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FA Cup

  • 8 January 2011
  • • 13:30
  • • The Den, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 9841

Millwall 1-4 Birmingham City: Matt Derbyshire bags brace as McLeish's side cruise through

Millwall 1-4 Birmingham City: Matt Derbyshire bags brace as McLeish's side cruise through

Three first half goals do the damage as Midlanders cruise past Lions

Matt Derbyshire scored twice as Birmingham City thrashed Millwall 4-1 at the New Den to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Derbyshire, who has struggled to nail down a starting place at St Andrew's this season, opened the scoring in the 17th minute after latching on to Jean Beausejour’s cross and firing the ball past David Forde in the Millwall goal.

The Blues have been struggling in the Premier League but a confidence-building win at Blackpool in midweek seems to have changed their fortunes.  They were all over the Lions from the off and never loosened their grip on the game they seemed desperate to win at all costs.

Birmingham doubled their lead through a David Murphy free-kick just before the half hour mark after Derbyshire had been fouled 20 yards from goal by Tony Craig.

The away side coasted into half-time 3-0 up after Alexander Hleb’s cross found Derbyshire in the middle of box and he was left with a simple finish for his second goal of the game.

In the second half the home side had an opportunity to get back into the game after Scott Dann brought down Neil Harris in the area.  However, Steve Morison was unable to beat Maik Taylor, in for Ben Foster, in the Birmingham goal from the spot making it a miserable afternoon for the Championship side.

To make matters worse for Millwall, Cameron Jerome on for Nikola Zigic, made it four for the Premier League side heading in Keith Fahey’s left wing cross for his fourth goal of the season.

The home side got a consolation goal in the last minute of the game through Danny Schofield who steadied himself before firing past Taylor to deny City a clean sheet.

Birmingham will see the result as something to build on as they continue their quest for Premier League survival, while Millwall can now focus solely on their charge for the playoffs as they currently lie in eighth place in a tightly congested Championship table.

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