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Birmingham City 3-1 Rotherham United: Lukas Jutkiewicz hat-trick earns Blues win over Rotherham

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Lukas Jutkiewicz's treble doubled his goal tally for the season so far

Lukas Jutkiewicz scored a hat-trick as Birmingham City extended their unbeaten run to eight games with victory over Rotherham.

The Blues striker scored twice from close range in the space of three first-half minutes to give the hosts a deserved 2-0 half-time lead.

He drilled the ball through a crowd of players to complete his first senior career treble after the break.

Jon Taylor's near-post finish gave the Millers hope late on, but the visitors were unable to avoid a sixth defeat from six away Championship games so far this season.

Birmingham, who remain unbeaten at home since 6 March, had drawn all five of their previous matches at St Andrew's this term, but always looked likely to claim that elusive first home win after Jutkiewicz's quickfire first-half double.

The 29-year-old took advantage of poor Millers defending to head in at the back post, before tapping in the rebound from Gary Gardner's saved effort moments later.

He made it 3-0 with a low strike after the Blues cleverly worked a short free-kick, sealing Garry Monk's side's second win of the season, having drawn eight of their previous 11 Championship games.

Rotherham, who are now two points above the drop zone, were less potent in front of goal, although Taylor's neat finish did at least see them score on their travels in the league for the first time since the opening weekend.

Birmingham boss Garry Monk:

"Lukas was clinical and things went our way. He has an incredible work rate and we try to play to his strengths.

"He does this every match. He gets into the right positions and he deserves his goals. It's his work he does for the team which impresses me rather than his goals.

"The performance will give all the players confidence. The hard work they are putting in will allow them to create the goal opportunities.

"We have never doubted ourselves. This can be seen from all our performances. The game against Rotherham was lower in terms of performance but it was solid. It was what was needed and it was good that we were clinical with our finishing."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We weren't as good as we have been recently, quite obviously.

"Physically the lads gave me everything but I just didn't think they looked as sharp as they have been in recent weeks.

"I don't think we got outplayed, I just think we got a little bit outmuscled which I don't normally say about my team.

"Playing on Wednesday night took its toll. Lots of the players looked jaded, it was possibly a game too far."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28MorrisonSubstituted forRobertsat 74'minutes
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23Jota
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20Gardner
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forMahoneyat 73'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9AdamsSubstituted forLubalaat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 28Jones
  • 5Ajayi
  • 4Vaulks
  • 3MattockBooked at 50mins
  • 11Taylor
  • 8PalmerSubstituted forVynerat 88'minutes
  • 17ManningSubstituted forWilesat 63'minutes
  • 22NewellSubstituted forVassellat 55'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 2Vyner
  • 7Forde
  • 12Price
  • 19Vassell
  • 25Wiles
  • 29Onariase
  • 34Lewthwaite
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
19,795

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

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

Zak Vyner (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Beryly Lubala replaces Che Adams.

Hand ball by Ryan Williams (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Zak Vyner replaces Matthew Palmer.

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

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

Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jota.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Rotherham United 1. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Vassell with a cross.

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Smith with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Jota (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Marc Roberts replaces Michael Morrison because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Connor Mahoney replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Rotherham United 0. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jota following a set piece situation.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles replaces Ryan Manning.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a through ball.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell replaces Joe Newell.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jota.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd128132113825
2West Brom1273231171424
3Leeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottm Forest124711713419
6Brentford124622014618
7Derby125341513218
8Norwich125341515018
9Blackburn124621415-118
10Swansea12453129317
11Wigan125251416-217
12Bristol City114431512316
13Sheff Wed114431717016
14Stoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton124351015-515
17Birmingham122821312114
18QPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston122371824-69
23Ipswich121651118-79
24Hull122281019-98
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