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Millwall 2-3 Birmingham City

Millwall 2-3 Birmingham

Millwall's relegation concerns increased with a third defeat in four games as Birmingham City won away from home for the eighth time this season.

On-loan Jordon Ibe put Blues ahead from 20 yards, before Steve Morison equalised with a deflected shot.

But the visitors regained the lead, Andrew Shinnie heading home before Nikola Zigic made it 3-1 with a header from Chris Burke's chipped cross.

Simeon Jackson's penalty proved nothing more than a consolation.

Ian Holloway's side are bottom of the Championship, level on points with Yeovil and Barnsley but below them on goal difference.

With 21st-placed Charlton's vastly superior goal difference - minus-18 compared to minus-32 - Millwall are effectively four points from safety with eight games remaining.

In contrast, Birmingham, without a win in their previous five games, are in 19th, with an eight-point safety cushion.

Blues took the lead when Chris Burke teed up on-loan Liverpool winger Ibe, whose 20-yard shot beat goalkeeper David Forde.

Millwall were back on level terms when Morison's shot - which appeared to be missing the target - hit defender Paul Robinson before going in.

But the home side's defensive problems surfaced when Shinnie headed home Tyler Blackett's cross.

It was 3-1 seven minutes after the break when Zigic met Burke's cross at the far post.

Jackson reduced the deficit with two minutes to go with a cool penalty after he was fouled in the box by Aaron Martin.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"We've got eight games left and we've probably got to win five of them, then we might stay up.

"You probably think I'm crazy, but I don't. I think we can do it with the chances we are creating.

"I'm devastated, I have to say that. It was a must-not-lose game and we've lost it. We've got to keep fighting."

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Post-match: Birmingham boss Clark

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark told BBC WM:

"Everyone put in a tremendous performance and I'm delighted for the players. They knew how big this was.

"But we're not safe yet. Until it's mathematically impossible for us to get dragged into it we have to keep going.

"I see the results the teams in and around us have got and it just tells me it's never over until it's over."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 14FredericksBooked at 77mins
  • 11Woolford
  • 12LowrySubstituted forBeeversat 45'minutes
  • 5RobinsonBooked at 85mins
  • 2DunneSubstituted forJacksonat 45'minutes
  • 26AbdouBooked at 60mins
  • 29GarvanBooked at 73mins
  • 9Morison
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forMaierhoferat 61'minutes
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 19Jackson
  • 31Bessone
  • 34Onyedinma
  • 42Maierhofer
  • 43Bywater

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 37Blackett
  • 17ReillyBooked at 45mins
  • 6Martin
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Burke
  • 23Spector
  • 19ZigicBooked at 54mins
  • 22Shinnie
  • 8IbeSubstituted forFergusonat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Macheda
  • 11Lovenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 27Ferguson
  • 29Brown
  • 35Rusnák
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
9,268

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Birmingham City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Birmingham City 3.

Attempt saved. Mark Beevers (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Owen Garvan with a cross.

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Booking

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Birmingham City 3. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty Millwall. Simeon Jackson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Aaron Martin (Birmingham City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Shane Ferguson replaces Jordon Ibe.

Booking

Paul Robinson (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Millwall).

Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Owen Garvan (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer with a cross.

Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McDonald with a through ball.

Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

Offside, Millwall. Martyn Woolford tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

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

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Millwall).

Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Paul Robinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Booking

Owen Garvan (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

Owen Garvan (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Reilly (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Booking

Scott McDonald (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Owen Garvan (Millwall).

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

Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

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

Ryan Fredericks (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester37257570353582
2Burnley382213364313379
3QPR38209947321569
4Derby381991066452166
5Wigan371881150361462
6Reading3816111159451459
7Nottm Forest38141595547857
8Ipswich381512115043757
9Brighton371511113931856
10Bournemouth381410144953-452
11Blackburn371312124748-151
12Watford3712131256461049
13Sheff Wed381212144743448
14Leeds37138165156-547
15Middlesbrough381016124743446
16Huddersfield38129174953-445
17Bolton381014144954-544
18Blackpool381011173253-2141
19Birmingham381010184755-840
20Doncaster381010183356-2340
21Charlton35811162644-1835
22Yeovil38711203658-2232
23Barnsley37711193464-3032
24Millwall38711203567-3232
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