Tue 30 Sep 14
at 22:45 PM
The Report: Millwall 1 Blues 3
Blues capped another fine performance in this part of the capital to chalk up their first away win of the season.
Goals from Clayton Donaldson and man-of-the-match David Cotterill handed the visitors a cushion at the break before Lee Gregory’s 54th minute strike set up another nervy second-half.
However, substitute Wes Thomas’ clinical finish six minutes from time gave Blues their just rewards from a determined performance in south east London.
It stretched Blues’ unbeaten away record at The Den to eight games in all competitions and handed Lee Clark’s side their first maximum points on the road of this season’s Sky Bet Championship.
Also of note, was teenage forward Koby Arthur’s full debut which Clark himself labelled as ‘sensational’.
But it was the Welsh wizard Cotterill who arguably stole the show for the away side by setting up two goals either side of a stunning 35 yard free-kick.
After a strong start from Ian Holloway’s Lions, Blues soon settled and started making chances of their own.
The opener arrived in the 32nd minute when Cotteril carved out space down the right side of the box to tee up Donaldson for a simple tap in from a yard out for his third goal of the season.
Millwall were rattled and Cotterill delivered a further hammer blow eight minutes later; the Wales international beating the hosts’ wall and goalkeeper David Forde to find the right corner.
Naturally, when Gregory raced on to substitute Aiden O’Brien’s throughball to clip the ball beyond Darren Randolph, Blues fans will have feared the worst.
On several occasions already this season, Blues have thrown away leading positions after the break (11 points in total to this date) and their resolve was fully tested by Millwall.
However, led by skipper Paul Robinson alongside a bandaged David Edgar following a first-half clash of heads, Blues dug deep to keep the Londoners at bay.
Randolph kept out two close range headers from Gregory and Marc Beevers, a towering defender pushed up front for the majority of the second 45, before denying Shaun Williams at his near right post from a half-cleared corner.
With the wave after wave of Millwall attacks continuing, Clark introduced Will Packwood for Callum Reilly and Wes Thomas for the tiring Arthur.
It paid off as, with six minutes of normal time remaining, Cotterill’s excellent cross from the left met Thomas’ perfectly-timed run and outstretched leg to beat Forde from close range.