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Rotherham United 1-3 Birmingham City: Blues seal Championship safety with comeback win

Jota of Birmingham City celebrates scoring at Rotherham
Birmingham City ended a three-game winless run with victory at the New York Stadium

Birmingham City secured their Championship status by coming from behind to beat Rotherham United, who face an instant return to League One.

The Millers had led at the New York Stadium when Matt Crooks struck his third goal in three matches when left unmarked midway through the first half.

But Jacques Maghoma's fierce strike drew Blues level just before the hour, and Jota completed the turnaround after being picked out by Che Adams.

Then, in added time, Sweden international Kerim Mrabti scored his first City goal since joining the club in January to make sure of victory.

In truth, it could have been more for Garry Monk's side, who struck the outside of the post through a Gary Gardner free-kick minutes before Mrabti's strike.

Rotherham's hopes of avoiding relegation to a division they were only promoted from 11 months ago now look increasingly bleak.

With two games to play, their inferior goal difference means they can only realistically catch Millwall, three points and one place above them, but the London side have a game in hand on Paul Warne's men.

Conversely, Birmingham can breathe easily knowing they have avoided the catastrophe that last month's nine-point deduction for breaching the EFL's profitability and sustainability rules had threatened.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"We won't give up. This group, I have tried to sign characters and leaders.

"It was a must-win game. We didn't win it so it's disappointing. They [Rotherham's remaining fixtures] are two games that we need to get something from.

"I won't approach them any differently. I am very hopeful if we can pick something up on our travels at West Brom it could come down to the last game."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk:

"They were really good goals and we looked a real danger when we got into those situations.

"We have been fighting to get us safe, that's what we have been fighting for since the nine-point deduction.

"I am really proud of the players in what's been a really difficult season, it's been one of the toughest I've had as a manager."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 28Jones
  • 5AjayiBooked at 5mins
  • 6WoodBooked at 50minsSubstituted forFordeat 69'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 4VaulksBooked at 73mins
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forVassellat 77'minutes
  • 13Towell
  • 17Crooks
  • 22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 61'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 15Robertson
  • 19Vassell
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 25Wiles

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 12Dean
  • 28Morrison
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23JotaSubstituted forMrabtiat 77'minutes
  • 20GardnerBooked at 75mins
  • 26Davis
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forVassellat 81'minutes
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forRobertsat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 11Vassell
  • 18Mrabti
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
10,703

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Birmingham City 3.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Birmingham City 3. Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Foul by Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City).

Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Jones (Rotherham United).

Offside, Birmingham City. Michael Morrison tries a through ball, but Marc Roberts is caught offside.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts replaces Che Adams.

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Offside, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Isaac Vassell replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Kerim Mrabti replaces Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell replaces Ryan Williams.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Crooks.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Che Adams with a cross.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

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

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Mattock tries a through ball, but Matt Crooks is caught offside.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Maxime Colin.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Richard Wood.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd442510974393585
3Leeds442571270462482
4West Brom4422111184582677
5Aston Villa442015980582275
6Derby4318131263521167
7Middlesbrough441813134539667
8Bristol City431812135649766
9Sheff Wed441615135657-163
10Swansea43188176057362
11Nottm Forest441515145954560
12Preston441612166461360
13Hull44179186365-260
14Blackburn441611176165-459
15Brentford4415131669591058
16Stoke441120134350-753
17Birmingham441417136357650
18Wigan441212204963-1448
19QPR44139225169-1848
20Reading441016184864-1646
21Millwall431013204761-1443
22Rotherham44816205079-2940
23Bolton4488282976-4732
24Ipswich44416243373-4028
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