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Preview | Millwall v Birmingham City

December begins...

3 December 2021

Millwall welcome Birmingham City to The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Following last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull City, Gary Rowett's side will be looking to bounce back on home turf against Lee Bowyer's Blues whilst looking to extend a four-match unbeaten run in SE16 in the process.

The manager will be without Ryan Leonard for the visit of the St Andrew's outfit, however, as the utility man begins a period out through injury. Connor Mahoney is also unavailable, but the likes of Danny McNamara and Tom Bradshaw - who started and scored at the MKM Stadium - are available and will hope to keep their place.

Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale up until kick-off. If you are unable to make it to The Den, then full match commentary will be available on iFollow, with coverage beginning around 2.50pm. International subscribers will be unable to watch the action from SE16 as the fixture has been selected for overseas broadcast.

There's plenty going on around the ground on Saturday - The Lions are proud to showcase Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend, whilst in the sixth minute of the fixture, both sets of supporters are encouraged to participate in a minute's applause in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

At half-time, meanwhile, Brian Wood will undertake a lap of honour following his remarkable 'Ultimate Sacrifice' challenge.

Bryan King will be in the Lions Store's kiosk before kick-off, signing copies of his autobiography 'The Lions' King', with Billy Mitchell adorning the front of the matchday programme, on sale around the ground for just £3.

If you have a bit of time before kick-off and need to do some Christmas shopping, the Lions Store is the place to be, whilst supporters are reminded of their last chance to collect any Crowdies from the Millwall Supporters' Club gazebo between 1-2.15pm.

More pre-match entertainment comes your way with millwallfc.co.uk's look at Saturday's opposition, with the latest episode of Wall Talk with Nick Hart available now!

Owing to new government advice, supporters attending Saturday's fixture at The Den are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before travelling, to keep the stadium free from COVID-19.

In line with the government's recently increased terror threat, the club is having to further its own policies to stay in line with this change. As such, there will be increased searching of supporters on arrival. Please allow for additional time to enter the stadium. The car park will close to vehicles strictly 45 minutes before kick-off.

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Match Reports

Three goals and three points as Lions defeat Blues

Our report from The Den...

4 December 2021

Millwall were 3-1 winners over Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship at The Den on Saturday afternoon.

Murray Wallace gave The Lions a 10th-minute lead in South London, before Tom Bradshaw doubled the advantage before half-time.

Troy Deeney halved the deficit after the break, but a confident finish from George Evans secured all three points in SE16.

Gary Rowett made three changes from the side which were defeated 2-1 by Hull City last weekend, with Jake Cooper, Scott Malone and Evans coming into the starting line-up at the expense of the injured Daniel Ballard, plus Sheyi Ojo and George Saville, who both dropped to the bench.

Neat footwork from Benik Afobe gave The Lions the first opportunity of the game just two minutes in, but a wasteful free-kick saw Malone and then Jed Wallace fail to trouble Neil Etheridge.

After a stoppage in the sixth minute to remember Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, The Lions returned to the attack and sent a couple of inviting crosses into the area, but the Birmingham defence were able to clear.

Tom Bradshaw was the next to try and find a Millwall man in the box from the right-hand side, but Kristian Pedersen was well-placed to clear behind - however, from the resulting corner came the opening goal, as a short corner was worked to Evans; his effort was blocked, but Murray Wallace was on hand to mop up and fire home.

The Lions' confident play continued following the goal, with a move ending in a corner on 16 minutes that Malone sent directly into the side-netting. Cooper then headed a Malone free-kick goalwards, but that was claimed by Etheridge, before an acrobatic attempt by Afobe went just wide of the near post.

The Blues spent the midway point of the half looking to gain a foothold in the game, but they were unable to test Bartosz Bialkowski for the first time until the half-hour mark, when Scott Hogan's tame effort was easily gathered by the stopper.

Deeney's through-ball to Hogan had to be snuffed out by Cooper just two minutes later as the visitors looked for the equaliser, before Marc Roberts headed a corner wide. With four minutes remaining in the first-half, though, The Lions doubled their lead as Bradshaw thumped home a Malone corner with his head from the edge of the six-yard box.

The second-half got underway with a smart interchange of passing, mainly involving Jed Wallace, moving the ball upfield for The Lions, but the number seven's shot was blocked behind. Afobe then hassled Marc Roberts into a mistake on the touchline, forcing the defender to bring him down and take a booking with 50 minutes played, but Cooper could only nod Jed Wallace's free-kick over.

There were 53 minutes on the clock when a sublime one-two between Bradshaw and Jed Wallace led to the former being able to pull the trigger from just inside the area, but a strong stop from Etheridge kept the scoreline at 2-0. 

At the other end, Millwall's defence blocked efforts from Deeney and Riley McGree, but The Blues were able to reduce the arrears on 56 minutes as Deeney broke through to fire past Bialkowski.

As the visiting crowd got behind their team, The Lions responded and looked to work a way through to goal through the aforementioned combination of Bradshaw and Jed Wallace on the hour mark, but once again the former was foiled by the defence. Jed Wallace then showed determination to break down the right and cross, but Etheridge was able to claim, despite spilling the ball and Malone closing in.

A neat passage of play then ended with the ball at the feet of Afobe with 68 minutes gone, but Etheridge was once more the Birmingham hero as he parried the striker's effort wide. 

With The Blues pushing for a second, a huge sigh of relief went up around three sides of The Den on 73 minutes as Millwall made it three. Danny McNamara's persistance saw him shake off his marker and slide the ball across for the awaiting Afobe and Evans, with the latter bending a stylish effort into the top corner.

It could have been four three minutes later, but as Jed Wallace broke through and found his effort blocked, Malone's follow-up was tipped over by the back-pedalling Etheridge for a corner. At the other end, Pedersen could have made the last 10 minutes uncomfortable for The Lions, but his header from a corner whistled just past the post.

A minute from time, after Bialkowski had to rush out to clear from danger, Birmingham substitute Chuks Aneke could have set up a grandstand finish, but he sent his shot wide of the far post.

Afobe then could have had the last laugh in four minutes of stoppage-time, but after he shrugged off his marker, his effort was stopped by Etheridge.

Millwall: Bialkowski, McNamara, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, J. Wallace (Kieftenbeld 83'), Bradshaw (Bennett 89'), Malone (Pearce 86'), Afobe, B. Mitchell, Evans. Subs not used: Long, Smith, Ojo, Saville.

Scorer: M. Wallace 10', Bradshaw 41', Evans 73'

Birmingham City: Etheridge, Pedersen, Roberts, Hogan (Aneke 80'), Bela (Jutkiewicz 46'), McGree, James, Sanderson, Graham, Sunjic, Deeney. Subs not used: Trueman, Friend, Dean, Castillo, Hall.

Scorer: Deeney 56'

Booking: Pedersen, Roberts

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 14,324 (2,152)

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Ticket News

Tickets | Millwall v Birmingham City

On general sale...

8 November 2021

Millwall welcome Birmingham City to The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 4th December (kick-off 3pm) - and tickets are now on general sale.

This game is a Category B­­­­­­­­­­ match.

Tickets in Blocks 27, 28, 29 and 30 will be available to Season Ticket Holders and Members ONLY. Guest tickets must be purchased at the Ticket Office, they will not be available online or via phone.

Proof of age is required when purchasing concession tickets. Age is calculated for this season on 1st August 2021. Under 12 tickets need to be purchased with an adult or senior ticket.

Don't forget that if you are a member and purchase your ticket up until the day before the game, you will receive a £3 reduction. If you are a Junior Lion, you will receive a £2 reduction on your matchday ticket price. Ticket prices will increase by £3 on matchdays.

Group Bookings are available for this match. Please call 0844 826 2004 and select option 1 between the hours of 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled supporters need to call 0207 740 3470 to book tickets between the hours and 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Matchday hospitality for this fixture is SOLD OUT.

There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
* Online at www.millwalltickets.com (booking fees apply)
* By phone on 0844 826 2004 and selecting option 2 between the hours of 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute from your BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary and from mobiles will be considerably more. Booking fees apply)
* In person at the Millwall Ticket Office

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