Report: Millwall 3-3 Birmingham City

MARLON King scored a 19-minute hat-trick as Birmingham City came from 3-0 down to earn a point against Millwall.

The Lions had raced into a seemingly comfortably lead after scoring three early goals – two from Chris Wood either side of side of Chris Taylor's first for the club – but King's treble hauled the Blues level.

A point extends Millwall's unbeaten run to five matches but Kenny Jackett's side have only won one of their last eight.

The first period was dominated by the home side and, in truth, the Lions could have been five or six goals to the good going into half-time.

The opening goal came in just the 11th minute. Liam Feeney's long throw was flicked on by Darius Henderson and nodded in by Wood, who got in front of his marker to head beneath England goalkeeper Jack Butland.

The Lions doubled their lead two minutes later when Feeney's whipped-in cross eluded everyone and took an unfortunate bounce off the shin of Curtis Davies and into the path of Taylor, who fired high into the net to score his first in Millwall colours.

Jackett's men were pouring forward at every opportunity and went 3-0 up before 20 minutes had been played.

Again Feeney was involved and it was his delivery that was poorly dealt with by the visiting defence, who allowed the ball to bounce kindly for Wood to double his tally with a toe-poked effort that looped over Butland.

Millwall could have extended their lead when Liam Trotter cut the ball back to Henderson after a mazy run into the box, but this time Davies was on hand to clear to safety.

Trotter was looking determined to get on the scoresheet and when Alan Dunne's long ball forward was knocked down to him by Henderson, he seemingly had his chance to grab a goal.

But after bringing the ball down and manufacturing a shooting opportunity, the midfielder fired just over the bar. In the 37th minute, Dunne's pass played in Feeney but the winger fired high and wide.

The Lions carved out a further two chances to score before the break. Firstly Trotter flicked the ball neatly into the path of Wood, who was now on a hat-trick, but the New Zealand international could only scuff his shot wide.

Taylor then produced a moment of brilliance to pick out Wood again, but Butland was equal to his shot.

And that save proved crucial as, with half-time approaching, Birmingham scored with their first meaningful effort on goal.

Danny Shittu's untimely slip in the box afforded Leroy Lita time and space, and his sliced shot was turned in by King at the back post.

Birmingham came flying out of the traps after the restart and were rewarded for their endeavours after just three minutes.

King controlled the ball with his back to goal and swiveled to strike the a low shot beneath David Forde to reduce the deficit to one.

Millwall began to settle and could have gone 4-2 up when Feeney's cross was met by the head of Henderson, but the striker could only direct his effort straight at Butland.

And Birmingham equalised just after the hour mark when David Murphy's cross was tapped-in by the onrushing King to complete his hat-trick.

Millwall thought they had taken the lead once more when Wood pounced on the loose ball after Henderson's initial shot had been parried, but the flag was already raised for offside.

The Lions were unperturbed, though, and substitute Andy Keogh saw a deflected shot trickle wide before Henderson fired a free-kick the wrong side of Butland's post in the 89th minute.

Millwall forced a succession of corners in injury time, while King had a chance to score another at the end of a swift counter attack, but the game finished all-square.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Smith (Lowry, 46mins), Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Feeney (Keogh, 66mins), Trotter, Henderson, Wood, C.Taylor. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Osborne, N'Guessan, Malone, Wright.

Birmingham City: Butland, Murphy, Caldwell, Davies, Mullins, King, Morrison, Elliott, Redmond (Burke, 88mins), Lita, Robinson. Subs not used: Ambrose, Fahey, Packwood, Hancox, Diop, Doyle.

Conor Sefton

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  • October 24, 2012 at 13:06
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    Still in shock as to how we did not get three points out of this game!!!

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