Birmingham City 4-2 Rotherham United

18 Oct

Lukas Jutkiewicz


Lukas Jutkiewicz has scored five goals for Birmingham City this season

Birmingham City scored three first-half goals to help sentence Rotherham United to a club record seventh successive away defeat.

Captain Michael Morrison and Lukas Jutkiewicz scored for Blues with headers, either side of Danny Ward’s low shot for the visitors.

But Jacques Maghoma’s stunning strike gave City a two-goal interval cushion.

Although Jon Taylor’s goal led to an uncomfortable final half hour, David Cotterill’s late penalty sealed it.

The decision was questionable as Blues substitute Che Adams went down under a challenge from visiting keeper Lee Camp.

But it could not disguise the harsh truth that this was a sixth straight league defeat and the Millers have now conceded 23 goals on their travels in seven away games this season.

Their seventh straight loss on the road breaks a club record going back 95 years.

The marking for both Blues’ two headed first-half goals was poor and the hosts took the lead when Morrison got on the end of Jonathan Grounds’ cross, before Cotterill crossed for Jutkiewicz to finish his fourth goal in eight games from close range header

Jutkiewicz’s goal came just four minutes after Ward had levelled with a low right-footed shot from inside the box.

The Millers could do little about Maghoma’s superb run and low right-foot shot curled from outside the box into the bottom right corner for Blues’ goal, however.

After Ward’s knockdown had been poorly defended, when Taylor squeezed home a low left-foot shot on 56 minutes, Rotherham had chances to level.

But Blues’ late penalty ensured a sixth win of the season – and a rise of one place to fifth in the Championship table.

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 4, Rotherham United 2.

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 4, Rotherham United 2.

Attempt saved. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

Foul by Greg Halford (Rotherham United).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Isaiah Brown.

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Brown (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darnell Fisher with a cross.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson replaces David Cotterill.

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Rotherham United).

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Rotherham United. Dexter Blackstock replaces Will Vaulks.

Goal! Birmingham City 4, Rotherham United 2. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Lee Camp (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Birmingham City. Che Adams draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United).

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Greg Halford (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Dominic Ball (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

Dominic Ball (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Rotherham United).

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jake Forster-Caskey (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Birmingham City. David Cotterill tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Rotherham United).

Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

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