Blues grinded to a much deserved and much needed win last night as we finally beat Championship strugglers Millwall, for the first time in the last four games. Millwall were forced to endure over an hour with ten men after Ryan Leonard received a second yellow in the 30th minute. The win pushes Monk’s men up to tenth in the league, after three games without a win.
GK: Lee Camp
Camp was untested throughout the majority of the first half as the back four dealt with everything thrown at them. The stopper was immediately forced into action at the beginning of the second half, pulling off a great double save from a set piece. 6.5/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
Not the strongest of games for Colin, whilst defensively solid, his usual attacking capabilities weren’t present. Dealt with everything that came at him, and was especially comfortable after Ferguson’s substitution on the half hour mark. 7/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
Like Colin, Dean has had many games in which he has performed better, so far this season. A few poor passes from the defender who ‘never gives the ball away’, yet handled the rest with ease. 6.5/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
A strike from the skipper was a vital goal in the game, killing any chance of a Millwall comeback with fifteen minutes remaining. Handled Steve Morison without difficulty throughout the entirety of the match, winning the majority of ariel battles. 7.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
Another solid performance from the consistent Dane, who was back in his usual position of left back. Similar to Colin, he was unable to move forward down the flanks and had little effect attacking, including a few poor long balls to Maghoma. 6.5/10.
RM: Conor Mahoney
Mahoney is an extremely bright talent, and this was another solid performance from the Bournemouth youngster. Meredith was tested throughout, and Mahoney deserved a goal early on in the match. Adams had a fantastic chance to square it to the winger yet took the shot on himself. A fantastic first half. 7/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
Back in the midfield following his suspension against Hull, as well as missing the Villa game, and it was another solid performance. Slotted back in comfortably in the midfield and controlled the centre of the park. 7/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
A hard-working performance from Dutch Mike, as he continuously attempted to gain the ball and play it forward, including a volley over the bar. Lost the ball a few times, yet was an all-round solid performance. 6/10.
LM: Jacques Maghoma
A quiet performance from the tricky winger, he was still able create a few decent chances for the attackers, filling in the void of Jota alongside Mahoney. He didn’t seem completely match fit, yet was an improving performance from Mags. 7/10.
ST: Che Adams
Adams is a changed player; his pace is back alongside a few glimpses of great dribbling. He virtually created the first goal, cutting inside and shooting, resulting in a Meredith own goal after a Millwall defender slipped. 7.5/10. MOTM
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
A typically strong performance from Jutkiewicz, who remains to be the best player in the league this season statistically, according to whoscored.com. Won the majority of ariel battles against Cooper, despite being consistently fouled. 7/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Wes Harding
Brought on for Mahoney with twenty minutes to go, as Pedersen was pushed up to a similar position in which he played against Villa on Sunday. As a left back, Harding slotted in well and finished the game well. 5.5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Omar Bogle
Came on for the last two minutes of the game, and was unable to make any impact. N/A.
By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.