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Birmingham 4-0 Millwall
1:10pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
By Sam Brown, Lions Live presenter
MILLWALL manager Steve Lomas slammed his side for their poor performance as the Lions’ three-match winning run came to an end at Birmingham.
David Murphy scored two goals in the first half to put Birmingham in cruise control after David Forde had earlier saved a controversially awarded Jesse Lingard penalty.
Murphy broke the deadlock with a low left-footed shot and made it 2-0 when scoring a stunning free-kick after 34 minutes.
Despite heading into the dressing room two goals behind, the Lions started the second half brightly.
Steve Morison, who was handed a start by Lomas, was substituted at the break and replaced by Lee Martin as the Lions looked to get back into the game.
The third goal was always going to be crucial and Millwall looked to be well and truly beaten when former Norwich man Tom Adeyemi scored from close range after 68 minutes.
Lingard completed a miserable night for Lomas in the final minute by adding Birmingham’s fourth, prompting the manager to admit his side got exactly what they deserved after an ineffective display.
He said: “We just never got going.
“We told the lads that Birmingham are a high-energy team and we’d have to come flying out of the traps, and if we didn't we would be in for a tough night.
“The lads didn’t heed that warning.
“We started very sloppily and just never got going.”
Lomas added: “We were lucky it wasn’t more than 2-0 at half-time.
“We had a bit of a rally in the second half and a bit of a go without playing particularly well, but we conceded the third and the match was over.
“You can’t start matches like we did and expect to get anything from it.
“We put on a poor show for the fans that came up.
“I can accept getting beaten if you’re having a go, but we didn’t and that’s unacceptable.
“We knew they’d be on the front foot after the results they’d had here against Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday, but we just did not heed the warnings.”
Millwall now face the away trip to Bournemouth this weekend and Lomas is demanding an immediate to such a poor display.
“Our pride has been hurt and we now have a massive game coming up against Bournemouth this Saturday before we go into the international break.”
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