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Rotherham United 0-1 Birmingham City: Harlee Dean snatches late win for Blues


Harlee Dean goal
Birmingham have won four of their six matches since Lee Bowyer was appointed boss last month

Birmingham City scored a late winner at Rotherham to move closer to Championship safety and deal another blow to the Millers’ hopes of avoiding the drop.

With two minutes left, Kristian Pedersen flicked on a cross from the left before Harlee Dean’s header from eight yards deflected in off defender Michael Ihiekwe.

Rotherham, playing their fourth game in the space of nine days, had three good chances at the start of the second half as Gary Gardner hacked off the Blues line, Lewis Wing had a shot blocked and Smith headed onto the roof of the net.

Lukas Jutkiewicz had gone close with headers in either half before Dean’s goal, which lifted the Blues nine points clear of the relegation places.

The Millers, meanwhile, are three points behind 21st-placed Derby County with two games in hand on the Rams.

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Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Johansson
  • 20IhiekweBooked at 57mins
  • 6WoodBooked at 67mins
  • 21MacDonald
  • 19Harding
  • 25Crooks
  • 4MacDonaldSubstituted forWilesat 81′minutes
  • 5Wing
  • 15RobertsonSubstituted forLindsayat 81′minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 10LadapoSubstituted forHirstat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Wiles
  • 9Hirst
  • 11Ogbene
  • 16Lindsay
  • 17Sadlier
  • 22Olosunde
  • 26Barlaser
  • 27Blackman
  • 30Giles

Birmingham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 30Etheridge
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 2Colin
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forHarperat 90′minutes
  • 34Sunjic
  • 42SeddonSubstituted forFriendat 90+7′minutes
  • 18McGreeSubstituted forSánchezat 71′minutes
  • 14LekoSubstituted forHoganat 90+1′minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forCosgroveat 90+6′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Friend
  • 9Hogan
  • 11Bela
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 17Sánchez
  • 19San José
  • 24Harper
  • 27Trueman
  • 41Miller

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