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Millwall 3-1 Birmingham City: Impressive Lions push Blues back to play-offs

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Tom Bradshaw scored his fourth goal of the season, putting Millwall 2-0 ahead of Birmingham

Millwall produced a powerful performance to overwhelm underwhelming Birmingham town and move within three points of the Championship play-off spots.

The Lions were full of energy in the first half and rightly led thanks to set goals from Murray Wallace and Tom Bradshaw.

The Blues improved slightly after the break with the fine finish from Troy Deeney giving them hope.

But George Evans swept away a nice curling strike to secure the points as the Lions, after one loss and three draws, claimed their first victory in more than a month.

It gave boss Gary Rowett a sweet victory over his former club, whose recovery to form over the past two weeks came to a screeching halt.

It was an emotional afternoon at The Den. Ahead of kick-off, the Birmingham team deployed a banner in memory of young Blues fan Arthur Labinjo-Hughes following the murder of the six-year-old by his mother-in-law in a case that has shocked the nation.

Play was then stopped in the sixth minute as the two groups of players joined the crowd in a minute-long applause.

Millwall was fluid throughout the first half and their good work early on was rewarded when Wallace struck home from six yards after the Blues failed to cope with a Scott Malone corner kick .

With Bradshaw a bundle of energy, the Lions have consistently stretched the Blues’ defense. Neil Etheridge, who was making his first championship start of the season after injury to first-choice goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, athletically shoved Jake Cooper’s head back 10 yards as she made his way to the top corner before Benik Afobe took off. plant another broad head.

In response, Lee Bowyer’s Blues, who were trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since October, were confined to a speculative attempt from top scorer Scott Hogan and a Marc Roberts header that flew over the bar of a. Jordan Graham. to cross.

In an effort to inject much-needed energy into his squad’s edge, Bowyer brought in forward Lukas Jutkiewicz to complement Hogan and Deeney up front.

It seemed to work with Hogan and Deeney combining wonderfully to bring visitors back in. Hogan sent Deeney’s nice shot back in the path of the Blues skipper who finished superbly high in the net in front of Bartosz Bialkowski just inside the box.

But all hopes of a comeback ended in the 73rd minute when Millwall scored a third goal for the first time this season as Evans ended Danny McNamara’s artful cut to the edge of the box for just his second goal in four years.

The victory propelled Millwall to eighth place in the table, three points behind Coventry in sixth, while Birmingham are 16th after a third loss in their last five matches.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio London:

“It was a full performance over the 90 minutes.

“We’ve started really well in a lot of games this season, but what we haven’t been able to do sometimes is score that first goal.

“We were a bit of a criticism that we don’t think we’ve scored enough this season or been dangerous enough. We were excellent in the first half and have great value for our lead.

“Against a team like Birmingham it’s a tough way to beat them because they are quite strong on set pieces and a very physical team.”

Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio WM:

“People have to do your job and you have to mark your man and make sure he doesn’t score. Those are the basics of the game and today we were bad.

“I just felt we were too soft and you can’t do that by coming here.

“We have to compete and match them and we haven’t. We’ve lost too many individual battles.”

Queues

Millwall

Training 3-4-1-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Mr. Wallace
  • 2McNamara
  • 28Evans
  • 24Mitchell
  • 11MaloneReplaced byPearceTo 86 ‘minutes
  • 7J WallaceReplaced byKieftenbeldTo 83 ‘minutes
  • 23Afobe
  • 9BradshawReplaced byBennettTo 89 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • tenBlack-smith
  • 14Ojo
  • 15Pearce
  • 17His city
  • 20Bennett

Birmingham

Training 3-5-2

  • 1Etheridge
  • 21Sanderson
  • 4RobertsBooked at 50 minutes
  • 3PedersenBooked at 20 minutes
  • 24Graham
  • 19James
  • 34Sunjic
  • 18Mcgree
  • 11BelaReplaced byJutkiewiczTo 45 ‘minutes
  • 9HoganReplaced byAnekeTo 80 ‘minutes
  • 36Deeney

Substitutes

  • 5Friend
  • tenJutkiewicz
  • 12Dean
  • 15Aneke
  • 23Familia-Castillo
  • 27True man
  • 35room
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Live Text

  1. The Match Ends, Millwall 3, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Millwall 3, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Chuks Aneke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  4. Coin, Millwall. Licensed by Neil Etheridge.

  5. Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dan McNamara.

  6. Failed attempt. Chuks Aneke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left.

  7. Substitution, Millwall. Mason Bennett replaces Tom Bradshaw.

  8. Substitution, Millwall. Alex Pearce replaces Scott Malone.

  9. Coin, Millwall. Licensed by Kristian Pedersen.

  10. free kick won Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

  12. Substitution, Millwall. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces Jed Wallace.

  13. Hand ball from Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  14. Failed attempt. Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Passed by Jordan Graham with a cross following a corner kick.

  15. Substitution, Birmingham City. Chuks Aneke replaces Scott Hogan.

  16. Corner, Birmingham City. Licensed by Dan McNamara.

  17. Failed attempt. Murray Wallace (Millwall) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Passed by Scott Malone from a center following a corner kick.

  18. Coin, Millwall. Licensed by Neil Etheridge.

  19. Attempt saved. Scott Malone (Millwall) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  20. Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.