Rotherham United 2-0 Birmingham City: ‘Woeful’ Blues performance see’s them continue rotten record

An awful day at the office in New York for the Blues.

Birmingham City made it just one win in 19 Championship away games following a 2-0 defeat to Rotherham United.

A brace from Richard Wood gave the hosts a well deserved win in what can only be described as a woeful display from John Eustace’s men.

George Hall of Birmingham City passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship between Rotherham United and Birmingham CityGeorge Hall of Birmingham City passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship between Rotherham United and Birmingham City
George Hall of Birmingham City passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship between Rotherham United and Birmingham City

The game started poorly with both sides struggling to keep hold of the ball but it sooned turned into one-way traffic in favour of the hosts.

John Ruddy denied the Millers with a fine save from a corner before the following one was then headed home powerfully by Richard Wood.

It should have been two less than a minute lter as Chiedozie Ogbene prodded wide from two-yards out.

And the hosts were then denied what looked a stonewall penalty on Ogbene - Auston Trusty let off as he looked to slide in late on his man.

Blues somehow made it into the break just a goal behind and were forced into a switch, Jordan Graham replacing Maxime Colin who picked up an injury in the first 45.

The change nearly instantly brought a goal too. Graham played a lovely ball down the line for Scott Hogan who found himself through one on one but fired straight into the arms of a relieved Viktor Johansson.

It soon went back to the one way traffic we saw in the first-half though and Rotherham were awarded a golden chance to double the scoreline when Marc Roberts pulled down his man in the box.

Dan Barlaser stepped up for the Millers but his penalty was saved by the trailing legs of Ruddy.

Blues failed to capitalise on the momentum following the save and Rotherham did make it two soon after with Wood again getting himself on the score-sheet with another headed goal following a cross.

It as cue for some Birmingham fans to head for the exit and rightly so - the support was there but the performance was anything but.

Rotherham United (3-1-4-2): Johansson; Bramall (53’ Ferguson), Barlaser, Wood, Wiles, Norton-Cuffy, Ogbene, Washington (74’ Eaves), Rathbone (74’ High), Hall, Humphreys (49’ Harding)

Subs not used: Vickers, Kelly, Lindsay

Birmingham City (3-5-2): Ruddy; Colin (45’ Graham), Sanderson, Roberts, Trusty, Williams; James (70’ Stirk), Bacuna (83’ Bellingham), Hall (70’ Gardner); Hogan, Deeney (70’ Cosgrove)

Subs not used: Etheridge; Chang