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Birmingham City 0-2 Millwall: Ben Thompson brace earns Lions three points

Ben Thompson celebrates
Home-grown midfielder Ben Thompson had never scored more than one goal in a game for Millwall before Wednesday night

Two well-taken Ben Thompson goals helped Millwall move away from the relegation places as they won at Birmingham City.

The midfielder stroked home his first from 15 yards after a great counter-attack and pass from Lee Gregory, before the same combination saw Thompson unmarked in the box to slot past Lee Camp.

Connor Mahoney had a goal disallowed for Birmingham early in the second half while Craig Gardner volleyed just over as Blues started brightly.

Substitutes Jacques Maghoma and Lukas Jutkiewicz both had efforts miss the target as Garry Monk's side tried to get back into the game.

Extra security measures were put in place by Birmingham following Sunday's derby loss to Aston Villa, when a fan ran on to the pitch and attacked Villa's Jack Grealish.

Between Thompson's two goals Millwall could have had another as Gary Gardner's poor backpass was intercepted by Ben Marshall, but his lob over Camp was just wide of the post.

Millwall go above Reading and Wigan into 19th place in the Championship, but remain just a point clear of the final relegation place after Rotherham won 2-1 at QPR.

Birmingham drop to 12th and have have won just one of their last seven home games - a run stretching back to 29 December.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk:

"We're in a sticky patch. A lot of hard work has gone into the season and that needs to be cemented with a strong finish.

"I'm hugely disappointed, we were well below the levels we are capable of. After an initial bright start, it was full of errors and it proved costly.

"It was poor, too many mistakes, too many individual errors. You cannot make those mistakes and expect to come back and get a result."

Millwall boss Neil Harris told BBC Radio London:

"It was a strong performance, we came out the right side of key moments, had a couple of counters and scored well, had a couple of opportunities on goal and an offside which went our way.

"Recently they've not gone for us, but tonight was a really professional performance, looked solid and reliable.

"We picked a team to frustrate Birmingham, to shore up the gaps, and we knew that they scored a lot of goals from their front two and we thought it was important to have Ryan Tunnicliffe as a third centre-half for a bit of protection."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 12Dean
  • 28Morrison
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7Mahoney
  • 20Gardner
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forGardnerat 45'minutes
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forMaghomaat 59'minutes
  • 9Adams
  • 11VassellBooked at 4minsSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 19Maghoma
  • 23Jota
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman

Millwall

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 16Martin
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5CooperBooked at 64mins
  • 11Ferguson
  • 28Leonard
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forHutchinsonat 90'minutes
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 8Thompson
  • 44MarshallBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMeredithat 84'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forMorisonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Archer
  • 3Meredith
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Williams
  • 19Elliott
  • 20Morison
  • 22O'Brien
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
20,151

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Millwall 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Gardner with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Hutchinson replaces Jed Wallace.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Meredith (Millwall).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. James Meredith replaces Ben Marshall.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

  19. Post update

    Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich37229675472875
2Leeds37227863382573
3Sheff Utd37218863342971
4West Brom371810971482364
5Middlesbrough361513840281258
6Derby371511114644256
7Bristol City361510114538755
8Aston Villa371315965541154
9Preston371412115750754
10Nottm Forest371314105143853
11Sheff Wed371313114449-552
12Birmingham371214115348550
13Hull37148155254-250
14Brentford3613101360491149
15Swansea36138154546-147
16Blackburn371211145056-647
17Stoke371016113742-546
18QPR37127184357-1443
19Millwall37910184155-1437
20Reading37812174056-1636
21Wigan3799193655-1936
22Rotherham37715153959-2036
23Bolton3778222458-3429
24Ipswich37314202961-3223
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