The hosts tried to work their way back into the game and were almost rewarded when Paul Caddis's ball found Donaldson, but his effort went the wrong side of the post.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "Firstly you have to congratulate Rotherham for doing an excellent job away from home.

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Rowett on Birmingham v Rotherham

"Secondly, did Tuesday night at Aston Villa expend a lot of energy and did it take a little away from the players in terms of the zip and verve we play? It is difficult to manage that sort of situation.

"I thought we were flat after one or two minutes. You could see that we didn't get our defensive shape or move up the pitch quickly enough."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "We set the tone in the first minute and it was all about us. We controlled the game from start to finish.

"Too many people wrote us off after a bad start and it was disappointing to see people say we are going to be relegated.

"We cannot forget coming to the likes of Birmingham and play as well as we did, and to win it is a great day for us."

Tony Andreu
Rotherham United's Tony Andreu celebrates after doubling their lead

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forShinnieat 61'minutes
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forBrock-Madsenat 73'minutes
  • 20ToralSubstituted forMaghomaat 62'minutes
  • 7Gray
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 19Maghoma
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Davis
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 2Buxton
  • 20Rawson
  • 4Collins
  • 3Mattock
  • 33Smallwood
  • 25Odjidja-Ofoe
  • 22Newell
  • 24AndreuSubstituted forWardat 81'minutes
  • 19Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forWardat 72'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forMaguireat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Broadfoot
  • 7Maguire
  • 9Ward
  • 10Ledesma
  • 15Halford
  • 17Ward
  • 21Collin
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
17,307

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Rotherham United 2.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Chris Maguire replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Rotherham United).

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Grant Ward replaces Tony Andreu.

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe following a fast break.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nicolai Brock-Madsen replaces David Cotterill.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Danny Ward replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tony Andreu.

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Rotherham United 2. Tony Andreu (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton9630137621
2Middlesbrough8521145917
3Reading9432147715
4Hull9432127515
5Cardiff94321310315
6Burnley94321210215
7Ipswich94321515015
8Derby9351107314
9Birmingham83321210212
10Nottm Forest933399012
11Sheff Wed93331213-112
12QPR93331417-312
13Fulham83231511411
14Leeds825198111
15Huddersfield92431011-110
16Wolves8233911-29
17Charlton9234912-39
18Blackburn9153101008
19Brentford82241215-38
20Rotherham92251117-68
21Bolton9153612-68
22Preston9144610-47
23MK Dons9216813-57
24Bristol City91351119-86
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