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Blues Dunne and dusted

11 February 2015

What the papers said about St Andrews win

Wednesday morning's sports pages was pleasant reading for Millwall fans, who were able to delight in re-living Tuesday night's delicious 1-0 win at Birmingham City, ending a 47-year wait.

The Daily Mirror, under the heading 'Blues Dunne and dusted' kept their report short, but it was sweet reading material nonetheless, stating:

Skipper Alan Dunne struck a collector's item with only his second goal in almost two years as Millwall boosted their survival hopes.

Goal difference alone is now all that keeps Ian Holloway's men in the bottom three as they made it back-to-back away wins.

Defender Dunne had scored just one other goal since netting the winner against Leicester 23 months ago.

Boss Holloway said: "When we score the first goal we are not a bad team. We didn;t allow Birmingham to play."

Dunne pounced on keeper Darren Randolph's parry back into the danger area to head home for The Lions on 51 minutes.

Blues boss Gary Rowett said: "It was frustrating. You have to force the game more than we did."

'Gary Rowett frustrated with lacklustre display' shouted the headline in the Birmingham Mail, whose post-match coverage centred on the mood of the Blues boss:

Gary Rowett was left frustrated by Birmingham City's disappointing home defeat - and by the circumstances that led to Millwall’s goal as Diego Fabbrini 'bought' the free kick which produced the only goal of the game.

Rowett bemoaned Blues' lacklustre display which resulted in just their third league defeat in 16 games under the former Burton boss.

Alan Dunne's 50th minute header settled the match, a game that was in sharp contrast to the open free-flowing display Blues produced at Fulham on Saturday.

"It was a frustrating night, it was a frustrating performance in many ways," Rowett admitted.

"I felt when we went out there from the start of the game it felt a little bit flat and as though we were just going to turn up and win the game - which one or two people spoke about in the week.

"You knew that was dangerous because it just doesn't happen like that, you have got a Millwall team that are probably feeling a little bit freer away from home and the pressure of playing at their home ground.

"They blocked the game up very well, it was very difficult for us to find space early on in the game. I thought we just didn't move the ball quickly enough and didn't cause them enough problems in the final third.

"That was probably the most disappointing thing about the game. Games like that are going to happen and we have got to try and find a solution.

"We have had a couple of decent chances again - perhaps we need to take one of those, get ahead and make the game difficult for Millwall but we couldn't do so."

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