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Report: Birmingham City 4-0 Millwall

MILLWALL were brought back down to earth with a bump by a resounding 4-0 defeat at the hands of Birmingham City.

The Lions had won their three previous league games but showed no signs of extending that run to four as Lee Clarke's side sealed an easy victory.

The Blues did most of the damage in the first half, with David Murphy scoring twice after Jesse Lingard missed a penalty.

The visitors improved after the break but Tom Adeyemi tapped in a third goal in the 67th minute and Lingard added a late fourth.

Steve Morison was named in an otherwise-unchanged starting line up at St Andrew's, having been ineligible to face parent club Leeds United last weekend.

Shane Lowry, available again after suspension, was on the bench.

The first half was one-way traffic from the first minute. Andy Shinnie's run and shot within the opening 90 seconds went well wide, but Matt Green went much closer to breaking the deadlock when he diverted Chris Burke's shot the wrong side of the post.

The home side were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute for Alan Dunne's foul on Lingard, even though the incident looked to have occurred outside of the box.

But Forde saved Lingard's tame spot-kick to keep the score goalless.

That proved only a brief reprieve for Millwall, who fell behind shortly afterwards when Murphy converted Shinnie's bobbling cross at the far post.

Forde made an excellent save in the 33rd minute to deny Chris Burke, but he was soon picking the ball out of his net again as Murphy doubled the Blues' lead with a 20-yard free kick.

From the restart, the Lions finally put together a meaningful attack, but Jimmy Abdou bundled wide from Martyn Waghorn's delivery.

Lee Martin came on for Morison at half time and the winger had a half-chance to pull one back when he took Alan Dunne's quickly-taken free kick in his stride and drilled goalwards, but a defender blocked his shot.

And Adeyemi ended the game as a contest when he pounced on Shinnie's parried shot and dinked the ball over a stranded Forde and into the net.

Substitute Richard Chaplow drilled into the side netting in the 76th minute as Millwall searched in vain for a late consolation.

But their misery was compounded in the final minute of normal time when Burke breezed past Scott Malone and teed up Lingard for a simple header.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

26 thoughts on “Report: Birmingham City 4-0 Millwall

  • October 1, 2013 at 21:49
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    F****** c****** b*******!

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  • October 1, 2013 at 21:50
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    Well, it was good while it lasted...on to Bournemouth!

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  • October 1, 2013 at 21:50
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    WTF!!

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  • October 1, 2013 at 21:56
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    Bad First half but unlucky in the second put it behind us and move on Bournemouth

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    • October 1, 2013 at 23:24
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      @millwallgracie98: We were poor first half -not one shot on goal - and while looking livelier in the second we barely created anything. Nothing unlucky about it.

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  • October 1, 2013 at 21:57
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    Oh dear! reality check, back to the drawing board

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  • October 1, 2013 at 22:00
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    After the Leeds game SL said the championship is about a holding game in the first half and going for it in the second half, seems to have back-fired tonight maybe we will go for it from the off on Sat hope so,
    a win then and we will be mid-table COYL!

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  • October 1, 2013 at 22:02
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    shocking first half , dont seem to work with morrison starting , better with waghorn uptop , unlucky secondhalf , cant seem to deal with burke , who ever he plays for against us , chairmen gone home we lose , come back jb

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  • October 1, 2013 at 22:06
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    I appreciate we cannot win every match but after 3 great wins including some of the best football we have played in many a year I did not see this coming even with a 3 stone overweight Shittu!
    My pals were there and they said the team did not put in a shift.
    I find this totally UNACCEPTABLE... I want my/our Millwall to go out there and FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT for EVERY funkin ball!
    If I wanted to follow a bunch of patsys I would be a palarse, queens park rangearse, carlton or west amm fan....
    Lomarse SORT IT OUT!!!

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  • October 1, 2013 at 22:18
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    When was the last time we beat them???
    I've only bad memories,including another heavy 0-4 during McGhee reign,in the playoffs to Premiership season...
    A bad defeat,nothing else to say...

    COYL!!!

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  • October 1, 2013 at 22:18
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    Shittu is s***, I rest my case! Hope this man never plays for my club again, all he does is fall over his fat a***!!

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    • October 1, 2013 at 23:58
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      @dpendet: YOu cannot blame a defeat on one player, the team did not perform at all end of story.

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  • October 1, 2013 at 22:21
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    BBC website said we haven't won away at Brum for 45 years.
    Doesn't explain tonight though.
    How many Millwall were there tonight?

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    • October 1, 2013 at 22:36
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      @SE14 Exile: about 250 according to bbc londin

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  • October 1, 2013 at 23:05
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    BBC London kept saying that a small number of players really let the side down in the first half, but who were they referring to?

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    • October 1, 2013 at 23:11
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      @glyngo: I was there and I would say shittu and morison who spent most of his time stood about. We just didn't turn up tonight, on the plus side woolford and waghorn didn't stop all game, but that's just my opinion of course - total disgrace

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      • October 2, 2013 at 07:41
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        @Brumlion: I am nit surprised to hear that Woolford and Waghorn put in another shift, but I am surprised as Morro and Shittu. Both had plenty of reasons to fight for their places. I thought Morros recent bad performances were down to his hernia ?

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  • October 2, 2013 at 09:06
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    @peckhamlad. I was at St. Andrews last night, I no it wasn't just shittu who under performed, but week in week out he has a mistake in him, he does not look like a pro footballer able to play In the championship, he is very much overweight and can't run! All u people have to stop backing him, cos he said that's what we do on tv!!!! This is my club who I have supported for 35 years, spent a lot of time and money on( 7 hour round journey yesterday) and don't want S*** players in the team. P.s are u in love with him?

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    • October 2, 2013 at 09:58
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      @dpendet: Well he played against leeds and we won 2-0. I agree though our defence is suspect. right across the back four. I have never been happy with either full back. We need somone who has the experience to marshall tyhe defence. Defence though startw with the forward line, when Millwall defend all the team has to defend to stop the opponents back four from getting out from the back. There has to be a radical reorganisation of Millwall's defensive play.

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  • October 2, 2013 at 11:03
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    I do agree that Shittu looks a shadow of the player he was last season, he dominated players last season but this season he seems so slow of the pace of the game. I feel for Osbourne though, if he doesn't get a chance now when wiill he ever?

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  • October 2, 2013 at 12:06
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    Shittu great for a header but thats about it. You have to have solid skillful players at the back malone could do with eating some of shittu's dinner. As millwallgracie says put it behind us and move on to bournemouth as after that its QPR at home and we could do with 3 point away as they are gonna be a hard next game

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    • October 2, 2013 at 14:01
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      @ianbigpotatoes: I am confident that we can beat QPR, they aren't as good as their league position suggests.

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  • October 2, 2013 at 16:53
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    Can't we send Morison back to Leeds?

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    • October 2, 2013 at 18:07
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      @junkmale: He is a moody fecker but will score goals, also when waghorn goes back that will leave us short of options.

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