Preview: Blues v Millwall

After a day of madness and disappointment on Sunday, Blues look to bounce back and right the wrongs of the Villa match as they welcome Millwall to St. Andrew’s.

Build Up

Two poor showings have left Monk’s Blues five points adrift of the play-off places, and a win is imperative if they are to finish the season strongly. Neil Harris’ Lions are in trouble at the wrong end of the table, they sit one place above the drop zone and have lost their last four on the bounce.

Blues are expected to make changes with Vassell, Mrabti and Mahoney probable to come in and Gary Gardner set likely to return.

Opposition Opinion

Millwall fan, Michael Avery from the TheMillwallFans, gave his views on the game and the Lions’ season.

Well, where do we begin?! It started reasonably well with a home win against Derby County and a home draw with Middlesbrough, but looking back now with hindsight, these were not convincing performances and we were lucky those games didn’t go on for another 5-10 minutes – as the results would have been a lot different. Since then, the performances have just been poor and there have been games where we have been a distant second best.

Our form picked up slightly over the Christmas period and going into the Blackburn game we were six points clear of the drop and with momentum behind us. Alas, the game and result was atrocious and we ended up defeated again and have recently gone on a run where our players have scored four goals in four games; this would be respectable if we hadn’t conceded ten goals in this time and lost all four. Yes, we are in the FA Cup but that’s not papered over the cracks of what has been a poor, poor season for Millwall Football Club.

Tomorrow’s game? As long as we are not humiliated and can nick a draw then I’ll bite your hand off!  I think 0-0 at half-time and it’ll end 1-1, but don’t expect a glamour game….

Half Time:

Birmingham 0-0 Millwall

Full Time:

Birmingham 1-1 Millwall

The Stats

Blues won the reverse fixture 2-0. Millwall have won their last two visits to St. Andrew’s. Millwall have lost their last four games.

Pre-match Quotes

Garry Monk:

Sunday was painful for us.

The ball just didn’t want to go in for us. The commitment, determination and effort was there to see.

But we will pick ourselves up for the game here on Wednesday.

Neil Harris:

Birmingham on Wednesday is a huge game for us. It is four defeats in a row. I am hugely disappointed in the results and the performances.

I have now got to pick a team on Wednesday that is capable of going and competing against a very good, physical Birmingham side.

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Kane Styles is a third year Sports Journalism student studying in Leeds. Alongside writing for WeAreBirmingham, Kane is the online editor of MadeInBrum and also blogs for the Birmingham Mail.

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