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Birmingham City 1-1 Millwall: Jake Clarke-Salter's equaliser rescues point for Blues

Jake Clarke-Salter
Jake Clarke-Salter's equaliser was his second Football League goal, coming more than three years after his first in a loan spell at Bristol Rovers

Jake Clarke-Salter's header earned Birmingham City a point at home to former Blues boss Gary Rowett's Millwall.

Central defender Clarke-Salter, on loan from Chelsea, headed home his first Blues goal from a corner 11 minutes from time to cancel out Shaun Williams' excellent long-range opener for the visitors.

Millwall had enjoyed the game's better chances with Blues keeper Connal Trueman making fine first-half saves to thwart Matt Smith's header and Ben Thompson's volley.

They deserved the lead that Williams' 25-yard strike gave them but Blues responded well, although the draw nonetheless stretched City's winless run to five games.

Blues might have claimed all three points as Jude Bellingham flashed a shot just wide straight after Clarke-Salter's equaliser but that would have been harsh on the visitors, particularly Jed Wallace.

The wide man was instrumental for the Lions - Wallace's run set up Williams' opener and he twice sat up inviting crosses that Smith could have converted, one saved by Trueman, the other headed wide.

That latter miss proved key as Millwall, who drop a place to 13th, were unable to hold on to their lead but Rowett has now taken 11 points from six games, losing just once, since succeeding Neil Harris in October.

Pep Clotet's side, meanwhile, registered a third consecutive 1-1 draw but only Middlesbrough and Wigan have scored fewer goals than the 15th-placed Blues in the Championship this season.

They were twice unlucky not to be awarded spot-kicks before Millwall went ahead for Murray Wallace's first-half trip on Bellingham and Jake Cooper's second-half tug on Alvaro Gimenez.

Birmingham boss Pep Clotet:

"I want to praise the side for coming back into a very difficult game and remind the players that Millwall went ahead against Swansea and it was impossible for Swansea to get back into the game.

"We want to remind ourselves of how we can do better, how can we can create more chances and how we can take more chances.

We were unlucky that the referee could not see two clear penalties in my opinion. That would have changed the game but we don't use that as an excuse."

Millwall manager Gary Rowett:

"I wouldn't say I was pleased. The first half was very good - we were by far the better side, and we created a lot of chances.

"When we counter-attacked, we did it well. Our shape was good, we negated a lot. We had a great chance with Matt Smith which would normally be a tap-in for him but it was a great save from Connal Trueman.

"In the second half we ran out of steam a bit, and ran out of composure."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 27Trueman
  • 5Colin
  • 4RobertsSubstituted forDeanat 26'minutes
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7Crowley
  • 34Sunjic
  • 22Bellingham
  • 17Villalba RodrigoSubstituted forBelaat 55'minutes
  • 24GiménezSubstituted forMonteroat 66'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 11Bela
  • 12Dean
  • 15Montero
  • 16McEachran
  • 19Maghoma
  • 26Davis

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Romeo
  • 15Pearce
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forO'Brienat 89'minutes
  • 16Molumby
  • 6Williams
  • 26SkalakSubstituted forBödvarssonat 85'minutes
  • 7Wallace
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBradshawat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bradshaw
  • 14Steele
  • 17Brown
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 42Mitchell
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
19,715

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Millwall 1.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jake Clarke-Salter.

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

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Ben Thompson.

Foul by Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City).

Jayson Molumby (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Crowley following a set piece situation.

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Jiri Skalak.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Matt Smith.

Foul by Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City).

Murray Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Millwall 1. Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Crowley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Attempt blocked. Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.

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

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

Offside, Millwall. Jed Wallace tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

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

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ben Thompson (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jefferson Montero replaces Álvaro Giménez.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Crowley with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

Matt Smith (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Millwall 1. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maxime Colin.

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

Foul by Alex Pearce (Millwall).

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jiri Skalak with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jérémie Bela replaces Fran Villalba because of an injury.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

goal

As It Stood

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3Fulham19105431191235
4Nottm Forest1895424141032
5Bristol City198833127432
6Preston189453122931
7Brentford1993729141530
8Swansea198652420430
9Sheff Wed198562618829
10Cardiff197752725228
11Blackburn198382627-127
12Hull197573026426
13Millwall196852325-226
14Derby196762025-525
15Birmingham197481924-525
16QPR197482837-925
17Charlton196582626023
18Reading186392223-121
19Huddersfield194692231-918
20Middlesbrough193881627-1117
21Luton1952122540-1517
22Wigan1944111731-1416
23Stoke1942132033-1314
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