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Rotherham United 0-0 Birmingham City

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock had a spell with Rotherham United as a player between 1969 and 1971

Rotherham United ended with nine men as Neil Warnock's first game in charge of the Millers finished goalless against Birmingham City.

Richard Wood was dismissed for fouling Clayton Donaldson, while Joe Mattock saw red for time-wasting.

Jacques Maghoma almost put Blues ahead from range but striker Donaldson failed to latch on to his wide shot.

For the hosts, Kirk Broadfoot headed Joe Newell's corner wide before Tomasz Kuszczak saved Matt Derbyshire's shot.

The result means Rotherham remain in 22nd place in the Championship and five points adrift of safety, while Birmingham rise a place to seventh and are three points from a play-off spot.

Warnock, who had been without a managerial role since a four-game spell as temporary boss of Queens Park Rangers late in 2015, was appointed Rotherham United manager until the end of the season following Neil Redfearn's dismissal.

The new Millers boss has not lost in his first game in charge of a club since losing 2-1 to Bradford City as manager of Oldham Athletic in February 1997.

Rotherham manager Neil Warnock:

"I thought they were excellent and on another day, we could have took the points but it wasn't to be.

"In the situation we are in we just have to make sure we get 100 percent out of the players and that's what they did today.

"The lads fought to the end, I have nothing but praise for them. They can only do what they did, we need more points.

"We have to win games we are not expected to. It'll be good to see what these lads can do."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"You always know it is going to be difficult to prepare for a game when a team changes manager close to the game. It did affect our preparations.

"In the sense that we have not done enough to win the game in the final third, it was a fair result.

"The players are disappointed, they look like they have lost the game and then you read the results and we have actually clawed a point back and we are only three points off the top six.

"So we can't be too displeased with a draw away from home and a clean sheet."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 16Richardson
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 6WoodBooked at 79mins
  • 3MattockBooked at 90mins
  • 14BurkeSubstituted forWardat 78'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 22NewellSubstituted forHalfordat 78'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 64'minutes
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 4Collins
  • 13Cairns
  • 15Halford
  • 17Ward
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 39Yates

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 32Shotton
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 8GleesonBooked at 90mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 55mins
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forCotterillat 84'minutes
  • 20ToralSubstituted forFabbriniat 82'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 78'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 7Fabbrini
  • 11Cotterill
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 31Caddis
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
11,018

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Paul Green (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Kirk Broadfoot tries a through ball, but Kirk Broadfoot is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

  9. Post update

    Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Booking

    Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Grounds tries a through ball, but Michael Morrison is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Greg Halford.

  13. Post update

    David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. David Cotterill replaces William Buckley.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull30185747192859
2Middlesbrough29176639162357
3Burnley311511548262256
4Brighton301511440301056
5Sheff Wed311411649331653
6Derby311312640271351
7Birmingham3113993830848
8Ipswich3113994039148
9Cardiff31111373833546
10Nottm Forest31101293127442
11Preston31101292929042
12Wolves311010114042-240
13Brentford31117134248-640
14QPR31912103738-139
15Reading31910123333037
16Leeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield3198144244-235
18Fulham30711124750-332
19Blackburn29613102527-231
20MK Dons3187162542-1731
21Bristol City31710142748-2131
22Rotherham3175193655-1926
23Charlton31510162656-3025
24Bolton31412153052-2224
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