Disappointing draw at The Den dents Millwall's Play-Off claim
Millwall's lack of fire power and lack of quality from set pieces see this league fixture with Birmingham City end goalless.
The game was barely two minutes old when Birmingham had the first chance of the match. A defensive error saw Scott Hogan take advantage of a defensive slip, but his effort went wide of Bartosz Bialkowski’s far post.
Millwall passed the ball around nicely, with Ryan Woods in particular showing a wide range of passing, but it was Jed Wallace’s effort in the 11th minute that nearly broke the deadlock. His poked effort from a lovely move from Mason Bennett looked to beat Lee Camp in the Birmingham goal, but somehow the experienced ‘keeper pushed it wide.
Only a minute later, Bennett was again the catalyst for another Millwall chance, and his cross was met by a glancing header from Bodvarsson. The Icelandic international connected well, but his effort in the 12th minute flashed wide of the far post.
The game was a backward and forward affair in the midfield and the last real chance of the half fell to the visitors in the 31st minute. A long-range strike from Ivan Sunjic looked to test Bialkowski, but his effort from outside the box went wide of target.
The second half saw its first moment of action in the 47th minute when a corner came in from the left-hand side, but it failed to beat the first man. The ball was cleared as far as Molumby, but his effort was curled wide of the far post.
Birmingham won a corner in the 53rd minute after a long-range effort was deflected wide of Bart’s goal. The corner came in and the man in the middle blew his whistle after the away fans screamed for a penalty, but luckily for the home side, it was given for a foul against The Blues.
The 61st minute saw a great effort by Jayson Molumby and his low effort tested Camp in front of the Cold Blow Lane end and his effort is palmed away from goal.
Millwall came close in the 64th minute when Bodvarsson got on the end of a lovely cross, but his effort was pushed wide of the post superbly by Lee Camp.
The Lions had another great opportunity when Mahlon Romeo got on the end of a lovely pass from Jed Wallace and played it across goal towards Bradshaw. But again, the cross in the 77th minute was just too long and agonisingly out of reach of Millwall’s number nine.
The game ended with a bicycle kick that was attempted by Gary Gardner as the game ticked into injury time, but his effort was high and nonthreatening to Bialkowski’s goal.
A draw was the result that Birmingham played for from the first whistle and didn’t help Millwall’s promotion push. Gary Rowett will be happy with the clean sheet, but not with his lack of fire power.
Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Copper, J. Wallace, Romeo, Pearce (Smith 62), Molumby, Woods, Bennett (Bradshaw 62), Bodvarsson (Mahoney 80)
Subs Not Used: Steele, Ferguson, O’Brien, Mitchell
Birmingham City: Camp, Pedersen, Roberts, Colin, Jutkiewicz, Bela (Crowley 69), Dean, Gardner, Bellingham (Kieftenbeld 71), Sunjic, Hogan
Subs Not Used: Trueman, Harding, Clarke-Salter, Montero, Boyd-Munce