Birmingham 1-1 Millwall: Jake Clarke-Salter earns draw for Blues
Birm’ham vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 30th November
St. Andrew’s Stadium
The primary goal for Birmingham of jake Clarke-Salter rescued a 1-1 draw against Millwall and denied visiting director Gary Rowett a winning return to St Andrew’s.
The Chelsea centre-back led house 11 minutes to cancel Shaun Williams’ spectacular 30-yard attack at the 61st minute and clinch a third consecutive draw.
Clarke-Salter’s equaliser supposed eight of Birmingham’s 11 goals scored at St Andrews at the Championship this year have been led, including the previous five.
Birmingham caretaker head coach Pep Clotet has now failed to beat two of his predecessors after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in five days.
But at least this time he obtained a schizophrenic following his hand was refused by Garry Monk .
More importantly, Blues are just five games without a win, since October 26.
Millwall made it 10 points from 18.
A draw was a good outcome with Blues using two penalty appeals turned down, while Ivan Sunjic was denied and Jude Bellingham, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Alvaro Gimenez fired wide, while for Millwall, Matt Smith and Ben Thompson were foiled.
If midfielder Bellingham appeared to be sent sprawling after 13 minutes by left-back Murray Wallace blues first surfaced to get a spot-kick. But referee Andy Woolmer was unconvinced.
Blues suffered a setback if Marc Roberts was carried off on a stretcher at the 26th minute after landing after going for a header. Harlee Dean substituted him.
The first chance arrived in the 29th minute when the hard drive drive from 25 yards of Sunjic brought a diving save to his left by goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Millwall went closest to breaking the deadlock, 11 seconds.
Jed Wallace curled in a great cross from the left after dispossessing Fran Villalba and Smith’s towering downward pointer was scooped off by Connal Trueman diving to his right.
Trueman was in action again shortly palming upward from Thompson’s volley.
The half closed with Millwall going shut as Wallace’s shot in an extreme angle drifted just wide.
Birmingham needed a shout for a penalty waved in the 49th minute following his shirt tugged by Jake Cooper, when Alvaro Gimenez fell. But referee Woolmer was again unmoved.
Gimenez and jutkiewicz wasted chances the former might just roll the ball wide with Bialkowski to beat after being put clean through.
Then Gimenez when Maxime Colin’s through move screwed wide from an angle sat up.
When Williams curled a shot into the top corner from 30 metres from Wallace pass, millwall penalized them.
If Clarke-Salter glanced home Dan Crowley’s outswinging corner Stress from Blues led to an equaliser.
Together with Blues piling Bellingham danced through only to poke at his left-footed shot wide of the far post.