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Millwall 2-0 Birmingham City

Steve Morison
Steve Morison (right) set up Millwall's opening goal on his return to the starting line-up

Two second-half goals for Millwall condemned Birmingham to their first loss under new manager Steve Cotterill.

Blues full-back Maxime Colin turned Steve Morison's cross into his own net, before Ryan Tunnicliffe netted the second on the rebound after Tomasz Kuszczak kept out Tom Elliott's shot.

Visiting striker Isaac Vassell missed the best chance of a goalless first half, firing wide with an angled shot.

Blues have taken only one point from their seven away games this season.

They are one point above the relegation zone, while Millwall moved up to 15th after responding to successive league defeats with their fourth Championship win of the season.

Cotterill's managerial reign began with a home win over promotion-chasing Cardiff eight days previously.

However, in his second game in charge, Blues struggled to create chances and could not stop the industrious Morison setting up Millwall's first goal.

Che Adams was denied an equaliser by a smart save from home goalkeeper Jordan Archer, while Kuszczak kept out Morison's driven shot at the other end before Tunnicliffe's first goal for Millwall confirmed a deserved victory.

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 87mins
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 35Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 14Wallace
  • 18TunnicliffeBooked at 90mins
  • 23Saville
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forFergusonat 69'minutes
  • 20MorisonSubstituted forElliottat 74'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forCraigat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 8Thompson
  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Martin
  • 19Elliott
  • 21Twardek

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 5ColinBooked at 38mins
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 48mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 14AdamsSubstituted forBogaat 77'minutes
  • 17NdoyeSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 70'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forJotaat 63'minutes
  • 11Vassell

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 12Dean
  • 18Gallagher
  • 20Boga
  • 27Jota
  • 39Trueman
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,500

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Birmingham City 0.

Attempt saved. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jota with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by George Saville.

Attempt missed. Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

Booking

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall).

Isaac Vassell (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tony Craig replaces Lee Gregory.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

Attempt missed. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Morrison with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tom Elliott (Millwall).

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

Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Conor McLaughlin (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Millwall).

Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

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

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Attempt missed. George Saville (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Meredith.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jeremie Boga replaces Che Adams.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Birmingham City 0. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces Steve Morison because of an injury.

Delay in match Steve Morison (Millwall) because of an injury.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

goal

As It Stood

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6Bristol City135622014621
7Preston135621711621
8Derby125431713419
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11Fulham134631714318
12Nottm Forest136071721-418
13Middlesbrough134541512317
14Hull134452420416
15Millwall134451614216
16Sheff Wed134451616016
17QPR133641617-115
18Brentford132741718-113
19Barnsley123361518-312
20Reading123361114-312
21Birmingham13328821-1311
22Burton13247625-1910
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