Sky Bet Championship: Millwall 2 Birmingham City 3

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Millwall vs Birmingham City Line-up

Millwall hit rock bottom

The Lions slip to the bottom of the Championship after losing 3-2 at home to Birmingham City.

Birmingham now move eight points clear of the drop leaving Millwall at the foot of the table as Charlton, Yeovil and Barnsley all pick up results in what was a must win game for Holloway’s men.

The goals came from Liverpool loanee Jordan Ibe, Andy Spinnie and Nikola Zigic cancelling out a Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson penalty for the home side.

Steve Morison had the first clear opportunity for the home side as Randolf made a great double save from the striker’s original shot and followed up with a second but Randolf was equal to it.

Birmingham took the lead 18 minutes in against the run of play as the ball was not cleared by the Millwall defence and fell to Jordan Ibe who fired his shot low in to the bottom right corner.

Millwall responded well on the half hour mark as Morison again got beyond the defence and smashed his shot goal-wards which hit Paul Robinson to equalise.

The game stayed level for only five minutes as Birmingham regained the lead from Tyler Blackett’s cross which was headed in from close range by Andy Shinnie.

Early in to the second half a strong claim for a penalty was dismissed for the home side as DJ Campbell got in behind the defence and went to lift the ball into the box but hit what looked to be a blatant high arm from Robinson but nothing given.

The match went from bad to worse for the Lions despite Holloway’s double change at half-time as seven minutes in Chris Burke beat his man and chipped the ball in to the box for Nikola Zigic to head in to the far post to put Birmingham 3-1 in front.

Millwall had a glorious chance to get back in the game 12 minutes from time as Scott Mcdonald played in SImeon Jackson, his shot was saved and substitute Stefan Maierhofer crossed the ball back in for the box for Owen Garvan to head wide of a gapping goal.

The home side were awarded a penalty two minutes from time as Jackson was brought down and he coolly converted from the spot to make it a frantic last few minutes.

Millwall Line-up: Forde, Dunne (Jackson 45), Robinson, Lowry (Beevers 45), Fredricks, Abdou, Garvan, Woolford, DJ Campbell (Maierhofer 60), Mcdonald, Morison.

Birmingham City Line-up: Randolph, Robinson, Martin, Blackett, Reilly, Burke, Shinnie, Caddis, Spector, Ibe (Ferguson), Zigic

Attendance: 9,268


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