Report: Birmingham City 1-1 Millwall

CHRIS Taylor hit his third goal of the season to earn Millwall a deserved point against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's.

The Lions had Richard Chaplow's first-half strike controversially disallowed and then fell behind to Wes Thomas' opener shortly after the restart.

But after being picked out by Rob Hulse at the far post, Taylor composed himself before finishing expertly beyond England U21 goalkeeper Jack Butland 20 minutes from time.

Kenny Jackett made four changes to his starting line-up from the 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town on Easter Monday, handing starts to Sean St Ledger, Liam Feeney, Taylor and Hulse.

David Forde was kept busy in the early stages, tipping Thomas' curler behind for a corner in the fourth minute before palming Nathan Redmond's free-kick over his crossbar.

Redmond then bamboozled three defenders before standing a cross up for Nikola Zigic at the back post, but Ravel Morrison fired over from the striker's knock-down.

The Lions thought they had taken the lead in the 18th minute when Taylor tucked in Liam Feeney's cross but Chaplow, who was offside, was adjudged to have got the final touch.

Referee Hill initially overruled his assistant David Avent and gave the goal but, following prolonged protestations from the home side, he reversed the decision – again – and the score montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/doxycycline remained 0-0.

Forde made an incredible reaction save in the 35th minute to deny Thomas after the Bournemouth loanee caught Paul Caddis' cross sweetly on the volley just six yards out.

With half-time approaching, Feeney's header from Shane Lowry's wicked cross was held by Butland and Taylor sliced a shot well wide from Rob Hulse's lay-off.

But Birmingham broke the deadlock just four minutes after the restart when Thomas held the ball up inside the area, swivelled and drilled a low shot under Forde's despairing dive.

Zigic nearly made it 2-0 with a first-time effort from Redmond's low free-kick before Chaplow was forced off with an injury in the 57th minute and replaced by Martyn Woolford.

Millwall equalised in the 70th minute when Hulse's lofted pass picked out the run of Taylor, who brought the ball down and thumped it inside the far post on the half-volley.

And St Ledger nearly made it 2-1 when he arrived from deep to meet Alan Dunne's teasing cross with a bullet header that cannoned off the woodwork.

Woolford drilled into the side netting before substitute Jermaine Easter brought the ball down on his chest and hooked a volley narrowly over as the Lions finished the game on top.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

8 thoughts on “Report: Birmingham City 1-1 Millwall

  • April 6, 2013 at 17:44
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    A point will do. Didnt go and didnt hear it so reading the report looks a well deserved point.
    Wood work and disallowed goal again, Gutted we didn't win it and now makes Tuesdays game a must win especially as its one of our games in hand. Hope chaplow's injury isn't serious.
    Oh we'll I got it wrong lion I.e, do my apologies
    Roll on Tuesday. Unlucky wall

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    • April 6, 2013 at 17:53
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      I thought we would win today too but a point will do. Be interesting to see the comments of those that went. Assist for Hulse, so that's a plus! Said it before and I'll say it again, no chance we'll go down and a point on Wednesday would not be a disaster but a win would let the players relax for Wembley. A lot of teams below us playing each other in the next two rounds of fixtures and Blackburn look to be plummeting towards League One!

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    • April 6, 2013 at 23:23
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      I got it wrong too as I was sure they'd lose.
      Anyone know if Trotter put in a shift today?

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  • April 6, 2013 at 18:18
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    Another good point towards inevitable survival. The woodwork and disallowed goals seem to be a regular occurrence right now. But that only shows how many chances the Lions are creating in recent matches. Six unbeaten and only one goal conceded is great form in anyones book.
    Beat Sheff W and Wigan and this will be a bloody good season. COYL.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 23:07
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    If we can end this season like last season, a Top 10 finish and Possible FA Cup Final would be unbelievable!

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